Measles (Canine Distemper Virus) in Ferrets

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Treatment

 

Treatment typically involves inpatient care and isolation to prevent the infection from spreading to other ferrets and animals. Some medications that are generally prescribed by a veterinarian include antiviral agents and antibiotics. Supportive care may help prolong the ferret's life, and intravenous fluids can help replace valuable electrolytes the animal has lost because of its loss of appetite or diarrhea.

Any medications that work to further suppress the immune system are not recommended because the ferret’s immune system is already compromised due to the long-term effects of canine distemper virus. To protect infected animals from pain or future complications, veterinarians will often suggest euthanization of the pet.

 

Prevention

 

Yearly vaccinations against CDV is the best defense against this deadly viral infection.