Canine Herpes Symptoms

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Symptoms of canine herpes include sudden death in puppies, as the virus will attack the liver and kidneys. Find out why it's important to diagnose herpes in dogs that are being used for breeding with help from a staff veterinarian in this free video on dog health and pet care.

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Let's talk about canine herpes virus or CHV. CHV is one of the leading causes of puppy mortality, and what occurs, essentially, is the female gets infected. It's a sexually transmitted disease, and dogs that have herpes virus are, essentially, affected infected for life. There's no treatment or antibiotic that's going to get rid of canine herpes virus, so a carrier can give it to the female, and when the female contracts it and puppies are born they immediately get the virus also. This virus essentially starts attacking the liver, and kidneys, and organs, and when that occurs those puppies will, within usually a couple of days, just die out of the blue. They'll be doing fine, and all of a sudden be dead. If there's a litter, and there are puppies that are dying it's best to save one of them and get that to a a lab or laboratory that can do a necropsy, which is an autopsy, on the puppy to diagnose if that's really what was going on because that can affect future breeding in that female. Again, the female's going to be affected for life. That virus can become dormant and come back when it wants to. Stress is going to make them not so immunosuppressed, and allow that virus to come back and become active.

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