Note: These links are provided for general information purposes only. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that the virus causes many more problems than was first thought. Like all herpes viruses, CHV is highly infectious, and a recent study showed that more than 80% of dogs in England have been exposed to the virus at some time in their lives. Because of the response to steroids and the recognition of this syndrome in breeds other than those with a white hair coat, this disease is also referred to as Steroid Responsive Tremor Syndrome. Puppies can become infected several ways. A good example in humans… With panosteitis the bone surface shows up as milky or fuzzy on radiographs.
Many dogs with the cancer in an internal organ show signs of intermittent or persistent weakness or even collapse. We often find that cats with abscess’ and high fevers are also bloated from poor and weak bowel movements. In dogs (and humans), when the abdominal muscles become weak it makes the dog look “pot-bellied” : one of the big clues that vets look for on exam. Antiviral drugs do not appear to be effective and are very expensive. Underlying ear infections, mites, etc, if present are treated at the same time. The vaccine, Eurican® Herpes 205, cannot prevent infection but if given during pregnancy it has been shown to significantly improve fertility rates and reduce early puppy death. Even bitches that already have the virus can be vaccinated.
In the case of Strept, good old penicillin in high dose is a good choice, but at this stage, we won’t know for sure that strept is involved.