Remember those “drunk, friendly” raccoons we talked about last week?
Well now dogs are contracting the disease that made those raccoons so friendly.
According to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, raccoons and foxes are no longer the only animals being infected with distemper.
Dogs in the raccoon and fox population have been showing signs of distemper as well.
Canine distemper is very contagious and can seriously damage a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems.
The disease kind of resembles rabies, but unlike rabies, humans cannot contract distemper.
There is no cure for canine distemper, and it is often fatal. Dogs that survive the disease usually have permanent, irreparable nervous system damage.
Therefore, be careful taking your dog around other dogs that may have been around wild animals. The virus can spread very easily.
Also, you’re encouraged to contact your local vet and make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Vaccination is the only way to prevent canine distemper.