What can only be assumed to be Canine Distemper is being seen throughout the area, mostly in caught wild life such as raccoons. With a high fatality rate, this is not something to take lightly. It can be easily transmitted through direct and indirect contact with an infected animal.
Canine distemper is a viral disease that affects animals in the families Canidae, Mustelidae, Mephitidae, Hyaenidae, Ailuridae, Procyonidae, Pinnipedia, some Viverridae and Felidae (though not domestic cats; feline distemper or panleukopenia is a different virus exclusive to cats). It is most commonly associated with domestic animals such as dogs and ferrets, although it can infect wild animals as well. It is a single-stranded RNA virus of the family paramyxovirus, and thus a close relative of measles and rinderpest.Despite extensive vaccination in many regions, it remains a major disease of dogs.
The only way to prevent your family pet from becoming infected is to vaccinate. Call us today and set up an appointment for vaccinations.
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