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Posted on: March 6, 2019

Cuyahoga County Board of Health Notification

Test results for rabies were negative; however, due to the symptoms (wandering aimlessly, emaciated appearance) it is likely that the raccoons may have acquired canine distemper. Canine distemper is a naturally occurring disease in wildlife such as foxes, coyotes, raccoons, etc. This is a viral disease that can also infect your dog. If your dog comes into contact with an infected raccoon or ingests contaminated material, it may become sick if not vaccinated against distemper. Typical symptoms of canine distemper include cough, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea and anorexia. Distemper is often fatal and dogs that survive usually have permanent, irreparable nervous system damage. That is why it is imperative that all dog owners schedule regular annual check-ups and vaccinations (rabies, distemper, parvovirus and canine hepatitis) for their dogs. A simple vaccination can prevent the premature loss of your family pet from a disease that is preventable. Fortunately, the canine distemper virus does not affect humans.

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