EW: Raccoons can Spread Distemper to MN Dogs

Why does this raccoon look like he’s plotting against us?

The risk of your dog contracting distemper may be on the rise, warns a news release from MN’s DNR this week. The disease is increasingly being found in local raccoons, who can spread distemper to our pets through the air or via contact with bodily fluids.

Protecting your pooch is actually pretty simple:

  1. Make sure they’re up to date on vaccinations. If you’re unsure of your dog’s vaccination status, check with your vet.
  2. Keep them away from sick or dead wildlife. (We see you over there trying to take a selfie with that raccoon, doggo!)

“Infected animals behave abnormally, losing their fear of humans, stumbling, shaking and can appear to be overly friendly. Other symptoms include sneezing, coughing and discharge from the eyes and nose,” according to the DNR.

Distemper does not pose a risk to people. More information is available from the Minnesota DNR.

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