Protecting your dog against canine distemper

Protecting your dog against canine distemper

Canine distemper — a viral infection that’s often deadly in dogs—is surging in some parts of the country. Here’s how to keep your pooch safe.

First and foremost, stay up to date with your dog’s vaccinations. The canine distemper vaccine is super effective, but dogs need periodic boosters to maintain strong immunity.

Infection is transmitted through respiratory droplets from other dogs as well as raccoons — and sometimes foxes and skunks. Contaminated objects can also spread the virus, so keep food and water sources away from wildlife and other dogs.

You can also help by reporting raccoons that are active during the day (they’re usually out only at night) or any susceptible wild animals exhibiting abnormal respiratory or neurologic signs.

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