Animal Control officers found a raccoon that had canine distemper, an illness that is highly contagious and potentially dangerous for dogs.
The raccoon was found Friday in the area of Fort Hunt Road and Namassin Road, officials report. It was later tested at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, where the results showed that the animal had the illness.
All dog owners in the area are recommended to verify their pets are current on distemper vaccinations. If you see any symptoms of canine distemper, owners are advised to take their dog to the veterinarian immediately.
“The first signs of canine distemper include sneezing, coughing and thick mucus coming from the eyes and nose. Fever, lethargy, sudden vomiting and diarrhea, depression and/or loss of appetite are also symptoms of the virus,” according to the ASCPA.
Also, please be on the look-out for wild life showing some of the same symptoms. Canine distemper can affect raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes.