BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The behavior of some raccoons in the area have people concerned about their own pets. You’ve seen the photos circulating the national and international news — raccoons on their hind legs, teeth bared.
Earlier this week, the strange raccoons tested positive for a disease called distemper.
Humans and cats can’t get it, but your dog might be at risk. It can spread through the air and by direct or indirect contact with an infected animal.
Dogs join a list of several animals that can be infected, including foxes, wolves, skunks, coyotes and yes — raccoons.
Symptoms include high fever, discharge from the nose and eyes, loss of appetite and sluggishness. When it gets bad enough, your dog could suffer from diarrhea and vomiting. At that point, your pet is very sick.