While we have NOT received any phone calls about distemper or any reports, we would still like to warn residents and their four-legged family members about the threat of the disease. Wildlife including coyotes, raccoons, and opossums are all extremely active during spring and live in residential areas. Interaction between your pets and wildlife can be the cause for your beloved pet to becoming infected with distemper. To avoid this, here are a few easy steps that can reduce the chance of pet interaction:
- Do not feed wildlife.
- Eliminated any sources of water outdoors.
- Feed pets inside whenever possible and pick up any leftover food that is outside.
- Don’t Keep them safely confined and provide secure nighttime housing for them.
- Trim and clean any shrubbery near ground level that provides cover for foxes or prey.