There has been a local outbreak of Distemper in Raccoons and Skunk. Although Distemper is not seen much in dogs anymore due to regular vaccination programs it is a serious fatal disease.
Distemper is spread through contact with bodily fluids, (similar to Leptospirosis) and can be quite easily transmitted to our pets even without direct contact with an infected raccoon. A regularly vaccinated animal is at a low risk of contracting the disease.
We advise all pet owners to check the vaccination status of their pets. If they are overdue for distemper or other vaccines, such as leptospirosis or rabies, they should contact their veterinarian.