More and more St. Louis residents are reporting sightings of Raccoons showing signs of distemper, which has potential harmful situations for the city’s residents, particularly pet owners. Distemper is a saliva based disease that causes, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, seizures, or chewing fits, often accompanied by discharge from the eyes, nose, and mouth. While there is little to no threat to humans, this disease is especially dangerous for unvaccinated pets.
What is Distemper?
Distemper is a viral infection that affects members of the canine family including dogs, raccoons, and skunks. This disease affects the respiratory, digestive, and neurological systems in the host. Most cases of Distemper are fatal and those host who survive may display permanent neurological complications.
How to Spot Distemper…
- Animal, particularly wild animals, show little fear of humans and may seek them out.
- An animal that displays symptoms of lethargy, seizure activity, disorientation, or seizure activity.
- Confusion or they may appear to be aimlessly wandering.
- Discharge from eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, chewing fits, or tremors.
How to Avoid Distemper…
- Do not to keep or treat raccoons as pets.
- Do not feed raccoons.
- Do not leave pet food outside
- Make bird feeders spill proof and ensure that raccoons cannot get to them.
- Store garbage in cans with lids that lock tightly.
- Cover sandboxes so they do not become raccoon latrines.
- Remove drinking water sources for raccoons and other standing water.
- Seal all access points to your house and any other buildings nearby, including basements, attics, and sheds.
As winter approaches, wildlife, humans, and pets come into closer contacts as wild animals seek shelter and food for the winter season. Protect your pets by getting them vaccinated and keep them current on your veterinarian’s schedule of boosters. If you spot an animal that may be suffering from distemper, call our pest control experts for quick and safe removal.
Our winter pest control team wants to help keep your home pest-free during these winter months. To learn more and to schedule your free home inspection, call All Seasons, All Pests Pest Control and initiate a winter pest control plan that fits your needs.