Raccoons are one of the most common Lancaster and Palmdale nuisance creatures in the urban setting. It is not uncommon for you to encounter them outside or inside your house. We advise you to remain alert on the raccoons with unusual behavior. They may have distemper or they are possible carrier of the rabies virus. While distemper does not pose a threat to humans, it can still be lethal to your pets.
Distemper: What is it?
There are two types of distemper; the canine and feline distemper. Canine Distemper is a viral illness that affects California canine species and a variety of mammals. This has an adverse effect on the animal's respiratory, nervous, and gastrointestinal systems. Raccoons are commonly infected with this disease. This is fatal to the raccoons and those who managed to survive will show some signs of permanent brain damage. Distemper will be common in a large community of raccoon. Feline distemper on the contrary will affect the families of Mustelidae, Procyonida, and Felidae.
How It Spreads
The distemper will survive outside of the creature's body for an extended time. In some cases, it will take months. This will then be transmitted to other creature through their skin, feces, or saliva. This can also be contracted through the droplets that have been airborne. Direct contact with the fluid of the infected raccoon can also cause the disease to spread. Fleas and other parasites can also play a major role in the disease transmission.
The Signs and Symptoms
In case you noticed a Lancaster and Palmdale raccoon that is hanging around your house, you should humanely get rid of them with the assistance of the professional animal removal company. Driving them away from your property will minimize the spread of diseases and will keep you and your pets safe.