Canine distemper is a disease caused by a highly volatile virus. This disease is known around the world and most commonly affects dogs, but has been seen in many species of wildlife, including skunks, raccoons, and ferrets. It attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and central nervous system. Because multiple systems are
This zoonotic virus is typically transferred through the bite of an infected animal, though other forms of contact have been known to be a cause. It causes acute encephalltis and left untreated, it is almost invariably fatal. The virus attacks peripheral nerves and travels to the central nervous system (the brain and
Companion animals are susceptible to a wide range of diseases that can be potentially deadly if left untreated. Some of these diseases are considered zoonotic, or transferable to humans, and can be especially harmful in children and elderly adults. The good news is that these diseases are very easily prevented.