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11:51  16 may  2019
11:51  16 may  2019 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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" Zombie raccoons " have a disease that causes them to walk upright, stagger, and bare their teeth—and they pose a threat to pets . The Riverside Police Department in suburban Chicago , Illinois is warning residents to look out for " zombie raccoons " stumbling through the area , the

The Riverside Police Department in suburban Chicago , Illinois is warning residents to look out for " zombie raccoons " stumbling through the area As long as the distemper outbreak persists among the raccoon population in Riverside in Chicago , local police recommend that pet owners keep a.

Chicago Area Police Are Warning Pet Owners About ‘Zombie Raccoons’© iStock.com/yipengge Chicago Area Police Are Warning Pet Owners About ‘Zombie Raccoons’

The Riverside Police Department in suburban Chicago, Illinois is warning residents to look out for "zombie raccoons" stumbling through the area, the Chicago Tribune reports. The raccoons get their spooky nickname from a disease that causes them to walk upright, stagger aimlessly, and bare their teeth [PDF]. Despite resembling furry members of the undead, the scariest thing about them is their potential to spread a deadly disease to dogs.

Distemper is a virus that infects certain mammals like raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and skunks. Domesticated dogs are also susceptible to the disease. When a dog has distemper, it discharges watery pus from its eyes, starts coughing, develops a fever, loses its appetite, and becomes lethargic. The virus attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems, and complications such as seizures and pneumonia can lead to death in dogs.

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Police Are Warning Pet Owners About ' Zombie Raccoons '. Chicago - area officials are warning locals that cases have been spotted in the region. Raccoons are reported to be stumbling throughout the area and they bare their teeth.

The Riverside Police Department in suburban Chicago , Illinois is warning residents to look out for " zombie raccoons " stumbling through the area As long as the distemper outbreak persists among the raccoon population in Riverside in Chicago , local police recommend that pet owners keep a.

Distemper can easily spread from wildlife to dogs through the air. That means living near a diseased raccoon is enough to expose a dog to the virus. Fortunately, there is a vaccine for distemper, and if you've taken your dog to the vet for routine care it's likely already protected. Most dogs receive their distemper vaccine at the same time as their parvovirus, canine adenovirus, and rabies shots.

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Chicago Area Police Are Warning Pet Owners About ‘Zombie Raccoons’

Dogs who haven't been vaccinated and older dogs with weakened immune systems are at the greatest risk of contracting distemper. As long as the distemper outbreak persists among the raccoon population in Riverside in Chicago, local police recommend that pet owners keep a close eye on their dogs. Pets should always be supervised when outside to keep them from interacting with wildlife. And when taking them to places with other dogs, like pet daycare centers, it's safest to choose businesses that require all canine guests to be vaccinated.

'Zombie raccoon' sightings: They stagger, show their teeth and may have glowing eyes

'Zombie raccoon' sightings: They stagger, show their teeth and may have glowing eyes Chicago-area officials have repeatedly warned locals of raccoons infected with the distemper virus, which can cause the animals to act like "zombies."

Riverside police are warning residents to protect their pets from raccoons , which may have the distemper virus. The Riverside Police Department is warning pet owners about raccoons carrying the distemper virus, which can cause the infected animals to walk on their hind legs, stagger and bare

This week's discussion comes from a article I came across from the Chicago Tribune about a growing number of cases of raccoons with the distemper virus

Regardless of whether or not they own pets, Riverside residents can help pet owners in their neighborhood by looking out for sick raccoons. If they spot a raccoon displaying zombie-like behavior, they can alert the police to have it removed.

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