Nova Scotia

City of Halifax warns of canine distemper cases

City officials are warning dog owners about raccoons after the Department of Natural Resources detected cases of canine distemper.

Dogs should not approach wildlife

Raccoons believed to have canine distemper can act disoriented or lethargic, show crusted eyes and excess mucus coming from their nose, and have shallow breathing. (CBC)

City officials are warning dog owners about city-area raccoons after the Department of Natural Resources detected cases of canine distemper.

The viral disease was identified in raccoons in Halifax’s south end and Rockingham areas including Point Pleasant Park, Hemlock Ravine, Tremont Park and Glenbourne Park.

While canine distemper doesn't affect humans, unvaccinated dogs can contract the sometimes fatal disease. Infected dogs usually experience deterioration of mental abilities and motor skills.

HRM said dogs should not approach wildlife in the parks.

Raccoons believed to have canine distemper can act disoriented or lethargic, show crusted eyes and excess mucus coming from their nose, and have shallow breathing.

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