Rabies and Distemper in Hamilton

By July 16, 2015Uncategorized

Unfortunately the rabies and distemper viruses are still present in Hamilton.  A Hamilton Spectator article from July 10th is warning Hamilton residents to be careful because another bat in Hamilton has recently tested positive for rabies.  Rabies is a deadly virus that can be transmitted to both pets and people. The warning also involves staying away from other wildlife, especially raccoons, as they can carry both the rabies and distemper virus.  Distemper can be transmitted to your pets. It is uncertain if people can become infected, but best practice is to keep your distance. The raccoon can also carry a bacteria called leptosporosis that can cause kidney failure in both pets and people.  As well, they spread a parasite called baylisascaris (raccoon roundworm).  The microscopic parasite egg is passed in the raccoon’s feces and survives in the environment for long periods of time.  People, especially children, and pets are susceptible.  The parasite can travel to the the eyes and brain and can be deadly.

You can help protect your family by having your pets vaccinated, dewormed and fecal samples tested on a regular basis.  As well, it is important to keep away from wild animals and deter them from entering your property.  Please call us if you have any further questions or concerns. (905) 385-5354

To read the Hamilton Spectator article please click here: Warning goes out to Hamilton Residents…