Dog owners urged to check vaccinations after distemper found in fox
Dog owners are being advised by cantonal vets to make sure their pet’s vaccinations are up to date after a dead fox was found to have died from distemper in Basel.
Cases of the highly contagious disease have been reported across the country.
Distemper is found in dogs, badgers, ferrets and racoons. But infection can be prevented by vaccination.
Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, nasal discharge and coughing.
If a dog owner suspects distemper – they should go to the vet immediately. The disease is harmless for humans.
And if you’re thinking racoons are native to North America, there are thought to be a million of the animals in southern Germany and northern Switzerland after they were brought over as pets in the 1930s. They’re considered an invasive species and have been spotted on the streets of Zurich.