Understanding the potential diseases that a pet can contract is the best way to provide protection because you know what to do to reduce risks and when to get treatment. Canine distemper is a dangerous viral disease that is highly contagious and has no known cure. It has a high fatality rate in dogs, and those that survive may experience lifelong suffering. Besides dogs, animals such as foxes, raccoons, skunks, wolves and ferrets can also contract the disease, making them a danger to your pet dog as well. Fortunately, the disease is highly preventable with a vaccine that is standard in the UK, so vets in Croydon can help protect your pet. It is important, though, to understand what the dangers are.