Metro Animal Care and Control has issued a warning for dog owners to be aware of sick raccoons in Davidson County.
The shelter reported seeing a dramatic increase in sick raccoons with Canine Distemper.
Pet owners are advised to keep their dogs safe and away from wildlife while removing food and water bowls from their properties.
Securing trash and compost bins is advised by the shelter to help keep raccoons away.
The American Veterinary Medical Association defines Canine Distemper as a contagious and serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems of puppies and dogs.
Puppies and dogs most often become infected through airborne exposure (through sneezing or coughing) to the virus from an infected dog or wild animal, according to the AVMA.