Diseases That Affect Both Dogs And Coyotes

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There are numerous diseases found in California that can impact both coyotes and domestic dogs. Some require direct transmission through close contact, others are contracted indirectly through other hosts, and some come from environmental exposure. We have very little information on the prevalence of such disease in wild coyotes, and even less on how frequently disease transmission occurs between coyotes and dogs. But we do know that these diseases can affect both species.

Viral Diseases

■ Rabies*

■ Canine Distemper*

■ Canine Parvovirus*

■ Canine Infectious Hepatitis*

Bacterial Diseases

■ Leptospirosis*

■ Tularemia

Parasitic Diseases

■ Heartworms

■ Sarcoptic Mange

■ Demodectic Mange

■ Roundworms

■ Hookworms

■ Tapeworms

■ Ticks (and tick-born diseases)

■ Fleas

Fungal Diseases

■ Histoplasmosis

■ Coccidiodomycosis

*Vaccines are available for protection against these diseases.

Robert Reed, DVM, MSES, MPA
Dr. Reed received his veterinary degree from Texas A&M University in 1993 and his master degrees in environmental science and public affairs from Indiana University in 1987. Prior to beginning his veterinary career, he worked as a teacher, and as a wildlife biologist in Michigan, Alaska, and Tamaulipas, Mexico. He is a former research fellow with World Wildlife Fund and The Conservation Foundation. Dr. Reed practiced veterinary medicine in Texas, Utah, and Nevada before establishing roots in the Coachella Valley in 2003. As Medical Director he seeks to maintain a standard of exceptional patient care, a strong commitment to client service, and a dedication to involvement with the community of Rancho Mirage.

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