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Protect Your Pets with Vaccinations!
Pet Owners: Please Ensure Your Dogs and Puppies are Up-To-Date on Vaccinations.AHS is issuing a warning to pet owners as several cases of the Distemper virus have been confirmed throughout the Valley. Distemper is a highly-contagious, often fatal airborne virus that is spread amongst dogs via body excretions and inhalation. The disease reproduces in the lymph nodes before entering the blood stream and cell lining of the respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal and central nervous system. AHS is urging the public to ensure dogs and puppies are up-to-date on vaccinations. As a reminder, do not take unvaccinated pets to public places. Signs of Distemper can mirror canine upper respiratory infections (such as dog colds and kennel cough) and can vary from dog to dog, making a diagnosis very complicated; however, if symptoms are presented together, a diagnosis of Distemper is more likely. Although Distemper may be manageable in a few cases, currently there is no known cure. Signs of Distemper
- Ocular/nasal discharge
- “Bubble gum” chewing
- Callusing of nose/foot pads