Distemper continues to spread

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Adoptions are on hold at the City of Wichita Falls Animal Services after an outbreak of Canine Distemper.

This weekend, staff members at the center noticed two dogs were sick and a vet originally diagnosed the dogs with Distemper.

Canine Distemper is an airborne disease that is highly contagious among dogs. 

The last update from the city is now a total of 9 dogs suspected to have Distemper, and another 6 are being kept in isolation under observation.

Lou Kreidler, Director of Health, tells us that animal services are taking necessary precautions such as in-house testing since it is contagious.

The dogs that are being observed came from zip codes 76301, 302, 306 and 309, so everyone in those areas are being asked to get dogs vaccinated.

Symptoms of Distemper include thick discharge in eyes and nose, diarrhea, fever, coughing, among other things.

Distemper cannot be cured but can be treated. 

For more information on Canine Distemper click on this link.

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