Canine distemper case reported in Roscommon County - WNEM TV 5

Canine distemper case reported in Roscommon County

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A local animal shelter said there is a confirmed case of a potentially deadly virus in the area.

It attacks several organs and can leave dogs with serious nerve damage.

“It’s not great to hear that it’s back,” said Michael Adams, dog owner.

Adams is worried about a disease that may be making a comeback in Mid-Michigan. A case of canine distemper disease has been documented in Roscommon County.

Adams is hoping to keep his pet safe.

“That would be horrible for our children. We got him and it was a surprise when we got a dog on the way back from spring break. It was a shock to them. It would be very devastating for my young children,” Adams said.

Veterinarian Tessa Peterson said pet owners should be on the lookout for these syptoms.

“A cough, lethargy, runny nose discharge and often times in the advanced diseases – neurologic symptoms. They can also have GI symtpoms, fever. Lots of symptoms that they can have, but particularly in combination it’s very lethal,” Peterson said.

Peterson said the best thing everyone can do is make sure their pets are caught up on their vaccinations or risk the devastating alternative.
“Most of the puppies who contract the disease don’t survive the disease,” Peterson said.

That is why Adams said he is vaccinating his dog. He wants others to do the same.

“Hopefully we can get it contained quite quickly and so it won’t spread and cause too many problems,” Adams said.

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