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      Protecting your pets from distemper

      Distemper is popping up in animal shelters in Southwest Georgia and could affect your pet.

      Distemper is popping up in animal shelters in Southwest Georgia and could affect your pet.

      Companion Animal Hospital Veterinarian Carie Wisell says that prevention is an absolute must; getting a vaccine for distemper can make all the difference. It's the one vaccine that covers several viruses including Parvo.

      This is one precaution she's taking since she has an adoption program for pets and doesn't want them harmed.

      They symptoms for distemper can start out with vomiting and diarrhea and eventually affect the animal's nervous system. It is believe to effect cats quicker than dogs.

      Wisell says there isn't really any real treatment and it takes almost a week to get the results, which is why prevention is so important.

      She adds distemper is highly contagious and can easily come from wildlife if they come in contact with your pet. All it takes is an animal with disease sharing the same air and your pet can get it.

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