Distemper Shows Up In Pitt County Dogs

Several cases of canine distemper have been seen in dogs and puppies in Pitt County.

Distemper is a highly contagious viral infection that is potentially deadly but preventable.

Dr. Linda Kuhn of East Carolina Veterinary Clinic advised she has not seen distemper in our area for over 20 years due to successful vaccine programs.

Dog owners are urged to make sure your pets are current on all vaccinations, including distemper. Keep your dogs away from other dog feces, keep food bowls and bedding clean and don't take unvaccinated animals to public areas like parks or pet stores.

The Pitt County Animal Shelter says it's making sure monitoring systems and disinfection procedures keep distemper out of its facility.


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  • by Might as well add... on Dec 1, 2009 at 10:47 PM
    The vaccines that can be purcheased at feed stores are not the same vaccines that your pet is given at a vet's office. Strict tempretature control are among a list of variables that make those vaccines not even "count" at a vet's office. Yet, so may hunting dog owners and puppy mill people still convince the naive pet owner, not adopter, that they have had "all their shots". Being "vaccinated" against destemper/parvo means that you go to your vet for the 4 series of puppy vaccines and then GO BACK a year later, then they can be more safely exposed to pets that have not been properly vaccinated.
  • by Trish Location: Ayden on Dec 1, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    We should all be thankful that Michele and her staff at the Pitt County Animal Shelter do such a great job of keeping us all informed! Thanks Michele! You guys Rock!
  • by WITN on Dec 1, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    We adjusted the story to cite the veterinarian.
  • by Keith Location: Greenville on Dec 1, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    HA!...Distemper not seen in Pitt County in 20 years?. Give me a break. Go ask any veterinarian in this County and ask them if they have not seen distemper in 20 years and see what they tell you?. Distemper has always been here and always will. Why do you think you are urged to have your dog take the prevenative shot? Obviously, WITN as always never gets their facts straight before scaring every pet owner in Pitt County!!!!!. Leave it up to the news to scare us all. Because if it is on TV it HAS to be true!!!!!
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