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.