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 Post Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:59 pm 
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http://www.wfaa.com/news/entertainment/ ... 24751.html

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PLANO — We have a warning for North Texas pet owners: A distemper outbreak is spreading across Dallas and Plano, and it could kill your pets if they are not vaccinated.

The epidemic is leaving scores of raccoons sick, dying or dead.

Distemper is an infectious viral disease. Symptoms include partial paralysis, seizures, fever, and vomiting.

In Plano, animal services officers picked up 49 raccoons in the last three weeks. All of them were either dead or very sick from distemper. When raccoons contract the disease, they usually die within two weeks.

At first, Dana Rumbauskas didn't see the raccoon when she let her Great Dane out into her backyard. The dog chased the raccoon, which then climbed up a power pole and didn't budge. That's when she grabbed her cell phone and shot a photo.

It took several hours for Oncor workers and 911 Wildlife to get the raccoon down. Once captured, it showed the signs of distemper.

That makes me nervous that it's out here," Rumbaskas said. "If our dog wasn't vaccinated, they could start spreading it around. So it is something that's nerve wracking."
911 Wildlife, a City of Dallas contractor, has been finding sick, dying or dead raccoons in broad daylight. They are usually creatures of the night.

"We're having an epidemic right now," said Bonnie Bradshaw, who owns the business. "We've had over a hundred raccoons since the middle of December that we've picked up."
Plano issued warnings on its animal shelter Facebook page and the city's website, urging pet owners to:
vaccinate their dogs and cats
keep pets away from wildlife
avoid leaving food outdoors

"Anything that attracts the wildlife is going to increase the chances that your pets are going to be exposed to any diseases they may be carrying," said Jamie Cantrell, Plano Animal Services manager. Cantrell said North Texans should be especially wary of raccoons that appear to be tame.

"We've actually had people tell us, 'He was so sweet and being friendly to me,'" said Cantrell. "And that's really not the case. It's just the disease has basically done brain damage, and it has changed its personality. It's still able to bite. They still could hurt someone."

People can’t contract distemper, but the virus can easily spread to dogs and cats that are not vaccinated.

The distemper virus can survive six months in open air. Animal experts say it could literally wipe out the local raccoon population.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:52 am 
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Oh not good at all ... wonder what has made it break out this badly in North Texas. Haven't heard anything down near our area yet but this makes me very wary of any coons right now.

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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:50 pm 
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I've been working on an answer for this, but never have finished it.

The article was written back in Jan. So, I would assume that there is not a lot to worry about at this point, since there has not been a terrible die off of dogs or coons. Mainly, what the author did was put a bunch of money in some vets pockets and did more damage to dogs that didnt need it.

If a dog has been vaccinated for distemper, it doesnt need vaccinating again. Any additional shots just creates more immune damage for the dog and gives it more trash in its system that can cause early death. http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/petvacc.htm While you are there, check out the pages on vaccines for humans. http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/V ... cines.aspx
Scary to say the least!

My dogs will continue to not be vaccinated and will continue to hunt and kill coons. I wont worry about it in the lease. ;)

One thing that I did find while I was researching this, is that small cats cannot get canine distemper, but large cats can. I find that rather strange and interesting.

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 Post Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:25 pm 
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Betty that's all great to know! Will keep this in my Vaccinations info!

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 Post Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:23 pm 
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Good!! :)

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