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Raccoons Infected with Distemper Could Pose Risk to Dogs

The Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University says it’s seen an increase in raccoons with distemper, a highly contagious viral disease that can spread to dogs.

Veterinarians at K-State say an increase in infected raccoons could pose a risk for dogs in the Manhattan area and it’s possible the problem exists in Sedgwick County, as well.

Distemper can spread from the infected raccoons to dogs through direct contact.

“The clinical signs that we tend to see are gooey eyes, discharge from the nose, vomiting, diarrhea, and these signs can actually progress to neurological signs such as seizures and sometimes even death,” says Dr. Kelly Razek with Chisholm Trail Animal Hospital.

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