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Apr 24, 2013 1:11 AM by Ed Zuchelli, KSBY News

Canine Distemper has Animal Services on alert

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is asking the community to be on the lookout for a disease infecting dogs.

There are currently five confirmed cases of canine distemper in Santa Maria.

Dogs can be vaccinated for the disease.

Canine distemper is highly contagious and can be deadly for animals.

It is caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous system of dogs and puppies.

The first stage symptoms of the disease include gooey green pus or discharge from the eyes and nose, poor appetite, a fever and coughing which can lead to pneumonia.

Second stage symptoms can include vomiting and diarrhea.

Animal Services says to take any dogs with symptoms to a veterinarian.

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