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Posted on: February 12, 2024

Pet vaccination clinic on March 9; local distemper outbreak

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Officials with Allen Animal Services are reporting a distemper outbreak worse than any previously encountered in Allen. Pet owners are encouraged to vaccinate their pets as the viral disease is spreading through the Collin County raccoon population.

Allen Animal Services will host a low-cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. Walk-ins are welcome for leashed dogs and cats in hard-sided carriers. Following vaccine services, you may complete your pet’s City registration inside the shelter. View service costs and pet requirements

“In the last 6 weeks, we've picked up approximately 41 raccoons that have been sick and dying or deceased from this virus,” says Senior Animal Services Officer Chow-Hayes.

While distemper symptoms include fever, vomiting and seizures, many of the infected raccoons appear to be calm. Whenever these raccoons are sick with this distemper, they can actually be more outgoing and friendly to people.

Both dogs and cats are in danger since raccoons can be infected with both the canine and feline strains of distemper. Vaccinating your pet(s) is the best defense.

If you see a raccoon or other wild animal in Allen that appears ill or injured, contact Allen Animal Services immediately at 214.509.4378.

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