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Vets urge to properly vaccinate your pets

Dr. Steve Whatley, Veterinarian for Bush Animal Clinic Dr. Steve Whatley, Veterinarian for Bush Animal Clinic
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A distemper outbreak at the Albany Humane Society shelter has veterinarians urging dog owners to make sure their pets are vaccinated.

The shelter is shut down and all 92-animals are under quarantine while officials work to control the outbreak.

Distemper is a highly-contagious respiratory illness. Dr. Steve Whatley at Bush Animal Clinic says he hasn't seen a case of distemper in years.

He says the vaccine works well to protect pets.

"Very contagious it's transmitted mainly by respiratory secretion from one dog to the next and if that happens and they're not vaccinated then you can bet they are going to get it," said Dr. Steve Whatley, Veterinarian for Bush Animal Clinic. 

The Humane Society isn't sure how many of the animals are infected. They don't yet know how many may have to be euthanized.

No animals will be accepted at the shelter and none will be adopted until the facility is clear of the illness.

 

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