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Surge in raccoons with distemper seen

Veterinarians say this can pose risk to dogs

Local veterinarians are urging dog owners to watch out for raccoons as there has been a uptick in the number of them with distemper.

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 Local veterinarians and the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University are joining forces to warn the public to be on the lookout for raccoons, especially those showing up in the daytime, as they could be infected with canine distemper and be a health threat to dogs.

“We just want to alert the public there is an increased risk,” said Great Bend vet Dr. Bill Niederee. This is a statewide concern, but with the waterways and abundant wildlife in this area, extra vigilance is recommended.

The K-State center’s exotic, wildlife and zoo animal medicine service has seen a large ...

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