Pinellas County Animal Control is urging owners to keep unvaccinated dogs away from John Chestnut Sr. Park after a raccoon from the park tested positive for canine distemper virus.
Although they have not received any reports of infected dogs, they would like to keep it thet way, and puppies, seniors, and unvaccinated dogs should be kept away until further notice from Animal Control.
If you come across animals that appear sick in the area, immediately leave and call the Parks and Conservation Resources Department at (727)-582-2100, and also keep your pets up-to-date on their vaccinations to help prevent disease.
Canine distemper affects a dog’s gastrointestinal, respiratory, and central nervous systems, and also eye membranes. The first signs could be sneezing, coughing, and thick mucus from the eyes and nose. Fever, lethargy, sudden vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and loss of appetite could be side symptoms of the virus. The virus will spread very aggressively and need to be treated ASAP after discovery! Please seek immediate attention if your dog shows any symptoms.