An important warning in effect for pet owners in Miami-Dade after a raccoon corpse is confirmed to have canine distemper.
The carcass was discovered at Tropical Park.
Distemper is a viral infection that can be spread through airborne particles.
Miami-Dade Animal Services issuing a warning to residents to make sure dogs and cats are vaccinated against distemper.
Symptoms of distemper include nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, dry eyes, ulcers, lack of coordination, seizures, ataxia and blindness.
Low cost vaccinations are available at Miami-Dade County Animal Services.
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