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Chicago may fund distemper shots for dogs and cats

Under the recommendations of the Chicago City Council Health Committee, the city of Chicago may soon be offering low-cost distemper shots for the dogs and cats of the Windy City, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The recession has made it difficult for many pet owners to feed and care for their animals.

"People are bringing animals to us because they can't afford dog food," Cherie Travis, executive director of the city's Animal Care and Control Department, told the news source.

In 2004, there was an outbreak of distemper among dogs in the city, an event that officials are likely trying to avoid again with the new initiative.

On Wednesday morning there will be a city council meeting to determine the fate of the project.

According to the American Veterinary Society, distemper is a highly contagious and serious airborne disease. All canines are susceptible to the virus, but puppies younger than four months are especially vulnerable.

It's important that dog owners have their pooch's vaccinated as soon as possible to prevent the spread of the condition.
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