Wexford County Animal Shelter Closed, Vets Advice On Canine Parvovirus

The Wexford County Animal Shelter will stay closed for at least two weeks due to canine parvovirus.

The animal shelter announced Thursday that they cannot take any more dogs.

Parvo is a highly contagious virus that can be deadly in dogs.

“It’s highly contagious, it’s one of the things that in spring and fall we worry about the most here, we typically see it in puppies’ especially unvaccinated puppies,” said Sarah Bradburn, a licensed veterinary technician at Brookside Veterinary Hospital.

And unfortunately, two dogs since Saturday from the Wexford County Animal Shelter tested positive for canine parvovirus.

“Every other animal in the shelter is under quarantine, will be monitored daily to see if there’s any symptoms,” said Officer Edwin Keith Tharp, from Wexford County Animal Control.

The virus is highly contagious among dogs.

“The most common signs are vomiting, diarrhea, not wanting to eat or having a fever, which if the dog feels very warm to your touch, that’s usually a sign of a fever,” said Bradburn.

If your dog has these symptoms, there is test that can be done at your local vet.

“If caught early enough it can be treated, if it’s prolonged and the animal is really sick then it’s usually not a good outcome but we try out best to turn it around as soon as possible,” said Bradburn.

It’s important to get your pets vaccinated to prevent this from happening or spreading.

“It’s not the first time this animal shelter has encountered it and it won’t be the last, when you’re taking in stray animals a lot of the times they’re not vaccinated and we need to stress that with people, they have to vaccinate their animals that’s how this disease starts,” said Officer Tharp.

And Wexford County Animal Control officers have some advice since they have nowhere to take any dogs they pickup.

“If you have proper identification even if it’s a house dog and it never gets out, put a phone number on its collar, put a collar on it, put a phone number, just in case it gets out we can get it back to them,” said Officer Tharp.

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