With all the new puppies being born around the Lake, Parvovirus has reared its ugly head with a vengeance! Several litters have already succumb to the deadly disease easily prevented with a series of vaccinations.
The most common symptoms include depression and lethargy along with severe vomiting and diarrhea which lead to life-threatening dehydration. If caught in time, the symptoms of the virus can be treated through IV fluids and medications. Treatment can take anywhere from 5-7 days of intensive care hospitalization. Unfortunately, is not always successful in advanced cases.
This is a highly resistant virus which can live in the environment for months. It is easily spread by any person, animal, or object which comes in contact with the disease. For example, a person can accidentally step in contaminated feces in the street and take it home on their shoes or spread it to a friend’s home or to a local business where dogs are welcome.
There is a simple solution! Vaccinate your dogs and puppies!
As part of our humane education program, Ayuda shares flyers with local health departments and the general public. The one describing Parvo is below.
You can help ensure a steady supply of life-saving vaccines by donating to our Annual Operating Campaign!