Archive for Thursday, January 27, 2011

Humane Society sees parvovirus outbreak

January 27, 2011


Lawrence Humane Society has had an outbreak of parvovirus in two puppies this week.

Parvovirus, which is rare in the winter, is very contagious and can be fatal. It can cause vomiting followed by lethargy, weakness and diarrhea.

One of the infected dogs had to be euthanized; the other is at a local veterinarian’s office.

Midge Grinstead, executive director of the society, said the dog portion of the shelter is under quarantine and staff members are taking extra precautions to prevent a spread of the virus. No dogs are being taken out, and a moratorium has been placed on adoptions of puppies younger than 6 months. Adoptions of puppies older than 6 months must first be cleared by a veterinarian.

“In this case, these puppies were all vaccinated with two vaccines,” Grinstead said. “It’s frustrating because you think you’re doing everything perfect and things still happen.”

Grinstead said that the situation is under control, but if the virus were to spread, they would consider shutting down the shelter.


papakev123 7 years, 4 months ago

Please note that Parvo (Fifth's Disease) can also affect children. So it is important to get animals properly vaccinated especially if there are small children around. In Sickle Cell disease children, Parvo can be deadly in that it causes the body to stop producing red blood cells.

Paul Decelles 7 years, 4 months ago

Actually, no. There are lots of different parvoviruses and the one that causes parvo in dogs is not the same virus that causes Fifth's.

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