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2014-03-03 at 17:08

Animal services suspends dog adoption amid parvovirus outbreak

By tbnewswatch.com
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A parvovirus outbreak has forced the city’s animal services to temporarily stop the dog adoption program.

In a news release issued Monday afternoon, the City of Thunder Bay confirms that two dogs have been infected with the virus. Those two dogs are now being treated at a local veterinary hospital.

While parvovirus does not affect humans, it is highly contagious among dogs.

Local rescue groups have been contacted to help the city’s animal services remove six dogs that have not been vaccinated against the virus. Meanwhile, six healthy dogs that have been vaccinated remain at the city’s facility.

“You don’t need to have direct contact between dogs for the virus to spread,” said Jody Kondrat, supervisor of animal services. “It is easily transmitted by ‘fomites’ such as hands, clothing and shoes of anyone who comes in contact with the virus.

“We are taking every precaution to control the outbreak and once it is resolved and we can be sure the animals are healthy, we will re-open adoptions.”

The centre believes the virus was introduced  when it took in a young, sick dog in February.

All stray dogs will be temporarily boarded at Tripaway Boarding Kennel until the outbreak has been resolved.

Parvo is spread through the feces and vomit of infected dogs.

The virus is highly resistant and is able to survive in extreme heat and sub-zero conditions for several months. Officials with Animal Services is using this outbreak to remind pet owners to  vaccinate their animals against parvovirus and other diseases.

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woof!! says:
There is a new group in town bringing in puppies from reserves. They lost several puppies to this virus around New Years but not before adopting out sick puppies and spreading the virus to 4 vet clinics.

If anyone is adopting from a rescue be wary of places that are adopting out very young puppies with only 1 set of vaccinations as they are very susceptible to this disease.
3/3/2014 7:00:09 PM
localdog says:
A lot of false and misleading info being passed around too.

- There is no *new* deadlier F-strain of parvo. There has not been a new strain of parvo since CPV-2c was discovered in early 2000's.

- Dogs do not only get parvo from eating another dogs feces. It can be transmitted by contact with any contaminated objects (shoes, toys at dog parks), and it can live in the environment for months in soil, dried feces, vomit, mucus etc.

Exposed pups/dogs can start shedding parvo virus days before exhibiting symptoms. Shelters and rescues should have a quarantine protocol in place to reduce the risk of spreading disease to other animals, especially those groups that bring in large numbers of pups from reserves and small communities where there are no veterinary services, who then allow inexperienced people to foster for them.

Inadequately vacc'd pups/dogs should not be exposed to public areas, especially where contaminants are more likely to exist such as parks, pet stores, pathways etc.
3/4/2014 2:14:27 PM
deerspring says:
There are also responsible rescues and i adopted my puppy with proof of vaccinations. i also want to add that you can also get parvo from careless breeders and dogs bought from internet sites, not just rescues.
3/4/2014 7:13:45 PM
woof!! says:
Nobody is saying that. The point is parvo was brought to town by one rescue group that proceeded to irresponsibly and knowingly adopt out infected puppies.

That same rescue amid this outbreak continues to adopt out unvaccinated 7-8 week old puppies as well as letting these fragile souls interact with strangers at meet and greets and in their homes.
3/5/2014 4:18:13 PM
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