Canine Parvovirus on the Rise

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Canine Parvovirus on the Rise
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Source: Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is reporting an alarmingly high number of cases of Parvovirus in dogs in Northern Santa Barbara County. The Santa Maria Animal Center has seen 9 confirmed case of Parvovirus come to the shelter in the last two weeks. The infected dogs have ranged in age from six weeks to five months. The cases of Parvovirus documented recently at the shelter have been from the Santa Maria area. Local veterinary practices are also reporting a significant increase in Parvovirus being brought in.

Parvovirus is most commonly seen in young puppies but can affect an unvaccinated dog of any age. Parvovirus is spread from direct dog-to-dog contact, contaminated feces, or contaminated environments. All County residents are urged to keep puppies safe by not letting them outside of your fenced yard until they have received their vaccinations and are protected from the virus. If your dog is unvaccinated, avoid dog parks, beaches, pet stores, and other public places where other dogs may frequent.

Parvo is a virus that attacks the lining of the digestive system and prevents the dog from being able to properly absorb nutrients. Symptoms usually begin with a high fever, lethargy, depression, and loss of appetite. Secondary symptoms appear as severe gastrointestinal distress, including vomiting and bloody diarrhea. In many cases, dehydration, shock, or death can follow. If your dog is exhibiting any of the symptoms of Parvovirus, veterinary treatment is required.

If you have a puppy, contact your veterinarian to receive the Canine Parvovirus vaccination series. Follow your veterinarian’s advice on the vaccination schedule. Adult dogs should receive the Parvovirus vaccination as part of their yearly vaccination package. Treatment for the Parvovirus can be very costly, so insuring that your dog is vaccinated against the virus is important.

Parvovirus can be shed through feces for up to 30 days after treatment. Help prevent the spread of Parvo by keeping infected dogs isolated from all other dogs for at least one month after recovering, by cleaning up your dog’s stool, and by using 1 part chlorine bleach to 30 parts hot water disinfectant on food and water bowls, bedding, and on outdoor areas such as patios.
Parvovirus is specific to dogs and is not transmitted to humans. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your dog and Parvovirus, please consult your veterinarian.

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PitMix Nov 07, 2018 08:27 AM
Canine Parvovirus on the Rise

The reader is just pointing out that of the $5M spent on animal care at the 3 County shelters, Santa Maria takes up most of it. Net intake at the 3 shelters for 7/2017 to 6/2018 (Dogs coming in minus dogs retrieved by owners) SB Shelter 163, Lompoc 338, Santa Maria 904. Quite a difference.

a-1556015148 Nov 07, 2018 07:15 AM
Canine Parvovirus on the Rise

Dear "it happens in North County every year" - I have many friends in No County who are much more responsible pet owners than you. And the Humane Society facility and services in Santa Maria puts ours in SB to shame. Stop being divisive and say something positive that adds to the conversation instead of finger wagging at others. Sorry to sound so harsh, but really!

a-1556015148 Nov 07, 2018 12:30 AM
Canine Parvovirus on the Rise

"Follow your veterinarian’s advice on the vaccination schedule. Adult dogs should receive the Parvovirus vaccination as part of their yearly vaccination package." =========================================================================== I understand your question, PitMix. I think they're saying follow your vet's advice DURING YOUR YEARLY VET VISIT. When a dog owner shows up for yearly vaccines. So many people are not up on their dogs' care that it's worth stating this, but I see your point -- and Public Health's. Animal Services (the shelter) is under their purview, so this is Animal Services's statement too. They, and your vet, will tell you that yearly Parvo vax is NOT necessary. They're pushing for protection, good for them!

a-1556015148 Nov 07, 2018 12:25 AM
Canine Parvovirus on the Rise

It happens in north county (almost) every year. There are fewer responsible pet owners there than in south county. It's a fact borne out by shelter and vet stats. Protect your pet!

a-1556015148 Nov 07, 2018 12:23 AM
Canine Parvovirus on the Rise

Boosters for the various common diseases are normal, if one takes a pet to a vet once a year. Or even less -- vets send out reminder postcards just like our dentists do! I do try to decrease some shots for my indoor cats. (Haven't had one get out in over 30 years) I've seen dying Parvo pups dumped at shelters. Nasty terrible illness. Adults are not so afflicted, but Parvo can live outdoors for a very long time. I'll choose the vax. ============================================================================ Parvo for adult dogs every 3 years. What is the DHPP Vaccine? The DHPP is a combination vaccine that prevents four different viruses: canine distemper, infectious hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. It’s actually a series of vaccines that your puppy will receive 3 times between six and sixteen weeks old. They’ll be given a combination vaccine booster one year after the series is completed and then additional boosters every three years throughout adulthood.

PitMix Nov 06, 2018 01:04 PM
Canine Parvovirus on the Rise

I think normally dogs are given distemper, rabies, and parvo vaccines every 3 yrs. This annual booster requirement is new to me.

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