Litter of puppies dies at PACC after 47 cases of parvovirus observed at the shelter

TUCSON (KVOA) – A litter of puppies has died at the Pima Animal Care Center after the shelter was hit by a parvovirus outbreak this week.

According to PACC, health workers have worked hard to treat 47 cases of parvo in their dogs that have been observed in the past five days. The shelter said that because the highly contagious virus can contaminate clothing, surfaces, bowls, collars and leashes, the virus can be fatal to unvaccinated puppies and adult dogs.

“Despite the best round-the-clock care by the clinic, a whole litter of puppies has died,” says Monica Dangler, head of the animal service. “It’s so heartbreaking to see them get sicker and sicker. They fight so hard, but their little bodies just can’t take it. “

Officials say symptoms of this virus include lethargy, loss of appetite, pain, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. In addition, most parvo deaths occur within the first two or three days after infection.

“This disease is progressing rapidly,” said Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, Director of Veterinary Services. “Puppies can apparently get normal to seriously ill within hours.”

To prevent the disease from becoming fatal, dog owners are advised to make sure their pets are informed about their vaccines and not to bring puppies or unvaccinated dogs into public places unless they are fully vaccinated.

“It’s very hard to get rid of Parvo once it’s in the soil of your yard,” said Wilcox. “The best protection for your pets is to get them vaccinated. A $ 15 vaccine can literally save your life. “

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