We are in a state of heightened alert here at our shelter. A litter of four, precious, Boxer puppies who were transferred from another shelter last week, has tested positive for parvovirus and exposed several other puppies and adult dogs to the disease.
Because these puppies are so young, they have not had all of their vaccines, making them highly susceptible to the virus. These poor babies started showing signs of illness the day after they arrived and we immediately tested them. Sadly, all four pups came back positive.
This is a scary situation because parvovirus is extremely contagious and often lethal. Once we knew that we had a positive case, our team jumped into action to protect the rest of the animals in our care. Several pups housed in the same room with them are now isolated on parvo watch. They will not be available for adoption until we are certain they have cleared the incubation period for the disease.
Parvovirus attacks the gastrointestinal tract so these vulnerable, innocent puppies are experiencing diarrhea, vomiting, inappetence and lethargy. They must be closely monitored and are receiving constant fluids to keep them hydrated. Luckily, we have a top-notch Shelter Medicine Team on their side that will do whatever it takes to save these pups.
The staff and treatment required to care for these puppies is expensive. We look to you, our community, to help us care for them and all of the other animals we serve. We can’t do it alone. Join us in our mission to raise $350,000 by July 31st during our Lend A Paw Campaign so we can continue to save lives like these helpless babies.