Parvovirus outbreak in Milwaukee area has killed over 30 dogs
2012-06-29 14:51:00 -0700
Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Animal shelter officials are warning dog owners of a highly contagious canine parvovirus outbreak that has claimed the lives of more than 30 dogs in the Milwaukee area in the past few weeks.
Officials with the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission and the Wisconsin Humane Society say the parvovirus is not spreading at either of their shelters, but they note that puppies with the disease have been brought to both shelters.
The disease is highly deadly to puppies. They are urging people to vaccinate their dogs against the deadly disease, and if puppies are too young to receive their vaccination, to limit their exposure to outdoor areas, especially dog parks.
"People are taking life-threatening risks when they expose their unvaccinated pets to the environment outside their own home," said David Flagler, MADACC's executive director.
Symptoms of the virus include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, pain, dehydration, sepsis and death.
Read more about Canine Parvovirus Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention.