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2 Dogs Test Positive for Parvovirus At Memphis Animal Services

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - - According to Memphis Animal Services, there were two positive tests for parvovirus in the adoption room at MAS on Saturday. The two dogs were humanely euthanized and MAS was shut down for the day.

Parvovirus is highly contagious and causes moderate to severe vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, among other symptoms.  Treatment is variable, but typically includes fluid therapy, antibiotics, and anti - vomiting medication.

All un-vaccinated dogs are at risk of infection with the virus, with young puppies being the most vulnerable to disease.  Though the virus can infect pets year round, it typically causes more issues in our region during the warmer months of the year.

The virus is very hard to kill.  Traditional soaps and disinfectants are ineffective against the virus.  The most consistently effective cleaner is dilute bleach. 

Every veterinary clinic, pet store, boarding facility, training facility, shelter, and humane society does battle with this virus.
In order to protect the health of the entire population of pets at MAS, the facility has been shut down for one day in order to complete the deep cleaning process required to contain the virus. 

It is our hope that early and aggressive quarantine and cleaning will prevent isolated pockets of disease from becoming an outbreak, or even an epidemic.  

The cornerstones of disease prevention in a shelter setting are vaccination, continuous surveillance, and building hygiene.  Clinical rounds are completed on a daily basis.  In addition, each Animal Care Technician is trained to complete an evaluation request for any pet in their area showing signs of illness or injury.

We will continue to monitor each of the pets under our care for any symptoms of clinical disease.  We appreciate all of our supporters and adopters and ask for your patience with our effort to protect the remainder of the shelter population.

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