Recently a number of dogs that were picked up in the southeast side of Georgetown have tested positive for parvovirus, a serious, often fatal canine disease.
In the past two months, five dogs have tested positive for parvovirus. All were picked up by Georgetown Animal Services in the southeast area of Georgetown. Dogs that are not confined to a yard can roam and spread the disease through contact with other dogs.
Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can be passed from one dog to another. Symptoms include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your dog is exhibiting symptoms of parvovirus infection, contact your veterinarian immediately.
The parvovirus vaccine is highly effective in preventing the disease. Georgetown Animal Services reminds residents with puppies that the first round of vaccinations should be given at six to eight weeks. A common vaccine called a 5-in-1 protects dogs against parvovirus and four other common diseases. Puppies typically receive a series of vaccinations at three to four week intervals after the first shots. All dogs should receive regular vaccinations after the first year.
As with all animals in their care, Georgetown Animal Services employees take several precautions to prevent the spread of disease among dogs at the shelter.
According to petmd.com and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the type of parvovirus that affects dogs cannot be transmitted to humans.
For more information on parvovirus, including symptoms, prevention, and treatment, go to the ASPCA site at www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/parvovirus.
The Georgetown Animal Shelter website is pets.georgetown.org. The shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Street next to the McMaster Athletic Complex. Contact the Animal Shelter by phone at (512) 930-3592 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.