The Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter, a no-kill, open-admission shelter serving a small county in rural Georgia, has instituted a quarantine and temporarily closed to the public due to an outbreak of Parvo, according to a post on the Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter Facebook page.
Parvo is a highly contagious disease that primarily affects puppies who have not been vaccinated, and is very deadly. It is very common during the warm weather months.
Puppies with parvo experience severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and can die quickly from the dehydration that results. If your dog is exhibiting symptoms of parvo, especially if it's a puppy, please take it to a vet immediately. It can be a matter of life or death for the puppy.
This horrible disease can be largely prevented when puppies are given the appropriate vaccines to the puppies on the proper timetable.
It is an insidious virus that can live in the environment for extended periods, infecting other puppies.
This is yet another reason why it is important to pick up your dog's droppings, and to make sure your dog is vaccinated against Parvo.
The shelter is under quarantine until the outbreak is contained and the facilities have been disinfected. Please do not bring puppies to the shelter at this time.
Donations of dog and cat food, especially moist food, bleach, and cleaning supplies are welcomed. Please see their Facebook page for details on how to donate. If you'd like to drop donations, pet food, or supplies by the shelter, they are located at 358 Brown Road in Washington, GA.