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Parvo and distemper cases break out at El Paso shelter

Puppies, like the ones shown here, and dogs at El Paso Animal Services are being affected by dogs coming into the shelter with Parvo and Distemper.
Puppies, like the ones shown here, and dogs at El Paso Animal Services are being affected by dogs coming into the shelter with Parvo and Distemper.
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The City of El Paso, Texas Animal Services has reported that cases of distemper and parvo have broken out at the City of El Paso shelter and the El Paso Humane Society, according to a report published today on the KVIA website. They did not indicate the number of pets impacted by these diseases. Both shelters remain open and operating for both intakes and adoptions.

A report on the El Paso Times website stresses that cats are not affected. The report says that animals who are exposed are quarantined, but all animals who develop Distemper or Parvo at the shelter are euthanized. They did not give any numbers as to how many dogs and puppies have been euthanized since these cases started to appear.

Both of these diseases are very contagious, and both are largely preventable by keeping your dogs vaccinated on the appropriate vaccination schedule.