Dogs Die From Parvovirus Outbreak
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#1 Jun 15, 2011
The Halfaday Chihuahua’s send some love their fellow animal friends that have passed away and wishes for healthy recovery for their pals in the kennel.
Kermit the Dog
#2 Jun 15, 2011
Clearly the Louisa County General Services Director needs to be reeducated. Vaccinating dogs in the shelter is one of the few things that will prevent them from getting sick. It does not cause them to get sick. Perhaps the Louisa Animal Shelter would have been able to contain some of the spread of parvo if they had simply vaccinated the dogs right away.
#3 Jun 15, 2011
I agree with this to an extent, but it's not necessarily true on your statement about vaccinations. Puppies and senior dogs CAN get sick from vaccinations, depending on the vaccination. No, they won't catch whatever they're being vaccinated against, but their bodies are in a way rejecting the vaccination. Same thing will happen to some people after getting shots; some will get colds because their body is trying to adjust.
#4 Jun 16, 2011
I was just reading this and need to add my 2 cents. Although you can get sick from a vaccine, my own dog lost 2 legs from a vaccine reaction, the chances are far slimmer than the chance of catching parvo if you you are unvaccinated. We have been seeing a huge increase in parvo lately and I suspect part of it is the economy prevents people from going to the vet as much as they might have in the past. The shelters and SPCA are certainly doing their best, but this virus is so contagious that any large facility with 100's of dog is going to get hit.
We recently posted a blog and podcast on Parvo to see if we can help educate the public. If you are interested, you can visit our local website and read the original (not replicated) post.
They key points are vaccination and isolation.
#5 Jun 16, 2011
The Director of General Services and the Doctor are both correct. Also, if a dog comes to the shelter and already has the virus, it won't cure the virus. Other shelters have also experienced outbreaks but managed to keep it off the news. AS the doctor wrote "... the shelters and SPCA are certainly doing their best, but this virus is so contagious that any large facility with 100's of dog is going to get hit." Vaccination and isolation do work, but they are not 100 percent effective. Even the aggressive varicella vaccination programs of the CDC and local health departments have not completely eliminated chicken pox outbreaks in the human population. The government of Louisa County and its Director of General Services should be commended for a reasonable response and for their commitment to open government.
#6 Jun 16, 2011
i have worked at three diffrent animal hospitals and clinics over a course of 11 years and have taken care of parvo patients. this highly intestinal virus is very serious and can be hard to manage.when animals come in sometimes they are not showing any signs of the virus but they are carring it.although i have brought stay animals in to shelters before i have seen where they will vaccinate as a prevention but its not 100%. parvo is a cruel way to die i have seen it so if you have a puppy get them vaccinated early as 6 weeks which follows with 3 to 4 boosters up until they are 16 weeks old.check with your vet on this.prevention is better than nothing.
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