Parvo cases halt dog adoptions at Keller clinic

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Protecting your dog from Parvo Make sure your dog or puppy is up to date on all vaccinations, including the vaccination for Canine Parvovirus Keep your pet away from the feces of other dogs Remove animal feces from your yard frequently Keep food bowls and animal bedding clean Watch for symptoms, which include loss of appetite, vomiting, dehydration, fever, depression, lethargy and diarrhea. Source: Regional Animal Services

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Showings and adoptions of dogs at the Keller-based Regional Animal Adoption Center were stopped June 20 after two animals were determined to be ill with Canine Parvovirus, commonly referred to as Parvo. The regional center also serves Colleyville, Southlake and Westlake.

The hold will remain through at least June 28 to allow staff to follow best practices protocol in response to Parvo, which includes sanitizing the center and observing and testing dogs who may have been exposed to the virus.

“We need to focus on the health of our animals and make sure we also keep visitors’ household pets safe,” said Keller Police Lt. Mike Wilson, in a city news release. “This virus can latch on to shoes, clothes, so we want to avoid having anyone in the dog portion of the adoption center who could later expose the virus to healthy animals.”

The Keller facility will also be closed to dog transfers from other community shelters, and animal services officers will work to locate and contact lost dogs’ owners in the field to avoid admitting the animals to the adoption center, Wilson said.

For more information, call 817-743-4508.

Susan McFarland, 817-390-7547 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1

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