PARVO VIRUS on Vashon 10/26/2012
URGENT Parvo Warning - Lisabuela Park
VIPP would like users of Lisabuela park to be aware that multiple dogs that are now known to be infected with the Parvo virus were at the park this week. These dogs were not VIPP dogs - but belong to a family that we are now assisting with medical care.
Parvo is a highly contagious viral disease that can be fatal without prompt treatment. A dog becomes infected with Parvo after coming into contact with microscopic particles of the virus. The disease is transmitted by oral contact with infected feces or through indirect contact with areas or objects that have been contaminated - for example, infected dogs and their owners can track the virus across soil and grass, where it can survive for months. While Parvo is most common in puppies, dogs of all ages - particularly unvaccinated dogs - are at risk.
Dogs with the most common form of the illness suffer from an acute onset of lethargy, anorexia, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. The severity of clinical signs varies - but immediate veterinary attention is critical.
More detail on the illness can be found here http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm%2Fbc%2F23301.htm
Please use precaution. Puppies or dogs without up to date vaccinations should avoid the park for the near future and dog owners who have visited the park in the past week should closely monitor their dogs - with immediate veterinary care provided for any dog showing any sign of the illness.