Pasco County, Florida -- Pasco County Animal Services building is closed after four dogs tested positive for Parvovirus.
According to Dr. Suzanne Salichs, Assistant County Administrator for Public Services, staff has been requested to be thorough in making every effort to evaluate and do everything possible to lower any risk.
It is likely the facility located at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O' Lakes, will reopen on Tuesday, July 9th, pending no further outbreaks.
Pasco County Animal Services says the best way to help prevent dogs from getting or transmitting the virus is to vaccinate.
Dogs that come into the shelter are evaluated and examined, and given vaccinations for Parvovirus. However the virus has a 3-12 day incubation period, so that dogs that are infected with Parvovirus can test negative during the incubation period.
In the canine community, Parvovirus can be very contagious because it is transmitted through the feces and vomit of infected dogs and puppies.
The virus can live in feces for about two weeks and can exist in the environment (such as concrete sidewalks, floors, cages, bedding or rugs) for months.
Parvovirus symptoms typically include: loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, lethargy, fever and depression. Pasco County Animal Services is taking prudent and cautionary measures to clean and disinfect areas to reduce potential exposure.
The adoption area for cats will remain open, as it is rare for cats to contract Parvovirus.