Vets, Amarillo Humane Society say theyâ??re seeing disease outbreak in dogs

Vets, Amarillo Humane Society say theyâ??re seeing disease outbreak in dogs

The Amarillo Panhandle Humane Society and local veterinarians said that they have been seeing an increase in Parvo and Distemper in dogs.

Canine Parvovirus, or Parvo, is a highly contagious disease in younger dogs and mainly affects the intestinal tract. Itâ??s spread thru infected fecal matter.

Canine Distemper is virus in dogs that affects their respiratory and central nervous system. This is spread thru fluids like urine, saliva, and blood.

Dr. David Faulkner, a local veterinarian at Hope Veterinarian Clinic, said they have treated around 30 cases of the diseases. He said most of the dogs heâ??s treated have been dogs that have been adopted.

â??The dog's we've treated have been from the pound and nice shelters," Faulkner said.

He said while Parvo is easier to treat, Distemper is almost impossible to cure once it hits the dogâ??s neurological system.

Owner of Critter Camp Judi Glidewell posted about the disease on her Facebook blog called Amarillo Animal Contrl-72 hours until death. She said the response she got the next morning was shocking.

â??I got so many emails and so many stories about people telling me how theyâ??ve adopted animals and then died,â?? Glidewell said.

Scott Mcdonald, Interim Director for Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare, said Parvo has always been a continuous problem, but that the department doesnâ??t have a problem with Distemper.

â??If we absolutely had a problem with Distemper, we would absolutely be addressing it and address it to the public, but itâ??s just not there,â?? Mcdonald said.

The Amarillo Panhandle Humane Society said they got their first distemper outbreak in June.

Glidewell also said that while the department has greatly improved, the current building is not helping in curing the disease.

â??Scottâ??s doing a great job, but itâ??s a big problem out there. Itâ??s going to be a big problem as long as the shelter is still 40 years old,â?? Glidewell said.

She also said the Animal Management and Welfare department needs to take more precaution when dealing with sick animals.

â??Isolating the sick animals, Donâ??t cross contaminate, donâ??t let the same kennel workers handling the sick animals handle the healthy animal,â??

Dr. Faulker also said they have a serum they order from Houston that helps cure the dog of distemper if caught early enough.

The humane society they test all the dogs for Parvo, but not Distemper because of the high cost of the test.

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