Earlier today on Wednesday, May 11th, the Enid SPCA Enid’s no-kill animal shelter announced that it will be closed to the public for the next 2 weeks due to a virus outbreak amongst the animals. The shelter is currently battling two virus outbreaks. Those outbreaks are parvovirus and canine distemper virus.
The ESPCA said that they spoke to state veterinarians who say that raccoons can carry and spread distemper. ESPCA is also concerned that people have not kept up with vaccinations for their dogs for rabies, distemper, and parvovirus.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association AKA AVMA,” Distemper is often fatal, and dogs that survive usually have permanent, irreparable nervous system damage”. The AVMA says that symptoms of distemper are pus discharge from the eyes, fever, coughing, vomiting, and more.
Parvovirus can be fatal in dogs as well, the AVMA says that most parvovirus deaths in dogs occur within the 48 to 72 hours after symptoms have shown. Symptoms of Parvovirus are lethargy, vomiting, fever, and loss of appetite.
The ESPCA urged pet owners to vaccinate their pets.