A dog’s home has had to close temporarily after a parvovirus outbreak in its kennels.

Birmingham Dogs Home said it will be closed for three weeks to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

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A parvovirus outbreak is highly contagious, as it attacks cells in dogs’ intestines. It can be fatal if left untreated.

Moreover, the charity said every dog in its care is receiving regular vet checks. And, “every measure has been put in place” to prevent further infections.

Its center in Wolverhampton will remain open for visitors. And, they will contact anyone with appointments at the Birmingham center.

“The health of all the dogs in our care is our top priority,” the charity said.

Last month, Birmingham Dogs Home said its rescue centers were “completely full”. This was as more owners made the decision to give up their pets as a result of the cost of living crisis.

Anyone who finds a stray dog or who wishes to give up their pet has been urged to contact local dog wardens during the outbreak.

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Image caption, Birmingham Dogs Home will be closed for three weeks

What is a Parvovirus Outbreak?

Parvovirus attacks cells in a dog’s intestines, stopping it from absorbing nutrients.

This causes weakness and dehydration.

Symptoms start with foul-smelling diarrhea with blood in it. Then, it goes on with vomiting, loss of appetite, collapse, depression, fever, and sudden death.

Dogs and puppies can be vaccinated against parvovirus from the age of six weeks. They also need boosters to be fully protected.

It is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily through unvaccinated dogs.

Source: Blue Cross

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