Shelter adoption wing quarantined for parvo

The Macon Animal Shelter has quarantined its adoption room for two weeks after a puppy tested positive for canine parvovirus.

To follow state regulations, the shelter has suspended adoptions at the 11th Street facility, Paula Fuller, an assistant there, said Tuesday. The affected dog was the youngest in the shelter’s adoption wing.

Fuller said the five other dogs that may have been exposed were older and might not be infected.

The shelter will operate as usual, just with the adoption room closed, she said.

Signs of parvo in dogs include vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes with blood, high fever and dehydration. There is a high mortality rate in young puppies. Vaccines are available for prevention of the disease.