The death of a puppy from a highly contagious illness in dogs, parvo, has resulted in a quarantine at the Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare Center.
According to the Macon-Bibb County website, the puppy was found dead Thursday. Chris Grice, a Macon veterinarian serving the center, made the diagnosis.
During the quarantine, no animals will be admitted or released from the center. Records of animals recently adopted in the past few days that may have had contact with the puppy are being reviewed, according to the website. Those who have recently adopted from the center should watch for signs of the illness.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s website, some signs of parvo include lethargy, loss of appetite, fever, vomiting and severe and often bloody diarrhea. Vomiting and diarrhea can cause rapid dehydration, with most parvo-related deaths occurring within 48 to 72 hours after onset of symptoms. Pet owners are encouraged to contact their vet if their dog or puppy shows any signs of infection, according to the website.
The quarantine is expected to remain in place pending a visit by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
The center’s number is (478) 621-6791.
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