Sanford Shelter Dog Adoptions and Intake Closed Until Further Notice

Over the last several weeks, Pet Alliance has confirmed 6 dogs with canine parvovirus at the Orlando Shelter and Sanford Shelter. Due to our building capacity, we will suspend dog adoption and intakes at our Sanford location until further notice. Additionally, Hound Around Town at BOTH shelters will also be closed until further notice. 

The Orlando shelter will continue as normal due to the ability to quarantine and isolate. The puppies are being treated and are responding well.

We will have several extended adoption events that will have both cats and dog at PetSmart Lake Mary. Here is the schedule:

  • Mon. Dec 2nd, 1-4pm
  • Thurs. Dec 5th, 12-4pm
  • Fri. Dec 6th, 12-4pm
  • Mon. Dec 9th, 1-4pm
  • Thurs. Dec 12th, 12-4pm
  • Fri. Dec 13th, 12-4pm

Normal weekend events at Lake Mary are still on schedule. You can find ALL of our offsite adoptable pets here.

Things to know about Canine Parvovirus (CPV or Parvo) Virus

What is the Parvo Virus?

Parvo is a highly contagious virus that largely affects puppies ages six weeks to six months. Unvaccinated or dogs who have not received their booster shots are most at risk for contracting Parvo.

There is no evidence that this Canine Parvovirus can infect people.

What does Parvo cause?

Parvo causes a severe intestinal infection that replicates most commonly in the small intestine causing a number of GI issues and can even make its way into lymphopoietic tissue and bone marrow. Here are a few common symptoms to look out for:

  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Severe, bloody diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Weight-loss related to not eating
  • Weakness

How do dogs get Parvo?

This virus is highly contagious and is spread through direct contact with an infected dog, or through indirect contact with contaminated areas. Antibodies from mom help protect puppies after they’re born, but soon fade as the puppy starts weaning. That’s why it’s strongly encouraged for pet parents to vaccinate young pups as soon as they’re able to at six-eight weeks against Parvo as well as many other preventable illnesses, as they are most susceptible. 

It’s also strongly recommended that puppies who are not vaccinated (starting as early as when they are first born to when they are first vaccinated) are quarantined from other dogs to limit their exposure to potentially harmful viruses like Parvo. 

How are Parvo-infected dogs treated?

All cases are treated individually by our shelter medical team, but affected dogs can receive a combination of IV antibiotics, fluids, anti nausea and anti diarrheal medicine in addition to round the clock care. 

Parvo reduces a dog’s ability to fight infection by lowering white blood cell count, so keeping pups stable is imperative. 

Is there a vaccine for Parvo?

Puppies are vaccinated against parvo at approximately 6, 8, and 12 weeks of age via the DHPP vaccine that also helps prevent other illnesses as well. 

Is diagnostic testing necessary if I strongly suspect Parvo?

If you suspect your dog has the symptoms of Parvo, it’s important to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. 

At your appointment, the vet will conduct a run a test called an ELISA to search for virus antigens your dog’s fece, as well as any additional testing.

What can I do if Parvo is confirmed by diagnostic testing?

You veterinarian will want to begin immediately treating the virus and it’s symptoms. Reference the “How are Parvo-infected dogs treated” section for  details. 

  • Most puppies that survive the first 3-to-4 days will make a complete recovery, which usually takes around one week.
  • Bleach is one of the few disinfectants known to kill the virus.