September 19, 2023
Leah Cohen, Communications Director
Phone: (562) 355-0490, Email: PIO@animalcare.lacounty.gov
DACC Advisory: Canine Parvovirus Cases in the Antelope Valley
DACC provides information on one of the more common diseases of dogs, which is highly preventable through vaccination, and urges the community to take proactive measures to protect their pets.
The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) has seen an increase in cases of Canine Parvovirus among dogs and puppies admitted to its animal care centers DACC urges pet owners in these communities to take preventive measures to protect their canine family members in the Antelope Valley.
Canine Parvovirus, commonly known as “Parvo,” is a viral disease that primarily affects puppies and unvaccinated dogs. It can lead to severe gastrointestinal distress, dehydration, and even death if left untreated. Clinical signs usually begin between 5-7 days after infection but can range between 2-14 days. The most common signs of parvo are lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. The disease is diagnosed through a physical exam and fecal test. While parvo can be treatable, it must be caught early to be successful. Treatment is intensive and includes supportive care to help battle dehydration and other potential secondary infections.
DACC Senior Veterinarian Dr. Rachelle Saelor expressed her concerns, saying, “Parvovirus is highly contagious and can survive in the environment for months, even years in dark and damp environments. We urge residents to take proactive measures to prevent this disease, and to consult your veterinarian as soon as you suspect your pet is sick to prevent further spread.”
To prevent further spread of Parvovirus in the Antelope Valley, DACC provides these recommendations for pet owners:
- Vaccinate Your Dogs: Ensure that your pets are up to date with their vaccinations, including the Parvovirus vaccine. Puppies should receive a series of vaccinations to build immunity.
- Practice Good Hygiene: Properly disinfect areas where dogs have been, especially in public spaces such as parks and sidewalks. Parvovirus can survive on surfaces for extended periods of time. Maintain proper biosecurity of your home and yard by properly cleaning and disinfecting regularly.
- Isolate Sick Dogs: If your dog shows any symptoms of Parvovirus, such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or loss of appetite, isolate them from other dogs immediately and seek veterinary care.
- Consult a Veterinarian: Regular check-ups and consultations with a veterinarian are essential to monitor your dog’s health and address any concerns promptly. If you think your pet may have contracted parvovirus, act immediately.
- Educate Others: Spread awareness about the importance of Parvovirus prevention within your community. Encourage fellow pet owners to vaccinate and practice good hygiene.
DACC provides accessible vaccination clinics and educational resources to the community through Vet@thePark, a subprogram of the Pets Are Family Program.
“DACC is carefully monitoring the increase in parvovirus cases and is providing vaccination clinics to this high-need area” said DACC Director Marcia Mayeda “We all want to keep our beloved pets safe and healthy, and DACC is determined to help this community do just that.”
The following vaccination clinics are scheduled for the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita areas in 2023:
- Low-Cost Vaccine Clinics at the Animal Care Centers:
9/15- Castaic ACC
9/21 – Lancaster ACC
9/26 – Palmdale ACC
10/23- Castaic ACC
10/20- Lancaster ACC
10/24- Palmdale ACC
- Vet@thePark Events (Free Vaccine Clinics)
10/14 – “BarkTober” at El Cariso Park, (Hosted by: Castaic ACC)
10/29 – 1002 E Ave Q12 (Hosted by: Palmdale ACC)
11/19- 27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd. (Hosted by: Castaic ACC)
12/10- Lancaster Park, (Hosted by: Lancaster ACC)
For more on DACC’s Pets Are Family Program, click here.
About Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control (DACC)
DACC is one of the largest animal care and control agencies in the nation, operating seven animal care centers and providing services to more than three million residents and their pets. DACC operates under the nationally recognized Socially Conscious Sheltering model to ensure the best possible outcomes for animals and the community. As a community resource center for pets and owners, DACC protects people and animals from harm, provides care for lost and unwanted animals, reunites lost pets with their families, and strives every day to move closer to its goal of finding a loving home for every adoptable pet that comes through its doors. To learn more about DACC, the resources DACC provides, and view its animals, visit www.animalcare.lacounty.gov or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. To support DACC’s efforts, please donate to the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation at www.lacountyanimals.org. To learn more about Socially Conscious Sheltering, visit https://scsheltering.org/.