Lewiston animal shelter on guard for parvo

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LEWISTON — The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society is foregoing adoptions for two weeks after a dog at the shelter was diagnosed with parvovirus.

Shelter officials announced the move in various ways, including a notice on their Facebook page posted at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. The afflicted dog, they said, is being treated for the virus.

“Thankfully, we caught the illness soon enough and are providing this dog with treatment off site,” the notice said. “For the safety of the dogs in our care and the communities’ dogs, we will halt dog adoptions and intakes for 14 days so we can monitor the dogs already in house.”

The shelter is at 55 Strawberry Ave.

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Parvo is a highly contagious viral infection, generally affecting the intestinal track and white blood cells. Without immediate treatment and supportive care, this virus can be life-threatening, shelter officials said.

Meanwhile, the shelter was also asking for help from the public.

“Two things our current dogs are asking for while they are housed for 14 days: durable dog toys and yummy treats to fill their Kongs with,” according to the statement. “Wondering how you can help us prevent situations like this from happening? Educate community members on how important it is to have their dogs vaccinated against parvo. A series of vaccinations can help a dog live a happy and healthy, parvo-free life.”

More information can be found at www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/parvovirus.

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