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Humane Society closed after virus found

The Spokane Humane Society has imposed a 14-day quarantine on itself after a dog tested positive for Parvovirus and a kitten tested positive for feline distemper. Both viral diseases are highly contagious. The shelter will be closed to the public while staff monitor the animals housed there and disinfect the facility, according to a press release from the organization. The shelter will also not be accepting new animals. “Taking this measure will help reduce the chance of spreading the disease,” said executive director Dave Richardson. People who have adopted a dog or cat from the facility within the last two weeks should look for symptoms. A dog infected with the Parvovirus will have loss of appetite, vomiting, dehydration, lethargy, bloody diarrhea and odd-smelling feces. Cats with feline distemper will show similar symptoms. If an animal appears to be ill, the owner should contact a veterinarian immediately. Pet owners are urged to vaccinate their pets to prevent such diseases, the organization said.
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