Escondido dog park closes after dog contracts Parvo virus

ESCONDIDO (KUSI) – A dog park in Escondido was closed Tuesday as a precautionary measure after a dog contracted Parvo.

The Mayflower Dog Park, located at 3420 Valley Center Road will be closed until January 2, 2016, according to Escondido City officials.

According to Canine Journal, Parvo is spread through a dog’s feces whether through direct or indirect contact with the feces of an infected dog. There are two types of the virus, classified by the system of the body that is mainly affected.

Cardiac variant of Parvo is much less common than the intestinal form and is found in young puppies under eight weeks old. These puppies usually have been infected by a mother with parvo while they were still in utero, according to Canine Journal.

The intestinal form of this virus is passed through oral contact with the parvo virus. The virus can be spread through feces or infected soil.

Canine Journal reports that dogs with the virus should be hospitalized for treatment. Treatment consists of the administration of crystalloid IV fluids and or colloids, administration of anti-nausea medications and injection of antibiotics.

For further information, call 760.839.4691.

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