A latest uptick in a respiratory virus amongst shelter canine has brought about the San Diego Humane Society to quarantine affected animals and restrict shelter consumption till additional discover, it was introduced Monday.
Testing has confirmed that this situation on the rise within the shelters is canine pneumovirus.
The shelter is presently unable to absorb owner-surrendered canine at any campus location — San Diego, El Cajon, Escondido and Oceanside — besides in circumstances of emergency that threaten the well being of the pet.
“Canine pneumovirus is a comparatively new virus and causes signs akin to coughing, sneezing and nasal discharge,” stated Dr. Zarah Hedge, chief medical officer for SDHS. “Whereas most affected animals expertise minor cold- like signs, a small variety of canine might develop pneumonia.
“This virus typically spreads via kennels due to the excessive variety of canine in a single location,” she stated. “In a shelter setting, it’s vital that we quarantine sick canine for 14 days to allow them to relaxation, get better and we are able to stop unfold of the virus to the remainder of the shelter inhabitants or the group. With a view to protect house, we’re asking for the general public’s assist to restrict the variety of canine being delivered to our shelters.”
SDHS affords options to assist group members who’re unable to maintain their canine, together with:
— Rehoming sources, which assist house owners discover new houses for pets on-line, quite than taking them to a shelter;
— A group pet pantry that gives free pet meals and provides to pet house owners in want;
— Housing and eviction sources to assist pet house owners discover housing in San Diego County; and
— Habits and coaching instruments and companies.
SDHS President and CEO Gary Weitzman referred to as on San Diegans for help throughout this outbreak.
“This can be a difficult state of affairs occurring in the course of the busiest time of the 12 months,” he stated. “We’re working to resolve this as rapidly as attainable, and we sincerely respect our group’s understanding and assist.
“This comparatively new virus is already current in the neighborhood, Weitzman stated. “Most canine will develop solely delicate signs however if you happen to discover cold-like signs in your canine at house, schedule an appointment along with your veterinarian to judge your canine and suggest an applicable course of remedy.”
–Metropolis Information Service