A recent increase in a respiratory virus among shelter dogs has caused the San Diego Humane Society to quarantine affected animals and limit admission to the shelter until further notice, it was announced Monday.
Tests have confirmed that this growing condition in shelters is canine pneumovirus.
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The shelter is currently unable to accommodate owner-abandoned dogs on any campus — San Diego, El Cajon, Escondido and Oceanside — except in an emergency that threatens the animal’s health.
“Canine pneumovirus is a relatively new virus and causes symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and runny nose,” said SDHS Chief Medical Officer Dr Zarah Hedge. “While most affected animals show minor cold-like symptoms, a small number of dogs may develop pneumonia.
“This virus often spreads in kennels due to the high number of dogs in one place,” she said. “In a shelter, it is essential that we quarantine sick dogs for 14 days so that they can rest, recover and prevent the spread of the virus to the rest of the shelter or community population. space, we ask for public support to limit the number of dogs brought into our shelters.”
SDHS has offered the following alternatives to help community members who cannot keep their dogs, including:
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SDHS President and CEO Gary Weitzman appealed to San Diegans for help during this outbreak.
“This is a difficult situation that occurs during the busiest time of the year,” Add said. “We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible, and we sincerely appreciate the understanding and support from our community.
“This relatively new virus is already in the community,” Weitzman said. “Most dogs will only develop mild symptoms, but if you notice cold symptoms in your dog at home, make an appointment with your veterinarian to evaluate your dog and recommend appropriate treatment.”