Parvovirus closes Escondido dog park

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. – The Mayflower Dog Park in Escondido was closed Tuesday morning after a dog who visited the park came down with a case of Parvo, city officials said.

The park at 3420 Valley Center Road was closed as a precautionary measure and was expected to remain closed until January 2, 2016. A dog who visited the park in November became sick with parvo, a contagious disease that can result in death in extreme cases.

Parvovirus can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s feces/ Highly resistant, the virus can live in the environment for months, and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors. It is common for an unvaccinated dog to contract parvovirus from the streets, especially in urban areas where there are many dogs.

Symptoms include lethargy, vomiting, loss of appetite and bloody diarrhea.

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