The Pet Rescue Little league of Berks County postponed its planned free adoption weekend , which was to have taken place Friday through Sunday, due to more suspected cases of parvovirus in some of its canines.

“This morning, two dogs that recently arrived at the shelter started showing symptoms of parvovirus despite testing negative upon intake, ” said Jose Joel Delgado Rivera, the ARL’s chief communications officer in an email Thursday night. “One arrived last night, and the particular other showed up five days ago. Out of precaution and in order to be as conservative because possible, our medical team decided to close our own Kennel 2 area and not have the dogs in that area available for the event.

“Consequently, R& N (event sponsor Reading through & Northern Railroad) delayed the event in order to allow these dogs to be included in the sponsorship opportunity. We are looking for a new date to reschedule it. ”

The ARL held a pay-what-you-can event instead, excluding dogs in the affected kennel, because of the volume of animals it had in the care, Delgado Rivera stated.

The ARL had postponed a Sept. 3 ownership event due to three parvovirus cases when this closed all its dog kennels with regard to quarantine.

Canine parvovirus is highly contagious, attacks the particular gastrointestinal tract and bone marrow and can be fatal. There will be no cure, only supportive care consisting of intravenous fluids, anti-nausea medicine, pain management medicine, plus blood pressure, heat plus nutritional support monitored 24 hours a day, according to Dr. Kathryn M. McGonigle, assistant professor of internal medicine at the University associated with Pennsylvania Veterinary Medicine School in Philadelphia

“Depending on where you look in the literature, a person see anything from 60% to 90% survival with supportive care, ” McGonigle said last year. “And you can see anything up to 91% mortality for untreated patients. ”

The number of canines currently being treated regarding parvo at the ARL or if any experienced died from the previous instances in August was unavailable Friday, based on Matthew Pachuilo, the ARL multimedia specialist who was covering intended for Delgado Rivera.

Vaccination is usually the only parvo preventative. The virus remains active in the particular environment via infected dogs’ feces, vomit and saliva and can survive months indoors and years outdoors according in order to Dr . Lee Pickett plus the American Veterinary Medical Association .

A community cat in a Cumru Township colony.

Courtesy of Deb Dreisbach

A community cat in a Cumru Township colony.

Cat sterilization, TNR solutions to resume

The ARL also announced Thursday night that it has resumed taking appointments for public cat spay/neuter surgeries and trap, neuter, vaccinate plus release, or TNR, providers for community cats . Delgado Rivera said owners and trappers should register for surgeries online at . More information is available in berksarl. org .

“Due to the number of cases of parvovirus that will we see in the particular community, we will not be open to get dog surgeries just yet to ensure the safety associated with all creatures, Delgado Rivera said.

The particular ARL got stopped taking appointments pertaining to public spaying, neutering and TNR service on July 8 due to a surgical staffing shortage. Since then, Dr. Misha Neumann began working there full time in This summer, but Dr. Jason Banning left Aug. 19, Delgado Rivera mentioned.

Pachuilo has been unable to say Friday whether another veterinarian had been hired. He did note that the particular ARL’s actual public cat surgeries would resume Tuesday for those who acquired made visits.

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