COLORADO SPRINGS – Two puppies are battling parvoviruses at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPR) and staff are seeking help from the community.
The Humane Society has tried to stay one step ahead of the virus for years, and most recently this week. A family of seven pups was rescued from Calhan, all of which were infected with Parvo.
“We took them to the animal emergency room and they could get this care overnight. Unfortunately, two of the puppies in the animal emergency room died. But our animal welfare authorities brought the rest of the family back here in the morning to humane society, which is where we started treating them here, ”Gretchen Pressley, Community Relations at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
The family of five became a family of three on Wednesday. A mother and her two pups are the only ones still alive.
“Unfortunately, Parvo can be a very serious, very fatal disease for young puppies with their already weakened immune systems. It takes a lot of resources to treat in an animal shelter and in any setting, ”said Pressley.
Although they are still fighting, the shelter staff believe they might be some of the lucky ones as many dogs fight the virus each year.
In 2020, HSPPR treated 59 cases of the virus in Colorado Springs and its facility treated 42 cases in Pueblo. Of the cases, 17 were fatal.
“We’ve had a lot of cases here where we didn’t get access to the puppy quickly enough and we couldn’t rescue them like we did with some of these puppies,” said Pressley.
Canine Parvovirus is a contagious virus that mainly affects dogs. It is transmitted from dog to dog through direct or indirect contact with their feces. Parvo can be extremely dangerous in animal shelters as it could easily spread if not contained.
Pressley said vaccines could have prevented many of the cases.
“Please make sure your dogs are vaccinated. It can prevent Parvos very well, otherwise it can be fatal in young dogs if not treated early enough, ”said Pressley.
The cost of treating a dog with parvo can vary depending on how much help they need. The price can range from a few hundred dollars to over $ 1,000.
“Parvo needs so many resources. So we’re asking the community for their help in donating to care for these pups and their mothers, ”said Pressley.
To donate, visit the Humane Society’s Facebook Page.