The spread of the Canine Distemper Virus is causing concerns to the level that 25 dogs had to be euthanized in a humane way in an animal shelter in Ohio. The news is revealed by officials at the Cincinnati Animal CARE, and the same authority has restricted adoptions and intake. The information was spotted by Valley News Live.
More and more dogs die because of the Canine Distemper Virus, which is why authorities had to make harsh decisions. The remaining animals at the shelter will be closely monitored.
Dogs are being tested daily
Dogs are tested every day by shelter officials to see if the animals are infected or not. So far, 33 cases of infection with the Canine Distemper Virus have been confirmed out of 75 tests that were conducted.
Meaghan Colville, who is the director of lifesaving operations at the shelter, explained more for WXIX. She stated as Valley News Live quotes:
Since restricting intake, we’ve still seen more than 80 dogs come through in the last week, but that is not sustainable,
More dogs will get sick if we continue at the rate of the hundreds of dogs we see on a monthly basis. Without help from the public, we will lose healthy dogs.
Canine Distemper Virus is a highly contagious viral disease that can affect not only dogs but other animals as well: wolves, foxes, ferrets, and raccoons. Exposure to contaminated objects could be enough for an animal to become infected with the virus. If a dog, for instance, eats from the same bowl that an infected dog has also eaten from, the former can also catch the virus.
Luckily, there are vaccines available against the virus, although they still cannot offer 100% protection. On the other side, there is currently no cure available for the Canine Distemper Virus, but the symptoms can be managed through treatment.