19 Jan '12, 7am

Two dogs at SPCA contract dangerous virus #Singapore

Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has temporarily stopped taking in stray dogs or cats after two dogs at its shelter in Mount Vernon fell ill to a dangerous virus. The animal welfare group said on its website and Facebook page on Tuesday that two dogs housed in its quarantine and holding area were confirmed to be suffering from canine parvovirus , and that it would not be taking in new dogs until danger of contagion had been cleared. On Wednesday, it expanded the ban to cats since felines are vulnerable to a variant of the virus. Canine parvovirus mainly affects dogs, and can exist on a wide range of objects – from blades of grass to drinking water bowls – should a dog carrying the virus (a “carrier”) come into contact with such things. The virus is then undetectable in dogs that contract it until symptoms such as lethargy, vomiting, fever and bloody diar...

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