The Lancaster County SPCA has identified several cases of a deadly disease for dogs.
Officials say several cases of canine parvovirus have been linked to dogs and puppies located at the southern end of Lancaster City.
Canine parvovirus is a potentially deadly but preventable disease that most commonly affects the canine intestinal tract. The disease is not transmissible to humans.
Symptoms of canine parvovirus include loss of appetite, vomiting, dehydration, fever, depression, lethargy, and diarrhea. This disease is often fatal but if owners seek proper veterinary treatment soon after symptoms appear, an infected dog's life can be saved.
To prevent the disease from spreading, the Lancaster County SPCA has quarantined infected pets to a specific area of the shelter and is working with local veterinarians to ensure proper disinfection procedures are followed.
Dog owners are urged to make sure all of your pets vaccinations are up-to-date, keep pets away from other dogs feces and remove animal feces from your yard frequently. Also keep food bowls and animal bedding clean.
If your pet shows symptoms of canine parvovirus seek veterinary attention immediately.