Freedom Dog Park Closed - Possible Parvovirus Contamination

Posted by April Reiling on Jun 09, 2015
Tags: Animals, Community, Parks, Public Health, Town News, Recreation

A dog that recently visited Freedom Dog Park has been diagnosed with parvovirus and as a precaution the Town has closed the dog park for cleaning and sanitation. The dog park will receive remediation utilizing a diluted bleach solution to spray all areas where feces was found, as well as dog equipment, dog wash stations, drinking fountains, entry ways, etc. The irrigation will  run in the evening and/or morning as necessary, and crews will conduct a final sweep of the dog park. We anticipate reopening the dog park on Saturday, June 13th.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to clean the park for dog safety.

Vaccinated dogs are usually protected against contracting the virus, but that is not always the case. If you have concerns or notice unusual symptoms in your dog, please contact your veterinarian. Freedom Dog Park guidelines require that all visiting dogs have a current rabies vaccination, and no puppies under four months old are allowed. Talk with your veterinarian about other vaccinations that help protect your pet from common canine illnesses such as parvovirus (there is a parvovirus vaccination available).

Please make sure to pick up all feces left by your dog.

All dogs should be inoculated before socializing in areas where other dogs congregate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canine_parvovirus
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/parvovirus