South Lake Tahoe is experiencing an unusually high number of PARVO cases!, according to the warning poster from the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA yesterday.

Parvovirus alert/SLT HUmane Society Facebook page
Parvovirus alert/SLT HUmane Society Facebook page

According to the organizations official Facebook page, Parvo is hitting South Lake Tahoe HARD! Please make sure your dogs are vaccinated! Don’t let your dog sniff or eat other dogs feces, that’s how it spreads! Look out for signs in your pup, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy. If you dog has any of these signs call your vet right away!

Eleven parvo cases have been reported in the past 10 days.

As a precaution, the South Lake Tahoe Parks Department has closed the Dog Park located on Al Tahoe Blvd. for a thorough cleaning. The park will remain closed for seven to ten days after cleaning as recommended, according to a MyNews 4 report.

According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, Canine parvovirus (CPV) is a highly contagious and relatively common cause of acute, infectious GI illness in young dogs. Young (6 wk to 6 mo), unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated dogs are most susceptible.