Pets and Beasts

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Keep Your Pup Safe: Understanding Parvo and Distemper

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Keep your dogs away from public pup places while there is a high threat of parvo and distemper. - JIMMY BAIKOVICIUS/FLICKR
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  • Keep your dogs away from public pup places while there is a high threat of parvo and distemper.

In the last month, a spike in distemper and parvo cases constituted an outbreak in Tucson and a warning for Marana. Both of the diseases are highly contagious and possibly fatal for dogs who contract either illness.

Last week, the Pima Animal Care Center halted all voluntary owner surrenders after the spike in distemper and strep zoo, another fatal dog illness, killed at least four dogs and sickened 10 others at the shelter, according to the Arizona Daily Star

That a parvo outbreak struck the northwest side of Tucson that killed more pets within the past several weeks. Dogs that were treated for the disease visited the Crossroads at Silverbell Dog Park.

To keep your dog safe from contracting parvo or distemper, make sure to understand the illnesses and to look out for the sign and symptoms of the diseases.

What is distemper?

Distemper is a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous system.

How does it spread?

The virus spreads through contact with droplets from an infected animal's cough, sneeze, eye or nasal discharge.

Signs and symptoms:

Typically begins with signs of a respiratory illness like fever, cough, eye and nasal discharge. Gastrointestinal symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, lack of appetite, weight loss — these usually occur in the early stages. Neurological symptoms include tremors of the legs, head and neck, stumbling, seizures and paralysis. Some dogs also experience an overgrowth and hardening of the foot pads.

What is parvo?


Parvo is a potentially deadly virus that attacks a dog's gastrointestinal tract and, occasionally, heart tissue.

How does it spread?

Parvo shed in the excrement of infected dogs and can live on surfaces for months in extreme conditions. The virus can also e transmitted from contaminated surfaces like clothing, shoes and floors.

Signs and symptoms:

Most common signs of the virus is vomiting and diarrhea. Depression, fever, loss of appetite, weight, activity and water intake are also symptoms of the disease. One hallmark symptom is bloody vomit and diarrhea which can mean serious damage to internal organs.

What you can do to to keep you pet healthy

Both parvo and distemper are serious diseases that need immediate medical attention once contracted, but there are ways to keep your pet from getting sick. It is recommended owners keep their dogs from dog parks, pet stores and other areas where viruses have a high risk of transmission, according to the American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Also be sure to get pets vaccinated against the virus, especially young dogs that are more susceptible to disease.  

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Bella Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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Hi, I'm Bella!

I'm a pretty 1.5-year-old girl and I need a new home. I was transferred to HSSA from a different shelter so they don't know a lot about my history, but what they do know is that I love to play, run and jump!

I'm looking for an active home where I can get ample exercise and play time and might even benefit from some doggy brain games.

If you're looking for a pretty, playful dog to join your home I might be the perfect fit!
Contact the Humane Society of Southern Arizona Main Campus at 520-327-6088 ext. 173 for more information and to check on my status!

Lots of love,
Bella (832905)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Devin Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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Hi, I'm Devin!

I'm a fun, 9-month-old little boy and I need a new home! I love to play and was having so much fun during my photo shoot trying to get as close to the camera as possible.

I love people and would enjoy a home where I can have a lot of space to play, run and explore.
If you're looking for an energetic kitten I might be the perfect fit! Come by Humane Society of Southern Arizona Main Campus at 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. or give them a call at 327-6088 ext. 173 for more information!

Lots of love,
Devin (833882)

Monday, October 31, 2016

Ivan Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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Hi again, remember me? I'm Ivan!

I have officially lived at HSSA for over two months and I can't wait to find my forever home!

I'm a handsome, 4-year-old boy and I need a new home! I was found as a stray so HSSA doesn't know a lot about my history, but what they do know is that I'm very strong and need a home that is willing to give me ample exercise and play time!

If you're looking for a sweet and loyal boy I might be the perfect dog for your home!

Contact the Humane Society of Southern Arizona Main Campus at 327-6088 ext. 173 to check on my availability and exact location!

Lots of love,
Ivan (831011)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Stella Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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Hi, I'm Stella!

I'm a beautiful 5-year-old girl and I need a new home! I was transferred to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona from a different shelter so they don't know a lot about my past, but they do know that I love being pet and I know how to sit for treats.

I would make the perfect dog for a family that is looking for a medium energy pet that loves to snuggle! If you have current dogs or kiddos bring them over to HSSA Main Campus at 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. to do a doggy meet and greet!

Lots of love,
Stella (833538)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Blueberry Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 11:33 AM

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Hi, I'm Blueberry!

I'm a 3-and-a-half-year-old sweet boy and need a new home! I'm a little on the chubby side, so I'm hoping that my new family will be able to provide me with daily exercise, play time and a healthy diet!

I'm a really sweet boy and am very affectionate, but I weigh more than 80 pounds so my new family needs to be ready for some BIG doggy snuggles. If you have a current dog bring them over to the Humane Society of Southern Airzona Main Campus at 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. to do a meet and greet!

Hope to see you soon!

Lots of love,
Blueberry (832277)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Gerard and Butch Need a Home

Posted By on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 12:30 PM

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Hi friends!

I'm Gerard and this is my big, best friend named Butch! We were brought into the shelter together and have been officially deemed a bonded pair.

I am an 8 year old poodle mix and Butch is a 3.5 year old pit bull mix.

Butch and I love to go on walks together, play together and take naps together. I have known Butch for almost his entire life and I can't imagine going to a new home without him.

We're a packaged deal, but don't worry, if you're interested in giving us a home we have a 2 for 1 adoption fee.

Contact HSSA Main Campus at 327-6088 ext. 173 to check on our availability and for more information.

Lots of love,
Gerard and Butch

Thursday, October 6, 2016

PACC is Getting a New Building, So You Should Adopt a Pet This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Booney (ID#A470597) and Charlie (ID#A470214) are both up for adoption at PACC. - PACC
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  • Booney (ID#A470597) and Charlie (ID#A470214) are both up for adoption at PACC.

Who wants a puppy? Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, just got started constructing a new animal care facility and it is celebrating (/trying to avoid overcrowding) by offering some serious discounts on pet adoptions.

All dog, cat, puppy and kitten adoptions will be $10 Oct. 7-9.

All adoptable PACC pets have been spayed or neutered, plus have age-appropriate vaccinations and microchips. Adopters also receive a voucher for a free vet visit. A standard $17 license fee applies to adult dogs.

Too excited to wait for the sale? Start looking at the little cuties you might get to take home with you online. 

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