The dog park at Alum Creek State Park in Delaware has been closed after a dog that visited it was diagnosed with canine parvovirus.
The dog park at Alum Creek State Park in Delaware has been closed after a dog that visited it was determined to have canine parvovirus.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced the closure yesterday evening. An anonymous caller told officials that she had taken a stray dog to the park and that the dog later was found to have the virus.
It’s not clear whether the park played a role in the infection.
Officials are acting “with an abundance of caution” in closing the park, according to a news release from the department. The state veterinarian will be at the park today to assist in a proper cleanup.
Canine parvovirus, often called “parvo,” is highly contagious for dogs and attacks the gastrointestinal tracts of the animals, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms and can lead quickly to severe dehydration.
Puppies are particularly vulnerable before they are vaccinated, but any dog can be infected. The virus is spread through dog-to-dog contact, feces and contaminated surfaces.
The Department of Natural Resources is encouraging people who visited the dog park in the past week to contact their veterinarians.