South Lake Tahoe dog park temporarily closed due to parvovirus outbreak

A South Lake Tahoe dog park has been closed as a precautionary measure following a reported outbreak of parvovirus in the community.

The South Lake Tahoe Parks Department, on the recommendation of the local Humane Society, announced the closure of the dog park on Al Tahoe Boulevard to thoroughly clean the park to prevent further outbreaks, according to a city news release. The park will remain closed for seven to 10 days.

Eleven cases of parvovirus have been reported in the past 10 days, according to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society.

Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The virus also attacks the white blood cells, and when young animals are affected, the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problems.

General symptoms of parvovirus are lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite and bloody diarrhea that can lead to life-threatening dehydration.

For more information, call the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA at (530) 542-2857.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.