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Posted: 2013 May 31 - 07:21

Hurricane Preparedness Expo taking place June 1

Port St. Lucie's Emergency Management Division is holding a Hurricane Preparedness Expo on Saturday, June 1. Thousands of homeowners will come to the Port St. Lucie Civic Center in search of information, resources and products for this year's hurricane season.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

For more information, call the city's Emergency Management Division at (772) 871-5289.

Parvo outbreak in St. Lucie County

Both the Humane Society of St. Lucie County and local veterinarians in the community are reporting an increase in cases of Canine Parvovirus, also known as Parvo.

Although not contagious to humans, the virus is extremely contagious among dogs and is spread through direct or indirect contact with feces. If left untreated, the mortality rate of infected dogs is 91 percent.

Symptoms of Parvo include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea (often bloody and with a strong odor) resulting in dehydration and secondary infections. Owners of dogs displaying these symptoms should contact their veterinarian immediately.

The Parvo virus and other illnesses are preventable with proper vaccinations. Many individuals skip annual exams and vaccinations due to cost. However, there are many community programs to help these individuals. The Humane Society of St. Lucie County provides a low-cost wellness program for vaccines, spaying and neutering.

For more information on this program, contact the shelter at 772-461-0687, Ext. 233.




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