NEWPORT NEWS--The Peninsula SPCA is taking a number of steps to get ahead of a potential canine parvovirus outbreak, after receiving puppies which were already infected.

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that is a common cause of diarrhea in dogs under 6 months old.

Executive Director Ellen Thacker says stray animals are isolated immediately when they arrive at the shelter and tested for the disease.

'When we get puppies, they're most likely to be infected with parvo,' said Thacker. 'Sometimes they won't even test positive and they can be shedding the virus.'

The SPCA will set up a trailer on their property Friday to serve as a puppy isolation room, in an effort to make sure the pets are healthy and vaccinated before they're put up for adoption.

Click here to see which animals are ready for adoption at the Peninsula SPCA.

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