MUNSTER — The Humane Society Calumet Area said Tuesday it will close its facility at 421 45th Ave. until further notice because of a suspected viral respiratory outbreak in the dog kennel.

The virus appears to be highly contagious and quickly can become severe, according to a news release.

Symptoms are very similar to a respiratory infection in humans and include a deep cough that sounds like a goose’s honk, vomiting, yellow or green nasal discharge and lethargy. Pet owners are encouraged to monitor and contact their veterinarian if they notice any symptoms.

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The virus is rarely fatal, the society said. Viruses cannot be treated with medication, but Humane Society staff is administering antibiotics to prevent secondary infection and paying close attention to each dog’s nutrition, fluid intake and general well-being.

Preliminary testing results are pending, the release said.

Humane Society staff is in the process of contacting all recent adopters and known visitors. Recent visitors to the facility are encouraged to call the adoption center at (219) 922-3811 with any questions.

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