Veterinarians warn of parvovirus dangers

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As the weather warms up, veterinarians are warning people that cases of the very contagious canine viral disease, parvovirus, will start to increase. Dog owners will be taking their dogs outside more often and if your pup dog is not vaccinated – parvo can be deadly. Jaime Jonen, Associate Veterinarian at VCA Animal Hospital says puppies catch parvo easily because they are not born with immunity to it and it is transmitted through the environment. “A lot of times this is going to be in grasses, mud, places that stay moist,” said Jonen. “Because the virus is very, very hearty. And so, it takes months to get out of the system, especially if you’re dealing with cold weather, and freezing, or if you’re dealing with shaded areas.”

Your dog can come across it in your own backyard and especially in places that are more heavily populated. “And so, it doesn’t mean that you have to be going all over the place to get it,” said Jonen. “But certainly, they’re more exposed to puppy parks {and} places like apartment buildings where you don’t know the vaccine history of the dogs that are using it.”

Doctor Jonen says the parvovirus vaccination is a three-part series shot and your dog is not fully protected until he/she has had all three.

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