Cases of Parvo Virus Up In Puppies


More puppies are getting the parvo virus this spring.

"It is definitely a problem. The weather conditions are right for it to have the virus kind of emerge, and especially in the springtime, when there's a lot puppies around anyway to begin with, we'll see a spike in cases," Dr. Sarah Viera, with Hope Veterinary Clinic said. 

Dr. Viera says the parvo virus is easily transmitted. It can stick around in the environment, even surviving freezing temperatures.

Even if your puppy isn't directly exposed to another dog with parvo, you can bring the virus into your home.

"It's a devastating disease. If medical treatment isn't sought right away, they will die from it," Dr. Viera said.

Dr. Viera says vaccination is key.

"The first thing to do is to get it to the veterinarian right away to get it started on its vaccines. And while it's going through its full set of vaccines, to keep it away from other dogs," Dr. Viera said.  

According to Dr. Viera, the parvo vaccine requires three parts, costing about $25 each.

If your puppy does come down with the parvo virus, it will cost you between $400 and $500 dollars for treatment.

Some symptoms include vomiting, weight loss and loss of appetite. 

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