Over the past weeks cases of canine pavrovirus (parvo) have been detected in as many as ten puppies brought to veterinary clinics in Mason County.
Parvo is a highly contagious virus affecting dogs and, particularly, puppies. It is spread through direct contact, dog to dog, with their own feces. Puppies are especially at risk as they have no benefit of the parvo vaccination before the age of 10-12 weeks, Also, during their first weeks of life they receive maternal antibodies through nursing, but it can take many weeks until they are truly protected. Untreated, there is a 91% mortality rate from this disease. Luckily, it is not contagious to humans but it requires immediate attention for precious new canines. Grown dogs are susceptible, although it is not seen often, and must be treated immediately also.
Symptoms of parvo include vomiting, lethargy and diarrhea (possibly including blood). These symptoms can lead to dehydration very rapidly and must be caught in time to treat. If any of these symptoms are present in your canine pets of any age please contact you veterinarian immediately to confirm and begin treatment.
Be sure to vaccinate your pets on time in order to avoid getting and transmitting this virus. And as always remember to spay or neuter your pets to avoid un wanted litters in Mason County. If you need assistance with spaying or neutering in Mason County call Second Chance Mason Animal Rescue at 325 347 6929.
From all of us at Second Chance please remember: Prevent a litter. Fix your critter.