Higher temperatures mean a higher risk for Parvovirus

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 10:03pm

For our four legged friends, rising temperatures can mean an increased risk of contracting Parvovirus.

Parvovirus is highly contagious virus that can be prevented with a vaccination.
Cases of infections peak during the summer months because dogs are more active and the virus lives longer in warmer weather.

Parvo is most common in puppies who haven’t had their full set of vaccinations yet. It is also common in dogs who have a weak immune system.

Kandolite Flores, associate director of the Humane Society of El Paso said Parvo is passed through dogs’ saliva or through their feces.

“It’s as easy as me touching someone's dog in the dog park that isn’t vaccinated and is harboring that and then letting my dog lick my hands,” Flores said.
She said it’s crucial for puppies to have their full set of vaccinations before interacting with other dogs and humans.

Siliva Garcia said she takes extra precaution with her dog Dora when the weather starts warming up.

"Usually around this time, the spring, we make sure she has her shots up to date every year and she has her annual checkups to make sure, especially with her age,” Garcia said.

Symptoms for Parvo show up in two or three days, according to Flores. She said the animals will become lethargic, vomit, and become dehydrated.

Parvo has a high survival rate, but treatment can be expensive. Flores said prevention and early treatment are key.
Dog who start to show these symptoms should be taken to the veterinarian right away.

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