Veterinarians See Spike in Parvo Infected Dogs This Time of Year
EDINBURG – A deadly virus infecting dogs is at its peak during the spring. A local veterinarian explained the safety measures needed to protect your fur baby.
Edinburg veterinarian Dr. Lucas Hinojosa tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS his office is seeing an increased number of dogs with parvo.
He says springtime is the height of parvo season.
Dr. Hinojosa explains the virus is present everywhere, at all times, but it is most active in the transitions from winter to spring and from fall to winter.
He says the virus is passed from dog to dog similarly to how the common cold is passed between humans.
He tells us once a dog catches parvo the treatments are expensive and not always effective.
“Dogs were totally healthy one day and the next day they were dying from bleeding out through the gut. And when you do a necropsy of that, they’re bleeding from the stomach all the way through the intestine,” said Dr. Hinojosa.
Hinojosa says the only way to ensure your dog won’t suffer from the pain of the virus is to keep them current on their parvo vaccinations.
He urges all owners who haven’t done so to make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible.
He adds vomiting, diarrhea, blood in stools and a lack of appetite may all be signs that your dog is infected.
If you see these signs, get your get dog to a veterinarian immediately.
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