Officials in Kansas City are warning pet owners about a new outbreak of Parvovirus. The virus, which is often found in the feces of infected dogs and can live outside for up to one year, attacks dividing cells in a dog’s body and can damage the heart muscle, causing cardiac problems and death.
Parvovirus (also known as Parvo) is a serious, highly contagious viral infection of dogs that causes lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite and/or bloody diarrhea. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, we strongly encourage you to call our hospital and set up an appointment immediately. Symptoms of the virus can be treated if caught early.
Since Parvovirus spreads rapidly and can survive for an extended period of time in the environment, there is a chance that dogs on the East Coast and in our area can become infected.
Vaccination against Parvovirus is the best protection. Like Distemper, Parvovirus vaccination should begin at 6-8 weeks of age. Repeat vaccinations should be administered every 2-4 weeks until your puppy is 16 weeks old. Recent information regarding Parvovirus infection may extend this recommendation to 20 weeks and even longer for certain breeds. Regular booster vaccinations for adult dogs are strongly recommended to ensure proper immunity.
At Long Island City Veterinary Center we want to make sure that your pet is protected from this serious and deadly disease. Please call the hospital at 718-383-VETS to set up a vaccination appointment. Having your dog vaccinated by one of our veterinarians insures protection against Parvovirus infection. Dr. Keith Manning and the veterinary staff at Long Island City Veterinary Center located at 48-18 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City know the most efficient vaccination strategy to prevent this serious viral infection of puppies and adult dogs.Tags: 48-18 Vernon Blvd. Long Island City, Dr. Keith Manning, Long Island City Veterinary, Parvovirus