DeKalb County Animal Control is reporting new cases of Parvovirus in dogs in the City of DeKalb with the majority of cases in the area North of Lincoln Hwy and West of First St. over the past week. Parvovirus is specific to dogs and is not transmitted to humans. Parvovirus is most commonly seen in young puppies but can affect an unvaccinated dog of any age.
Parvovirus is highly contagious and is spread by oral or nasal contact with contaminated feces in the environment. It is also spread through contact with contaminated objects such as hands, clothing, food and water dishes, toys and bedding. It’s extremely resistant in the environment but can be destroyed by using a solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 30 parts hot water to disinfect food and water bowls, bedding, and on outdoor areas such as patios.
If you have a puppy, contact your veterinarian to schedule the Canine Parvovirus vaccination series. Adult dogs usually receive the Parvovirus vaccination as part of their yearly shot package. Treatment for Parvovirus can be very costly, so ensuring that your dog is vaccinated against the disease is extremely important.
Residents are urged to keep all unvaccinated puppies/dog’s safe by not taking them to places where interaction with other dogs is likely. Additionally, if you are unsure about your dog’s vaccination status contact your veterinarian to make sure they are protected.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your dog and Parvovirus, please contact your veterinarian. For a listing of veterinary clinics and hospitals in DeKalb County, please visit the DCHD website, https://health.dekalbcounty.org/services/animal-control/
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