St. Clair County Animal Control is asking pet owners to vaccinate their dogs after 11 cases of Parvovirus were confirmed in the county.
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“Parvo is every new puppy and dog owner’s worst nightmare,” Melissa Miller, director of St. Clair County Animal Control, said in a news release. “It is a highly contagious, but preventable disease that causes severe gastrointestinal illness in puppies and unvaccinated adults dogs.”
Symptoms of the virus include severe or bloody diarrhea, a refusal to eat or drink, fever, vomiting, weakness, lethargy, depression and dehydration.
The news release stated the 11 dogs diagnosed with Parvovirus were found in Port Huron, Port Huron Township and St. Clair over the past two weeks. The virus spreads through direct contact with other dogs or their feces.
A dog can become contagious four to five days after they are exposed, the news release said, possibly before they would begin showing symptoms.
Miller encourages dog owners to call a veterinarian immediately if their dog begins to show any symptoms of the virus.
“Even if Parvo is not the cause, the symptoms could be the result of another illness that requires veterinary attention,” Miller said.
Dogs that go through most animal shelters, including the St. Clair County Animal Shelter, receive vaccinations, including for parvovirus. Dog owners who are unsure if their dogs have been vaccinated should avoid dog daycares, dog parks and interacting with other dogs.
Contact Johnathan Hogan at [email protected].