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Parvovirus Found in Dogs in at Least 2 Massachusetts Counties

(Courtesy Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society)

(Courtesy Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Now to an ABC40 alert about a deadly virus that could affect your dog.

The Massachusetts Division of Animal Health says dozens of dogs in northern Berkshire County and Worcester County have been affected by parvovirus.

Several have died or had to be euthanized due to severe illness from the virus.

Parvovirus primarily infects puppies but any unvaccinated dog is at risk. It’s typically spread directly from dog to dog but can also live in an environment like grass and spread through exposure.

The virus attacks the bone marrow and intestinal system causing vomiting and diarrhea.

But veterinarians say it’s preventable with vaccination.

“The vaccine works very very well. So it’s really important to get these animals vaccinated because it can absolutely kill them and it is very expensive to treat and sometimes the animals can still pass away from this disease, even with treatment,” explains Sherri Therrien who works for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society as a Veterinarian.

The Dakin animal shelter located in Springfield now provides vaccine services to low-income members of the community every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for a reduced price.  You do not need to make an appointment.

For more information contact the shelter at 413-781-4019.

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