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Shelter Dog Tests Positive for Potentially Deadly Parvovirus

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)- If heartworm and Lyme disease aren’t enough of a worry, there’s another virus that can be potentially deadly to your dog. Local vets say there’s an increase in the number of cases of Parvovirus.

It’s highly contagious and is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces.

A stray dog, named Hambone, at TJ O’Connor Friday was tested for Parvo. He showed all the symptoms for the virus.

“Not coming up to greet us, his ears are hanging a little low, he has vomit right in front of him and diarrhea to the side and hasn’t eaten his food, these are the clinical signs of Parvo,” explains Lauren Atkins, shelter veterinarian.

To check the pit bull an Elisa test is used. Atkins predicts Hambone will test negative because he’s an adult dog with moderate energy, but it’s best to know for sure.
After waiting for eight minutes, she checks the sample.

“He tested positive,” Atkins says.

“As we were talking earlier, I did not think he had Parvovirus because he’s an older dog. This just goes to show any dog can get Parvovirus.”

Vaccines can prevent this infection. Although without treatment, Parvovirus is deadly almost 100 percent of the time.

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