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Greater Springfield Parvo Virus Cases Rising

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The number of Parvo cases in dogs is on the rise in greater Springfield.  

Parvo is a highly contagious virus that’s often passed on through vomit and feces.

Unvaccinated dogs are especially susceptible to the virus. The symptoms come quick and include vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.

Jessecah Gower of the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center says, “You won’t know they catch it until after they’ve been in contact with it until at least 7 to 10 days, so it’s super important to get vaccinated. It’s very simple to do.”

The only treatment is electrolytes, fluids, antibiotics for other infections not for the virus, and medications to stop vomiting and diarrhea.

That can get expensive, so it’s best to be proactive with your dog and have them vaccinated.

There’s a free Parvo Vaccination Clinic this Saturday, August 23 at the US Army Reserve Base at 50 East Street from 10 a.m. to noon.


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