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Second Chance Shelter Helps Prevent Parvo Virus

Pets-Dogs2 SPRINGFIELD, Mass ((WGGB)) — Hundreds of dogs and their owners gathered at the U.S. army reserve base in Springfield Saturday to receive free parvo virus vaccinations and $10 rabies shots thanks to the Second Chance Shelter.

Parvo is a deadly virus exclusive to dogs — extremely contagious the virus spreads through contact with dogs’ fecal matter and is resilient. It can be transported on objects from shoes to food bowls.

Executive Director of Second Chance told ABC40, “The quicker you get to the veterinarian, the better. There is not a lot that can be done, but with supportive care early, sometimes they can make it through.”

Symptoms of parvo virus include lethargy, sever vomiting, loss of appetite and diarrhea.

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