El Paso seeing rise in parvo cases

POSTED: 11:44 AM MST Dec 24, 2013    UPDATED: 05:29 PM MST Jan 16, 2014 
El PASO, Texas -

An increase in parvo cases is being seen in El Paso this fall, according to Animal Services.

Dr. Bernie Page says he's seen about two or three cases of parvo a day, which is higher than usual.
The disease is deadly and usually affects dogs under a year old that are not vaccinated:

"They get profoundly depressed and vomiting and.....these dogs are very sick," Page said, describing parvo symptoms.

According to ASPCA, a pet advocacy organization, "Parvovirus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog's feces. Highly resistant, the virus can live in the environment for months, and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors. It is common for an unvaccinated dog to contract parvovirus from the streets, especially in urban areas where there are many dogs."

If you have a young pup, Page recommends vaccinating it at 8 weeks old.

For more on parvo, visit ASPCA's website at http://bit.ly/1azPZgP