Parvo Outbreak Killing Dogs in Milwaukee
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MILWAUKEE--The Wisconsin Humane Society said dozens of dogs in our area recently died from the parvovirus, a highly contagious and dangerous virus that hasn't been seen around here in a very long time.
The parvovirus affects the intestinal system and causes vomiting, diarrhea (which could be bloody), lethargy, pain, dehydration, and eventually death. Because it's viral, there is no cure.
It's primarily spread through feces. Dogs shed it through their feces, so if another dog steps in it, or even sniffs it, they can get it. The virus can live for months after the dog has shed it.
Parvo affects puppies the most, but adult dogs who aren't vaccinated can also get it.
The good news is that it is completely preventable. If your dog got the recommended shots you are covered.
Now the Humane Society is asking all dog owners in our area to get their pets vaccinated to help stop the spread of the disease.
"Obviously there is some source in our area where there are alot of dogs exposed," Dr. Randy Zeman, a veterinarian with the Wisconsin Humane Society said.
The shots cost less than $50.00 and dog owners can get them at the vet's office or at the Humane Society.