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Possible cure on the way for canines with Parvovirus


The puppy Parvovirus, a highly contagious viral illness that affects canines, now may have a cure. An antibody technology discovered by a company out of North Dakota has had successful trial results so far, with a 90 percent cure rate.
Animals that get the disease will most likely die of dehdehydration left untreated. Four-state  pet care professionals say the virus is preventable by three to four rounds of a simple $10 to $12 vaccination. Currently, survival requires hospitalization for three to seven days, costing owners an average rate of $200 a day for care. One local associate veterinarian who says due to the high cost of supportive treatment and IV fluids, many pet owners cannot afford it.

"I think ultimately comes down to money, if you don't have the money to treat them and they don't want to see them suffering, so a majority of the time that's when they decide that they want to go ahead and euthanize," said Pam Helm, associate veterinarian at Emergency Pet Center of the Four States. 

The new drug could be sold for approximately $75 a dose by next spring. Trial show it can lead to results in two days. 
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