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Spike in potentially deadly dog virus

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Oro is getting her annual vaccines.

"In a nutshell, I'm just trying to be a responsible pet owner and do everything i can to keep her safe from preventable diseases" says Liz Darling, Oro's owner.

One of those preventable diseases, the Parvovirus.

"We've had probably two to three times the amount of cases this year than we had last year. So it has been a very bad Parvovirus outbreak this year" says Dr. Heather Wallace from the Broadway Animal Hospital. 

She says the virus can live in soil for up to two years.

"It's actually transferred via the fecal oral roots. Dogs will get rid of the virus through shedding of the feces, then it can get in the ground and incubate for long periods of time. Then be picked up by the next dog, usually through their feet and then they clean their feet and wind up ingesting it"

Due to the aggressive strain we're seeing this year, dogs haven't been responding as well to treatment. The survival rate has been about 50 percent. Which is why she urges dog owners to bring their pet in as soon as they start showing symptoms like lack of appetite, vomiting, bloody stools or diarrhea, and showing pain in abdomen

"A lot of people will get a dog from somebody else, and I've heard more often than not this spring that people have been told the dog was vaccinated but they never received any records. So it's really important to get the records if you're getting a dog"

And if they can't give you the records or name of the vet, to start over the vaccines with a puppy and to get a yearly booster with an adult.

Dr. Wallace also says to avoid public parks if your dog isn't vaccinated.

Other area clinics that have seen a spike in the virus are ones in Joplin, Webb city and Fredonia. 

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