San Antonio Animal Care Services Warns Dog Owners of Rising Parvovirus Cases | San Antonio News | San Antonio

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Parvovirus is most commonly found in puppies, but can affect all dogs if they are not vaccinated against the disease.

San Antonio Animal Care Services is encouraging dog owners to have their dogs vaccinated to curb the spread of parvovirus, as first reported by MySA.

Most common in puppies, the highly contagious parvovirus is spread through contact with infected feces and has a 90% mortality rate if left untreated. The most common symptoms of parvo, as it is commonly called, include vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.

Animal Care Services has warned dog owners in San Antonio that shelters across Texas are seeing an increase in parvo-positive rescues and encourages puppy owners to make sure their vaccinated pets are up to date.

“Unfortunately, parvo is relatively expensive to treat and is often fatal,” San Antonio ACS wrote in a May 23 Facebook post. “The best way to prevent the spread of this disease is to vaccinate your pets.”

Those who need to vaccinate their puppies against the deadly and highly contagious disease parvovirus can visit the ACS website to find the nearest vaccination clinic.

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Jennifer R. Strohm