Throughout central New Jersey, a viral outbreak has started to grow, taking the lives of many families’ furry friends. While the outbreak is contained to the central Jersey area for the time being, due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, it could potentially become a full-blown epidemic.The virus, more commonly known as the parvovirus
, is only spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected dog. So, while it is not an airborne contagion, given our dogs’ “lick first, ask questions later” mentality, it is still considered highly contagious.Parvo is a condition that causes those infected to vomit and suffer from diarrhea
, there is no shortage of contaminated fluids to spread around. Also, due to the viscous nature of an infected dog’s eliminations, cleaning up after is nearly impossible. This leads to a higher rate of sick dog messes lying around, and an increase in the odds that your dog comes into contact with one of the aforementioned contagions.Places like dog parks, hiking trails, or any other known area where dogs are allowed to roam free, should be traversed with caution as these are the places where a dog is likely to encounter the disease. For safety purposes, it is recommended that you limit your dog’s exposure to highly trafficked areas or any unknown dogs.
It is also advised that you familiarize yourself with the symptoms of parvo
. Be on the lookout for:
- Extreme diarrhea
- Blood in stool
- Loss of appetite
- Intestinal pain
If you think your dog may have parvo, take a stool sample to the vet so they can have it analyzed.And, if you haven’t done it already, make sure to get your dog vaccinated for this contagious and life-threatening disease.Source:ABC News - Officials Warn Virus Could Sicken, Kill DogsWorried that your dog may be sick? PetPlus can help! With tons of great information on how to keep your pet protected, as well as huge savings on pet care products, medications, food, and services like vet care or vaccinations, PetPlus has your pet covered.