The Pulse Of Veterinary Medicine
Vet-To-Vet Conversation With IDEXX
Author archive: Alexis Seguin, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Animal shelters and veterinary clinics in Indiana are reporting significant increases in cases of parvovirus, a potentially deadly virus that threatens dogs and puppies. Area veterinarians are working to educate pet owners regarding the severity of the disease, and the need for all dogs to be vaccinated.
An outbreak of parvovirus at a local animal shelter has led to a temporary closure of the parts of the shelter that house dogs. The Heartland Humane Society reports that one dog has died and others are being treated.
Serena Burton, the shelter’s Vice President, explained the comprehensive precautions the shelter is taking to keep the virus from spreading. She also cautioned area pet owners to ensure that their dogs are vaccinated against the deadly disease.
Two cases of dogs contracting leptospirosis have been confirmed in the White Mountains, Arizona. Noting an increase in the disease, veterinarians are urging pet owners to vaccinate their dogs and are raising awareness that the disease can also sicken humans.
With more than a dozen cases of the potentially deadly disease reported in Chicopee, a local veterinary clinic is offering vaccination clinics for dogs and urging all area residents to ensure their dogs are vaccinated.