Saying that a mild winter may to blame for making conditions ideal for transmission, the Bollinger County Stray Project is warning Missouri pet owners to be aware of what is being called a very serious parvo outbreak.
While outbreaks are more common in the fall, numerous shelters have seen higher than average infection rates this spring. Pet owners are urged to inoculate, and in areas of known cases, isolate their animals.
Parvovirus affects the digestive system and the heart, and is spread by mouth and/or fecal contamination. Dogs infected are often lethargic, suffer from vomiting and a lack of appetite. If you suspect that your dog is infected see a veterinarian immediately: treatment can be expensive, and dogs may remain infectious for weeks.
Learn more about parvo at http://www.aspcapro.org/canine-parvovirus.php