Pet Owners Cautioned Over Parvo Outbreak in Bollinger County

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.

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19 thoughts on “Pet Owners Cautioned Over Parvo Outbreak in Bollinger County

  1. Parvo can also be in the soil. There has been a few cases where we live and newcomers with weak immune have gotten it without being exposed to other dogs! It is just a good idea to get vaccined up with your puppies!

  2. there is immunisation and people should use it…I bought a pup..Raven and at 6weeks nearly lost her to this as owners not done right thing….horrible thing

  3. The mosquito populations are going to be bad too so keep an eye out for heartworm! And those in wooded areas be sure to check for ticks! As a home remedy, and safe for their skin, fabric softener sheets rubbed into the coat do a nice job keeping some of the bugs off. Also the bug repellants made by skin so soft are much more gentle so are a great solution for the pets.

  4. All of mine are vaccinated against it but I have seen a friends dog who got it and died cos they weren’t .It is a horrible disease .

  5. Yes parvo can live in the soil for 5 years. Puppies need three shots one every 21 days. Then all adult dogs need a booster once a year. Just because your dog is not a puppy does not mean they are safe. Please vaccinate!

  6. My dog had that when he was just a puppy. That was before we got him. The shelter he was in took care of it all (in Tennessee) and then he came up here. He alright though! 🙂

  7. this should be aired so those bringing in from shelters aren’t bringing this into our area too. It’s hard enough keeping our animals healthy w/o ‘importing’ it too.

  8. i had a lab that missed one inoc and picked up parvo,thankfully I had vet out to ponies that afternoon and we saved her.He said 20 mins later we would have lost her!!! Nasty!!! I keep my doggy inocculated every year to be safe

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