Parvovirus cases rise among dogs


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Parvovirus cases are on the rise in DeKalb.

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer

DeKALB – The DeKalb County Health Department and Animal Control have reported an increase in Canine Parvovirus cases.

Puppies are the most vulnerable to the virus, but any unvaccinated dog is at risk. The Health Department urges residents to get their dogs vaccinated and check with their veterinarians to make sure that their pets are up to date on their shots.

Residents are urged to clean their outdoor and patio areas to lower exposure chances. According to the Health Department, the recommended method is to use a mixture of 1 part chlorine bleach and 30 parts water, making sure to clean areas where other dogs might come into contact with.

This virus is highly contagious and treatment is costly, so residents are encouraged to limit exposure with other dogs, especially for puppies and dogs that are unvaccinated.

Confirmed cases have been verified to be in the area west of First Street and north of Lincoln Highway. The Health Department has confirmed that this virus is not contagious to people. For any questions, residents can contact the DCHD on their website.

Canine Parvovirus symptoms can include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and vomiting, according to the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation.