Indy ACS: Make Sure Your Dog is Protected from Parvo


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Indy ACS: Make Sure Your Dog is Protected from Parvo

Indy Animal Care Services says a lot of dogs being left at the shelter are infected with the deadly parvovirus.


INDIANAPOLIS -- Indy Animal Care Services is asking dog owners to make sure their furry friends are vaccinated against a deadly virus.

In the past week, "dozens" of dogs infected with parvovirus have been dropped off at the shelter, Indy ACS wrote Thursday on Facebook.

Three puppies surrendered by their owner tested positive for parvo and one of them died, according to Indy ACS.

Parvovirus, or parvo, is an easily-transmitted gastrointestinal virus usually found in puppies and young dogs. If left untreated, or treated too late, it can be fatal.

"Parvo is a highly contagious, life-threatening disease and it’s only going to continue to spread throughout our community unless pet owners heed the warnings and get their dogs vaccinated against it," Indy ACS wrote.

The best way to protect your pet against parvo is to make sure it gets the parvo vaccine and parvo booster shot. Both are needed for full protection.

You can learn more about parvo and the parvo vaccine at the American Veterinary Medical Association website.

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