Highly contagious virus affecting puppies in Macon County | Public Safety

DECATUR – Northgate Pet Clinic and the Macon County Animal Shelter are reporting a major outbreak of Parvo – a highly contagious canine virus – in the area and are asking dog owners to take precautions.

“We see Parvo as we have not seen it in years,” said Dr. Larry Baker of the Northgate Pet Clinic. “We only have two isolation cages and it’s just difficult to handle.”

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Like COVID-19, Baker said the virus is highly contagious, affecting primarily dogs and being spread through secretions such as bowel movements and urine.

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The clinic itself has seen about 30 cases in the past three weeks in which over 20 dogs have died from the virus, Baker said. Months ago, they only saw a case every two or three months.

The virus is usually found in dogs under six months of age, and symptoms include bloody vomiting and diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy or lack of energy, lower or lower body temperature, and abdominal pain.

If left untreated, Baker said, when the virus makes its way through the digestive tract, destroying the gut lining and bacteria, which can lead to shock and death.

“People definitely need to see a vet if their dog has parvo,” said Baker. “Otherwise it won’t survive.”

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