A recent outbreak of Canine Parvovirus in the Calgary area has prompted warnings from veteranarians.
 
The Calgary Humane Society euthanized at least two dogs and closed down its southeast shelter for several days after the virus was brought in with puppies from out of town.
 
"It's a very hardy virus, very hard to kill," stated Dr. Dwayne Groves of the Valley Veteranary Clinic. "The basic thing against Parvovirus is vaccinations: the vaccine works incredibly well."
 
The often deadly disease is spread by the vomit and feces of infected animals and can live in the soil for long periods.
 
"It just sits there in the soil, a dog comes along and licks or sniffs it up," he outlined. "Even our freezing winters (or) even if it gets 40 degrees (Celsisus) with sunshine the virus still persists."
 
He recommends you make sure your animal's shots are up to date.
 
"If your dog is vaccinated and up to date, not just had one single puppy vaccine or something like that, then they don't get the disease."
 
If you have any questions or concerns about your pet, consult your local veteranarian.
 
 

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