Our animals are a huge part of our daily lives. So the word parvo is something we never want to hear from our vet.

My co-worker texts me a few days ago saying her dog Chewy was not feeling good. I asked about his symptoms and like anyone with an internet connection googled it. Now, when it comes to your pets you know when it's time to take them to the vet.

A few hours later she texts me saying he tested positive for Parvo. The vet gave her good news saying there is a 95% chance the dog will recover. Chewy was quarantined for 72 hours while he recovered.

*Update* Chewy (Pictured below) is expected to make a full recovery and is returning home today.

Michelle, Townsquare Media Amarillo
Michelle, Townsquare Media Amarillo

This got me thinking, what can we do in San Angelo to prevent Parvo in our pets? I talked with Dr. Henderson from San Angelo Veterinary Hospital about outbreaks and prevention of the disease.

Dr. Henderson said the best way to prevent Parvo is to have your dog vaccinated. It's a few rounds of shots and most important a worry free pet parent. Parvo tends to run rampant during the Spring and Fall seasons.

Parvovirus is difficult to kill and can live for over a year. If you suspect your house or yard has been infected, clean with 1/2 cup bleach in a gallon of water. Regular soaps and disinfectants DO NOT kill parvovirus. The virus can survive on a variety of objects, including food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpets, and floors.

No outbreaks here, but vaccination is key to prevention!

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