ODESSA, TX (KWES) - The City of Odessa is warning residents about Parvo cases that have been reported.
We're told the increase in case is due to the extremely mild winter that occurred.
Parvovirus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected animal's feces.
Here are some tips to protect your animals:
- Keep puppies five months of age and younger away from pet superstore floors, dog park grounds, and any where else sick or recently adopted dogs might roam.
- Carry puppies across animal hospital floors, and don’t let them sniff dark corners.
- If your dog is sick, avoid taking him to public areas.
- Promptly dispose of your dog’s waste in a safe manner.
- The ASPCA recommends cleaning potentially contaminated surfaces and objects with household bleach in a 1:32 dilution. Let the bleach sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.
- Wash your hands and change your clothes soon after handling a dog that is sick or might have been exposed.
- Do not take your puppy or unvaccinated dog to places where you are unsure of the vaccination history of other dogs.
Canine Parvovirus is a virus that invades the gastrointestinal tracts of puppies and dogs and produces signs of illness including:
- Loss of appetite
- Severe, explosive, and often bloody diarrhea
If your dog is experiencing any of these signs, please see your local veterinarian immediately.