Deadly Parvovirus Attacks Puppies at Local Animal Shelter

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Updated: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:33:43 EST

A killer has arrived at the Macon-Bibb Animal Shelter and it's giving dogs a less than ten percent chance to live.

The canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that attacks the immune system.

Olga Nunez, an employee at the shelter, says the disease causes horrifying effects.

"It attacks the immune system and causes them to stop eating, drinking, blood in their stool and it just completely destroys the dog," Nunez said.

Usually the only option is to euthanize the dogs to keep the disease from spreading to other dogs. The dogs usually succumb to the virus within five days if it isn't caught in time. The shelter recently rescues a mother and six parvovirus infected puppies from a homeowner's backyard. Puppies and adolescent dogs are more prone to catching the virus.

Early parvovirus isn't easy to detect but easy to transmit. Humans can transmit the disease to dogs by direct contact with dog feces. The goal for the animal shelter is to provide a safe and healthy environment and then a home.

Contact your local veterinarian to find out about vaccination treatments and ways to keep your dog disease free. 

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