Protecting your pets against the highly contagious Parvovirus

Dakin Humane Society hosts vaccine clinics every weekend

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Parvo– it’s a deadly disease that poses a real threat to your pups.

Canine Parvovirus, or CPV, is a potentially deadly disease that attacks your dog’s intestinal system, and it’s very easy to catch.

“Other dogs can walk by it, come near it, encounter it, and easily pick up the disease,” said Lee Chambers, of Dakin Humane Society.

Parvovirus is found in the fecal matter of infected pets. It’s also easily transmitted through the hair or feet of infected dogs.

Once the virus penetrates the intestinal lining, it can spread to your pet’s bloodstream, becoming toxic. Some symptoms include severe vomiting and diarrhea.

“If you see that happening,” Chambers said, “especially if it’s happening a lot, you want to get your dog some medical attention right away.”

There is a vaccine that can greatly reduce your dog’s chances of catching the virus, and it cost just $12 dollars at Dakin Humane Society in Springfield.

Dakin’s vaccine clinics run every Saturday starting at 9:00 a.m. No appointment is necessary, but according to Dakin’s website, lines can form early and waits can be longer than an hour. Services are limited to 40 pets per week.