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Longview vet: treated several cases of parvo already this Spring

A parvo case being treated in an isolation unit. Photo by Jamey Boyum KLV. A parvo case being treated in an isolation unit. Photo by Jamey Boyum KLV.
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

Every year, around this time, veterinarians notice an increase in parvo.

Although humans aren’t susceptible, it can kill your dog.

A Longview vet says he’s already treated several cases this spring.

Kenny Kimbrough looks in on a couple parvo cases behind the glass of the Kimbrough Animal Hospital’s new isolation ward.

“It’s mainly a puppy virus that you see during the warm time of year mainly, but you can see it all year long. But lots of new puppies are coming in this time of year,” Kimbrough said.

The virus is commonly spread through feces.

“So it’s a virus that hits the intestinal tract and really causes bloody diarrhea and vomiting, and you know you can lose them from dehydration,” Kimbrough stated.

Kimbrough advises if you see any of those symptoms to call for advice and take your dog to the vet immediately.

“They’re best chances are get to their veterinarian and try to get fluids going on and stop the vomiting and slow down that diarrhea. Most vets can pull them through,” Kimbrough revealed.

But the infected animals must be kept away from other animals.

“We’ve got an isolated yard so when we take them out it’s away from all the other animals,” Kimbrough stated.

And the yard is concrete, not grass. Anyone handling the sick dogs at Kimbrough disinfects themselves, throws away smocks and gloves, and isn’t allowed to touch any other dogs the rest of the day.

“Of course older they build their immune systems up. Okay so it’s the young puppies that have a tough time with it,” Kimbrough said.

He says they cure about 80 percent of cases brought in.

“I wish I could say 100 if you hospitalize but we can’t,” Kimbrough added.

He says last year they had over 40 cases, and he’d rather not have to treat your dog.

Dogs can contract parvo from coming in contact with infected feces so pay attention when walking your dog. Dr. Kimbrough advises to make sure your dog’s parvo vaccination is current.

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