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By Diane Jessup
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Companion Animal: Spring has sprung-and so has canine parvo virus


April 22, 2020

diane Jessup

aLMOST A GONER: A dog brought back from the brink of death.

Animal shelter workers and veterinarians know that spring is when canine parvo virus (CPV) blooms across America. The reason-the uber hardy parvo virus can remain dormant over the nastiest winter and tends to come on with a rush in the spring.

Parvo is quite common in the Goldendale area, and dog owners should be particularly vigilant this time of year as signs of CPV can be hard to catch, and the animal's survival is tied to how quickly treatment can be started. Mortality rates over 90 percent are common when appropriate treatment is not received.

CPV is a disease of canines such as dogs, wolves, and foxes. While some felines can become infected, humans cannot. First identified in 1978,...

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