AMSTERDAM, N.Y. - The Amsterdam Police Department is warning residents of a Parvo Virus in the city after at least five puppy deaths have occurred.
Police say there have been five confirmed deaths due to Parvo, which is usually contracted by puppies under the age of one, but can be caught by adult dogs as well.
Parvo is one of the most common and severe gastrointestinal diseases that a dog can get and is fatal in 80% of cases if not treated. It's transmitted through feces and saliva of an infected dog. The virus lives on the ground for over five months, so it's important if to avoid taking unvaccinated puppies to unknown places such as parks, shelters or pet stores.
In order to prevent the virus from spreading, police are asking that residents get their dogs vaccinated. Vaccination begins at 6 to 8 weeks of age with booster shots every 3 to 4 weeks after that until the dog is 16-18 weeks old. After that annual boosters will maintain immunity. Vaccinations can be obtained from your local veterinarian or tractor supply/farm store. Also, look for discounted or free clinics.
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