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Parovirus Alert

Three dogs in the Severn area have died of parvovirus in recent months, so Anne Arundel County health officials will offer free dog vaccinations on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Owners can bring their pets to the parking lot at the corner of Arwell Court and Pioneer Drive from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Authorities say parvo is a highly contagious disease that makes dogs extremely sick and is usually fatal. Even though it is not dangerous to humans, it is extremely contagious among dogs.

To help protect the dogs of Still Meadows and The Orchards communities, Anne Arundel County Animal Care and Control and the health department are offering free shots for parvovirus and/or rabies. Dogs should be on leash and under control. Owner identification is required for vaccination certificates.

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Dangerous and highly contagious pet virus emerges in New Jersey, USA

Parovirus Alert

A highly-contagious illness has taken the lives of dozens of dogs in the Trenton area.  It’s called parvovirus and is often fatal to dogs. 
Parvovirus is most common in puppies and is transmitted from one dog to the other through contaminated feces, according to Dr. Peter Falk, co-chair of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association and practicing veterinarian at Ocean County Veterinary Hospital.
“The virus doesn’t die immediately when it hits the ground, so if a dog is in the yard or walking in the street where someone was with an infected dog, another dog can get the virus on his or her feet, lick the feet and get infected that way,” Falk said.
The virus spreads easily in urban settings or anywhere there is a large concentration of dogs that share playgrounds or go for walks because they have a greater chance of coming into contact with an infected canine. Symptoms of the illness include vomiting, fever, lack of appetite, dehydration and diarrhea.
The good news is, there is a vaccine to prevent parvovirus. Puppies should be vaccinated when they are 6 or 7 weeks old.
“One vaccine doesn’t give them total immunity. They usually get one each month until they are about 14 weeks or older, then they get a booster,” Falk said. “After that, most parvo vaccines are good for three years.”