Parvo ‘an epidemic’ in El Paso dogs during spring, local vet says

Health and Medical

Veterinarians are urging everyone to take precautions this spring as the Parvo virus spreads in the Borderland. 

Parvo is a virus that is common in young dogs. According to Orlando Garza, a Veterinarian at East El Paso Animal Hospital, it has become an epidemic in El Paso.

He’s encouraging dog owners to take the precautionary measures to keep their dogs healthy. 

Parvo is most commonly seen in puppies. However, it can be up to 90 percent preventable with vaccines. Many say vaccinations are too pricey, but Garza warns vet bills to treat Parvo are much more. 

“Typically when we get a dog inside the hospital and we start treating, treatment can run over $1,000 and it’s so much cheaper to just go ahead and vaccinate. It’s easier for the dog to go ahead and prevent the disease than to treat the disease,” said Garza. 

He recommends getting puppies vaccinated at six weeks of age, although any dog of any age can and should be vaccinated.

According to Garza, a full series of vaccinations can cost about a total of $150. The virus can be passed around very easily when a dog comes in contact with feces from another dog who has had that virus.

This is commonly found at places like dog parks, hiking trails, and anywhere dogs go frequently. 

“Where there is a high concentration of dogs you need to go ahead and stay away…don’t let them be smelling the ground and be smelling other feces and just make sure that they are vaccinated,” said Garza.  

Symptoms you should look for include:

  • Lack of Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you notice any of these signs, experts say you should take the dog to the vet immediately. The sooner it’s treated, the higher the chance the animal will have of surviving. 

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