Reports of deadly parvo in dogs on the rise around Kansas City

Dan Weinbaum
October 05, 2017 - 7:22 am
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The Humane Society of Kansas City says a highly-contagious disease is threatening dogs in the Kansas City area. 

Parvo is deadly to dogs, but it is easily preventable, in spite of increased infections in recent weeks.

"The disease is spread from dog to dog by ingesting the virus, usually through fecal matter," said veterinarian Christina Nelson.

The disease causes a host of problems, including infection, dehydration, vomiting and diarrhea.

A parvo vaccine is less than $50 dollars at most animal clinics. Parvo cases have decreased over the past few decades, thanks to the vaccine, but it has never gone away completely.

"It's something we've never gotten away from, due to the highly contagious nature of this disease," Nelson said. "Still, a fairly high number of animals are not vaccinated for it."

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