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LETTER: Thanks for reports on Parvo

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Letter to the Editor

I want to thank the Herald & Review and WAND for helping to get the word out about the deadly strain of Parvo virus in dogs. Dog-to-dog contact is not required for susceptible dogs to become infected. Our pet community has seen a huge increase in the number or Parvo cases in pets. The virus is similar in dogs as COVID is in people, except younger dogs, especially those less that six months of age, are more apt to have lethal consequences.

The virus can persist in the environment for months to years. Unfortunately, most local veterinarians are booked up several weeks in advance, making the treatment of Parvo cases difficult to work in. Thanks to you, many pet owners have been made aware of the local epidemic, and now realize that vaccinations are necessary to ensure the safety of their beloved pets.

Larry Baker, Decatur 

Northgate Pet Clinic

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