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Parvo uptick in Cedar Rapids area, closes humane society for the week

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The Cedar Valley Humane Society is closed for the  week after several of their dogs tested positive for parvovirus or parvo. 

Parvo has the potential to kill dogs and is contagious. 

They are working to sanitize and treat their building as well as care for the impacted dogs. 

Parvo is something that has been going around in the Cedar Rapids area in general. 

Dr. Marty Weber at the Cedar Rapids Animal Hospital says, "We kind of note it when we start to see it and there has been an uptick here recently."

Dog owners can be on the lookout for certain symptoms. 
"Persistent vomiting, multiple episodes, persistent diarrhea multiple episodes, not eating, extreme lethargy where they are kind of out of it," says Dr. Weber. 

He says dogs that are older and not vaccinated and puppies that have not gone through the entire vaccination series are more prone and might want to avoid going to places where other dogs are like pet stores. 

Dog parks are another example. 

For the time being Dr. Weber says it's smart for dog owners to remain aware. 

"There's no time table just because it's so stable in the environment but you should definitely be aware for the next 6-12 months at least," he told us. 

If you would like to check your pet's vet records to make sure they have the parvo vaccine we are told it is sometimes abbreviated as "DHPP" or called a "distemper."

Other possible abbreviations posted by the Cedar Valley Humane Society include DHPPV" “DA2PP,” or “DA2PPV." 

Dr. Weber says the virus is mostly preventable if people vaccinate their dogs correctly. 

The Cedar Valley Humane Society believes their cases of parvo came from stays recently brought to the shelter as well as dogs recently surrendered by their owners. 

They will be closed through Sunday. 

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