Parvo Awareness Week by Amy
April 27, 2009, 5:43 pm
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Today is the first official day of Parvo Awareness Week in Austin, and it’s coming just in time.  This spring, we have already seen far more Parvo cases in puppies than we usually see, and our friends at Animal Trustees of Austin and Town Lake Animal Center are saying the same thing.  On Saturday, I was out at the City’s free Rabies Clinic at Walter E. Long Lake, and we provided about 50 Parvo shots to puppies from 8 weeks to 6 months old, most of whom had never had a single vaccination.  Unfortunately, a few were already showing signs of Parvo, and it was devestating to talk to these devoted pet owners who had never heard of this deadly disease.

Parvo is a highly contagious disease that affects a dog’s intestinal tract, immune system, and sometimes heart muscle.  It can be treated, but the treatment is costly, and is not always effective if started too late.  As a very fast-acting disease, a puppy can become sick incredibly fast, and can die within a few days.  Parvo is transmitted through fecal matter and because it can live in the soil for months, puppies contract it easily just by playing in an area where an infected dog was six months ago.  The way to ensure puppies don’t get this deadly disease is to vaccinate them every 3-4 weeks from the time they are 6 weeks old until they are four months old, and to follow up with yearly boosters after that.

To help raise awareness about this deadly, but preventable disease, EMANCIPE+ and ATA are offering 50% off all parvo vaccinations (it is actually a combined vaccine – DHPP – that protects against Parvo, Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parainfluenza) at our clinics this week.  At EMANCIPE+, that means our regular price of $11 is down to $6.60, and we don’t charge an exam fee.  No appointment is needed for these services – you can just walk in from 10 am until 3 pm to our stationary clinic to get your puppy vaccinated.  Please help us protect Austin’s puppies by spreading the word!


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This is such a horrible disease that has very little media coverage. There needs to be more public awareness campaigns like this to help puppy pet owners catch this painful disease in the early stages. The contagiousness of this disease in what makes it so devastating, but education one owner, we can help reduce the overall numbers of Austin vet clinic outbreaks.

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