STATELINE (WIFR) -- Local vets are seeing more of a deadly virus in dogs, one they know is preventable if owners stay up to date on the shots for their pets.
The vets at Hillcrest Animal Hospital say in the last week they’ve had at least 10 cases of the Parvovirus, a parasite that attacks a dog’s intestines and stomach.
It causes diarrhea, dehydration, vomiting and in extreme cases, it can be fatal.
Vets say puppies need a series of vaccinations against this virus once they leave their mothers, plus boosters.
Parvo can live for nearly a year outside of a host so vets suggest if you lose a pet to this virus, you shouldn’t get a new puppy for at least a year.