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Frisco Police Department Urges Vigilance Amid Rise In Canine Parvovirus Cases

Authorities alert dog owners emphasizing preventative measures
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Via their official Facebook page, the Frisco Police Department alerted an increase in cases of canine parvovirus, urging dog owners to prioritize vaccination to protect their pets from this highly contagious and potentially fatal disease.

Canine parvovirus, commonly known as "parvo," is one of the most contagious and serious illnesses affecting dogs, particularly impacting puppies with a noted high mortality rate. According to Animal Services, the virus can survive in soil for extended periods and is transmitted through contact with infected feces, making it easy for dogs to contract the virus by licking contaminated paws after being outdoors.

Symptoms of parvovirus infection include sudden changes in appetite, lethargy, vomiting, fever, abdominal discomfort or distention, severe and often bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Prompt medical attention is crucial upon observing any of these signs in pets, as untreated cases can rapidly escalate.

"Parvovirus is both easily diagnosed and preventable," reads the Facebook post, echoing the advice of veterinary professionals. Vaccination stands as the most effective safeguard against the disease, particularly for puppies and young adult dogs who are more vulnerable. Puppies require a series of vaccinations to build immunity, while adult dogs should receive yearly booster shots to maintain protection.

For concerned pet owners seeking further guidance on vaccination protocols or suspecting symptoms of parvovirus in their dogs, animal services advises consulting a veterinarian promptly.

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