Parvovirus Outbreak Affecting Dogs In Several States

Last week, we posted about a canine parvovirus outbreak in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The deadly disease was affecting certain parts of the city and the Humane Society of Lebanon County. At least 27 dogs in the area have died from the virus in the past few weeks.

Now, more parvovirus outbreaks are spreading in several other states. In Wake County, North Carolina, there has been a spike in cases of parvovirus in the area. Nine puppies tested positive for this virus last week.

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Kent County Animal Shelter remains closed after a wave of parvovirus swept through the facility. The health department says the shelter was forced to euthanize more than 2 dozen dogs that were infected and had to completely disinfect the building.

From a health press release:

Canine parvovirus, or CPV, attacks and destroys intestinal cells resulting in excessive diarrhea and vomiting, usually accompanied by blood and a strong odor. The first symptoms manifest three to 10 days after infection. Successful treatment of CPV depends upon early detection; a dog with CPV must immediately be placed on intravenous fluids and antibiotics. If left untreated, most dogs will die from dehydration or bacterial infection in a matter of days. Even when CPV is detected early, hospitalization can last up to a week and result in unexpected expenses.

Aside from vaccination, the most important thing pet owners can do to prevent the virus is keep their pets away from areas occupied by infected dogs. The virus spreads mainly through contact with infected feces, soil or surfaces, and displays unusual resilience, surviving harsh weather and most forms of disinfection.

Sources:, WOOD-TV

5 Responses to “Parvovirus Outbreak Affecting Dogs In Several States”

  1. Sharon says:

    There is a parvo outbreak at the Williamson County animal shelter in Texas. They are not quarantining the animals or treating it. Once they adopt out a bunch of those dogs there is going to be a major outbreak of the disease in Central Texas. The County built a new multi-million dollar building but refuse to provide the money to staff and run it.

  2. Roberto P. says:

    You can have a Parvo titer done at the vet’s if you are concerned. The vet I use runs it right there in his lab a couple of times a week. I had my dog checked and am waiting for results. It cost me $30. I know that’s more than the vaccine, but I don’t like to vaccinate unless absolutely necessary.

  3. Barb says:

    You can add Muskego, Wisconsin to this list of parvo outbreaks.

    Yesterday, I got this email from my friend who fosters many dogs. Two weeks ago she took in 6 more pups. Her message to me:

    “Just an update…rummage sale last weekend, on the first day I went to take the 7 pups outside before we opened, 1 was unresponsive, 6 looked sick. Left husband in charge of sale & was waiting at the vets when they opened. Unresponsive one died at vets, others taken to emergency hosp. for testing. Turns out that although they tested neg. for parvo 2X they were now postitive. In the last 4 days 2 more died, 4 are getting better & transfered back to reg. vets. cost so far 4,000$. OMG, no more pups till I get back to CA! My downstairs in now quarantened & I bleach everyday. Have 4 pups at vets till the end of the week so I dont re expose them to the virus.”

  4. Diane says:

    I live in Riverside County, CA. My vet says that Parvo is endemic here. About 5 weeks ago, a friend had a pup that needed some stitches. We were worried because she had not yet completed her vaccination series and wanted to take her to a vet that had not had a Parvo case in the office in the past week. We had to call about half a dozen vet offices before we found one that had not had a case of Parvo in the last week.

    Last summer my puppies contracted Parvo. It was devastating, emotionally and economically. My puppies were 8 weeks of age and had one vaccination for Parvo. We lost 7 of our 13 puppies, despite early treatment, emergency vet care and my regular vet treating them.

    At that age, I knew each puppies’ personality; their little faces are etched forever in my mind. Even now, a year later, as I write this I am crying. Cost was more than $6000.00. I still know not how we got it. My vet say one can bring it in on your shoes, your tires, the birds or the flies can bring it to your property.

    A bit later on, I knew of a case in Long Beach, CA and another in Orange County, CA. These were just in my own circle of acquaintances.

  5. Mark says:

    There are safe and effective alternatives to expensive veterinary treatment for Parvo, and I strongly encourage you to read and pass on to other dog owners a free book that my wife and I put together recently that tells you all you need to know about this virus and how to treat it.

    It’s available at and you can download it immediately.

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