Parvovirus hits dogs in Kenosha

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Parvovirus hits dogs in Kenosha

CREATED Sep. 5, 2013

KENOSHA - There are big concerns about "man's best friends".  A parvovirus has hit several dogs in Kenosha in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  One pet owner has already lost two of her dogs.

Parvovirus, or Parvo, is a highly contagious disease. Latisha Moore’s family is grieving after her pit bull puppy Chevy died of Parvo. She had to euthanize her other infected pit bull, Taffy because she couldn't afford the $2,500 vet bill to treat the dog.

“It was scary,” explains Moore. “And it was actually kind of sad because I thought about my kids. The dogs are like kids to us."

Now the puppies' mother Caddy is sick too. Latisha doesn't know yet if it's Parvo. She thinks the dog may be depressed because she lost two of her puppies.

Veterinarians do see more cases in late summer. Kenosha Animal Hospital recently cared for several dogs who had the virus.

The disease can be easily prevented with a vaccine. But one shot won't make a dog immune. They’ll need a series of vaccinations.

"As far as we know, it doesn't affect humans or any other animals that we know of," says Dr. Robert Reynolds of Kenosha Animal Hospital.

Dr. Reynolds suspects that unvaccinated dogs are spreading the virus through feces. Other dogs catch it when they inhale or ingest it. Latisha’s kids are being hit the hardest by the loss of their beloved pooches. The puppies weren't vaccinated, but Caddy is. Latisha plans on taking her to the vet if she doesn’t get better soon.