Oct 7, 2011 3:02 PM by Bethany Tucker, KSBY News
Santa Barbara County Animal Services is warning pet owners to make sure their dogs are vaccinated after a recent spike in the number of Parvovirus cases in the northern part of the county.
The Santa Maria Animal Shelter says it has seen 15 confirmed cases of Parvovirus come to its shelter in the past five days.
Animal Services says Parvo is typically seen in puppies, but the recently affected animals have been of all ages. The agency also says the majority of cases have been seen in the area north of Stowell Road and west of Broadway Road in Santa Maria.
All residents are being asked to keep their puppies safe by not letting them outside of a fenced yard until they have received their vaccinations and are protected from the virus.
According to Animal Services, symptoms of Parvovirus include fever, lethargy, depression and loss of appetite. Your dog may also appear in gastrointestinal stress. Animals can be killed if they contract it and remain untreated.
Parvovirus is specific to dogs and is not transmitted to humans or pets of different species.
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