Santa Barbara County health officials are warning pet owners about a recent spike in canine respiratory disease and parvovirus infections in Santa Maria.
Canine parvovirus is an extremely infectious virus that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and loss of appetite in dogs.
Puppies are at greatest risk for contracting the virus because their immune systems are not fully developed.
Dogs who are boarded, go to dog parks, beaches, grooming, dog shows, and group walks are also at higher risk for infectious respiratory disease.
Health officials recommend talking to a veterinarian about vaccines and how to keep your dog healthy.