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Warning about dog virus

The Guelph Humane Society is reminding pet owners of the importance of keeping their pets’ vaccinations are up to date in light of some recent cases of a contagious virus affecting dogs.
The community is seeing an emergence of canine parvovirus, also called parvo, humane society executive director Michelle Gellatly said in a news release.
Parvo is a highly contagious and potentially fatal virus for dogs. It causes serious inflammation of the stomach and intestines in puppies and dogs, the release said.
Infection can happen through direct contact with infected dogs and their feces and also through indirect contact, and through contaminated surfaces and objects, such as shoes, it said.
Signs and symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite and fever.
Unless their dogs are fully vaccinated, people should avoid parks and should not allow puppies or dogs to come into contact with other dog waste while playing outdoors, the release said.
For more information, contact the humane society at 519-824-3091.

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