INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Dogs in Marion County are being attacked, but not by what you might expect.
An increase in the parvo virus is a direct threat to your dog, and if you think you just keep it at home, keep it safe again.
Marion County is seeing an increase in reports of parvo virus in dogs.
"Parvo is life-threatening to the animals that are exposed to it, and we really need people to vaccinate their animals," said Katie Trennepohl Deputy Director of Indianapolis Animal Care Services said:
For the Indianapolis Animal Care service seems to be the problem in dogs that have surrendered.
"We see more of this time, but we also see more puppies coming at this time of year so animals can get parvo all year round ̵
"So far, we've been lucky and have not seen any deaths in the community, especially those in dire need of help," said Angela Hopson of SOAR.
Hopson launched SOAR five years ago. She picks up pets from homeless people seeking help until they can get back on their feet. Dr. Leslie Brooks is the vet for SOAR, explains.
"If you go to the dog park or even walk around the block, there is a possibility that they are also exposed," Dr. Brooks.
The Good News Is there a simple vaccine the dog can take to prevent the virus?
"In Indianapolis and the surrounding counties, there are many low-cost clinics that can cost $ 10- $ 15 or less," Dr. Brooks continues.
And it can save the life of a best friend.
There are several symptoms of parvo that need to be taken to ensure that there is blood in your pet's stool.
Another symptom is when your pet becomes sluggish and has a fever or suffers from severe weight loss.
More information about SOAR can be found here or on their Facebook page.