The first step is always the hardest
By guest, Jul 12 2016 12:06PM
Hello everyone!!! This is my first stab at this blog thing, so bear with me as I work out the kinks!!! I'm Dr. Amy Hanson, associate veterinarian at Potwin Pet Clinic. I will try to bring you some interesting information about pet care, and dogs and cats in general, time permitting!!! I'm going to also try to link this to our Facebook page for the clinic as well, but I have to figure out how to get access to that first.
So, as my first offical blog: let's talk parvo........nasty disease that unfortunately is rearing it's ugly head fairly regularly this time of year. In fact, we have had 6 dogs test positive since April at our clinic alone this year. Usually puppies are the most at risk, but we have seen adult dogs come down with the disease as well. Parvo virus is a very hardly bug and can live in the soil for YEARS!!!! While parvo is treatable, it can be very hard on dogs and even with treatment, they can still succumb to the disease. Having your dogs, and especially puppies, vaccinated against this disease is the best weapon we have. And if you have a puppy, they really need to have more than just one vaccine against the disease in order to be adequately protected. It's really heartbreaking for us and for pet parents to have their brand new family member become sick with this disease. If you are thinking about getting a new puppy, be sure to talk with your veterinarian about when to start vaccination and how often we should vaccinated (depends on age of the puppy when acquired and previous vaccination). And if you have had parvo in your environment and want to bring in a young puppy, talk with your vet about whether this is a good idea and if so what steps can be taken to ensure the new puppy will be at less risk for contracting this disease. This is a bad disease, yes, but it is preventable...and prevention is much better than treatment any day of the week.