3 Parvovirus Cases in St. John's

Sunrise Animal Hospital in St. John's says that there have been three recent confirmed cases of Parvovirus.

Parvovirus is a highly contagious, and most times fatal virus that attacks the white blood cells and gastrointestinal of puppies and dogs.

It is spread through direct dog to dog contact, and contact with contaminated feces and environments.

It can also contaminate kennel surfaces, water and food bowls, leashes and collars, and even the hands/clothing of people who have come into contact with infected dogs.

Puppies less than 4 months old and dogs who have not been adequately vaccinated are most at risk for contracting Parvovirus.

Most deaths from Parvovirus occur within 72 hours following the onset of symptoms.