Parvovirus: What You Should Know

One of the most painful, and often deadly, diseases dogs face is parvovirus. Commonly referred to as parvo, it affects dogs’ gastrointestinal tracts and is spread by direct dog-to-dog contact, and contact with contaminated stool, environments, or people. While it can affect all dogs, unvaccinated dogs and puppies are most at risk.  

Parvo cases have been confirmed in Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke recently, but Dakin’s medical staff is urging people with dogs throughout the region to begin parvo vaccinations for their puppies as soon as they are old enough and make sure that adult dogs are up to date on this lifesaving vaccination.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs with clinical parvo symptoms may die from the infection within 72 hours without immediate treatment. Symptoms include:

  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Loss of or lack of appetite
  • High fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (especially bloody diarrhea)

Vaccinations against parvo are critical to keeping your dog healthy and by your side, and Dakin will be hosting five parvovirus vaccine clinics for healthy dogs residing in Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee on the following dates:

Friday, September 29

Friday, October 6, 13, 20 & 27

Dakin’s clinics are by appointment only, you can schedule an appointment here.

NOTE: Appointments open up 14 days before each clinic. Check back if you don't see any openings.

By law, a Rabies vaccine is required for all dogs unless a valid certificate is provided at the time of appointment.

There is a $20 fee per vaccination.

Other local organizations are offering parvovirus vaccinations, and many are also by appointment only. Check this page for information.

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