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Santa Barbara County Reports Outbreak Of Serious Canine Virus

Posted on Saturday, October 8, 2011 12:55am

Santa Barbara County Animal Services officials report an outbreak of a virus which can make dogs seriously ill, or even kill them.

At least 15 dogs have been diagnosed with Parvovirus.  It’s a virus which attacks the lining of a dog’s digestive system, and can make it impossible for it to absorb nutrients, leading to serious illness or death.  It’s most commonly seen in puppies, but can affect dogs of all ages.

All of the cases reported so far have been in Northern Santa Barbara County.  It’s possible to treat it, but it’s extremely expensive.  Animal control officials are urging dog owners to check to see their dogs are up to date on Parvo vaccinations.  The canine illness isn’t transmittable to human, or other annimal species.

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