MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center in Cumberland County has a special patient, affectionately known as ‘Parvo Pete.’
The 7-month-old had all the symptoms of parvovirus when he was brought in and is now in isolation while he’s treated.
Pete will be better soon, but without medical care, it can be tough for dogs to fight off parvo. Some cases are even fatal.
“There are very few cases where the animal can get better on their own,” Bobbi Ditzler of Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center said.
So when should you be concerned?
Symptoms of parvo include being sick, unresponsive, laying around, having bloody stool, and vomiting.
Veterinarians say if your dog has any of those symptoms, you should take action and see a veterinarian right away.
Parvovirus is passed through feces and most commonly in public settings. To protect your pooch, make sure your pet has their full vaccine series before taking them to public places, like a dog park.
Experts say puppies and older dogs are the highest risk for the virus and while vaccinations are not 100 percent, not having the shots really put the dogs at risk.