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Amsterdam warns dog owners of Parvo virus

AMSTERDAM -- Animal Control issued a warning to dog owners Tuesday about the Parvo virus. At least five dogs have died this month from the easily transmittable virus, but it is not being considered an outbreak.

Your dog can be acting perfectly normal one minute and the next minute not wanting to get up, just laying around not wanting to eat, severe vomiting severe diarrhea, said Renee Earl, with the Regional Animal Shelter in Gloversville.

Parvo is spread through fecal matter and can be tracked through public areas by shoes.

Puppies are especially vulnerable to Parvo. Veterinarians recommend vaccinated dogs early.

If you happen to be walking along in the area the [infected] pups were and they were shedding the Parvo virus, you can contract the Parvo virus and transmit it anywhere else, said Earl.

Vets recommend vaccinated puppies early. Some pet stores sell the vaccine over the counter, but experts caution against using it if you arent comfortable with injections.