PUPPY LOVE: Pet specialists give advice on pet health

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Ami Johnson, Dogwood Acres' certified veterinary technician, left, and Kristy Guthre, head receptionist, hold Reese P.C. and Sinch, respectively, both Australian shepherds. The women work with dogs like these every day at the Crestview clinic.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 02:04 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Employees at the Dogwood Acres veterinary clinic recently had the opportunity to give some advice to pet owners.

Ami Johnson, a certified veterinary technician, and Kristy Guthre, head receptionist of the clinic recently sat down with the Crestview News Bulletin to discuss what pet owners should know to keep their pets healthy.

Parvovirus

One deadly threat that Dogwood Acres' patients experience increasingly is parvovirus, Johnson said.

"It basically dehydrates (dogs) until they die; it affects the intestinal track and the stomach," she said. Symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea.

Dogs can contract the virus — typically transmitted through animal feces — from soil, which can incubate it up to a year.

A series of about four vaccinations per year can help protect dogs, Johnson said, adding the vaccines must be kept cold to work.



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