Saturday, February 09, 2008

Don't Believe the Hype About "New" Strain of Parvo

My mom has seen emails about an article from Oklahoma State University that says there is a scary new strain of parvo, and a vaccine for it (developed by a "team of veterinarians at Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences) that everyone should rush out and get right away.

The article says "...mortality has been quite heavy. One breeder lost 600 puppies in one night." Okay, hold on - what kind of place has 600 puppies at one time? A huge, HUGE puppymill operation, that's who. And that kind of operation usually has very poor and unsanitary living conditions, and does not provide vet care for the dogs that they have. Any reputable breeder only has one litter at a time, usually only one or two per year, from different dogs. Anyplace that has 600 puppies at once is a factory that is continually breeding dogs to sell to puppy broker companies like the Hunte Corporation, who buy puppies in "bulk" amounts and re-sell the puppies to pet stores for a profit.

Please read this article which shows how the majority of statements in the article from Oklahoma State University are false. In fact, this strain of Parvo has been around for years in Europe, where it has been previously documented, treated and written about. AND the current vaccine for parvovirus does provide protection against this so-called "new strain".

So before you panic and call your vet, please get the facts. This has been a public service announcement.


  1. Wow, thanks. I have a really big problem with the academic publishing industry, which consistently publishes consulting reports without any attempt to moderate them. Thanks for the fair and balanced coverage!

  2. Thanks for the heads mom would have probably freaked out if she had heard that!

    Woo woo, Kelsey Ann

  3. Thank you and your Mom for posting this. We really appreciate it.


  4. I want to get a patent for being sick, too! Thanks for letting us know about that!

  5. Oh, hey, there's a brand new disease out there, its called Breadaphelia, and the only cure is to eat slices of bread, toasted bread is even better. Your humans better feed you the life saving bread each day.


  6. Oh yes Indy. I just love to tell on Bella. Mom says I seem to enjoy being a tattletale lately.

    The parvo thing is not scary enough.

    Husky Hugs, MayaMarie

  7. Yeah, not sure I would call a person with 600 puppies a "breeder" either!! Unless you want to put the word MASS in front of it. Thanks for sharing this info with us!


  8. Mom said that's very good to now and she'll be sure to ask questions if it's mentioned at the vet's office.

  9. Oh.. thanks for letting us know Indy. Happy Valentine's Day to you

    ~ Girl girl

  10. Thank roo for the paws up on this!
    Happy Valentine's Day, handsome Indy!