DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- A virus that can be deadly for pets is sweeping through Douglas County.
Doctor Blair Bailey of Bailey Veterinary Clinic says that usually, they will have one or two cases of dogs affected with the Parvovirus every month.
This month, he says they've seen about a dozen.
The illness generally affects puppies, and Dr. Bailey says it is almost always fatal if left untreated.
Thankfully, there's a pretty easy way to keep your dog safe. "They've got to get their animals vaccinated, no matter how old they are," said Bailey. "It's worse in younger dogs, in young puppies, but all ages come down with the disease. If animals aren't properly vaccinated, they're really at risk."
Basically, their immune system shuts down, and they have such intense diarrhea that the dogs get so dehydrated, they eventually die.
The virus lives in the ground, and can lay dormant for years.
If your dog starts acting lethargic and has diarrhea, Bailey says to call your veterinarian immediately.