Vets and shelters across the Tampa Bay area are on the lookout for the parvo virus. Nate’s Honor Rescue in Bradenton was forced to temporarily close down for a week after five dogs tested positive for the virus.
Vets at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay said dogs should start getting vaccinated once they're at least six weeks of age.
"They start vaccinating them six to eight weeks of age, they get booster shots up to sixteen weeks of age,” said Dr. Andrew Kobell.
Symptoms of parvo include, diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration.
“Any dogs are at risk, so we really promote early vaccination,” said Dr. Kobell.
Vets recommend pet owners stay away from dog parks until their pets have been vaccinated for parvo.