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In Western Washington, veterinarians are reporting nearly double the normal rate of parvovirus cases.
Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services (ACCESS) issued an alert in King County, WA, over the weekend after identifying seven cases of in two weeks.
The ASPCA recommends vaccinating puppies with the "5-in-1" shot that protects the puppy from parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parainfluenza. The first vaccine is usually given at six to eight weeks of age and a booster is given at four-week intervals until the puppy is sixteen to twenty weeks of age, and then again at one year of age.