Cat Owners, Beware

Parvovirus can affect cats as well as dogs

Veterinarians are warning that the Parvovirus infection that recently killed Oprah Winfrey's new puppy can kill cats as well.

"In a facility (where) you have dogs and cats housed together, this virus can affect dogs and cats," veterinarian Yuval Nir said.

Listen to a report from WBBM News Radio

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the risk for infection with CPV-2c and other variants of the canine parvovirus is highest when large numbers of dogs and cats are housed together in close confinement, WBBM radio reported.

Parvovirus is highly contagious and can be devastating in kennel and shelter conditions.

Dr. Nir says vaccination is key.

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