KFOX14 Cares: After the Storm
- Bugs invade the borderland
- Letter from county officials sent to governor asking for assistance
- Berino left with massive cleanup after floodwaters tear through
- Bulldogs rally to help family who lost home to mud
- Socorro prioritizing cleanup of flood damage, sinkholes
- Socorro City Council approves disaster declaration following flood
- Gov. set to visit La Union to assess flood damage
- Recent rains leave prime mosquito breeding grounds around Borderland
- E. coli and viruses in floodwater
- Floodwater spreading disease to pets
- Water safe to drink in La Union
- El Paso Water Utilities say stormwater projects performed well during storms
- La Union residents frustrated as no improvements planned for nearby dam
- El Paso Water Utilities working on I-10, central El Paso flooding issues
- Poverty, lack of infrastructure adds to severity of San Eli floods
- Floods topple grave sites at San Elizario cemetery
- Dona Ana County commissioners agree they need state help
- Flood victims get help from a group of teens
- La Union residents, officials discuss flood damage recovery
- San Portales museum suffers damage after flooding
- Historic landmarks damaged from storms
- San Elizario families in need of help after floods
- Dam near La Union breaks, causes major road damage and disrupts water service
- Flood cleanup a slow process in San Elizario
- Socorro continues flood cleanup, hopes to prevent future damage
- Floods force San Eli families from homes
- Northeast flooding leads to road closures, stranded motorists
- West El Paso sees flooding on residential roads, residents concerned about drain maintenance
- La Union residents without water as officials fix water system
- San Elizario residents deal with damage from massive flooding
- Massive Socorro sinkholes destroy back yard, threaten homes
- Socorro flooding leaves Coker Road residents with cleanup
- Socorro mayor says they need National Guard help
- San Elizario cancels after school-activities
- Sinkhole growing larger in Socorro
- Socorro residents trapped in homes after arroyo breaks
- Arroyo breaks causing major flooding in Socorro
- Borderland braces for another round of heavy rain
- Vado residents suffer severe flooding for third time in several weeks
- Heavy rain leaves big mess central El Paso resident
- More work to be done on stormwater system after I-10 floods Wednesday morning
- Rain causes ceiling collapses in area shelter, apartment complex
- Crews repair water dam leak in central
- Rain causes overflow of Stormwater Pond in central El Paso
- Sinkhole closes Luna Street in Central El Paso
Floodwater spreading disease to pets
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:56 AM MDT
By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- Veterinarians are warning all pet owners that floodwaters may be spreading diseases to their four-legged friends.
Veterinarians said they're seeing a spike in the parvovirus. The owner of Mesa Veterinarian Clinic, Amy Starr, said it affects a dog similar to how the flu affects a human. Parvo attacks a dog's intestines and wipes out its immune system, making it very sick.
Starr said the virus is common in the Borderland because many people don't vaccinate their pets correctly.
The virus is passed by feces. By walking pets where other animals are going to the bathroom, they're in high risk of catching and then spreading the virus.
After last week's intense rainstorms and this week's flooding, doctors said it's even worse now.
"Basically, the parvo is in the soil. It's a virus that lives in the soil because of contamination, and so with the moisture, it literally just spreads it around," said Starr.
Parvo affects dogs of all ages. In most cases, however, it's a problem for puppies between 6 and 20 weeks old, when a pet isn't fully immunized.
Starr said when it comes to vaccinating a pet, don't take the cheap way out, because it may cost more in the end.
"Maybe they’re wanting to save a couple of dollars, so they go to the local stores and just buy the vaccine and give it to them themselves. The problem is, here in El Paso, we have a certain strain of the parvo that not every vaccine covers," said Starr.
Anyone whose dog has been exposed to an infected animal or is exhibiting signs of parvo is urged to take the dog to the vet immediately.
Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea, and some dogs will develop a fever.