KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The mild winter may have been good for us, but for local animals shelters it meant an increase in the number of dogs with the parvovirus. Cold weather kills off the bacteria.
The KC Pet Project has treated 30 puppies so far this year, which is a significant increase.
A new vaccine called Parvo One is showing signs it might be a cure. It was created by a North Dakota company that was trying to find a way to treat a dying flock of geese. They discovered antibodies in geese could treat parvo.
So the nickname "Goose Juice," staff members at the KC Pet Project gave the treatment, is very fitting. It also cuts treatment time down from two weeks to two days.
"The treatment has gone really, really well for all of those we have given the treatment to, so we're really thrilled to be one of the shelters that's participating in this," said Tori Fugate, with the KC Pet Project.
The KC Pet Project is one of eight shelters in the country chosen for the test trials.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture believes the treatment will be available to the public next year.