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Victoria VanZee, 14, from left, Rachel Bomstad, 14, Alyssa Kremin, 17, and Amburr White, 13, all members of the ACGC Girl Scout troop, walk dogs April 20, 2010, near the Humane Society of Kandiyohi County in Willmar. Local veterinarians are reminding dog owners to make sure their pet's shots are up to date because of a canine parvovirus outbreak in the Willmar area. Tribune file photo

Vets issue call to have dogs vaccinated after more than a dozen cases

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WILLMAR -- An outbreak of canine parvovirus in the Willmar area this month has prompted local veterinarians to remind dog owners to make sure their pet's shots are up to date.

Well over a dozen cases, including some deaths, have been reported within the past two to three weeks.

It's a dramatic increase compared to what veterinarians usually see, said Dr. Dan Cook, owner of Country Lakes Veterinary Clinic, Green Lake Pet Hospital and Willmar Pet Hospital.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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