The Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha is currently experiencing the worst influx of Parvo patients in the 22 years of the organisation’s existence. The canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs. It spreads through the feces of infected dogs and is often fatal. Common symptoms of an infected dog includes vomiting, diarrhea (with a very distinct smell), lethargy and loss of appetite. “On average our clinic admits 14 Parvo patients per month.