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Parvo Virus- ADeady Bug In Dogs, So Don't Wait- Vaccinate

27 Aug 2017 | by | Posted in: Health

Parvo Virus is most often seen in very young dogs and puppies who have not yet been vaccinated against the virus. Parvovirus in dogs affects the delicate lining of their digestive systems and prevents them from successfully absorbing the nutrients and liquids that they need.

Learn more about parvovirus and the symptoms associated with the disease.

What is canine Parvovirus?

According to the Calgary Humane Society website, canine parvovirus (often called parvo) is a virus that can cause severe inflammation of the intestines in canines. The virus infects cells of the intestine leading to structural changes that prevent dogs from properly absorbing nutrients.Canine parvovirus is a dangerous and extraordinarily contagious virus that spreads easily between unvaccinated dogs.

It is one of the most devastating and strong viral particles, warned Dr. Julie Schell from the Bow Bottom Veterinary Hospital. We call it ubiquitous in the environment, meaning its everywhere.

Its the most devastating disease Ive ever seen as a veterinarian its probably as bad as an AIDS virus for a dog.

What are the symptoms of canine parvovirus?

Puppies are a treat to the eyes and bring joy to the heart. But they are also vulnerable to sickness, and since they are so little and cannot communicate well it is your duty as pet parents to watch out for these signs of illness in your furry buddy:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • High Fever
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Depression


How do I prevent my dog from contracting parvovirus?

Vaccination is the best way to protect your dog from contracting parvo. Its better if the vaccinated as soon as possible, usually around eight weeks old. Before then well have the mother vaccinated, usually at the time of breeding, she explained. Because she will transfer protection to her puppies short-term protection through the mothers milk.

What dogs are most at risk of developing a parvovirus infection?

Unvaccinated dogs, puppies and dogs with compromised immune systems.

Can a parvovirus infection be transferred to humans or other pets?

If your dog is diagnosed with Parvo you need to be concerned about its transmission to other members of your fur-family; however, Parvo virus in dogs is not transmissible to humans. There is a variation of Parvo virus that does affect humans; however it is not related to the virus that dogs can contract. It is common for an non-vaccinated dog to contract parvovirus from the streets, especially in urban areas where there are many dogs.


How can I get my Dog treated from Parvo Virus?

Treatment is generally administered in the form of flushing fluids and antibiotics into the system of an infected dog. As there is no absolute cure for Parvo virus in dogs, all that your veterinarian can do is to treat every symptom as it occurs. Preventing dehydration and the loss of electrolytes is one of the most important things that your vet will do to try and save the life of your dog. Your dog may also need blood transfusions as well as steps to try and bring his temperature down from a spiked fever.


Which Dogs Are Prone to Parvovirus?

Puppies, adolescent dogs and canines who are not vaccinated are most susceptible to the virus. The canine parvovirus affects most members of the dog family (wolves, coyotes, foxes, etc.). Breeds at a higher risk are Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Labrador Retrievers, American Staffordshire Terriers and German Shepherds.

Disclaimer: All medications and treatments should be taken under the supervision of a veterinarian

Here's how you can beat parvo at home:


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