Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that can affect any unvaccinated dog. “Parvo” is spread when your dog comes in contact with another dogs feces, or simply by being in an environment where the virus is living. The virus can live on food and water bowls, collars, leashes, hands, clothing, and anywhere in the environment where contaminated stool has been. It is resistant to heat, cold, and most cleaners. Unfortunately one of the only ways to attempt to get rid of the virus is by using a very strong bleach/water mixture. Puppies are most susceptible to the virus, but animals over year old can still contract it. Fully vaccinating your pet based on your Veterinarians guidelines is the best way to prevent the virus from spreading.
Some signs of parvo could be but are not limited to: lethargy, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and vomiting. Parvo is a very serious virus that can eventually lead to death of your loved pet if not treated or taken care of. Animals become severely dehydrated and their body cannot supply them with the proper nutrients. Typically IV fluids for several days along with a wide spectrum of medications will help the animal to recover from the virus and they will be able to return home. Unfortunately, that is not the outcome for some dogs.
Way to prevent Parvovirus:
- Fully vaccinate your pet at your local Veterinarians office
- Vaccinate your pet based on your Veterinarians guidelines. Typically this will be sets of vaccines given at 6, 9, 12, and 14-16 weeks of age
- Limit travel and activity until your pet is fully vaccinated. Places to avoid would be: dog parks and pet shops
- Do not come in contact with a dog or an environment that has had the virus in or around it
- Avoid letting your dog sniff/eat feces from other dogs when on walks or at dog parks