Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can result in a life-threatening illness. Parvovirus most severely affects the intestinal tract but also attacks the white blood cells, and when young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problem.
How Is Parvovirus Diagnosed?
Parvovirus can be diagnosed via stool samples or blood tests on your dog.
Which Dogs Are Prone to Parvovirus?
Dogs that are NOT vaccinated, puppies and adolescent are most susceptible to contracting Parvovirus. Some breeds are known to be at a higher risk to contracting the disease – specifically Rottweilers, Dobermans, Pinschers, Labrador Retrievers, American Staffordshire Terriers and German Shepherds. All breeds however should be vaccinated to minimise the risk to them.
What Are the General Symptoms of Parvovirus?
The general symptoms of Parvovirus include lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite and bloody, foul-smelling diarrhoea which can lead to life-threatening dehydration.
How Is Parvovirus Transmitted?
Parvovirus is highly contagious and spreads rapidly between dogs. It can spread through all bodily fluids, including poo and vomit.
Canine parvovirus affects most members of the dog family including foxes – we do know of a local case where an unvaccinated dog contracted parvo from fox poo in the garden and sadly died as a result.
If your dog has come into contact with bedding, food and water bowls, carpet, or a kennel that a dog with parvovirus has touched, they can catch the virus, in fact dogs can catch it just from sniffing another dog or through another dog’s poo.
Humans cannot get canine parvovirus from their dogs, however they can spread parvo through contact spread by shoes, clothing and human hands.
How to prevent your dog contracting Parvovirus
Vaccination is absolutely critical. We recommend that puppies should receive their first vaccination at 7-8 weeks and the second once the puppy is over 10 weeks of age. In outbreaks of Parvo infection, vets may advise vaccinating younger puppies and giving more than just 2 vaccinations, with the final one at 16 weeks. Previously vaccinated adult dogs need boosters every year.
There are some other steps you can take to minimise the risk of coming in to contact with the virus:
Regular soaps and disinfectants DO NOT kill parvovirus. Areas that cannot be cleaned with bleach may remain contaminated.
Remember, the virus can survive on a variety of objects, including food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors.
Parvovirus is potentially fatal, so your dog must be seen as soon as possible. If you suspect that your dog or puppy may have Parvovirus please call us first before bringing them in – it is really important that we do not put other dogs at potential risk too.
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