Parvo, or canine parvovirus, is an extremely contagious viral illness in dogs. It is also referred to as CPV.
As a dog owner, this is a virus that you must be aware of. While parvo is most common in Rottweilers, American Pits, Dobermans and German Shepherds, it can happen to any breed of dog. Fortunately there are ways to prevent your dog from suffering from parvo, and a part of preventative action is education. As veterinarians, we believe that you should know these helpful facts to understand Parvo.
- What Age? – The age that most dogs get parvo occurs when they are between the ages of six weeks and six months. In puppies that are very young, parvo can lead to death.
- What Causes Parvo? – CPV is caused by the original canine parvovirus type 2, being genetically altered. The most common form of contraction comes from direct contact with an infected dog. Even more unsettling, is that your pet can contract parvo by simply sniffing the stool of an infected dog. More so, is that you can track infected feces into your house from your shoes and cause your dog to contract parvo that way as well. It is said that parvovirus can live in soil for up to a year. This is why getting dog vaccinations are so important. If your dog happens to come into contact with a pravo ridden puppy, your pet vaccination will help them to stay parvo free.
- What Are The Symptoms – First, we should understand that there are two types of parvo, and the symptoms vary. With the intestinal form of parvo, your dog will suffer from severe bloody diarrhea as well as vomiting and fever, and lethargy and anorexia. Your dog may also suffer from low body temperatures that can lead to hypothermia.
Learning about parvo is the first step in your preventative care. Next is making sure that you’ve handled your pet vaccinations, by going to your local veterinary hospital to get one. Stay tuned for our next blog for more facts about parvo.