For those pet owners that have experienced the Parvo virus, just the name brings a sad thought to your mind. For those of you that have never had to deal with Parvo Virus you may be wondering what it is and what the symptoms are. That is exactly what we are going to talk about today.
What is Canine Parvovirus?
What are the signs and treatment?
How can you prevent it?
WHAT IS CANINE PARVOVIRUS?
Canine Parvovirus is a small but very strong virus that typically affects puppies but can also affect dogs of any age that have not received proper vaccinations. Parvo replicates in the body causing multi system problems which left untreated will typically lead to death.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND TREATMENT?
Normally in the early stages of the virus your pet may seem more sad or depressed than normal and stop eating much at all. As the virus progresses you may notice your pet vomiting frequently and having diarrhea. You may or may not see blood in the diarrhea. They will become dehydrated and could go into shock from the loss of fluids. Should you notice any of these things then get your pet checked out immediately. Time is the biggest factor with parvovirus. Catching it early and getting the treatment as soon as possible is the key to survival. Typically once your Vet has done the testing to confirm parvovirus, the treatment may require your pet to be hospitalized for fluid therapy as well and medications.
HOW TO PREVENT CANINE PARVOVIRUS?
The best way to prevent your pet from getting the virus is to vaccinate your pet against parvovirus. As puppies we need to get that immunity built up in their systems, starting at 6-8 weeks of age they will vaccines every 3 weeks until they are 4 months of age then yearly after that! Keep your pets safe, get them vaccinated!
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