Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus

 

What is canine Parvovirus?

Parvo is caused by the canine parvovirus it’s a disease that affects the stomach and small intestines and this is where the virus does the most damage. The virus infects the small intestine where it destroys cells, impairs absorption, and disrupts the gut barrier. This Virus is HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS.

Why do puppies get Parvo?

Puppies aged 6 weeks – 6 months are the most susceptible to get parvo. Puppies younger than 6 weeks old still have some of their mother’s antibodies, assuming that the mother has received all her parvo inoculations. All puppies are vulnerable to this virus until they have received all 3 of their inoculations.

Symptom to look out for

When you see any of these symptoms in your pup make sure to contact your vet immediately!

  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia
  • Weakness
  • Dehydration

 

Preventing Parvo in Puppies

Make sure your puppy receives all their inoculations at the right time as well as your adult dog get its yearly inoculation. The time frame for inoculations is as follows:

  1. 6-8 Weeks
  2. 10-12 Weeks
  3. 16-18 Weeks
  4. 12-16 Months
  5. Then once yearly.