What is Parvo and What Can I do to Protect My Dog?


     Canine Parvovirus is an often fatal illness that is transmitted from dog to dog by contaminated feces. Because it has no fatty outer envelope to make it vulnerable like other viruses, parvo is particularly tough and can live in the soil for up to 2 years. That means the ground that looks perfectly safe and poo-free at the dog park or on your regular walk could be harboring parvovirus. When a dog with little to no immunity to parvo gets infected, it begins to work on the lining of the intestines and stomach, causing severe damage, vomiting, diarrhea, and eventually causing death from internal destruction and severe dehydration. This process is fast, and most untreated dogs die within a week or two from first symptoms. If parvo is caught soon enough, some patients may pull through with hospitalization and intensive supportive care. Continue…

Protecting Your Dog from Parvo

VaccinesCanine parvovirus or parvo
 is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness in puppies and dogs. It can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s feces.

Puppies, adolescent dogs, and adult dogs who are not vaccinated are at risk of contracting the (parvo)virus. Protecting your puppy or dog from parvovirus could save his life.


Canine Parvovirus

vaccinationsCanine Parvovirus, often simply called “parvo”, is a serious and highly contagious virus that affects most canids (dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes etc.).  Parvovirus can live in the environment for years. This potentially fatal disease attacks rapidly dividing the cells of the intestines and bone marrow. Canine parvovirus causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy.

There are various parvovirus strains that affect other species such as pigs, cats and even humans. Though they are the same type of virus, they are typically species-specific. Fortunately, canine parvovirus is NOT contagious to humans. In rare cases, certain strains may be contagious to cats.

Fortunately parvovirus can be prevented with vaccination. We recommend that puppies be restricted from public outdoor areas until their vaccination series is completed at 20 weeks of age.