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Canine Parvo

by Twila on December 3, 2015

What is Parvo?

CPV, Canine parvovirus is a illness that is very contagious and can cause doggies to pass away. Parvo can form in two different ways, intestinal or cardiac. Intestinal usually manifest in adult dogs and cardiac appears in puppies, However it is possible to occur regardless of age.

Signs of Parvo

Intestinal:

  • bloody diarrhea
  • Tiredness
  • fever
  • weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Anorexia

Cardiac:

  • Rapid heart beat
  • Weakness
  • Can’t absorb nutrients
  • Dehydration
  • Red eyes and mouth
  • Pain/discomfort in abdominal
  • Low body temperature

What causes it?

Parvo can be caused by genetics, direct contact with an infected dog or by  Fido simply eating/sniffing  fecal matter from an infected dog. The virus can thrive for up to a year and apparently weather conditions or cleaning products doesn’t kill the virus.

tip1: Studies have shown that bleach is the only cleanser that kills Parvo.  

tip2: For unknown reasons certain breeds such as Labs, Pitt bulls, Dobermans, Rottweilers, and others are more  vulnerable. 

Prevention

The best way to prevent this illness is to make sure your pup gets properly vaccinated at the ages of 6,9, and 12 weeks. Even after being vaccinated your puppy shouldn’t be around other dogs until at least two weeks after being vaccinated.

tip1: Dogs that are more vulnerable to the virus may need a longer vaccination period, up to 22 weeks.

 

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