Canine Parvovirus (Parvo / CPV)
Canine Parvovirus (parvo or CPV) is a highly contagious virus that often attacks the gastrointestinal tract of dogs and can be life-threatening. The disease is shed in large amounts in the stools of infected dogs for several weeks. Another form of Canine parvovirus attacks the heart muscles of very young puppies, however, it is relatively uncommon due to vaccinations.
Canine Parvovirus most often affects puppies 6-20 weeks old, however, dogs of all ages can fall victim to the disease. Parvo symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, weight loss, lethargy and sometimes fever. Diarrhea is often severe and quickly leads to dehydration.
Since Canine Parvovirus is a viral infection, there is no cure; however, extensive veterinarian care is required to treat dehydration and prevent secondary infections.
Canine Parvovirus is Highly Contagious and Easily Transmitted
The Parvo virus is one of the hardiest viruses known to science and this virus can live outside the body in a dormant yet infectious state for one to two years. Puppies do not have to be in direct contact with other dogs to catch Parvo since the virus can be spread by people’s clothing, shoes, and other inanimate surfaces. The virus can be carried on the dog’s hair coat and can even travel on the dust in the air. A dog (or puppy) who is shedding the Parvo virus can defecate (go to the bathroom) on a surface and then a susceptible puppy can come by and sniff or lick this surface over a year later and can still catch Parvo.
The Best Treatment for Canine Parvovirus is to Prevent it by Being Proactive
The virus is easily introduced to your facility via an infected animal’s fur and paws along with any object that has come in contact with contaminated feces.
This hardy virus is able to linger for several months.
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