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.

Microscopic image of Canine Parvovirus (Parvo or CPV) courtesy of Wikipedia

Canine Parvovirus is Highly Contagious and Easily Transmitted

Canine Parvovirus in Dogs © JY Sgro, UW-Madison

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

Vaccinations
Proper vaccination is the best way to prevent canine parvovirus. Vaccination begins at 6-8 weeks of age. The puppy is then given at least two more parvovirus vaccination series at 3-4 week intervals. Sometimes a fourth vaccination series is given.

Adult dogs that have never been vaccinated before receive two vaccinations with a three week period in between the first and second vaccination. A once a year, or once every three year, vaccination is then given for the remainder of the dog’s life. Improper vaccination will result in incomplete immunity. Many shelters and rescues, as well as groomers and day care facilities, usually have policies in place to ensure all puppies and dogs in their care have proper vaccines.

Surface Sanitation
Since canine parvovirus is transmitted via oral-fecal, all surfaces must be sanitized.

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.


PetAirapy’s air and surface disinfectant systems have been designed and tested to quickly deliver high disinfection rates of Canine Parvovirus and other microorganisms that spread infection throughout animal care facilities.
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Air Sanitation
Since canine parvovirus can also be transmitted via air from droplet nuclei or dander the air must be sanitized as well. This hardy virus is able to linger for several months.

Using traditional cleaners, such as bleach, can be effective yet time-consuming and there is a great chance for human error and missing particles; just one particle can infect an innocent host.

PetAirapy air and surface disinfectant units are used and recommended by veterinarians. Any and all surfaces illuminated by our powerful medical grade light can be sanitized from harmful culprits, including Parvo virus, within minutes.

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