Canine Parvovirus: What you need to know

posted: by: Taos Veterinary Clinic, P.C. Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Canine Parvovirus is a fatal disease that affects unvaccinated puppies and dogs. It can be easily and cheaply prevented by vaccinating your puppies, and not letting them have contact with other dogs and public places until their vaccinations are complete. The faster you identify symptoms and get your dog to the vet, the better the chances for recovery. We cannot stress enough that Distemper/Parvo vaccinations are especially important here in Taos, where Parvovirus is endemic.

Parvovirus is highly contagious and passed through feces. Parvovirus is everywhere; it is virtually impossible to shield your puppy from it. Consistent vaccination is the only way to ensure you and your pet never have to go through this heart wrenching disease. For a more in-depth understanding about parvo, click here.


Not eating or drinking
Diarrhea/Bloody Diarrhea
**If you dog is exhibiting these symptoms, and you are sure s/he has been vaccinated, it is unlikely it is parvo, but s/he will still need medical attention.

There is no cure for parvo; treatment consists of supporting your pet through the progression of the disease. Upon hospitalization, IV fluids will be given, as well as medications to relieve vomiting and antibiotics to assist the healing process. Remember, the sooner you bring your pet in, the greater the chances for recovery. Parvovirus can be very expensive to treat, so please vaccinate your puppies/dog as soon as possible.