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Parvovirus/Parvo Disease in Dogs

HoParvovirus image Parvovirus or parvo in canines (CPV) is a mutant strain of parvo found in felines. It is a highly contagious virus that can be manifested in two different forms. The most common is the intestinal form, causing diarrhea, loss of appetite, and vomiting. Cardiac form, which is the less common, attacks the heart muscles of fetuses and young puppies, often leading to death.  Parvo virus so dangerous because of how easy it is spread.

The bulk of parvo cases are seen in puppies between the ages of six weeks and six months. However, the incidences of parvo have been greatly reduced due to vaccinations of puppies at early ages. Prevention, by early vaccination, can stop the spread in the canine population.

Parvovirus free puppy

Parvovirus Symptoms and Signs

  • Loss of Appetite
  • Severe/Bloody Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Weight Loss
  • Fever
  • Vomiting

However, when a puppy’s infected with the intestinal form of parvo, their body isn’t able to absorb the nutrients effectively. This in turn causes their bodies to become dehydrated rapidly, thereby causing them to become weak from lack of the absorption of fluids and lack of protein.

Intestinal form of CPV affects the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, thereby causing an affected animal to rapidly become dehydrated and weak from lack of protein and fluid absorption. When the wet tissue of the mouth and eyes become noticeably red, it symptoms your pet is infected with parvo. Should you see these symptoms, seek help from your veterinarian immediately. An examination of the abdominal area and temperature is one way a vet can check the pet. Sometimes the pet may have a low body temperature instead of a fever. Other tests include biochemical tests and a test that checks for parvovirus in their feces is needed. It is important to have your pet vaccinated to prevent parvo.