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Canine Parvovirus: Everything Dog Owners Need to Know About the Virus

Canine Parvovirus is highly contagious and can be fatal too. Any dog can contract it, but unvaccinated dogs and puppies that are below four months old are the most at risk.

Symptoms

*lethargy

*loss of appetite

*Abdominal pain and bloating

*Hypothermia/fever or low body temperature

*Vomiting

* Diarrhea which is often bloody

It normally spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces. In days, a perfectly strong puppy can quickly switch from playful and energetic to fatally sick.

Most deaths from parvovirus occur within 48 to 72 hours following the onset of clinical signs. If your puppy or dog shows any of these signs, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

Diagnosis

Your vet will diagnose parvo based on clinical signs and through blood work. A test called an ELISA may be conducted to look for virus antigens in your dog's feces and will undertake extra diagnostic testing as required.

Treatment

Currently, parvovirus has no cure but infected dogs are made to eat small, frequent meals of a bland diet and are also put on anti-nausea medications until they can hold down their normal food (usually a week or two). Continue to provide your dog the full course of any the prescribed antibiotics even if he or she seems to be okay.

Prevention

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the best way to prevent parvovirus is through good hygiene and vaccination. Make sure to get your puppies vaccinated, and be sure your adult dogs are kept up-to-date on their parvovirus vaccination.

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