Parvovirus is a very serious disease, particularly if puppies catch it. It is one of the diseases that all dogs are normally vaccinated against.
What is Parvovirus?
Parvovirus can also be known as canine parvovirus or CPV. It is highly infectious and can be fatal in many cases for dogs.
The virus attacks the dog’s intestines. This means that they are unable to ingest vital nutrients and will become weak and dehydrated.
Puppies are particularly at risk from this serious disease especially between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 months.
There is no cure for parvovirus which is why vaccinating is so important.
Symptoms of Parvovirus
Parvovirus is spread through contact with infected faeces. Symptoms can include dark and bloody faeces, diarrhoea, vomiting, dehydration and a high temperature.
Treatment will usually involve hospitalisation of your dog, in order that they can be monitored and have any lost fluids replaced.
Puppies and Parvovirus
It is very important that puppies are vaccinated against parvovirus. This can be done at 6 weeks with a follow up booster two weeks after the first injection. After this they will need a booster at 1 year and then most dogs are given the vaccination annually. You can speak to your Best Friends Vet about how often your dog needs to have their booster.
As it spreads so quickly amongst dogs who live together, it is very important that you make sure any puppy that you take into your home has been vaccinated. Ask your breeder for proof of vaccination. This should be a signed vaccination card to show that your new puppy has had their parvovirus vaccination and when the next booster is due.
Charities like the Blue Cross suggest that you call the Vet who has given the vaccination to check. They are being made aware of situations where, sadly, people take home puppies they are told have been vaccinated where this is clearly not the case.
Having a puppy can be such a joy, so make sure you arrange vaccinations for them as soon as possible to ensure they are kept in good health. Talk to your nearest Best Friends Branch about vaccinations today.
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