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Know how Parvo in Puppies could affect your best friend...
Parvo in puppies is serious and in some cases a fatal condition.
The Parvovirus, or as it is commonly known Parvo, is a very nasty virus which attacks your puppy or dog at a cellular level.
What are the symptoms of Parvo in puppies?
This virus has the most devastating effect on your puppy’s gastrointestinal tract. The gastrointestinal tract in your puppy is made up of their mouth, teeth, tongue, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine.
This results in your puppy suffering from:
- Large amounts of diarrhea and vomiting
- From this your pup will become very weak and lethargic
- Your puppy will often have a fever
- A Loss of appetite may also be evident
Your puppies being so small and fragile during this growth period of their lives really struggle to fight off this virus. With the vomiting and diarrhea your puppy looses a large amount of fluid and nutrition.
This tends to result in devastating dehydration and also causes issues at a cellular level. These effects are more than your little pup can handle and this is when it sometimes can become fatal.
Make a note that puppies tend to have a real unique smell when they have parvovirus. This smell comes from the bloody diarrhea which can be a strong indication that your pup has the virus.
How do puppies get Parvo?
Parvo in puppies is a very contagious virus amongst dogs. This virus is spread through infected particles which are shed through faeces of a dog carrying Parvo.
In other words your puppy could contract the virus through direct contact with the faeces of another dog or you could even bring it home on your shoes.
The difficult thing about the Parvovirus is that it remains in the environment for a long period of time and can be difficult to remove from a surface or area. Unfortunately your puppies are the most prone to this virus as they have less immunity to fight it off and it usually occurs before they have been fully vaccinated.
What to do if you suspect your puppy has Parvo?
Go straight to a Vet. We can not stress how important it is that your puppy is seen as soon as possible when you suspect there’s a chance it may have the Parvovirus. This virus can be fatal and therefore not worth the risk to delay medical attention. If your puppy is diagnosed with Parvo then your puppy will most likely require a hospital stay of anywhere from 3-7 days for intravenous fluid therapy, antibiotics and monitoring.
How do I prevent my puppy from getting Parvo?
To avoid Parvo in puppies you should have your puppy vaccinated against it and this should start from around 6 weeks of age.
Your pup will then require a series of booster vaccinations in the weeks following and then yearly after that.
Your local veterinarian can suggest the most appropriate vaccination regime for your specific location as every country is different.