Parvovirus is a serious, highly contagious viral infection of dogs that causes vomiting and bloody diarrhea. The disease is transmitted through contact with the stool of an infected dog or contamitted environment. Puppies are most susceptible to parvovirus infection and fatalities are extremely common.




Very often, young puppies die suddenly from heart failure. This sudden death occurs before any gastrointestinal symptoms of parvovirus appear. More often, however, dogs develop a pronounced fever, become extermely depressed, and vomit. Bloody diarrhea is the most common symtom of parvovirus infection. Dogs become dehydrated anemic  as result of blood loss, and die quickly. Other gastrointestinal diseases may mimic parvovirus, however most are not as severe.





Vaccination against parvovirus is the best protection. Like dispemper, parvovirus vaccination should begin at 6 a 8 weeks of age. Repeat vaccination should be administered evry 2 a 4 weeks until the puppy is 16 weeks old. Recent information regarding parvovirus infection may extend this recommendation to 20 weeks and even longer for certain breeds. Regular booster vaccination are strongly recommended to ensure proper immunity.










Until puppy vacinations are completed, it is best to isolate your dog from possible sourcec of the virus. Keep your dog away from potential parvovirus contaminate areas. These areas include, but are not limited to, parks and other areas where dogs congregate, boarding kennels, and grooming facilities.






Having your dog vacinated by a veterinarian will insure protection against parvovirus infection. Only your veterinarian knows the most efficient vaccination strategy for prevention of parvovirus.







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