Parvovirus is a VERY serious and potentially deadly threat to the unvaccinated dog population. It is considered one of the most deadly viral diseases in dogs, especially puppies.
The parvovirus is extremely infectious, highly contagious and is passed to other dogs through feces (bowel movement).
In fact, it is so infectious that anyone or any moving object can become a parvovirus carrier just by coming in contact with an infected dog’s feces, (i.e. shoes and feet are common carriers of fecal matter).
Dogs most often are exposed to parvovirus at beaches, parks or any place that dogs socialize. Even trace amounts of feces carrying the virus can be brought into your home by your dog, your pets toys (tennis ball or Frisbee), as well as people. Your puppy can become infected by chewing on, licking, or eating a contaminated object. This virus is so hearty; it can survive intense heat and subzero temperatures for very long periods of time.
If your pet has any of the following symptoms, please contact us immediately:
~Severe, bloody diarrhea
~Depression or lethargy
~Loss of appetite
Just like in humans, vomiting and diarrhea can quickly lead to dehydration in your pet, especially in puppies. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, parvovirus deaths usually occur 48 to 72 hours after symptoms first appear.
Vaccinate– Vaccinate – VACCINATE.
We recommend multiple parvovirus vaccinations for your growing puppy. Once vaccinated, your dog’s immunity is maintained through annual booster shots. Please contact us, so we may evaluate your pet’s health record and insure he or she has all the necessary vaccinations.
To prevent the spreading of parvovirus:
Most important is to immunize your dog or puppy against the virus. If you think you have come in contact with the virus, clean your shoes, and if possible, the area where there was fecal matter. Use a mixture of bleach and water (1/2 cup bleach to 1 gallon water).
Please call us with any questions, further information or to make an appointment with one of our exceptional doctors. We are also proud to offer kitten and puppy packages at great rates for all of your pets first vaccinations.
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