What is Parvo?
The canine parvovirus (CPV) infection is a highly contagious viral illness that affects #mansbestfriend. The disease is active all year round but often sticks it's ugly head out in the summer months. Your dog can mainly get the dreaded parvovirus from an unvaccinated and infected dog's faeces. Parvo doesn't mess around and can live in an area or in organic matter like earth for months and months.
- A poor appetite
- Diarrhea – bloody, stinky
- Lethargic – tired, depressed
- Vomiting – watery, slimy, milky
- Weight loss
What can you do?
- Ensure your dog's vaccinations are up to date. This will minimise your pet’s chances of contracting the disease, give them more immunity and a will provide them with better chance of survival if they do get it.
- Puppies or any dogs who are not fully vaccinated, or have low immunity for another reason, should not go to public places where they may come in contact with the virus.
- #scoopthepoop - always pick up behind your dog, especially if they poop in a public place or walkway where loads of other dog pass.
- It’s better to be safe than sorry, so if you see any of signs mentioned above with your dog please take them to the vet. In some cases the virus is treatable, but the viral infection has no real cure so fast action by you and your vet will give your dog the best chance of survival and recovery.