Most of us pup parents have heard of parvovirus, especially if our babies have been adopted from shelters. Called parvo for short, it’s a nightmare for all dog owners, as it’s highly contagious and possibly fatal for your pooch.
If you don’t know much about it though, fear not – here are five essential things you need to know about parvo.
First off, parvo can be very contagious. It gets passed around from dog to dog through oral contact with anything that’s had contact with the virus like poop, saliva, vomit, infected soil, or even someone else who’s been in contact with the virus handling the dog.
Most puppies take 3-7 days to exhibit symptoms of parvo.
Any pooch can be at risk of parvovirus, regardless of age, sex or breed. Previous vaccinations and the pup’s general health can also be factors in how parvovirus affects them.
Watch out for the most common symptoms of parvo as well – bloody diarrhea and mucus, as well as vomiting.
Parvovirus can be lethal for 91% of puppies if not caught on time.
The best way to prevent your pooch from getting parvo is getting them vaccinated as per your vet’s recommendations! Also, make sure to monitor your pup’s general health. A blood test is also available to check your pup’s immune protection. A good diet, lots of exercise and less stress will all contribute to how your pup’s organism will handle the virus.
Prevention is key when it comes to dealing with parvo – share this with your fellow dog parents to raise awareness of this virus!
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