Puppies are particularly vulnerable to canine Parvo virus which attacks multiplying cells. The intestine and bone marrow are the worst affected. It is fatal if not treated and preventable with vaccines.
The virus is not transmissible to human beings. Though as always when treating your pet or an animal with an infectious diseases it is advisable to take precautions. The simple act of wearing gloves and isolating the infected animal away from healthy pets reduces the risk of transmission.
Signs and symptoms of Canine Parvo virus
- Lack of hunger and thirst
How can my puppy catch Parvo virus ?
By coming in contact with an infected puppy or dog. It is a highly contagious virus and transmits easily . It and can remain on surfaces for a long time.
“Parvovirus can live outdoors for months, if not years, and is resistant to many disinfectants, although it is susceptible to diluted bleach and some specialized cleaners commonly used in veterinary hospitals.” Webmd.com
How will my vet diagnose the virus?
“Veterinarians may also rely on a test that uses a techniques called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to diagnose CPV from fecal samples.” Cornell.edu
What is the treatment for canine parvovirus?
Your vet will first test and once they have results will begin a line of treatment. These will may include intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration. In addition your vet will attend to symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting. In some cases hospitalisation may be necessary. Therefore it is important to stay prepared and be covered by insurance.
Best practices to protect your other Pets?
- Isolate the infected dog
- Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the dog
- Food and water bowls must be separate – if you have access to single use feeding and water bowls use them. Check with your veterinarian the safest disposal method
- Beds, blankets, collars, leashes any object that comes in contact with the infected dog must be separate.
- If you are a multi pet household, hospitalisation may be the best option
If you think your puppy or adult dog has come in contact with an infected animal consult your vet immediately.