Parvovirus and the importance of vaccinating against it

Vaccinating your dog is the simplest and most effective way to protect them from diseases like Parvovirus.

What is Parvovirus?

Parvovirus is an extremely hardy virus that can survive in the environment for years; it’s very hard to kill through simple cleaning alone and requires hospital grade disinfectant. The virus is highly contagious and can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s faeces or soil.

Parvovirus attacks rapidly with symptoms appearing within three to seven days after exposure. It most severely affects the intestinal tract and also attacks the bone marrow, leading to a low white blood cell count and poor immunity. When puppies become infected at a very young age the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause cardiac problems.

Parvovirus Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

  • inappetence (loss of appetite)
  • lethargy
  • vomiting
  • Diarrhoea (often containing blood)
  • High fever
  • Severe abdominal pain

Parvovirus Prevention

You can protect your dog from this potential killer by making sure their VACCINATIONS ARE up-to-date. Parvovirus should be considered a core vaccine for all puppies and adult dogs. We recommend that puppies be vaccinated with C4 (parvovirus, canine distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza virus) at six weeks old. It is essential that a full course of vaccinations is given to ensure adequate immunity.

If you’re getting a new puppy please contact us to discuss and set up a vaccination schedule for them.

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Mackay Vets - Stabler and Howlett Veterinary Surgeons
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