Parvovirus is a serious disease. Not only killing puppies but adult dogs too.
Parvo season is here, Treatment is very expensive, vaccination is cheap.
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What is Parvovirus?
Parvovirus is a highly contagious disease
Parvovirus infects dog of all ages, it is most commonly seen in puppies and young dogs. No un-vaccinated dog is safe from being infected, it is highly recommended to vaccinate all dogs, and follow up with a booster vaccination each year to maintain protection.
How does parvovirus get transmitted from dog to dog?
Parvovirus contaminates all surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leads, and the hands and clothing of people who handle infected dogs. Parvovirus is resistant to heat, cold, humidity, and drying, parvovirus also survives in the environment for very long periods of time.
Trace amounts of feces from an infected dog harbor the virus and infect other dogs that come into the infected environment. Parvovirus is transmitted from one place to another on the feet of dogs and from shedding hairs, as well as from human shoes, or any other objects that have been contaminated or come into contact with parvovirus.
Most deaths from parvovirus occur within 48 to 72 hours following the onset of clinical signs. If your puppy or dog shows any of these signs, contact us immediately. Call 9459 55 95
Some of the signs of parvovirus include lethargy; loss of appetite; abdominal pain and bloating;
fever or low body temperature (hypothermia); vomiting; and severe, often bloody, diarrhoea.
Vomiting and diarrhoea can cause rapid dehydration, damage to the intestines, immune system
and can also cause septic shock.
Diagnosis and treatment
Parvovirus infection is often suspected based on the dog’s history, physical examination, and laboratory tests. Fecal testing can confirm the diagnosis.
No specific drug is available that will kill the virus in infected dogs, and treatment is intended to support the dog’s body systems until the dog’s immune system can fight off the viral infection.
Isolation and Intensive Care
Treatment should be started immediately and consists primarily of intensive care efforts to combat dehydration by replacing electrolyte, protein and fluid losses, controlling vomiting and diarrhoea, and preventing secondary infections. Sick dogs should be kept warm and receive good nursing care. When a dog develops parvo, treatment is very expensive, and the dog may die despite aggressive treatment.
Early detection, immediate aggressive veterinary treatment and intensive care, are very important in successful outcomes.
With proper treatment, survival rates can approach 90%.
Since parvovirus is highly contagious, isolation of infected dogs is necessary to minimize spread of infection. Proper cleaning and disinfection of contaminated kennels and other areas where infected dogs are (or have been) housed is essential to control the spread of parvovirus. Parvovirus is not easily killed, please consult us for specific guidance on cleaning and disinfecting agents. Ordinary household products will not kill parvovirus.
Protecting adult dogs as well as puppies.
To protect adult dogs, pet owners should be sure that their dog’s parvovirus vaccination is up-to-date.
Until a puppy has received its complete series of vaccinations, pet owners should not take their pet to places where young puppies congregate for example: pet shops, parks, puppy classes, obedience classes, doggy daycare, boarding kennels, and grooming establishments. Reputable establishments and training programs reduce risk of exposure to canine diseases by requiring all dogs are up to date with vaccinations.
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