What the heck is parvo?
It’s an extremely contagious virus that affects dogs and puppies. It is spread through direct or indirect contact with an infected dog’s feces. But humans cannot be infected, so no panic on that front.
Protect your pup
The only way to protect your pup is to vaccinate them. And since parvovirus has a mortality rate of 91% when untreated, this is not a vaccine to skip out on. Your puppy needs a series of three vaccinations, which will protect them for one year.
Think your dog is infected?
After exposure, the incubation period of the virus is 3-7 days. Symptoms include:
- Bloody diarrhea
- General lethargy
The symptoms are somewhat similar to a human getting really bad food poisoning. Just like food poisoning, parvo can cause severe dehydration that must be treated with IV fluids.
Once at the vet, the dog will be hospitalized, given fluids and pain meds, along with antibiotics. Parvo is quick to diagnose, and involves simple fecal test with results on-the-spot.
If you wait to go to the vet, the symptoms could progress to shock or even death. If you’re at all worried, download Treat to chat now with a veterinarian and book an appointment.
Better yet, avoid all potential panic and vaccinate your pup today!