Warning Sign – What is Parvovirus ?

First identified in 1978, the Canine Parvovirus
attacks the gastrointestinal tract, is highly contagious and can lead to heart
tissue damage in puppies. The majority of deaths from parvovirus occur within
2-3 days after initial symptoms, largely due to dehydration. Parvovirus is
spread by contact with feces passed by infected dogs. Even trace amounts on
shoes, pants legs, bare feet, paws, etc. can carry the contagion. The most
common symptoms include …

• Lethargy
• Loss of appetite
• Fever
• Vomiting
• Severe diarrhea (often
bloody)

If your dog exhibits these
symptoms, we urge you to contact your veterinarian immediately. While no known
drug can eliminate the virus after infection, treatments to address primary
symptoms in combination with antibiotics to prevent secondary infections can be
effective in combating the virus if caught in the early stages. Be sure to
follow your vet’s advice and vaccinate your canine friends against this
insidious virus.


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