One of our sweet daily walk clients, an adorable puppy named Bentley, got Parvo. He is a foster from the Idaho Humane Society. Bentley has amazing parents who made sure to take good care of him. When they saw the warning signs they acted quick and made sure he got the veterinarian attention he needed. Bentley is now healthy, happy and full of energy. He enjoys when we go to visit him daily on our dog walks.
What You Need To Know About Canine Parvovirus (CPV)
~Puppies around the age of 5-20 weeks are most vulnerable
~ It is important to get the proper veterinary attention once you see changes in your puppy
~ The virus is very strong so you have to disinfect the area with a water bleach 32:1 blend. Wash infected blankets, toys, bedding in a hot water and wipe down surface areas with bleach.
~Canine Parvovirus is contracted by contact with fecal matter. The stool of a dog with Parvo carries the virus for several weeks.
~ The virus is transmitted from hair, shoes, crates, toys or anything that have come in contact with infected stool. When a puppy licks an infected item it is passed on.
Signs of the Parvovirus
- Diarrhea (may be bloody)
- Change of personality/Slow moving
- Loss of Appetite
It is important to have you puppy seen by a veterinarian if you think he/she might be sick. When I worked in an Animal Hospital I saw many cases of CPV. Early detection and rapid treatment is key to keeping you puppy alive. If fever and diarrhea are not controlled the dehydration will rapidly decrease the puppies healthy and Parvo is very fatal. Sadly when owners do not bring dogs in for medical attention early it is hard to bring the puppies back to health and it is fatal.
If you see the warning signs don’t think it will pass as young dogs are still developing and need the veterinary attention to get healthy. Certain breeds are more likely to get Parvo so make sure you do the research before you bring a puppy home.
When your pet is in our care we make sure to communicate any change in behavior, eating or temper.