Parvo virus is a virus that affects the cells that line the digestive tract, killing them. It is a virus that can kill. We can prevent it if we are diligent pet parents.
Parvo usually affects puppies moreso than dogs. That does not mean that dogs are safe from getting it. Adult dogs can carry the virus with them and it is highly contagious. We must be careful not to allow the virus to come in contact with our dogs or puppies. It can be tracked in on your hands, clothes, shoes, toys, anything that can be left outside.
If your dog or puppy displays any of the following symptoms, it is important to call your vet and get your dog treatment immediately. Time is of the essence when treating this virus in order for your dog to survive:
- Severe Diarrhea
- Change in waste odor
- Severe dehydration
Your dog will get 24 hour treatment, beginning with re-hydration treatment. Antibiotics will also be administered.
Our best defense from this horrible virus is vaccination. Get your dog vaccinated annually and it will save your dog and yourself a lot of heartache.
For more information on the Parvo Virus, here is an article that is more in depth on this matter.