Schnauzer Canine Parvovirus

Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment of Parvo

Canine Parvovirus, CPV, strikes without warning and if your puppy gets it... you won't have much time to save him. Parvo is the most common infectious disease of U.S. dogs. This dreadful virus attacks the intestinal lining and immune system of dogs.

Puppies between 6 weeks and 6 months of age, who are still developing their immune systems and still in the process of receiving their vaccinations, are especially susceptible to parvo. An infected puppy can be up and around playing and a few hours later become extremely ill. The virus is often fatal as most puppies, not being able to fight off the virus and bacterial infection, go into shock and die.

Parvo is transmitted primarily through direct contact (usually from an infected dog's feces). But the virus is very hardy and continues to thrive and spread for 5 to 8 months. It can thrive and spread from yard to yard from shoes, tires, or other means. It can continue to survive on toys, bedding, food bowls, kennels floors, and the list goes on and on.

Symptoms of Parvo in Dogs

The symptoms of parvo usually appear very rapidly. As mentioned above, an infected puppy can be up and around playing and a few hours later become extremely ill. The incubation period for the illness is 4 to 14 days.

The signs are:

  • lethargy
  • loss of appetite
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea (usually yellow in color at first and then becoming bloody)
  • fever
  • depression
  • dehydration
  • no desire to play
  • unresponsive when called

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Treatment of Parvo-Virus

As with canine distemper, parvo is best prevented by vaccination.

Puppies infected with canine parvovirus really should be hospitalized. They will require IV fluids to combat the severe life-threatening dehydration. Further treatment may involve the use of antibiotics and other medications to fight secondary bacterial infections until the virus runs its course.

CAUTION: If you have had a dog with the canine parvovirus in your home, you should not bring in any puppy or even unvaccinated adult dogs into the environment for 6 months. Be sure to first discuss the situation with your vet, follow his advice, and disinfect your home as best as possible. Best disinfectant to use for canine parvovirus is a bleach solution to clean all bleach-safe items.

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