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Measures To Prevent Parvovirus

by Shawn Stevens

Parvovirus, a highly contagious virus, causes severe vomiting and diarrhea in your dog as
well as dehydration. The virus can even cause dogs above the age of eight months to
die.

The best means of dealing with it is by preventing your dog from catching it. This can be
done through preventative care for your dog as well as vaccinations and boosters. The
right time to start giving your dog vaccinations against the virus is at 6 week.

Many breeders keep their dogs until they are 8 weeks old, so you will need to check with
them upon purchasing a dog at what point the dog started to have its vaccinations for
Parvovirus so you'll know when the dog will next need an update of the vaccination.
These vaccinations will be given every 4 weeks till the dog is about 16 to 20 weeks. You
will have to be extremely careful for the first month after your dog has had its last
vaccination since the animal will still be susceptible to the virus.

The best way to ensure your young dog doesn’t get the virus is by keeping it away from
any odd-looking dogs and from any place where there is dog mess. Even the sniffing of
dog mess with the virus can be enough to give your dog Parvo so ensure that it isn’t
carried on your shoes to a place where your dog can sniff.

What are the Symptoms
Working hard with means of prevention, though likely to lower the chances of catching
the virus, is not enough. You also need to know the symptoms to look out for if you are
to get the problem treated as soon as possible, giving your dog a better chance of
recovery.

The first symptoms that your dog has Parvovirus are vomiting and diarrhea. This vomiting
and diarrhea will have a particular smell that differs from that of normal vomit and diarrhea.

You will also find blood among what the dog has brought up.

Check your dog’s temperature as this is another of the signs of Parvovirus. Your pet
might have become exhausted and started to eat less than normal.

Upon noticing one of these signs in your dog, get in contact with your vet straight away.
Even if you have to call the vet out on an emergency it will be more than worth the
extra money you have to spend if it means saving your dog’s life since your puppy can
quickly become over dehydrated and thus won’t recover.

How to Treat the Virus
Treating Parvovirus is generally an expensive ordeal because your dog will need to be
hospitalized for up to a week. This will include treatments of Iv fluids as well as antibiotics.

You must also keep your dog away from other dogs after the treatment until he is fully
recovered since he is still able to pass the virus onto other dogs. This means keeping your
pet away from other dogs for several weeks.

Parvovirus is a dangerous thing for any dog to pick up. So, it is imperative that you keep
up with your pets vaccinations as well as follow up booster shots. If you stick to these
measures, you can lower the risk of your dog getting this dreadful virus.



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