Dog Parvo Symptoms

by admin on July 17, 2010


Parvovirus is a viral infection that can affect many different systems within the body. This particular virus reduces the number of white bloods cells in the body, making it harder to fight off infections. The main way of transmission is through direct contact especially through fecal matter. The virus can live in feces for up to 3 weeks. Although any dog is able to contact this virus there are a few breeds that are more susceptible: German Shepherds, Rottweilers, American Pit Bull Terriers, and Doberman Pinschers.  Puppies are also more susceptible due to their less developed immune systems.

Parvo Symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood or mucus in feces
  • Lethargy
  • Depression

Dogs who have contracted this virus and recovered are carriers of the virus and are able to transmit to other dogs.

Parvo Diagnosis:

There are two different ways to diagnosis parvovirus. The first is through a fecal test which looks for the presence of a viral protein. This test can sometimes yield a negative result if tested too soon after contracting the virus. The second method is a blood test.

Parvo Treatment:

Because Parvo is a virus not a bacterial antibiotics are not usually prescribed unless there is a secondary bacterial infection caused by damaged intestinal tissue. Rate of survival varies with age and amount of supportive care. Most care should be focused on replacing lost fluids and preventing dehydration. This could include giving electrolyte solution orally if the dogs is willing or intravenously for the more severe cases.

Prevention of Parvo:

The most common to contract parvovirus are puppies and unvaccinated adult dogs. For puppies vaccinations can start at 6-8 weeks of age followed by additional vaccines at 4 week intervals until 16 weeks. They are usually given in conjunction as their puppy booster shots. Adult dogs will receive a vaccination every 3 years.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

scooby February 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

My dog keeps throwing up and it yellow is be
en 24 hours what do I do

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm

When a dog throws up yellow it means they have an empty stomach, what they are throwing up is stomach juices. This isn’t to be super alarming. The fact that they have been throwing up for an entire day is somethings to be concerned with. I would make sure they haven’t eaten something poisonous and take them to see a veterinarian.

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