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Dog Parvo Symptoms

There are two types of canine parvo virus, or parvo, and these both have individual ‘dog parvo symptoms‘: diarrhoea syndrome and cardiac syndrome.

First, some general dog parvo symptoms. These include depression, lack of appetite and vomiting. If your puppy is normally playful and has suddenly become lethargic or depressed, it is a sign that it may have contracted the parvo virus. Any good dog owner knows their dog and can tell when the dog is not acting as usual. If this is identified, you should look out for other symptoms as well as seeking veterinary advice.

All dogs love food, so it is usually very obvious if your dog has lost its appetite. Although loss of appetite is common in other diseases, make sure that if you recognise this symptom, you take precautions and seek advice from your vet. It is important that parvo is recognised as early as possible, so that the dog has the best chance of survival.

Now, we will concentrate on diarrhoea syndrome, which is also known as ‘enteritis’. Diarrhoea syndrome is the most common form of dog parvo and is the result of intestinal infection. Contracted orally, there is an incubation period of five to fourteen days. Early symptoms are reasonably general: depression, loss of appetite, fever, vomiting and, crucially, severe diarrhoea. It is important that diarrhoea is identified as soon as possible, as this is what identifies that the parvo is diarrhoea syndrome. The faeces that result from the diarrhoea will be either fluid and bloody, or grey in colour. As a result of the vomiting and diarrhoea, there is a risk that the dog may quickly become dehydrated. Failure to notice this could seriously affect your dog’s chances of survival.

The second form of parvo is cardiac syndrome (myocarditis) which naturally affects the heart. Although this form is more rare and only occurs in puppies under three months of age, it is more lethal as less symptoms can be observed and the virus will multiply quickly in the immature heart of a puppy. Death can come within hours, and since no treatment is available, the puppy is unlikely to survive.

If any of these dog parvo symptoms are observed, veterinary attention should be sought immediately. Do not assume that you can treat the dog yourself, unless you are a qualified vet.