What is Parvovirus?
Parvo is a disease primarily of dogs, although other strains effect other types of animal. Commonly, it causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea in puppies, and, if untreated, can be fatal. Even with the correct treatment, unfortunately not every animal survives. Therefore, vaccination is extremely important. Parvovirus is one of the most common infectious diseases we see at NuVet. Without treatment, 90% of dogs die from parvovirus. With treatment, 80-90% survive.
How do dogs catch Parvovirus?
Parvovirus is spread dog to dog via faeces. Unfortunately, it is a very hardy virus, and can survive long periods of time in soil, on toys, even on clothes or shoes. The virus can survive for up to 1 year.
What signs to look out for
There is also a “cardiac” form of parvo virus, that can cause heart problems in young puppies. If infected in the womb, puppies can be born with birth defects. That is why it is especially important to vaccinate breeding bitches before pregnancy.
How do we treat?
There is no one specific treatment for parvovirus. Mostly, we give high rates of fluids by drip to prevent dehydration, give antibiotics to help with secondary bacterial infection and give pain killers and anti-sickness medication. This is a disease in which prevention (vaccination) is far better than cure.