Being able to recognize Parvo symptoms is extremely important when expecting a new puppy. Why? Because the Parvovirus is extremely dangerous and while this virus can attack dogs of all ages, it is most prevalent in puppies.
The Parvovirus is a highly contagious and often deadly disease. It is so powerful that if one dog has it, it can be passed along very easily to all other dogs he encounters.
Much more serious is the fact that once a dog is infected with Parvo they are not likely to survive without immediate treatment.
Parvo attacks the white blood cells, the heart muscles, and the gastrointestinal tract in your dog. The virus will destroy all vital organs until they no longer function.
Parvo symptoms are very severe and should leave no doubt in your mind that something is wrong with the dog.
Parvo can cause heart
inflammation for younger dogs and intensive care should be administered
Parvo symptoms are extensive. While there are other diseases that may exhibit similar symptoms, if any of the following symptoms are seen, don't take chances. Get the affected pet to the vet right away.
Along with bloody discharge there will usually be a high fever. If your dog exhibits both of these simultaneously, there is no time to waste, he should be taken to the vet right away.
Parvo is not actually a rare disease. All dog ages and types are susceptible to it.
Even if they are vaccinated early, this isn't
a guarantee that they are 100% protected. There is a window between the
acquired antibody protection that puppies have from
their mother, to the time when their vaccination protection kicks in, that they
are vulnerable to this infection.
This is why it is so important that puppies be isolated from all other dogs until they are considered to be protected.
The real cause of Parvo remains unknown. The disease was discovered in 1978 when it was spread through a dog show.
Humans and cats are not susceptible to it, but it is suggested that the virus is a vaccine mutation and contaminant.
Treatment for the Parvovirus must be immediate and aggressive. If your dog does not have the necessary
vaccinations then the disease might kill it within days.
Your dog must be hospitalized for the duration of the treatment, usually for a minimum of five days.
Follow these preventative measures to help protect your dogs and puppies against the deadly Parvovirus and/or the Parvo symptoms.
By all means, owners should try to be aware of, and prevent their dog from interacting with, neighboring pets that are showing any signs of Parvo symptoms.
If a pet has been infected, the entire area where he has been should be thoroughly disinfected and remain unused for several weeks as this disease hangs around for a long time!
A healthy dog usually has a stronger immune system to protect him against infection.
The health of a dog is strongly linked to the quality of his nutrition, the amount of exercise he needs and the overall level of care he receives from his human family.
When all these things come together, your dog has the best protection against canine diseases.