Canine parvovirus is a contagious disease caused by parvovirus and is a major cause of intestinal infections in dogs up to six months old. However, it can affect dogs of all breeds, ages and both sexes. Parvovirus is highly resistant under normal conditions, and can maintain the environment contaminated from months to years.
Most cases of parvovirus have signs such as prostration, anorexia, frequent vomiting, sialorrhea, fever, abdominal pain, and voluminous hemorrhagic diarrhea with a very foul odor. The initial signs, when left untreated, can progress rapidly to more severe conditions, leading to the animal’s death.
Highly contagious, parvovirus is transmitted by direct contact, so the uncontaminated dog needs to come into contact with the viral particles present in the feces and secretions of contaminated animals, environment, toys, or personal objects. Other species of animals can also serve as means for the spread of the disease.
The treatment of parvovirus is supportive and it is directly linked to the survival rate of animals affected by the disease. Therefore, all clinical signs presented by them should receive attention. Untreated dogs have little chance of survival. The care for the disease is the responsibility of the Veterinarian and infected animals need to be isolated from healthy animals for safety reasons and for better treatment conditions.
The best way to protect your dog is to vaccinate it. Elevencell Vac is a multipurpose vaccine that will protect your dog from the main diseases that affect dogs, including parvovirus. Follow the vaccination schedule and give the care and protection your puppy needs.