Puppies and adult dogs can contract parvovirus. Although it is more common in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated puppies and in certain dog breeds. Dogs can contract parvovirus from sniffing, licking or eating dog feces and from contaminated objects. Here is what you need to know on how to prevent parvo from spreading.
How to prevent parvovirus
- Make sure your puppy gets vaccinated. Puppies are vaccinated approximately at 6, 8 and 12 weeks of age and then after a year. Booster shots are usually given once every three years.
- Avoid other dogs until your dog gets their vaccines. Unless you know that another dog has been fully vaccinated. It’s best to avoid other dogs.
- Avoid places where your dog could be exposed to parvovirus. Parks, play grounds, pet stores or any other public place should be avoided. You never know where other dogs have roamed and used the bathroom.
- Carry your puppy to and from the vet. This is an obvious place where dogs have walked and used the bathroom. Carrying your puppy helps to prevent exposure.
- Clean potentially contaminated areas. Anything can contain the parvovirus including clothes, shoes, bags, food bowls and leashes. If you suspect you have been exposed or any object, it must be disinfected. You need to use bleach to kill parvovirus. It is a very resilient virus and most household cleaners will not work.
Dog breeds that are at an increased risk
- Doberman Pinscher
- German Shepherd
- Labrador Retriever
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- English Springer Spaniel
Scientists are unaware of why these dog breeds are more susceptible to contracting parvovirus. However, it is good to be aware of.
Symptoms of parvovirus in dogs
- Bloody diarrhea
- Weight loss
If you see any of these symptoms in your dog, go to your veterinarian. Parvovirus can be life threatening and needs to be treated immediately. This is also important to prevent parvovirus from spreading to other dogs.
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