Today we will be discussing Canine Parvovirus!🛑
1️⃣ What is parvovirus?
-> Parvovirus is a viral infection of the gastrointestinal system. It is highly contagious and is spread in the faeces of infected dogs.
-> Unvaccinated puppies under 6 months of age are most at risk of infection!
-> Unfortunately parvovirus is a serious disease and is often fatal if left untreated, even in cases where puppies are treated quickly, the prognosis can still be poor.
2️⃣ What are the symptoms of parvovirus?
-> Diarrhoea (bloody and watery)
-> Decreased appetite
-> Lethargy and weakness
3️⃣ How is parvovirus treated?
-> If you suspect your dog may have parvovirus you must contact your vet immediately!
-> The majority of dogs and puppies with parvovirus will need to be admitted for intensive treatment for parvovirus.
-> Intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration
-> Intensive care nursing and feeding
-> Antibiotics – antibiotics will not treat the parvovirus but will treat against secondary infections your puppy may develop
-> Other supportive treatments such as anti -sickness medication and gastric protectants.
4️⃣ How to prevent against parvovirus:
-> Puppies can be vaccinated for parvovirus from 6 weeks of age.
-> Puppies should receive their first vaccine between 6 and 8 weeks of age and they will require a second vaccination 2 weeks later. Your dog will then need yearly vaccination boosters to protect them against the disease.
-> If you buy a puppy from a breeder it is advisable to ask to see proof of vaccination prior to taking them home!
Keep your pets safe 🐾❤