What is It?
Canine Parvovirus (CPV) is the most common
disorder of dogs in the United States.
Parvovirus is an extremely
able to withstand both hot and cold, and can survive for 5 months or
Inanimate objects, such as clothing, cage
floors, food bowls, etc., can harbor the virus. And it can also be
spread through insects and rodents.
Adults dogs exposed to parvovirus will show
few, if any,
symptoms. Puppies 6 months and under are the most
susceptible. The most severe cases are seen in puppies 12 weeks and
Doberman Pinschers, Labrador Retrievers and Rottweilers tend to be
more susceptible than other breeds.
Symptoms of canine parvovirus can appear
7-14 days after
parvo, or enteritis, is
the most common type of parvo. It can be spread through
infected feces just 3 days
after exposure, before symptoms are seen.
- Dark or bloody feces
- Loss of Appetite
- Vomiting (often severe)
Acute forms of the disease can progress very
with death occurring
as early as two days after the onset.
Less commonly, the heart can become inflamed
Fluid replacement is extremely important.
likely, your vet
will rehydrate your dog intravenously (IV) with a balanced electrolyte
solution. In less severe cases, fluids may be given orally or
under the skin.
This will replace fluids lost through
vomiting. Antibiotics may be administered to control secondary
CPV is the last "P" in DHLPP. Puppy
shots include a vaccination for parvo.
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