Parvovirus in dogs

The parvo virus (commonly known as parvovirus) is a viral disease that affects dogs. Is much more common in puppies than adult dogs and can have serious ramifications for the infected animals, including death. Parvo is generated better than the rapidly dividing cells in the intestines of the dog. As the virus attacks and kills these cells, it causes massive diarrhea and reduces the creation of white blood cells. In puppies younger, can usually infect the heart, leading to death.

The symptoms of Parvo start with fever, depression and lethargy. The dog will usually experience a loss of appetite, and then show more severe signs such as vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Once the virus reaches the stage of dehydration, death usually occurs.

The Parvo is carried and transmitted between dogs. The vomit and feces of an infected animal will also carry the virus, which is quite strong and can survive outside the body of the dog in the surrounding environment as long as nine months. Sometimes an adult dog can be infected by the virus show no symptoms but act as a carrier to transport the virus to other animals with whom we have contact.

There is no cure for parvo virus. Dogs that are infected will die of dehydration if not treated properly. Treatment primarily consists of providing fluids, blood transfusions and to prevent dehydration. The mortality rate of dogs affected by Parvo is 20% if the dog receives treatment in time. Without treatment, about 80% of infected dogs will die. It is a very serious disease.

The parvo tends to affect some breeds more than others. The Doberman, Rottweiler and other dogs have dark is a greater likelihood of contracting the virus. The reason behind this is unknown, but the fact is that these dogs have a higher risk and that does not mean that the dogs of other breeds can rest easy. Dogs of any breed can be infected.

While there is no cure for Parvo, puppies can (and should) be vaccinated at an early age. Most veterinarians recommend that puppies be immunized starting at six weeks of continuous shots until 20 weeks of age. Proper immunization is the best way to prevent the dog from getting parvo.

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