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Parvo Virus

Parvo is a potentially fatal, very contagious virus, most common in puppies and unvaccinated adult dogs. The signs of parvo are vomiting bloody diarrhea, and lack of appetite with subsequent weight loss and lethargy. Parvo is spread through contaminated feces via the fecal-oral route and can live in the environment (soil) for up to a year. It is a very hardy virus, being resistant to some cleaning products and weather. Parvo is a very severe illness that requires intensive care in order to get the dog through the clinical signs. Treatment involves IV fluids, antibiotics, nutritional support and in severe cases, plasma (blood) transfusion.

Fortunately, there is a vaccine to prevent parvo; it is administered in the puppy series at 8, 12 and 16 weeks, boosted at one year of age and continued to be part of the core vaccine protocol for the remainder of a dog’s life. The staff at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital are always available to answer any questions you may have about your pet’s vaccinations.

Written by Kate, RVT

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