This virus attacks cells in a dog’s intestines, it is highly contagious and often fatal. It spreads through direct contact with an infected dog, their faeces or something contaminated with the virus, even if your dog just sniffs these, they could become infected.
- Loss of appetite
- Foul smelling diarrhoea (often containing blood)
Unvaccinated puppies are particularly prone to parvovirus infections and often get the most severe signs. The disease can stay in the environment for up to a year, continuing to infect other dogs.
Contact your practice urgently if you suspect your dog has parvovirus, your dog’s chance of recovery is much higher if they receive immediate veterinary treatment. Sadly, because parvovirus is such a dangerous disease, some dogs die even if they are treated quickly.
Yearly booster vaccinations are important for maintaining your dog’s antibody protection against these nasty diseases. A booster includes a full health check with the vet where you will be able to discuss any concerns you may have about your dog’s health or behaviour.