The parvovirus is one of the worst diseases that your dog can suffer. In this article, we are going to tell you how it is spread, how to prevent this from happening and to ensure, for the umpteenth time, that it is not spread to humans but to other dogs and animals of the same nature, as well as the wolves. We will also discuss how to detect it, how to act in case your dog has parvovirus and how to remedy it, because it has no cure despite the high mortality rate it has.
The parvovirus is a highly contagious and resistant agent. If the parvovirus has colonized an area, it will stay there for a long time before disappearing. That is why it is interesting that you always go to the same places to go for a walk with your dog and make friends with other PetLovers that make the same routes as you, because if any of the doggies of the place has contracted parvovirus, you can warn each other to be able to change the site.
Can a vaccinated dog get parvo?
The virus is set for a long time in parks, recreational areas, homes, and even shelters. It is difficult to eradicate it, so you have to be very controlled in terms of where you carry your colleague to and with which dogs he relates. If you have made friends, ask their caregivers if their doggies are vaccinated.
The parvovirus is not spread by air. It requires having contact with saliva, skin or blood. The places that parvovirus tends to choose as its home are the urine or stools that other dogs have left in the park. This is one of the fundamental reasons why collecting the droppings of your furry is so important. A dirty park, in which there is rubbish, is usually also the home of flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. These insects and parasites may also be carriers of the virus and pass it to your friend.
Can a 2 year old dog get parvo?
That is to say, in order to avoid contagion of this disease, here is our first tip: avoid dirty and unknown recreational areas, mix with the PetLovers of the area and stay informed about this type of epidemic. If you take a walk and you arrive at a park that is empty or dirty or you not familiarized with, go back and choose another place.
The parvovirus attacks the most defenseless doggies: the puppies and older dogs. When you pick up your new friend from the refuge, the first thing you need to do is to go to the vet. The specialist will give you a calendar of vaccination against the parvovirus that you have to follow to the letter. Remember that, as in all things concerning health, prevention is always the best cure.
Other good tips to avoid contagion are that you prevent your dog to contract parasites, which means that if he gets fleas or ticks, act as soon as possible. His food may not be anywhere; it can not be without protection in a humid place, because if that area has come into contact with parvovirus, this will end up in his food.
A dog vaccinated for parvovirus can spread the disease?
Yes. The parvovirus is strong and mutates as does the influenza virus. There have been cases of dogs that have skipped a vaccine and who have been infected, or that despite vaccinated have been infected with a different strain. There is a vaccination schedule to bring them up to date with the stronger mutations of that year, but let us not forget that we are talking about dogs, not humans, so there is no control and monitoring as rigorous as we would like to have.
What's more, the dog that has been vaccinated for parvovirus and still spreads the disease, runs the risk of containing a strain of virus that is resistant. This is the reason why you should always be careful of which sites will your dog go, although if you take him regularly to the vet he can also become infected.
What are the symptoms of parvovirus? How do I know if my dog has been infected?
The parvovirus usually stays in the intestines of your dog; it reduces the defenses and makes it easier for a bacterial infection which can be lethal. For this reason, the symptoms of who has been infected with the virus are stomach symptoms, with abundant vomiting and bleeding diarrhea. These symptoms are usually added by the usual signs that alert you that something happens with your dog: lethargy, discomfort, and loss of appetite.
But beware. The parvovirus not always hosts in the intestines and produces these symptoms; sometimes it attacks the heart or the immune system, so you only see the animal with sleep or complaining. It can also be parvovirus, be careful.
What should I do in case of infection of parvovirus? How long it lasts?
If he has any of these symptoms you have to go running to the vet. A parvovirus detected on time has a cure, although this is not effective in all cases and depends on the strain and how it has affected the dog. Your veterinarian will administer medications and will recommend a diet to cut diarrhea. We must hydrate him and soothe his stomach pain.
In three or four days, the symptoms will fade, but you'll have to isolate your friend during a time from his furry colleagues. In some cases it will be necessary to hospitalize him and for you to disinfect your whole house to prevent future infections. The parvovirus can live up to half a year in an environment that has not been disinfected thoroughly; your veterinarian will tell you how to do it.
So remember: to prevent infection with parvovirus, you have to have the vaccines by the rule, be careful of where to go with him and what to feed him, pamper him a lot, prevent him from getting parasites and act quickly in the event of detecting the symptoms described here. With a little care and being a responsible owner, the parvovirus will never appear in your life.