Parvo is serious business. It’s highly contagious and can result in death, making it one of the most treacherous canine diseases out there. A dog with parvo should be brought to a vet as soon as possible for treatment.
Recognize! Parvo’s Symptoms
- Severe vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Bloody diarrhea
Most breeds are susceptible to parvovirus but it is more common in Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers, Labrador retrievers, American Staffordshire terriers and German shepherds.
The vomiting and diarrhea make dogs infected with parvo extremely dehydrated. Once infected, there is no cure-all drug that will knock it out. Our treatment consists of managing the symptoms in the most proactive way possible, which means a mix of antibiotics, drugs to control the vomiting, and intravenous fluids. Pet owners should prepare for a multi-day stay at the vet to bring your dog back to health.
Parvo is a bare to go through for dogs and a pocketbook killer for pet owners. BUT there’s good news… it is completely preventable with vaccinations! We give puppies their first parvo vaccine at 6-8 weeks and a booster at four-week intervals up to 16-20 weeks of age. They get another vaccine at one year. What if my adult dog didn’t get vaccinated as a puppy? Parvo primarily affects puppies, but older dogs that weren’t vaccinated as puppies can still catch it. These dogs should get at least one immunization. The frequency of re-vaccination varies case-by-case.
Parvovirus is contagious and can be transmitted by any person, animal, or object that comes into contact with an infected dog’s feces. After a dog becomes infected it is important to disinfect your dog’s main area. Clean your dog’s bowls and toys and then disinfect them for 10 minutes in a solution of one part bleach to 32 parts water. The extra soaking step is important because parvo is resistant to many of the standard under-the-sink cleaners. You should also clean your carpets and also disinfect the bottom of your shoes if you think you stepped in dog poop that was infected.
We’ve Got You Covered
Low-Cost Vaccination Clinics
Get your puppy covered. We have walk-in vaccination clinics every Thursday from 4-7 and every Saturday from 1-5. A DHLP-Parvo shot is $19.
Puppy Wellness Package
Our Puppy Wellness Package is an all-inclusive wellness plan for your puppy. It includes all the necessary vaccines through your puppy’s first year, and much more.
* For more info about parvovirus and other pet health information check out pets.webmd.com.
Salvador (left) and owner Jennifer Scott won the FMA Trick Pageant!
Salvador wins the FMA Pet Trick Pageant!
Salvador the shih-tzu played dead, ‘baby-sealed’, and barked his way to victory in the FMA Trick Pageant. Salvador and owner Jennifer Scott win a $20 vet credit and, of course, the adoration of the FMA community!!
Thanks so much to everyone who submitted a trick. All the videos were great! Watch Salvador and all the entries. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to find out about our next fun contest and events.