Parvovirus is a potentially fatal gastrointestinal disease that is highly contagious. As a dog owner, you might not be familiar with the risks and dangers associated with parvovirus. Read on to learn more about parvovirus, and what can be done to protect your beloved pet from it.
Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that affects the gastrointestinal system in dogs. All dogs can be affected by this virus. However, those under 4 months old and those that have not yet been vaccinated are highly susceptible to the virus. Parvovirus causes much damage by destroying cells, impairing absorption, and disrupting the gut barriers of pets.
Parvovirus often spreads when dogs have direct contact with contaminated dogs/their feces, people, or environments. Indirect transmission occurs when an individual who has got in contact with an infected dog recently touches your puppy. This virus is highly resistant to cold, heat and humidity, and can hence survive for long periods of time.
There are symptoms you may begin to see if your dog has parvovirus. These signs generally appear 3-10 days after being infected. The common symptoms of parvovirus in pets include extreme lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea (usually bloody), and fever.
Parvovirus can lead to life-threatening conditions such as anemia, sepsis, and a drop in the white blood cell count. Urgent assistance should be sought from the vet the moment you suspect that your pets have parvovirus.
There are no known specific drugs to cure parvovirus, however, infected dogs have a higher chance of survival if they receive early and intensive care and treatment. Visit your veterinarian immediately if you suspect that your dog has parvovirus.
Dogs with parvovirus have a very high mortality rate, particularly in unvaccinated dogs and puppies. Therefore, the parvovirus vaccine is one of the core vaccines in Singapore. As a compulsory vaccine, every pet in Singapore is required to be vaccinated against parvovirus since the virus is extremely deadly.
A vaccination is extremely important for parvovirus and should not be overlooked.
Puppies are extremely prone to infection. So, to ensure that they are well protected, ensure that they receive correctly administered vaccinations at the right age and interval during their first few months of life. Please contact your vet for advice on the correct timing of vaccinations
Avoid interacting with dogs that are unvaccinated and make sure vaccinations administered are kept up to date.
Finally, consult the vet if you have any queries. Veterinarians are professionally trained — they know exactly what to do to prevent your puppies from getting infected.
This article is endorsed by perrovets' vet, Dr James Blanshard
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