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Canine parvovirus, sometimes called ‘parvo', is a potentially fatal infectious disease spread by virus. Parvo affects dogs of all ages, but most cases occur in puppies 6 to 20 weeks of age.
The usual incubation period (time from exposure to the virus to the time when signs of disease appear) is from 4-14 days. Common signs that a dog may have canine parvovirus include:
A veterinarian can make a proper diagnosis by looking for signs and through a test that detects the virus in feces.
If a dog is showing the common signs listed above, they should immediately be taken to a veterinary hospital for intensive treatment. This may involve:
All dogs should be vaccinated against canine parvovirus. While puppies may get some immunity against the disease from their mother, this is short-lived. To protect your dog from canine parvovirus, they should have:
Talk to your veterinarian about vaccination against canine parvovirus for your dog. Learn more about all the vaccinations your puppy needs.
Until your puppy is fully vaccinated, keep them away from other dogs and potential sources of infection such as parks. Always check your shoes to make sure you haven't brought home any potentially infected dog feces or soil
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*Parvovirus Information Centre
By Wendy C. Brooks, DVM, Dip AVBP