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 Post subject: Parvo Virus in Puppies
PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:07 pm 
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Parvo is an intestinal virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea in puppies, dogs, coyotes and other canines. It often affects young pups. They start by having vomiting and diarrhea and then quickly get dehydrated and lethargic. Their immune systems and intestinal lining are under attack and the happy playful puppy quickly becomes deathly ill. Unfortunately this story has happened all to frequently in the Denver area this year. The saddest part of this story is that it CAN BE PREVENTED!

Back in the 1970's the Parvo virus was isolated from a huge outbreak of the disease and a vaccine was made. This vaccine is one of the most effective vaccines out there. When a dog is fully vaccinated they are protected from this nasty virus. Puppies can be vaccinated as soon as they near 8 weeks of age. They need to have at 3 to 4 vaccine boosters 3-4 weeks apart, one of which should be at or after 16 weeks of age. However until theses vaccines are completed Fido is still at risk.

Things to avoid to help protect your pup until fully vaccinated is to avoid any and all areas where other dogs frequent and may urinate/defecate. These locations include but are not limited to parks, doggy daycares, dog parks, apartment common areas, pet stores, etc. It is therefore important to protect your new family member by keeping clear of these areas.

If you suspect your puppy might have been exposed or starts having vomiting and diarrhea it is important to seek help quickly. When caught early any disease is easier to treat, but even so Parvo has a 80% fatality rate. This is why prevention is so key to help keep or pets safe and healthy.

If you have questions regarding Parvo, vaccinations or other health concerns don't hesitate to ask your veterinarian.

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