One of the most important things you can do to safeguard your puppy’s health is to make sure he or she is protected from deadly infectious diseases.

Puppies do not have full immunity from many serious infectious diseases, which is why it’s critical to ensure your puppy completes the entire series of combo vaccinations (with boosters) to keep him or her protected.

What is Parvovirus?

The parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that can affect all dogs, but unvaccinated puppies younger than four months old are the most at risk. The virus affects dogs’ gastrointestinal tracts and is spread by direct dog-to-dog contact and contact with contaminated feces (stool), environments or people.

Some of the signs of parvovirus include lethargy; loss of appetite; abdominal pain and bloating; fever or low body temperature (hypothermia); vomiting; and severe, often bloody, diarrhea. Persistent vomiting and diarrhea can cause rapid dehydration, and damage to the intestines and immune system can cause septic shock.

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Most deaths from parvovirus occur within 48 to 72 hours following the onset of symptoms. If your puppy or dog shows any of these signs, contact us immediately.

When a dog develops parvo, treatment can be very expensive, and the dog may die despite aggressive treatment. Early recognition and aggressive treatment are very important in successful outcomes, but vaccination to prevent the virus is a better option for the dog and his or her humans.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment to vaccinate your puppy, please call usat (630) 858-3530.