PARVO! Yes, the Parvo virus has again reared its ugly head here in the Virginia Beach area. The Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center recently received dogs that have tested positive. Pet Care just sent home a dog that is now out of danger; however, another case has just been brought into our hospital. If you are in doubt as to your dogs vaccine status, please call us at 473-0111.
The dogs intestinal tract is most severely affected by this virus. If the virus is left untreated the dog can die. As reported by ASPCA, Parvovirus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dogs feces. Highly resistant, the virus can live in the environment for months, and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors. It is common for an unvaccinated dog to contract parvovirus from the streets, especially in urban areas where there are many dogs.
Puppies are particularly vulnerable to the virus but adults and puppies can all be protected from the virus if they receive vaccinations. You can protect your dog from this potential killer by making sure he’s up-to-date on his vaccinations. If you have any questions regarding your dogs vaccines, please give us a call.
Symptoms include: lethargy, vomiting, loss of appetite, and bloody, horrible smelling diarrhea that can lead to life-threatening dehydration.