Often referred to as parvo, parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that affects dogs. Here’s what you need to know about parvo to protect your pooch.

Parvo can be Anywhere

Dog faeces are the most common source of parvo. However, it can also be transmitted by contaminated footwear, clothing, bedding, feeding bowls and toys.

Parvovirus is tough

Parvo can survive for up to a year after it’s appearance, so it’s crucial that your dog’s vaccinations are up to date to protect them.

Parvo is dangerous

Parvovirus attacks the gastrointestinal tract and destroys white blood cells. Common symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Profuse and bloody diarrhoea
  • Appetite loss
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Fever

Some dogs don’t display symptoms, so getting them vaccinated is the only way to keep them safe.

Parvo is preventable

Vaccinate your dog as instructed by your vet to prevent parvo. Keep unvaccinated puppies away from other dogs and be aware of the risks. If you think your pooch may have parvo, seek emergency attention from your vet so they have the best chance of recovering.

Parvovirus can be deadly. Don’t take the risk.

Parvovirus vaccinations are available at RSPCA Victoria vet clinics,. make an appointment and protect your dog from parvo.

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