Canine Parvo virus is a fatal disease that typically infects puppies and mortality can go as high as 91% if untreated.

Pure Breds are more susceptible to CPV

Pure Breds are more susceptible to Canine Parvo Virus

The good news is that a simple vaccination protocol at around two months age can avoid this nemesis altogether. You can get the same administered by your local vet. Read on for details on diagnosis, management and prevention.

Does my dog have CPV?

If you have a young pup exhibiting below symptoms, then it’s time for a visit to the vet.

  • Severe, bloody diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia(eating very little)
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  •  Severe weight loss.

 What causes it?

  • Direct contact with an infected dog
  • Indirectly, by sniffing an infected dog’s poop(or even sniffing shoes that stepped in poop)
  • Unhygienic breeding shelters

Pure bred dogs such as Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Pit Bulls, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, English Springer Spaniels, and Alaskan sled dogs, are particularly vulnerable to the disease.

 Diagnosis

You will need to give a thorough history of your pet’s health, recent activities, and onset of symptoms to the Vet. If you can gather a sample of your dog’s stool, or vomit, your veterinarian will be able to use these samples for microscopic detection of the virus.

 Treatment

As for most viral infections, there is no real cure for CPV.

The symptoms are managed using fluid therapy to maintain hydration, medication to curb vomiting (antiemetics), H2 Blockers to reduce nausea, antibiotics, and anthelmintics to fight parasites. The survival rate in adult dogs with treatment is about 70 percent, but death may sometimes result from severe dehydration, a severe secondary bacterial infection, bacterial toxins in the blood, or a severe intestinal hemorrhage.

The older the puppy, the higher the chances of survival as adult dogs tend to have better developed immune systems.

 Prevention

Vaccination at six, nine, and twelve weeks.

If you happen to be in Hyderabad, just give us a call on 9550725960 to get complete info and if needed a vaccination.

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