Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus disease (CPV) is commonly known as "Parvo." The disease can affect dogs of any age, but the very young and some older dogs are at high risk. Due to the severity of this disease, it is extremely important to consult with a veterinarian to insure that your pet is adequately protected. Wild dogs, unvaccinated dogs, and coyotes can carry this disease into your area. CPV infection is spread by dog-to-dog contact and has been diagnosed wherever dogs congregate. Parvovirus is transmitted through the stool. The virus can remain in contaminated soil for many months. It can also be trasmitted on contaminated clothing, grooming items, and shoes. A diluted chlorine bleach solution, 1 part chlorine bleach to 30 parts water, kills the virus in the environment

The first signs of illness include listlessness, lack of appetite, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. Dehydration is severe and life threatening. This disease is critical, so at the first signs contact your veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.

The vaccines to protect your dog from Parvo are given to puppies ideally at about 7-8 weeks of age, boostered 3-4 weeks after the initial vaccine, given again 1 year later and then given every 3 years after that.

If you suspect that your dog may have contracted Parvo, or is showing possible signs of Parvo, we can provide an in-clinic test that provides results in less than 20 minutes.

We ask that all patients receive a full examination before vaccines are administered. Certain underlying health problems, which may be difficult to recognize, can interfere with vaccine efficacy. Additionally, if your pet is incubating an infection, vaccines may complicate the problem. For these reasons, Dr. Warren wants to ensure that your pet is healthy and in suitable condition to receive the vaccines. During the examination visit, Dr. Warren and our technicians will discuss necessary and recommended vaccines and help determine the vaccine protocol that will best serve your pet.

WSVMA, Infectious Diseases of Dogs and Cats and their prevention [pamphlet], Snoqualmie, WA.