Canine Parvo Virus (CPV)

Lexi Recovering from ParvoLexi - Canine Parvo VirusWe are happy to announce precious Lexi has fully recovered from Parvo treatment after spending 5 days in our Critical Care Isolation Ward!! Lexi was adopted from a facility where she was exposed to the virus just days before adoption.

Canine Parvo Virus (CPV) is an aggressive canine virus that attacks the intestines and heart in young puppies, unvaccinated dogs, and poorly vaccinated dogs. This virus can live in the environment for up to 12 months. The virus is spread via Fecal-Oral exposure, often times it is microscopic exposure-not visible stool. Usually exposure to the virus is through direct contact with the virus in a shelter/high population of poorly vaccinated dogs/puppies or exposure to the virus outdoors. It can take 3-10 days after exposure to see the first signs of this aggressive virus.

Signs your puppy may have CPV: bloody diarrhea, lethargy, anorexia, fever, vomiting, and weight loss. 

Treatment: seek veterinary care as soon as possible. Early detection and initiation of treatment is directly related to treatment success! There is no “cure” for the virus, however treatment is to minimize its affect on the body and support the body and immune system as the virus runs its course. 

Prevention: vaccination is the key. All puppies should receive their first vaccination at 8-9 weeks of age and then boostered every 3-4 weeks until around 14-16 weeks. Protocols vary depending on age, breed, and vaccine administered. Until your puppy is fully vaccinated (full CPV immunity has been attained) DO NOT take your puppy to locations where there may be feces from poorly vaccinated dogs. ie: dog parks, parks, and pet stores. (**especially pet stores that have veterinary hospitals in the back. Sick dogs are walking through the store all day.) Protect your new puppy like a human infant. We will discuss healthy puppy habits to minimize exposure during each examination. 

Note: improper vaccination protocol and vaccine failure can lead to CPV.