Parvovirus is a highly contagious disease of dogs which causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea ( often bloody). It can be fatal, especially in young puppies, and is picked up through contact with vomit and diarrhoea from infected dogs. This virus is very hardy and can survive many cleaning agents, as well as a wide range of temperatures. Because of this it may persist in the environment for up to a year and can be carried easily on things such as food bowls, shoes and hands.
- Prevention is better than cure. There is an effective vaccine available against Parvo.
- Puppies and dogs should avoid areas where infected dogs may have been until they are fully vaccinated.
If you have had a dog with Parvo on your property you will need to do the following:
- Clean everything that the dog has had contact with. We recommend using bleach (Janola).
- Wash your hands carefully before handling other dogs
- Keep puppies and unvaccinated dogs off the property for a year
Treatment Any infected dog, especially a puppy, needs immediate veterinary care. There is no drug that is effective against the virus but fluid therapy and other support treatment is essential. Some dogs, especially puppies, will die despite treatment.