What is the Parvovirus?

Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease.  The virus attacks quickly, affecting the white blood cells, and when young animals are infected, it can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problem.

What are the symptoms of Parvovirus?

The general symptoms of parvovirus are:

  • lethargy,
  • severe vomiting,
  • loss of appetite and
  • bloody, foul-smelling diarrhea

How is Parvovirus transmitted?

Parvovirus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s feces. The virus can live on for several months, and will survive on objects such as food bowls, rugs, clothes and floors. Unvaccinated dogs are extremely susceptible to contracting the virus from the streets.

How can Parvovirus be prevented?

Vaccination.  Ensuring that your furry babies’ are up-to-date with their vaccinations is the first step in protecting them from this disease. Parvovirus should be considered a core vaccine for all puppies and adult dogs. One common vaccine, called a “5-in-1,” protects the puppy from distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus and parainfluenza.

Generally, the first vaccine is given at 6-8 weeks of age and a booster is given at four-week intervals until the puppy is 16-20 weeks of age, and then again at one year of age. Older dogs who have not received full puppy vaccination series may be susceptible to parvovirus and should also receive at least one immunization. Consult with your veterinarian about how often your dog will need to be revaccinated.

Parvovirus can live in an environment for months, hence, you need to be careful especially if a dog in your house has been infected. Parvo is resistant to many typical disinfectants.  A solution of one part bleach to 32 parts water can be used to disinfect dog’s toys, food dish and water bowl.  They should be properly cleaned and then disinfected with this solution for 10 minutes.

Note: The Dog Spa & Hotel requires all hotel guests to have full vaccination records. We are a wellness-spa and we don’t allow sick pets or those with incomplete vaccination records to stay in our hotel services.  Nonetheless, our facilities are always kept clean and sterilized to ensure the safety of all of our guests.

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