Why Your Dog Needs The Parvovirus Vaccine

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Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that is spread when a dog comes into direct contact with contaminated fecal matter, environments, or people. The virus can survive in a variety of environments for long periods of time and can latch on to surfaces, clothing, hair, and other matter, and can quickly spread to dogs. Signs of canine parvovirus include: 

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Fever or hypothermia (low body temperature)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration

Your vet can determine the presence of canine parvovirus with a fecal test. Although there is no medication that can readily kill off the virus, your vet may recommend treatment until the dog’s immune system is able to fight it off. If you suspect that your dog has parvovirus, then contact your veterinarian immediately so treatment can begin. You will also need to isolate your pup from other dogs and clean their environment thoroughly and consistently to prevent spread of the infection. 

Getting the vaccine is an important step towards prevention. If you have a puppy, then be careful bringing the puppy to places where other dogs congregate, such as dog parks, pet shops, shelters, and more. Parvovirus can contaminate a sizable area, so it’s important that you pick up after your pup and avoid your dog going near another dog’s feces.

We’ll Treat Your Pup At Murray Hill Pet Hospital 

Come to Murray Hill Pet Hospital in the New York area. Our vets can vaccinate your pup against the parvovirus and provide guidance to keep your dog in good shape. Our goal is to provide all of the care our patients need in one convenient location, so they don’t have to worry about referrals. We provide all the care your pet needs under one roof. Contact us to schedule an appointment. 

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