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Canine parvovirus is a deadly disease commonly seen in unvaccinated puppies. It is spread from infected dogs via virus particles that are found in faeces and in the environment. The spores are very hardy and can survive up to two years in the environment! This is why it is important that your puppy is fully vaccinated before you take them for walks outside your property.

Puppies that have Parvovirus will typically be lethargic, depressed and less playful than normal. Usually they will not want to eat, may be vomiting and will have bloody diarrhoea. It is important that if you suspect your puppy may have Parvovirus you get your puppy examined by a veterinarian immediately.

When you arrive at the clinic you will be asked to leave your puppy in your car. Often the veterinarian will examine your dog in the car or they will take you to the isolation consulting room. Because Parvovirus is so contagious, we can’t have an infected puppy walking around in the clinic.

The veterinarian may perform an in house Parvo snap test to confirm the infection. Treatment involves placing your puppy on IV fluids to help rehydrate them and they will be started on antibiotics and anti-vomiting medication.

Treatment for parvovirus is extremely intensive and only successful about 70% of the time. This means that for every 10 puppies we treat with Parvo, 3 will not survive. This is why it is extremely important you get your puppy vaccinated early and do not take them off your property until they are fully vaccinated.

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