Parvo in Dogs: Prevent Parvovirus in your Pekingese

 


Parvo in Dogs: Prevent Parvovirus in your Pekingese

Parvovirus is dogs (Canine Pervovirus) is an acute ang highly contagious illness that was first discovered way back in 1970s. This disease has the tendency to attack rapidly by reproducing cells like the ones in the GI tract.

The virus is discharged in massive amounts in the animal’s feces for several weeks. This disease is transmitted via oral-fecal route. Parvo can also be carries on your Pekingese’s paws and hair, also in their contaminated crates, shoes, etc… When your dog licks a fecal matter off his body then he gets the disease.

Parovirus hits dogs in all ages, but it is more common in puppies who are 6-20 weeks old. Some breeds like the Rotteweilers and Doberman seem to be more susceptible to this illness. The reason is yet unknown.

After an incubation period of about 4-5 days, this acute disease will begin with depression, diarrhea and vomiting. Some dogs will have fever while others don’t. Diarrhea is profuse and it contains blood of mucus. Dehydration develops so fast in this stage.

Once this occurs, you should seek medical help and go see your vet immediately. Dehydration needs to be corrected and your dog’s electrolyte imbalance, vomiting and diarrhea needs to be treated as well.

Parvo in Dogs

Canine parvovirus type 2 (CPV2, colloquially parvo) is a contagious virus mainly affecting dogs. The disease is highly contagious and is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces. It can be especially severe in puppies that are not protected by maternal antibodies or vaccination. It has two distinct presentations, a cardiac and intestinal form. The common signs of the intestinal form are severe vomiting and dysentery. The cardiac form causes respiratory or cardiovascular failure in young puppies. Treatment often involves veterinary hospitalization. Vaccines can prevent this infection, but mortality can reach 91% in untreated cases. Canine parvovirus will not infect humans.

Source: Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canine_parvovirus

Preventing Parvovirus

  • Vaccinate on a regular basis. Vets would recommend the initiation of vaccones when your pekingese is 6 weeks old, giving him doses every 3-4 weeks until he is 16-20 weeks old. After his first shot, parvovirus can be preented with an annual vaccination.
  • Keep him away from unprotected areas. Protect your pekingese by staying away from places where other dogs defecate, like the park, pet store or even your own front yard. Parvovirus is very contagious and one sniff fromt he infected waste can spread the disease on his system already.
  • Keep his vaccines up-to-date. You may allow your pekingese to socialize with other dogs, vaccinated or not, if you are sure that his vaccines are current.
  • Keep him away from puppies. Puppies are more susceptible to the virus and you should keep your dog away from them until their boosted series are completed.

Parvo in dogs is no laughing matter and as an owner you should never take it lightly. There is also a cardiac form of parvovirus that attacks when the dog is 8 months old or younger and can cause sudden death. Fortunately, parvovirus can be treated and may not be that fatal if you take the proper precautions in protecting your pekingese.  I hope the simple tips stated in this post would be followed by you so that your pekingese won’t contract this disease.

Is your pekingese’s booster shots current today or was it due a long time ago? Please do invest in your dog’s health so that you won’t be experiencing any sudden death due to negligence from your part.  Let us know what you think by leaving a message behind.

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