Make no mistake, Parvovirus is a very deadly threat to unvaccinated dogs. It is so infectious that anyone or any moving object can become a carrier of Parvo simply by coming into contact with an infected dog's stool. Parvo can live in the environment for six months to one year, it can survive extreme heat and subzero temperatures. This means the virus might remain long after the fecal material is removed. Peoples shoes and animals paws can pick up and carry the virus.
See your veterinarian as soon as possible. Medications and treatment procedures are available to control the complications of the disease. The death toll among Parvo victims has been significantly reduced particularly when it is properly diagnosed and treated.
Vomiting, severe diarrhea (often tinged with blood or mucus) are usually accompanied with depression, loss of appetite, and high fever (104-106 degrees).
Note:The normal temperature for a dog is 100.5-102.5.
Here are a few tips and things you can do to prevent Parvo:
While canine Parvovirus rarely effects humans, more often we spread it by carrying the virus on our feet or shoe
Coronavirus is a disease that causes gastroenteritis. The virus attacks the cells in the wall of the intestine causing malabsorption.
This virus is transmitted through feces, it is highly contagious for a period of one to four days and can be shed through feces for two weeks following the infection. The virus can then live in the soil for long periods of time. Dogs that are most susceptible to this disease include, those that go to public places, kenneled, or groomed.
Coronavirus symptoms include, diarrhea, vomiting, lack of appetite, depression, lethargy, and dehydration.
At this time there is no cure for Coronavirus. It is diagnosed on clinical signs and treated symptomatically. Treatment can include; fluids to prevent dehydration, and antibiotics to prevent secondary infection. Dogs can survive Coronavirus, but it can be fatal.
There is a vaccine to protect against Coronavirus. It begins with a series of two injections, three weeks apart and then an annual booster. Call your veterinarian to have your dog vaccinated against Coronavirus