Introduction: The Parvo Virus
Parvo virus is a highly contagious viral disease that affects dogs. It can be transmitted through contact with infected feces or contaminated objects. The virus attacks the intestinal lining, causing severe dehydration, vomiting, and diarrhea, which can be deadly, especially for young puppies and dogs with weakened immune systems. Vaccination remains the most effective preventive measure against Parvo.
What is Parvo?
Parvo, short for canine parvovirus, is a highly contagious virus that affects dogs. It can be transmitted through direct or indirect contact with infected feces or vomit. The virus attacks the dog’s gastrointestinal system, causing severe damage to the intestinal lining, leading to dehydration, vomiting, and diarrhea. In severe cases, it can cause sepsis, which can be fatal.
Who is at Risk of Contracting Parvo?
All dogs are at risk of contracting Parvo, but puppies under six months old are the most vulnerable. Dogs that have not been vaccinated or have weakened immune systems due to other illnesses or medical treatments are also at higher risk. Parvo is more prevalent in puppies living in unsanitary conditions, such as puppy mills, pet stores, and shelters. However, dogs from any background can be infected if exposed to the virus.