Signs of Parvo: What to Look For
By Jennifer Coates, DVM
Parvo, officially known as canine parvovirus, or CPV, is a highly contagious viral disease. Dogs who are sick or recovering from parvo pass incredibly large numbers of the virus in their feces, and virus particles can survive for months in the environment. Susceptible dogs are infected orally when they come into contact with a contaminated area. Puppies and young dogs who have not received all of their vaccines are at highest risk for developing parvo.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that parvo does not have to be deadly. If dogs with parvo receive prompt and appropriate veterinary treatment, many can be saved.
Learn the signs of parvo in dogs, so that you can work with your veterinarian on treating and beating the parvo disease.