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What Every Owner Should Know about Canine Parvo!

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

Does Parvovirus sound familiar to you? Many people have heard of it but do not realise the severity of this disease or the importance behind routine vaccinations.


Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that attacks the gastrointestinal tract and symptoms most commonly include severe bloody diarrhoea, lethargy, anorexia, fever, vomiting, depression, dehydration, low body temperatures, pain or discomfort in the abdomen and rapid weight loss. Canine Parvovirus also absorbs nutrients within the affected dog’s body which results in them becoming dehydrated and weak from the fluid absorption.


An infected dog can begin shedding the virus four-to-five days after exposure; often before the dog starts exhibiting any clinical signs of infection. The dog will continue to shed the virus while they are sick and up to 10 days after they have recovered!! It is important to seek treatment if you notice any of the above symptoms as soon as possible. Affected dogs require intensive therapy in a veterinary hospital for the best chance at survival. The mortality rates of Parvo can reach up to 91% if left untreated and even if the animal is hospitalised a 50% survival rate can still be expected. 😷😷


Parvovirus can survive for up to 12 months or more in the environment and requires specialised disinfectants to kill it. It can be spread through direct contact when encountering other dogs shedding the virus, contaminated faeces and soil. The virus can also be contracted through indirect contact on clothing, human skin, bedding, equipment and feeding bowls among other things.


We were surprised recently, to see several dogs coming in and being tested positive for Parvovirus, just because they were simply not vaccinated. This can be prevented with early vaccinations in young puppies and keeping up to date with adult dogs annual C5 vaccinations. There are several infectious diseases that can be fatal to dogs, not just Parvo! Routine vaccinations can help protect against Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Bordetella Bronchiseptica and Canine Parainfluenza Virus.


Puppy Vaccination Schedule (4 weeks apart)

- 1st vaccination: C3 at 6 to 8 weeks

- 2nd vaccination: C5 from 10 to 12 weeks

- 3rd vaccination: C5 booster from 14 to 16 weeks


It is important not to expose puppies to areas outside your backyard until 2 weeks after they have completed their FULL vaccination course.


Adult D

og Vaccination Schedule

- Annual C5 vaccination


Please ensure that your fur kids are up to date with their vaccinations to help keep them protected! 💉👨‍⚕️


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