what is parvo in dogs

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Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that viciously attacks the gastro-intestinal tract of puppies and dogs. It can also penetrate at the cellular level and attack a dog鈥檚 immune system, heart and bones. The viral particles are NOT Airborne.

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  • What is parvo and how does it affect dogs?

  • Parvo is an infectious DNA virus that commonly causes severe illness in young and unvaccinated dogs. It primarily affects the rapidly dividing cells of the body, meaning that the intestinal tract and bone marrow are the worst affected.

  • Is Parvo contagious to humans?

  • The viral particles are NOT Airborne. Parvo spreads either dog to dog or a dog can be exposed to the virus from contaminated objects such as kennels, toys, water bowls and human shoes and clothing. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, fever or low body temp, shivering, lack of appetite, lethargy and rapid weight loss.

  • What should I do if my puppy has Parvo?

  • Make sure all dogs in your household are vaccinated, and be very careful when socializing your puppy. Dog parks and other places where dogs congregate are potential sources of parvo, so plan on socializing your puppy in a less public environment. Socialization and training are very important for puppies.

  • What is feline parvovirus?

  • The parvo virus that wreaks havoc in cats is called Feline Parvovirus or Feline Panleukopenia. It is slightly different than canine parvovirus.