Dog Diseases - Canine Parvovirus

 
Dog Canine Parvovirus Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract. Parvovirus also attacks the white blood cells, and when young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problems.

Puppies are especially vulnerable and certain breeds — Rottweilers, Labrador Retrievers and Doberman Pinschers — are more susceptible than others.

Symptoms:
The general symptoms of parvovirus are lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite and bloody, foul-smelling diarrhea that can lead to life-threatening dehydration.

Prevention:
Vaccinate your dog against parvovirus.

Treatment:
Dogs infected with parvovirus need intensive treatment in a veterinary hospital, where they receive antibiotics, drugs to control the vomiting, intravenous fluids and other supportive therapies. Like other serious dog diseases, parvovirus requires immediate veterinary attention.