Canine Parvovirus: Deadly But Preventable

Canine Parvovirus is a serious threat to dog healthAt Fairview Veterinary Hospital, few things make us more sad than a sick puppy…the only exception being a sick puppy who we could have protected from getting sick in the first place. Canine parvovirus is nothing to take lightly, but dog owners who take the time to learn a little bit about it can do a lot to protect their pet.

Understanding Canine Parvovirus

Parvovirus is a type of virus that can infect many different species. Human parvovirus commonly results in Fifth disease, feline parvovirus results in panleukopenia, and canine parvovirus results in a serious gastrointestinal infection commonly just called parvo.

Thankfully human parvovirus does not make dogs sick, and vice versa. This doesn’t mean that parvo is something to ignore.

Dogs who are infected with canine parvovirus become very sick due to the virus’s effect on the body. The virus causes: Continue…