What You Need to Know About Parvo in Modesto, CA
If you’re a dog owner in the Modesto area, you hopefully already know a little bit about canine parvo. Your vet may have mentioned a vaccine for it to you, or you might have even heard about it on the local news. What is the parvovirus exactly, and what do you need to know to keep your dog safe?
Parvo is a severe gastrointestinal disease in dogs. Common symptoms can include lower appetite and activity than normal, vomiting, visible belly swelling and bloody or profuse diarrhea. Adult dogs have an easier time recovering (though your carpets may not), but parvo is very deadly for puppies under 1 year if left untreated. And that treatment needs to happen immediately to help save your beloved pet’s life.
Treatment for parvovirus can vary heavily depending on your pet’s age. Diagnosis needs to happen as quickly as possible in any case, so don’t hesitate to bring your pet in to the vet clinic if they’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed here. Adult dogs with a mild case could just need to check in with the vet and recover at home. Puppies may require full hospitalization with IVs and antibiotics.
With all this in mind, it’s easy to see why your vet would suggest a vaccination to prevent infection. Thankfully, those vaccines are highly effective at saving your furry friend from a very uncomfortable and possibly life-threatening condition.
Veterinarians generally start vaccinations for puppies between 6 and 8 weeks old, but the full course of the parvovirus vaccine (when correctly done) aren’t fully effective until they’re 4 to 5 months old. If your dog hasn’t been vaccinated or if the vaccine isn’t fully effective yet, there are some steps you can take to minimize their risk. Parvovirus is transmitted through the feces of an infected dog, so keeping your pet out of anywhere other dogs visit — such as kennels, dog parks and pet stores — can help. If you’re planning on taking your cute new puppy on a grand tour of Modesto, keep in mind that parvo can live on sidewalks where infected dogs have done their business for 5 months after they did the deed. And with this disease, the dogs infected will have been suffering from plenty of diarrhea to spread the infection farther.
If you’re a dog owner in the Modesto, CA are and think your pet may have parvo, or if you’d like to vaccinate against it, feel free to contact us at Yosemite Veterinary Hospital for more information.