What is Canine Parvovirus?
Canine parvovirus is a devastating disease that unfortunately is very widespread in Antigua. Parvovirus affects dogs of all ages and can be fatal, particularly in young puppies. The virus is shed by the millions in the affected dog’s stool, and you can easily track the organisms home to your own dogs on your shoes, or even on your car tires. Once in your yard, the virus can persist in the soil for at least 6 months and probably for much longer.
Symptoms of Canine Parvovirus
The principal symptoms of parvovirus are lethargy, foul-smelling diarrhea, and vomiting. The vomitus or stools often contain blood, and dehydration and shock may follow very quickly. Immediate attention by a veterinarian at the very first sign of illness is imperative if the dog or pup is to be saved.
Canine Parvovirus Can Be Prevented By Vaccinations
Some breeds of dogs are particularly susceptible to parvovirus. These include: Rottweiler, Doberman and American Staffordshire Terrier. Our veterinarians at Pioneer Kennel & Veterinary Clinic recommend that pups from these breeds should be vaccinated as follows:
|First vaccination||Age 5 weeks|
|Second vaccination||Age 8 weeks|
|Third vaccination||Age 12 weeks|
For optimum protection, it is recommended that the pup be vaccinated again one month later for a total of four vaccinations. Thereafter, annual vaccinations are required to maintain protection.
For all other breeds, vaccinations should be done as follows:
|First vaccination||Age 6 weeks|
|Second vaccination||Age 9 weeks|
|Third vaccination||Age 13 weeks|
Thereafter, annual vaccinations are required to maintain protection.
Be a responsible dog owner. Speak with your veterinarian about vaccinating your dogs or pups as soon as possible.