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What is Parvovirus?


Commonly called Parvo
Parvovirus is nasty disease that can present itself in two different forms. The more common form is the intestinal form, which shows symptoms such as severe vomiting, bloody diarrhoea, weight loss and a loss of appetite. The less common form is the cardiac form, which attacks the heart muscles of very young puppies, often leading to death. 
Parvovirus is highly contagious and unfortunately can survive for long periods in the environment after being passed in the faeces of infected dogs, even with thorough cleaning and exposure to seasonal weather changes.  It can easily be spread on the hair and feet of dogs, through contaminated bedding and our even our shoes and clothing.
This virus is typically seen in young unvaccinated puppies but older dogs can be affected too.  Certain breeds seem to be more at risk for contracting parvovirus. Parvovirus can be fatal and symptoms can progress very quickly.  Treatment is symptomatic and supportive only as there is no targeted cure.

How can I protect my dog from Parvovirus?

Vaccinate! Ensuring that your canine companion has had its core vaccinations and is follwoing the long-term vaccination program that has been determined by your veterinarian. 

When does my dog need to be vaccinated?


Core Vaccination schedule:  
  • 6 - 8 weeks  First vaccination 
  • 10 - 12 weeks  Second vaccination
  • 14 - 16weeks Third vaccination 

Adult Dogs

  • Annual Dogs require a Canine Cough vaccination every year. 

Booster Vaccinations

12 months after your dog’s 14 week vaccination another booster vaccine is required, this is to ensure long-term immunity against the contagious diseases.  Thereafter, your vet will determine the most suitable ongoing vaccination program. The recommendations outlined by your vet will be guided by your dog’s lifestyle and environment. 

For more information on vaccinating your canine companion, please contact your local Greencross Vets team or book an appointment online today! 




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