Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their faeces. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells such as those in the lymph nodes, intestinal lining and the bone marrow. This results in depletion of the white blood cells necessary for the immune system to function, delaying the recovery of the infected puppies. The rapid death of the intestinal cells results in the breaking away of the intestinal lining, vomiting, diarrhea and severe intestinal bleeding. This may eventually lead to the death of the puppy if left untreated.
SIGNS OF PARVOVIRUS
• Bloody diarrhea
Puppies should receive their first vaccination at six weeks with two more thereafter at nine and twelve weeks of age. Thereafter they should be vaccinated on an annual basis.
THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT PARVOVIRUS IS THROUGH VACCINATION