Parvovirus – A Deadly Disease

Arkvet - Parvovirus


Parvovirus – How it can spread

Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease which can be life threatening. It was discovered in the 1970’s and had spread worldwide within a couple of years.  It can be transmitted by another dog or even a person having been in contact with an infected dogs faeces.  Unfortunately, the virus can live for over a year in the environment and can survive on everyday items such as food bowls, shoes, clothing and floors, particularly where there is high numbers of dogs in the surrounding areas.


Keep up to date with Vaccinations!

Puppies and unvaccinated dogs are most at risk.  Pups receive some passive immunity from their mothers after birth in the form of maternal Arkvet - Parvovirus 2antibodies, but ideally should receive their first vaccination when they are 6-9 weeks old.  If you have a litter of puppies, we can provide this vaccine and microchip the pups at the same time.  They then should have their second vaccination at 10-14 weeks to complete their protection for that year. Unfortunately, some pups or dogs will have contracted this disease if not vaccinated and as symptoms may not show until 3-10 days after exposure, your puppy or new dog may not become sick until after joining you in their new home. Having your new puppy vaccinated is vital, but adult dogs may not show symptoms, so prompt annual vaccination boosters are key in helping to prevent this life threatening disease.



Major Signs & Symptoms

A puppy or dog with parvo will be lethargic, may not eat anything, vomit and pass diarrhoea containing blood.  The disease attacks the intestinal tract and lowers immunity and if untreated, can be fatal in 90% of cases. Having nursed a beautiful young Labrador puppy with this debilitating and painful disease, and despite intensive care and treatment for many days, it was not a good outcome…I hope never to see this disease and it’s effects again.