What Is Parvo?


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Jennifer Bone answered
Parvo is short for canine parvovirus which is the most common letha virus known to affect dogs.  Fortunately it is preventable with the parvo vaccine.  Parvovirus usually affects puppies because the virus likes to attack the rapidly developing cells commonly found in a young dog, however, parvo can also infect adult dogs as well.  The virus can affect either the intestines, which will cause bloody diarrhea, or the heart ultimately causing heart failure.

Canine parvovirus is highly contagious and is transmitted through fecal matter.  The virus is extremely robust and can survive for months in areas contaminated with feces from infected dogs.  Unvaccinated dogs are highly susceptible to parvo.  Infected dogs will normally have diarrhea, vomiting, and be very lethargic.  Another sign to watch for is loss of appetite or fever.  Sadly, complications that can arise from parvo include shock, dehydration, and death.

Vaccinated dogs can carry parvo without developing an infection and might not display any symptoms of having the virus.  Parvo is surprisingly resistant to most disinfectants but veterinarians and kennels tend to use bleach as it has been found to be the most effective.  Because of the highly contagious nature of parvo, it is important to make certain dogs are vaccinated against it.  Parvo is included in the routine shots given to all puppies and dogs.  Ideally the vaccine is given first at 6 weeks and then 3 to 4 more times in their first year.  Dogs must then have an annual vaccine to ensure protection.

Veterinarians strongly recommend having all puppies properly vaccinated in their first 20 weeks of life with follow-up annual boosters.  If for any reason a dog is left unprotected and may have been exposed, it is wise to consult a veterinarian without delay.  Dogs who have an uncertain medical history should be examined by a veterinarian in order to determine the most reasonable course of action.  There is no cure for parvo but veterinarians can administer treatment including intravenous fluids and medication that will allow the dog’s body to cope during the course of the disease if it is caught early enough.  Having contracted parvo does not trigger a natural biological immunity or resistance to the disease meaning that dogs can contract parvo more than once.

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My dog caught the parvo virus a few days before his vaccination appointment.  he did survive tho, after hospitalization.  parvo is a virus that eats the stomach lining so your dog can't tolerate anything in his tummy, and he eventually dies of dehydration.  the only treatment is hospitalization with an IV drip to ensure the dog stays hydrated.  the dog will be quarantined with other parvo dogs, because it is highly contagious.  the virus has to run its course- my dog was hospitalized over a weekend.  he was lucky.  I don't think the survival rate is very good.
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Parvo is the shortened term for the canine parvovirus, a viral disease that affects dogs. The parvovirus most commonly affects puppies as the virus attacks the rapidly developing cells in a young dog’s body, but dogs of all ages can become infected. Parvo generally affects the intestines causing diarrhea that is often bloody, but parvo can also affect the heart causing it to fail. Parvo is the most common lethal virus known to affect dogs, but is preventable with the parvo vaccine.
Parvo is an extremely contagious
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PARVO is contagious disease caused by the virus. It can affect dogs and also human but the virus of human, dogs and other animals is different. Human parvovirus is C19. But dogs are most affected animals. Human can not get it from dogs and vise versa. It is transmitted the direct or indirect  contact with the feces of infected organism. Puppies are more prone to this infection.
Severe diarrhea, fever, lethargy and vomiting are major signs. Anemia and dehydration are also result of diarrhea and vomiting. Symptoms can appear 3-10 days after the transmission of virus and can last up to 21 days. First 48 hours are very crucial after the appearance of symptoms. Usually dogs die during this period. Proper treatment requires hospitalization.
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ahmed adeel answered
It is a viral disease most common in dogs. It is highly infectious and spreads from one dog to another. Whether dogs have the direct or indirect contact , it  spreads . Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and Pit bull terriers are the more suspected one types. More than 80 % are suffering from it but without any obvious signs. It is the milder form. If not treated well it can turn into severe one, which can cause death even. For further assistance please visit this link.
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himanshu sharma answered
Parvovirus, commonly abbreviated to parvo, is a genus of
the parvoviridae family linear, non-segmented single stranded DNA
viruses with an average genome size of 5 kbp Parvoviruses are some of the
smallest viruses found in nature Some have been found as small as 23nm.Many types of mammalian species have a strain of parvovirus associated with
them. Parvoviruses tend to be specific about the taxon of animal they will infect
, but this is a somewhat flexible characteristic. Thus, all strains of canine
parvovirus will affect dogs, wolves, and foxes, but only some of them will
infect cats.No members of the genus Parvovirus are currently known
to infect humans, but humans can be infected by viruses from three other genera
from the Family Parvoviridae. These are the dependoviruses (e.g.Adeno-assosiated
virus), the Erythroviruses(e.g.parvovirusB19) and the Bocaviruses

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