Parvo Virus / Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus and can generate life-threatening illness for the sufferer. The virus attacks rapidly, separating the cells in the body and the most severe is attacking dog gut tract. Parvovirus also attacks the white blood cells and if an early age infected with this virus, the virus will destroy the heart muscle and cause a heart problems in dogs for life.
Parvo in dogs is a disease that is very serious and potentially deadly. Puppies who contract the disease often die because diseases caused by these viruses. Most dogs are affected by this disease are under age of 1 year. Parvo disease is very contagious and does not require direct contact. Parvovirus can live in the soil or an infected dog feces for a year, even at extreme temperatures.
Parvovirus incubation period is between 3 to 10 days. The symptoms may start appearing immediately after the incubation period, growing rapidly within 12 hours or less. Although your dog always be in your home or yard, parvo can be easily transmitted. This disease can come from shoes, tires or anything that can be contact with soil or infected feces.
Symptoms of Parvovirus:
If your dog puke without any definite reason, immediately contact your veterinarian.
3. Bloody poop
Defecation / bloody diarrhea is one of the dangerous symptoms of parvo. If complemented with vomiting, your dog will become dehydrated very rapidly.
4. high fever
6. Feces / poop smells weird
Dogs affected parvo stool is very dense and it smells weird. When these symptoms occur, it may be too late to save the dog.
Parvo Virus Types :
Not all dogs die if infected parvo. There's kind of a more deadly than others. There are two common types of parvovirus.
1. Intestinal Parvovirus
Intestinal Parvovirus is the most common type. This species infects the bloodstream and attack the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow, and cells. Damaged intestines causing bacteria enter the bloodstream, adding complications to be larger.
2. Cardiac Parvovirus
Cardiac Parvovirus is the most deadly type of parvo. This type of heart attack, and can kill with or without symptoms. This type infects the majority of puppies are still very young.