What is Parvo? | Winslow Animal Hospital Dog & Cat

Parvovirus, or Parvo, is a highly contagious virus that is spread through contaminated feces. The virus itself is caused by CPV-2 or Canine Parvovirus type 2.  This virus attacks the gastrointestinal system and the immune system of both puppies and dogs. Puppies, however are at risk of it attacking their heart as well. In fact, the virus is most often seen in puppies without their DAPP vaccine.

Your furry friend can come into contact with Parvo at parks and apartment complexes. They are more likely find infected feces and objects in these areas.

This is a very serious illness and should be prevented against at all costs.


Some of the signs and symptoms of Parvo include:

  • Bloody Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Appetite loss

If you notice any of these, please contact your veterinarian right away.


Hospitalization is typically required once Parvo is confirmed. While at the hospital, your pet will have IV fluids placed while oral and injectable medications are given. Blood work will be taken during the stay as well to constantly monitor their response to the treatment. Veterinarians look to see if  white and red blood cell counts, proteins, blood glucose, and blood platelets. 

There is a 90% survival rate when treated early and aggressively. 

How to Prevent Parvo

Prevention is always the best principle when it comes to your beloved pets. In this case, the best line of defense is keeping your pooch up to date on their vaccines.

Make an appointment today to make sure your pet is vaccinated!

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