Parvo Virus....the preventable disease - News from Priscilla

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Priscilla | Veterinary Nutritional Advisor | Capricorn Branch

The Canine Parvovirus (CPV) is a highly contagious viral illness that can affect dogs. The most common form of this virus manifests itself in the intestine and is often characterised by vomiting, diarrhoea (often with blood), weight loss and lack of appetite. 


Parvovirus in puppies spreads very easily as litter mates are in close contact with each other. The virus spreads though direct contact with an infected dog when he sniffs, licks or consumes infected faeces. The virus can survive on clothing, soles of your shoes, equipment and the environment so indirect transmission is a big threat. This resilient virus can survive indoors at room temperature for at least two months and outdoors for years, if protected from direct sunlight. Hospital quarantine of the infected dog and proper cleanup of the environment is vital.

Puppies should be vaccinated at 6, 12 and 16 weeks to prevent this virus and should not be exposed to public open areas until their vaccinations are up to date. Adult dogs should be vaccinated annually as a preventative.