Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that we have seen a recent outbreak of in our community. Left untreated, Parvovirus can be very severe and even result in death. Knowing how to prevent your dog from contracting this virus and what symptoms to look for is important information for all pet owners in Ewa Beach and the surrounding communities.
A relatively new virus, Parvovirus was only discovered in 1978 but spread worldwide just two years later. The best way to protect your dog from this illness is to make sure they receive the proper vaccinations. Puppies should also avoid contact with other dogs until they reach a certain point of the vaccination process.
Another way to prevent Parvovirus is to practice good hygiene for your dog and keep their environments clean. Parvovirus is transmitted through feces, so keep your dog's areas free of waste to help prevent transmission of the virus. If your dog roams in an area that may have feces, don't allow them to eat or make contact with it.
You should also be aware of the symptoms associated with Parvovirus, which usually develop within 3-7 days of contracting the virus. Lethargy and fever are two common symptoms, as well as vomiting and diarrhea. Vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to dehydration, which causes secondary symptoms. You may also notice a lack of appetite.
With the recent outbreak of Parvovirus in our community, it is crucial that you become aware of the risks and actively prevent your pet from contracting this highly contagious virus. If you have any questions or if you need more information about Parvovirus and its vaccine, please call us immediately at (808) 689-1797.