Parvo Poop- How Does It Affect Dogs?


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Like humans and other species, dogs are also vulnerable to many diseases because their immune systems are not fully developed. After the disaster of covid 19, we all know that even humans are not vulnerable to some viruses. If you have got a new dog, you need to protect it from the deadly canine disease parvovirus or parvo poop. 

Parvovirus 

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Parvovirus is also referred to as COV-2 by veterinarians. This disease can affect all unvaccinated dogs but majorly targets dogs below four months, and puppies are at most risk of parvo.

The virus commonly affects the lymph nodes, which make breathing difficult, bloodstream, and small intestines of dogs. Further, it affects the heart in some cases. 

It can also be fatal if the disease is recognized late. The virus enters the body through the mouth as a puppy or dog eats food from the ground or licks its body.

The Spread Of Virus 

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A small amount of feces is all it takes to get affected by this disease. Parvo can also spread from dog to dog, and an infected dog can intimate food, water bowls, and every area.

After the virus enters the body, it takes 5-7 days to show the first symptoms. Even pet owners can get infected by this disease if they touch the leftover food or pick/ clean the stool.

It can also spread if the owners touch the dog. The parvovirus is resistant to heat and humidity, so it can easily survive in Normal environments for longer durations.

Dogs that start to develop parvo show symptoms within 4-8 days. Common symptoms can be vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. The gastrointestinal tract is where massive damage occurs because parvo directly affects the intestinal region.

Symptoms 

Parvo results in a shortage of white blood cells in the body as it directly affects the bone marrow and the production of white blood cells reduces.

The dog’s diarrhea may become bloody, and bacteria can quickly enter the body. It reduces the ability of bone marrow to create infection-fighting white blood cells.

If you ever notice any of these symptoms in your dog. Make sure to take him to the veterinary doctor as soon as possible.

As I already said, parvo often strikes between dogs from age one week to 20-25 weeks old. This virus first emerged in 1976, and by 1978 it was widespread and resulted in significant dog deaths.

Please do not take this virus lightly as it is also capable of causing infections in wild canines such as wolves.

How Can You Prevent Your Dog From Parvo?

Until your dog has received the total dose of vaccination, prevent them from going to places where other dogs generally meet.

Final Words 

Vaccination against CPV -2 and good hygiene are the best ways to protect them. Young ones are the most likely to get affected because their natural immunity is not so strong to bear this virus, and the immunity they get from their mother’s milk is also not sufficient. If you see any of the symptoms, make sure to go and get your dog checked by a veterinary specialist.

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