Canine Parovirus

Canine parvovirus, sometimes called ‘parvo’, is a potentially fatal infectious disease spread by virus. Parvo affects dogs of all ages, but most cases occur in puppies 6 to 20 weeks of age. The disease is spread when dogs come in contact with the faeces of an another, infected animal. The virus is very hardy and can remain infective in an environment for several months, known to survive on inanimate objects like clothing, food bowls and floors.

The usual incubation period (time from exposure to the virus to the time when signs of disease appear) is from 4-14 days. Common signs that a dog may have canine parvovirus include loss of appetite, lethargy and depression, vomiting, bloody diarrhoea. Your vet can also conduct a test that detects the virus in faeces.

Your puppy should be vaccinated against Canine Parvovirus before it is 4 months old, followed by booster vaccinations throughout life. Read more about all the vaccinations your dog needs here, or talk to your vet.

This may include intravenous fluids for rehydration, anti-emetics to stop vomiting, pain relief for often severe abdominal pain, and antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infection.