Okaw Veterinary Clinic

140 W. Sale
Tuscola, IL 61953

(217)253-3221

www.okawvetclinic.com

Parvo is Still Around - Protect your Dog

 

There has been an outbreak of Parvo virus in Champaign County and Douglas County. Fortunately there has not yet been a severe epidemic but it could be possible if dog owners do not help limit the spread of this serious disease. Parvo is one of the core vaccinations all dogs need to receive at appropriate times throughout their life. Vaccination has helped to prevent and limit the spread of Parvo in our pet dogs. If you have not had your dog to the veterinarian for booster vaccination, it is very important for you to get your dog checked up and discuss vaccination with your veterinarian. If you do not have a veterinarian, most veterinarians in the area will gladly fit your pet in for exam and vaccination.

Parvo virus is spread by the stool or vomit of an infected animal. Dogs are the primary pet infected, but other wild canids such as coyotes can carry the virus. Squirrels may carry the infection from one yard to another when they run through infected soil and carry it on their feet. Parvo can live for a short while outside of the body. Free roaming dogs, or dogs that are just "let out" to go in the yard are at the most risk of exposure.

Puppies, older dogs or dogs  with other health problems are at the highest risk of infection. Puppies do not have all the protection from vaccines and often have worms that complicate Parvo virus infection. Older dogs have a less protective immune system, and may also have other health problems that make it harder to fight off infection. 

Parvo infection signs typically include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy and dehydration. The disease spreads rapidly through the body so it is important that you do not wait to get to the veterinarian. Survival depends on the age of the dog, if it has ever been vaccinated, if there are worms also present, or other concurrent disease.

Protect your dog by keeping up with wellness exams, vaccinations and parasite prevention. Walk your dog on leash to prevent spreading any possible disease, and know where your pet has been.  Not all sick dogs have Parvo so it is important to get veterinary care early to be sure of the diagnosis.

You can read more about Parvo under our pet library.