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Parvovirus In Dogs

Canine Parvovirus Infection (CPV) is an acute infection caused by a virus which can easily affect susceptible dogs. Among the different dog breeds, Doberman Pinschers and Rottweilers, Labrador retrievers, Pit Bulls, and German Shepherds appear to be more prone to getting infected by Canine Parvovirus. Among the different age groups, mortality is highest among puppies between 6 weeks to 6 months old because their immune systems are not yet fully developed. The virus that causes Parvo in dogs is present in large numbers in the stool of the infected dog for many weeks after the infection. A dog can acquire the infection via ingestion or contact with infected feces. There are two forms of CPV infection documented in dogs—the intestinal form and cardiac form. Between the two, the intestinal form is much more common. The major clinical signs associated with the intestinal form of the disease include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, low body temperature, and severe dehydration. Diarrhea is severe and contains blood and/or mucus and abdominal pain causes the dog to tuck-up their abdomen. Talk to your Vets North Phoenix AZ about the best way to protect your pet against parvovirus infection.

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