Understanding Canine Parvovirus and How to Prevent it in Your Facility

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Canine Parvovirus, also known as parvo, is a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease that affects dogs. It is most commonly seen in puppies, but can also affect adult dogs. Here is what you need to know about canine parvovirus and how to prevent it in your facility:

  1. Symptoms: Symptoms of parvovirus may include vomiting, diarrhea (often bloody), lethargy, loss of appetite, and fever. If left untreated, the disease can be fatal.
  2. Transmission: Parvovirus is spread through contact with infected feces or vomit, or through contaminated objects or surfaces. It is highly resistant to heat, cold, and drying, and can survive for months in the environment.
  3. Prevention: The best way to prevent the spread of parvovirus is to practice good hygiene and to keep infected dogs away from other dogs. This may include isolating infected dogs and thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting areas where infected dogs have been. Vaccination is also an important tool in preventing the spread of parvovirus. Puppies should be vaccinated at six to eight weeks of age, and booster shots should be given every three to four weeks until the puppy is at least 16 weeks old.
  4. Treatment: If a dog is suspected of having parvovirus, it is important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible. Treatment may include medications to control vomiting and diarrhea, fluids to prevent dehydration, and supportive care. The earlier the treatment is started, the better the chances of survival.

If you operate a facility that cares for dogs, such as a kennel, rescue, or shelter, it is important to take steps to prevent the spread of parvovirus. This may include vaccinating all dogs in your care, isolating sick dogs, and thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the facility on a regular basis. By taking these precautions, you can help to protect the health of the dogs in your care and prevent the spread of parvovirus.

If you have questions about how to implement a cleaning regimen that can effectively prevent the spread of diseases like parvo, call our knowledgeable staff at (800) 222-5537 M-F between 9am and 5pm EST, or email sales@alphatechpet.com

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