What Is Parvo?

Parvo, also known as canine parvovirus, is an extremely contagious and common virus in dogs. Although there is no cure for parvo, it requires treatment by your veterinarian to manage the symptoms and prevent dangerous complications such as severe dehydration and secondary infections.

There are two types of canine parvo, one which impacts the intestines and another which impacts the heart muscles. The intestinal form of parvo causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, and severe weight loss. The cardiac form of the disease can cause breathing problems that come on quickly. Thanks to vaccinations, parvo is most common in dogs between six weeks and six months, who have not yet been fully vaccinated. Dogs with parvo will have a weakened immune system and will be contagious to other dogs for up to two months. Your veterinarian can help you manage the recovery period.

Find out how to protect your pet from dangerous illnesses like parvo by making an appointment with Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our veterinarian in Dallas will advise you on a vaccination schedule and offer preventative care, including spay and neuter services, pet dental services, and more. To schedule an appointment with one of our friendly veterinarians, call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or call (972) 230-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas.

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