The Dangers of Parvovirus

In the past, there have been alerts regarding a new strain of Parvovirus (Parvo). This virus is most commonly contracted by puppies due to their immature immune systems, but adult dogs can also contract the illness as well. Dogs can also be carriers of the virus without showing any clinical signs. Parvo is often fatal and we are providing this information out of concern for our customers and their pets.

We ask that all pets are fully vaccinated before visiting our store for the protection of all our customers' and employees' pets.

What is Parvo and how can it be transmitted?

The Canine Parvovirus can be transmitted by direct contact with an infected animal or indirectly by contact with vomit, diarrhea or any contaminated discharges from an infected dog. The virus is excreted in the feces of infected dogs, and if someone or something (human, dog, bird, etc.) comes into contact with it, the virus can be transported to new areas. Transmission can also be through hands, clothing, and even vehicle tires.

Can this be prevented?

As with any virus that could infect your dog, the best solution to keeping this virus from harming your pet is to make sure your animal is vaccinated against this virus. However, no vaccination offers a 100% guarantee that your dog will not become ill.

Symptoms to watch for:
  • Gelatin-like stool with some blood.
  • Vomiting with bile and foam.
  • Rapid weight loss (within a few hours after becoming ill)
  • High Temperatures (You may or may not see a temperature rise)
  • Not drinking
  • Not eating
  • Lethargic
  • Otherwise acts normal, playing but resting more often.

  • If you have concerns about your pet please contact your veterinarian for more information.