Your Cockapoo's Health: Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus can lurk anywhere an infected animal has
been, including the grass, the sidewalk, a kennel, or even a
veterinary care clinic. The virus has a very long lifespan.
Recently in some parts of the United States, there has been an increase in dogs contracting canine Parvovirus, also know as Parvo or CPV. This virus is generally contagious and can have devastating results if not diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible. After someone posted about the loss of their puppy to this dreadful disease on our Cockapoo Crazy Facebook Page, we realized that we didn't have an article about canine Parvovirus, and we felt we should remedy that so our readers are better informed.

“Parvo” is a contagious virus that can affect a dogs intestinal tract and/or heart. It infects the cells that divide most rapidly in the body, which is why it affects the gastrointestinal area. It also can affect white blood cells, which can have an effect on the heart, usually in younger puppies. Damage to the heart from Parvo can cause cardiac problems for the rest of the dogs life.

Knowing the symptoms of Parvo is important, as well as how it is contracted. The symptoms can include severe vomiting, bloody stool, diarrhea, lethargy, dehydration, and loss of appetite. Your cockapoo may also have a fever, or even a low body temperature, in association with the dehydration. As in any case of sickness, vomiting and diarrhea, if not treated quickly, can result in severe dehydration. If you notice these issues in your dog, get him to the veterinarian immediately. The lethargy and loss of appetite may be harder to notice, but if you cockapoo is acting out of sorts for over 24 hours, you will probably want to see the vet anyway. A good idea would be to bring a stool sample with you, if possible.

Giardia Symptoms, Care, and Treatment

A close-up view of the parasites that cause Giardiasis.
Recently, one of the fans on our Cockapoo Crazy Facebook page brought home a young puppy who contracted Giardia. Being a good cockapoo mommy, she has already seen the vet and been given medicine and instructions for treating it, but she thought it would be good to know more information. We thought that was a good idea too, as any dog can easily become infected with giardiasis. We did lots of research and came up with the following information and tips.

First off, we need to cover what “Giardiasis” is and the cause of it. Giardiasis is an infection of the intestines that is caused by a parasite called giardia. This parasite is found in feces of both animals and humans. The infection is most commonly spread by the ingestion (yes, swallowing), the parasite giardia.

I know that sounds like we are saying you or your dog will get it by eating poop, but this is actually one of the less likely scenarios. A dog with a healthy immune system can come into contact with the giardia parasite in several different ways, and may show no symptoms of the disease. In these cases, you would not need to worry about treatment unless your dog began having diarrhea.

Your Cockapoo's Health: Vaccinations and Side Effects

dog vaccine photo
Vaccines are very important for your dog's health.
If you are the owner of a new cockapoo puppy, or even rescued an adult cockapoo, you most likely are thinking about the important vaccinations that you will be prompted to get by your veterinarian. There are several vaccines for dogs available, some are more important than others, depending on local laws and the area that you live with your cockapoo.

There are four core vaccines that are given in dogs. These are distemper, rabies, canine parvovirus, and canine hepatitis. The majority of the core shots should be given between 7 and 8 weeks, or even as young as 6 weeks, if suggested by your vet. Although new pet owners may have apprehension about vaccinating their cockapoo, these shots are very important for your puppy's health.

Young dogs are very susceptible to disease, and if you are the proud owner of a new adopted cockapoo, you may also want to have a checkup and blood work done, which can sometimes tell you of past vaccinations. If you are unsure, your veterinarian may suggest a booster for the most important vaccines. The secondary vaccines that are available are bordetella, giardia, bronchiseptica, lyme disease, coronavirus and leptospirosis. Your vet would assess whether these are needed and help you make an informed decision regarding them.

Dogs And Insect Bites

photo of mosquito
Mosquitoes can carry disease and are very annoying.
Is your cockapoo allergic to insect bites?

During different months of the year, especially the wet months, there are a lot of flying, biting, and generally annoying insects around that can bother you and your cockapoo. We all know about fleas, and that they come out more in the spring and summer, when it is warmer. We spend lots of our effort, time, and money trying to prevent our dogs from getting fleas, but there are not as many remedies for the prevention of mosquito, black fly, and other flying insect bites. When one considers all the diseases and irritation flying insects bring, this may seem a bit of a surprise.

Cockapoos have sensitive skin, and are prone to allergies, as well. If your cockapoo is one of the many that have an allergic reaction to bites, you will by now have become very worried about what you should do to stop your pup from being bitten by insects, and how to help them when you just couldn't avoid it happening. In this article we're going to answer some of those concerns and questions.

First and foremost, if you notice skin rash and/or inflammation on your cockapoo, you will want to take your pooch to the vet as soon as you can. There she can be tested for allergies and treated if need be. Your pet's veterinarian can give you an idea of the best things to use for your particular dog when they have an allergic reaction to insect bites. However, if you already know what insects your pup is allergic to, there are a few things you can do to soothe them.

Benadryl or the generic equivalent, called diphenhydramine, is a human medication that is safe for dogs in the right dosages. It is used for allergies and can ease the itchiness and swelling associated with an allergic reaction. Dogs can have up to 1 milligram per pound. Our cockapoo, for instance, weighs a little under 30 lbs and would typically get around 25 mg, or one standard pill. This dosage technique is considered safe for a small dog, but we must warn you that you should always consult a veterinarian before giving any new medication for the first time, no matter how safe you may think it is!