|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.