Part of being a responsible pet owner is protecting your furry friend from health risks. If you have a puppy, keeping up with their vaccination schedule at a veterinary clinic is essential for protection. Here’s a brief overview of a common condition that can be dangerous to unvaccinated pups, but is highly preventable with adequate immunization.
What Is Parvo?
Parvo is short for parvovirus type 2, which is a highly contagious virus that can affect the intestinal and cardiac systems of dogs. It spreads through dog-to-dog contact, feces of infected animals, or people who were exposed to infected dogs.
While many adult dogs show mild or no symptoms, the condition is sometimes deadly for puppies, whose immune systems have not fully formed yet. Vomiting and diarrhea are the most common signs of parvo in puppies. Also, look out for lethargy, weight loss, weakness, and loss of appetite or thirst.
Many of these symptoms also correspond with other canine illnesses, including heart conditions, so always bring your pup to a veterinarian when you notice them.
How Can You Keep You Pet Safe?
Luckily, parvo is preventable through vaccination. Bring a puppy to a veterinary clinic for their first dose once they’re 10 to 12 weeks old. Additional doses are required at around 14 to 16 weeks.
Since this condition unfortunately has no cure, keep any unvaccinated puppies away from other animals and people who have pets to prevent infection.
Stay on top of your puppy’s vaccination schedule by visiting Cedarknoll Animal Hospital in Montgomery, NY. This veterinary clinic offers pet health exams and vaccines to keep animals healthy and safe. They provide a comfortable and caring atmosphere where pets and their owners enjoy attentive service. For your convenience, they also offer after-hours and weekend appointments. Visit their website to see a full list of services or call (845) 361-5404 to request an appointment.