Parvovirus Fact Sheet
- Contagious to dogs,
- Signs include vomiting,
fever and diarrhea which may be bloody with a
very foul odor, all of which can lead to dehydration.
- The virus may attack
the heart muscle causing myocarditis (inflammation
of the heart muscle).
- The younger the
dog, the greater the chance that he or she will
- The virus is transmitted
through the feces of an infected dog. It can be
carried on dog's hair and feet as well as live
on contaminated rugs, bedding, shoes and other
- Dogs with canine
parvovirus infection shed massive amounts of virus
in the feces.
- Death from
Parvo may result from:
bacterial infection from the pet's lowered
- Blood loss
from internal hemorrhage.
- Heart attack
from invasion of the heart muscle by the virus.
- Treatment is aimed
at providing suppportive care because the is no
cure for this animal virus.
Talk to your
veterinarian about vaccinating your dog against