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Important information about Parvo in dogs

At Affordable Veterinary Clinic, we believe in preventative health care. We believe that our patients benefit from the collaboration between their owners and our professional team. We work hard to educate our clients to help your animal friends lead the happiest, healthiest, and best lives possible. We hope that you will benefit from some of the following pet care tips.

Symptoms of Parvo may not be present in your dog for up to 14 days. Symptoms of Parvo are very similar to other illnesses, and any present symptoms are a sign your dog is not well.


Since it is contracted by ingestion of an infected substance, the symptoms will be present from the digestive system and stomach.

Learn about the symptoms

Prevention is key

Dog Parvo has adapted over time, and there are no antiviral medicines to cure it.


The best way to treat Parvo is to prevent it with proper vaccinations and immediate treatment if you suspect your dog may have contracted it.​ Parvovirus is a very serious and highly contagious virus that can last up to 6 months in the household and can affect your dog for up to a month and a half.


Parvovirus is resistant to most disinfectants (with the exception of bleach), survives in freezing temperatures, and can also survive in heat. Parvo can take up to 14 days to show any symptoms in your dog. It causes major vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration very quickly.

  • Vomiting

  • Bloody diarrhea accompanied by a very unmistakable odor

  • Dizziness

  • Fever

  • Weakness and lethargy

  • Loss of appetite

Symptoms of Parvo

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How does my dog get Parvo?

Parvo can affect any dog at any age, but puppies (6 - 10 weeks of age) are especially susceptible. Once a puppy has been infected, there is about a 50-50 chance of survival if you know what to look for and get him help immediately. To avoid Parvo in puppies, be sure to have your puppy get the recommended vaccinations.


Any dog may contract Parvo, but for unknown reasons, certain breeds seem to be more vulnerable. These breeds are known as “tan and black” breeds such as German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and Labradors.


Parvovirus can thrive inside a dog’s system for up to 3 months. If your dog has eaten feces or has come into indirect contact with fecal matter (shoes, fur, dried particles, etc.), he can become infected very easily.


Dog parks, kennels, and dog pounds are all examples of areas your dog could become infected with Parvo from another dog.

Parvo and humans

Many people become concerned that Parvo is transmittable from dog to human. This is not the case. Humans have their own strain of Parvo called Fifth Disease or B19.


Parvo in humans is very mild and can be treated by a doctor. Some symptoms of Fifth Disease include fever and mild rash.


If you are concerned about catching your dog’s strain of Parvovirus, simply prevent it by constantly washing your hands after handling and treating your sick puppy or dog. Keep the area clean to stop the spread of the disease as well.