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Symptoms of Parvovirus and How to Protect Your Dog

Symptoms of Parvovirus and How to Protect Your Dog

Isn’t it exciting when you bring home a puppy? However, this little bundle of happiness needs care and proper medical attention. Puppies and adolescent dogs are highly susceptible to contracting the deadly parvovirus. As a first step, ensure that your dog’s vaccination schedule is up to date. The first step towards dealing with this life-threatening disease is early detection. Keep a close watch on your dog’s health, and if you notice any of the symptoms mentioned below, consult a veterinarian at the earliest.

  1. Loss of appetite
    Notice if your dog is refusing to eat food, eating irregularly, or showing complete disinterest in eating anything.

  2. Stomach upset
    Disturbed bowel movements, vomiting, and severe diarrhea containing blood are some of the warning signs.

  3. Low energy
    Observe whether your dog has extremely low energy levels, is lethargic and unusually quiet, or is in a depressed mood.

  4. Physical changes
    Check if your dog has low body temperature (hypothermia), a rapid heartbeat, or is experiencing abdomen pain with bloating.

The best way to prevent parvovirus is for your puppy to receive the first set of vaccines before 6-8 weeks of age. Along with this, he needs to be administered boosters every three weeks until he turns 16 weeks old. Post this, he needs to get a booster shot when he turns one year old. Vaccination is an important step in building your pet’s immunity for a long, healthy, and happy life.