The parvovirus canine is a highly infectious disease that results in the death of about 80% of infected untreated animals. The disease usually affects puppies and has two different ways. The most common form of infection, known as enteritis Parvovirus affects the intestinal tract. Symptoms include vomiting, fever, loss of appetite and diarrhea is often bloody. Rarely, the parvovirus can affect the heart, leading to inflammation of the heart muscle.
Transmission and vaccination
The parvo usually transmitted through contact with the stool of an infected animal. Direct contact with a dog that has the disease can also result in infection. Vaccines against parvovirus there. Puppies are usually protected against infection once they complete their series of vaccinations around 16 weeks of age. All dog owners should be vigilant and aware of the symptoms of parvovirus , since pets vaccinated adults can get the disease in cases of vaccine failure.
Highly resistant to most cleaning methods, the parvovirus can survive for months in soil. The virus can also survive on inanimate objects such as shoes, clothes, houses and food containers. Theparvovirus is common in all environments. Disinfect surfaces contaminated with chlorine to protect your dog against infection. Steam cleaning can be an effective way of disinfecting clothing.
Colostrum and antibodies
Newborn puppies have an immature immune system can not create antibodies against disease. Colostrum, which is the milk that the mother produces during the first days after birth, protects from infection until your immune system is mature. Because the virus is so common in all environments, dogs are routinely exposed to small amounts of it. This can lead to the formation of antibodies that cause the least susceptible unvaccinated dogs to infection.
The infection usually occurs in the short period of time that a puppy does not have the protection of colostrum and immune system is too immature to fight the virus or be vaccinated. The isolation of other dogs and disinfection of surfaces that contact the puppy can protect your partner from infection during this period. Knowing how the spreads parvovirus can help you take the necessary precautions for your pet.