Parvo and your puppy

One of the most common illnesses we see in puppies in our area is Parvo Virus. Parvo is a very contagious virus that can be fatal. Please protect your puppy from Parvo!

Follow your puppy’s vaccination schedule

All puppies need 2-3 vaccinations, depending on the age at which you purchase the puppy. At Pet Medical we recommend vaccinations at 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks, and 14-16 weeks. It is crucial that your puppy receives its final vaccination at 14-16 weeks of age, not younger. There is never zero risk but a vaccinated dog has a very low risk for contracting parvo.

Help stamp out parvo

Vaccinated puppies don’t shed parvo into the enviornment so the more dogs that are vaccinated in the community, the lower the risk among all the dogs in that area. Protecting your puppy will help protect all of our puppies!

Do not socialize your puppy during a parvo outbreak!

The vaccines need time to build up resistance in your puppy’s immune system, and will not yet protect them until two weeks after the final vaccination. To protect your puppy:

  • Get your puppy fully vaccinated (2-3 vaccinations, 3-4 weeks apart as directed by your vet)
  • Do not take your puppy to the park/walks/public places until after its final vaccination
  • Do not encourage people to visit your puppy until Parvo virus can be carried on people’s hands, clothes, shoes and vehicles.
  • Do not encourage people to bring their dogs around to play until your puppy has finished its vaccinations. Your puppy can play with other healthy, fully vaccinated dogs in your

Follow basic hygiene! Encourage people to wash their hands before they handle your puppy.

Be aware of the risks

If you live in a rental property where the history of the yard in unknown, OR if you live on a property where you know there have been dogs affected by parvo virus, the virus can live in the soil for

up to a year. This means it is never safe to have a puppy in a yard where there has been parvo. You need to keep the puppy elsewhere until after its vaccinations. If you need to disinfect, use bleach and water at a ratio of 1 part bleach to 30 parts water. This can be used on surfaces such as floors, concrete. It is almost impossible to decontaminate or eliminate the virus from the soil or grass.

Know the symptoms of Parvo infection:

  • vomiting, diarrhoea with or without blood in stools or vomit
  • lethargy, drooling, lack of appetite
  • dull and lacking in energy

If you notice anything out of the ordinary, please call us. We are here to help and the sooner the disease is diagnosed, the better the chance of your puppy surviving this terrible disease.