What is Parvovirus?

Parvovirus is a highly infectious virus that affects the digestive and cardiovascular (heart and lungs) system of cats and dogs. It can be spread if your pet has close contact with an infected animal or their bodily fluids, such asn faeces. Sadly, the infection can lead to shock and death, especially in young kittens and puppies.

There are two primary strains that we see in domestic pets:

  • Canine Parvovirus
  •  Feline Panleukopenia (feline parvovirus)

What are the signs of Parvovirus?

Symptoms of parvovirus start to show three to 10 days after infection, with a loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting and bloody diarrhoea the most common symptoms, which leads to dehydration. Your pet may develop a secondary infection as the immune system is weakened, including a distinct sickly sweet smell in dogs as in the infection progresses.

If you notice your pet develop any of these symptoms, give us a call to book an appointment with the vet to get to the bottom of their illness.

 How can we treat Parvovirus?

The best protection against parvovirus is vaccinating your furry friend before they can catch it. Dogs receive the  C3 (Canine 3) vaccine, which covers the three most common illnesses affecting our canine friends: distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus. The F3 (Feline 3) vaccine protects against rhinotracheitis virus, calicivirus and panleukopaenia (feline parvovirus).

At the Ark, we offer a range of vaccines including and beyond parvovirus, and provide regular reminders for when your furry friend is due for their annual vaccinations. Give our team a call at 02 9416 1300 or visit our website to check out our vaccination schedule, or create an account to see when your pet is due for their next treatment.


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