Canine Parvovirus: Symptoms, treatments, and precautions.

Parvovirus in Dogs

Canine parvovirus (also called CPV, or Parvo) is a contagious virus mainly affecting dogs. It spreads directly or indirectly from one to one.

It is an infectious DNA virus that commonly causes severe illness in young and unvaccinated dogs. The mortality rate is as high as 91%.

Here’s everything you’d need to understand about Parvovirus and its symptoms, treatment, and precautions.

Parvovirus Symptoms:

An infected dog will start to point symptoms within three to seven days.

  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • No interest in food
  • Severe weight loss
  • Inflamed tissue around the eyes and mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea / Bloody Diarrhea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Hypothermia.


Don’t delay if your puppy shows any of these signs!!


Parvovirus Treatment & Precautions:

There is no such drug to treat parvovirus. But affected dogs can survive if they get early and intensive treatment.

  • Firstly, consult your nearest vet.
  • Secondly, apply anti-sickness medications and intravenous fluids to treat shock, dehydration, and electrolyte abnormalities.
  • Then give painkillers, antibiotics to prevent secondary infections. But don’t do anything without expert’s opinion.
  • You should not allow puppies to get closer to the unvaccinated one until they need to receive all of their parvo vaccines. 
  • Even dogs with parvo can still shed the disease for up to a month after recovery, So it’s crucial to keep them aloof from other pets during the time.


According to international veterinary experts, good hygiene and proper vaccination are the simplest way to prevent Canine Parvovirus. Ensure your puppies are vaccinated, and adult dogs are kept up-to-date on their vaccination.

If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, talk to our experts over a video call. Book an online consultation right now. Onpets provides vet home visit as well.



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