Dog Parvo Symptoms

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Dog Parvo Symptoms

The parvo virus is an extremely serious viral disease affecting dogs, and it can be fatal. Puppies less than six months of age are the most susceptible to this disease, but it is puppies which are less than 12 weeks that suffer the most. It is very important to be aware of dog parvo symptoms and to get immediate veterinary treatment once the symptoms are recognized.

Here is a list of dog parvo symptoms:

First of all, if you have a very young puppy then you must know that they have immature immune systems.  The parvovirus attacks the lining of the stomach preventing the absorption of liquids and nutrients. This can cause certain dog parvo symptoms.

A change in your dog’s eating habits could be an indication of one of the dog parvo symptoms. If your puppy is eating and then vomiting, be on the lookout for other dog parvo symptoms, which include vomiting and loss of appetite. If your puppy is not eating at all, call your vet.

Another of the dog parvo symptoms is a change in your dog’s bowel movements. Since this virus attacks the digestive system, make sure the puppy is eliminating normally. Extreme diarrhea that is foul-smelling and bloody is common with this disease. Diarrhea causes severe dehydration and is extremely life threatening.

High fever is another one of the dog parvo symptoms and this fever can cause lethargy in puppies. They will lay around and not be interested in toys or anything else. If your puppy has a fever and has become lethargic, contact your vet.

In extreme cases, this virus can attack a young dog’s heart, even after it has recovered from the intestinal virus. Hopefully your vet will provide the best care and support to minimize the long term affects of the parvo virus.

If your dog has any of the above possible dog parvo symptoms, call your vet, who will then run a diagnostic test to determine if it is actually parvo.

It is not advisable to try and treat these symptoms without first consulting with your vet.  Only your vet can know for sure whether or not the dog parvo symptoms your dog is experiencing is in actual fact the parvo virus.