Adopting a new puppy is such an exciting event, but it also comes with great responsibility! Much like with human children, puppies require lots of love and attention, proper diets, a warm and safe place to sleep, and proper vaccinations. One of the most important vaccinations for your new pet is the canine parvovirus vaccine. Without this vaccine, your puppy could become seriously ill and require emergency medical care. At East Valley Animal Hospital, we know how important vaccines are for your new pet and we would be happy to help you get your pet on a regular vaccination schedule.

Why is it Important to Vaccinate For Parvovirus?

Canine Parvovirus is a gastrointestinal disease that can be lethal for dogs of all ages, but is especially harmful for puppies under the age of four months old (American Veterinary Medical Association, 2020). Unfortunately, parvovirus is easily transmissible through contact with an infected dog or by coming into contact with diseased feces. It can also be spread if a person were to walk through an area with infected feces and then go into a home of an unvaccinated dog. There are many ways in which a dog can become ill from parvovirus, which is why it is essential to vaccinate against this disease from an early age.

Treating Canine Parvovirus

If you suspect that your dog may be ill, it’s crucial that your pet see a veterinarian as soon as possible. Dogs infected with canine parvovirus can exhibit symptoms like lack of desire to eat or drink, bloody diarrhea, dehydration, lethargic behavior, as well as vomiting. Your veterinarian will need to run lab tests to confirm that the illness is in fact parvovirus. Once it is confirmed to be parvovirus, your veterinarian will put your dog into an isolated medical area where your pet can receive fluids, antibiotics and intensive care. Canine parvovirus is often a deadly disease, so aggressive and early action are important in order for your dog to have the best chance at survival.

Vet in Gilbert

At East Valley Animal Hospital in Gilbert, we know you want to give your new dog a happy, healthy and long life, so we’re here to educate you on everything you will need to know for your new pet, including a vaccination schedule. As soon as you’ve brought home your new adult dog or puppy, give us a call and we can make sure your furry friend is up to date on all immunizations!


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