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Signs of Parvo in Dogs
Parvo is highly contagious and affects both dogs and puppies. Puppies have a greater risk of death because their intestinal tracts are not fully developed. However, dogs who have not had proper vaccinations are also at risk. Parvo can attack any breed of dog, and no dog is immune to the disease. Unfortunately, many dogs will die of Parvovirus because of inattentive owners.
Parvo symptoms are very similar to other ailments. Any symptoms displayed are a sign your dog is not well, so it is important to take your dog to the veterinarian as soon as you notice a change in your dog’s behavior or overall health. Dog parvovirus symptoms may not be present in your dog or puppy for up to 14 days, and by this time, it is imperative to have your dog treated immediately.
Signs of Parvo to Watch Out For
Parvovirus symptoms are very similar to a human flu virus. In fact, Parvo is known as the “dog flu”. Since it is contracted by ingestion of an infected substance, the symptoms will be present from the digestive system and stomach, also known as a gastrointestinal disease. Parvo symptoms in dogs include:
- Bloody Diarrhea
- Feces has a strong, unmistakeable odor
- Loss of appetite
- High fever
- Pain and discomfort
Your dog’s feces will have a very strong odor at first. As the parvovirus continues to spread and affect your dog’s system, feces will likely turn into diarrhea.
Vomiting and diarrhea are the most serious dog parvo symptoms. Diarrhea is the most common symptoms, and the last to show, and may be a gray or yellowish color or bloody. Both vomiting and diarrhea can lead to malnutrition, dehydration and lack of appetite.
Dogs, especially puppies, are very active creatures. If your dog is sleeping constantly or seems weak when you play, it could be a sign something is wrong. This energy loss may be because of dehydration from vomiting and diarrhea.
Parvo symptoms begin to show as early as 2 days or as late as 14 days. Unvaccinated Puppies can die from Parvo virus as early as two days of being infected.
Cardiac Parvovirus Symptoms
Parvo Cardiac Infection is not very common, but it is the most dangerous to your dog. Parvo Cardiac Infection attacks the heart muscles, as well as the blood vessels. This will lead to hemorrhaging and heart attack.
Parvovirus Cardiac Infection is not contracted orally, like regular Parvo, but can affect puppies right after they are born. Parvo Cardiac Infection can affect puppies from birth to about 8 weeks of age. Some puppies show no symptoms, but die within 72 hours. It is very unfortunate.
It is very hard to detect parvo in puppies, and can lead to death very quickly. The most common parvo symptoms in puppies is strained or short breaths. However, by this time, it is likely too late for the puppy.