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What is parvovirus in dogs and cats?

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You may have heard of parvovirus in dogs and cats.


Parvovirus is a contagious disease that can affect both dogs and cats. The virus is very resistant and can survive on different surfaces for several months, even washed with detergent. How is parvovirus transmitted?



Parvovirus in dogs and cats is similar and is transmitted by having contact with an infected animal or the stool of an infected animal. Therefore, the disease can be transmitted by having contact with infected surfaces, the floor, sweat, bowels, toys, or any object on which the virus may land.

What are the symptoms of parvovirus?

It is important to note that these symptoms do not appear in all animals and it is always necessary to contact the veterinarian if you observe the following symptoms:

- Vomitings

- Weight loss

- Smelly diarrhea

- Loss of appetite

- Fatigue

- Fever

- Convulsions

In most cases, the virus attacks cells in the bone marrow and intestinal tract, leaving the body unable to fight off other infections. In more rare cases, there is a strain that can affect the heart system of puppies. Therefore, the diagnosis of parvovirus can be difficult to make because the symptoms are similar to those of other diseases.

Parvovirus in cats and dogs the same?

_Feline parvovirus (VFP) is unique to cats and causes a disease known as the feline panleukopenia virus.

_For dogs, there are actually two types of canine parvovirus (CPV-1 and CPV-2, with several variants of CPV-2).

The difference between the strains of the virus can be a bit confusing, but don't worry too much about it. However, keep in mind to go to the vet if you have symptoms.

Can I be infected by my pet with parvovirus?

Humans cannot get parvovirus from a cat or a dog. Additionally, dogs cannot get parvovirus from cats. However, there is one strain of the virus that cats can potentially catch from infected dogs.

Which dogs and cats are at risk?

If your pet is not vaccinated, he is at a higher risk of infection. As such, young unvaccinated animals are more vulnerable, but infection can occur at any age and in any breed.

Fortunately, there is a cure for this virus. However, it takes a week of intensive treatment to replenish water supplies, treats infections, and manage vomiting and diarrhea. Either way, if your pet survives this, a full recovery can take weeks.

How can I protect my pet from the virus?

First of all, the best way to protect your pet from the virus is to make sure all vaccinations are up to date.

Second, if you are out for a walk, be sure to avoid any areas where there have been reported cases of parvovirus. Carry your young puppy when you take him to the park or to the vet until he is fully vaccinated

And finally, if you've had an infected animal in your home, wash all hard surfaces with a 32-dose-one-dose bleach solution. Also, soak contaminated items in this solution, spray the soles of your shoes, and throw away anything that cannot be disinfected.

It is crucial to share knowledge about this virus, in order to educate other dog and cat owners. 

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