Parvovirus in Dogs - Phoenix, AZ

At Phoenix Veterinary Center the health and well-being of your cat or dog is our number one priority.

A full-service, small animal hospital in Phoenix for cats and dogs, we are proud of our progressive medical and surgical philosophy as well as the high level of client service that we provide.

What is Canine Parvovirus?

Canine Parvovirus affects both dogs and puppies and has been reduced tremendously over the years by early vaccination in young puppies.

The majority of parvovirus is found in puppies that are between six weeks and six months.

Parvo Symptoms in Puppies and Dogs

Symptoms of parvo in dogs include:

  • Refusal to eat
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea - sometimes blood appears in the stool
  • Dehydration
  • Weakness and difficulty walking
  • Lack of coordination
  • Depression
  • Fever

How do Dogs get Parvo?

The spread of parvovirus is either by direct contact with an infected dog or indirectly by the spread of virus particles on objects, other animals and clothing.

Parvo is common at shelters due to the close proximity to other animals and their unknown backgrounds.

Please note that Dogs can be infectious for more than two months after they have been treated for the disease and virus particles can stay in the environment for years.

How can I protect my Dog from Parvovirus?

Protecting your dog or puppy from parvo starts with prevention! Getting your puppy or dog the parvo vaccine will ensure that they don’t encounter the disease.

  • Puppies are extremely susceptible to parvo and should get their first parvovirus vaccine when they are 6-8 weeks old. Boosters should then be given at three-week intervals until they are 16 weeks of age and again when they are 1 year old.

  • Although a dog may have received the parvo vaccine as a puppy, Adult dogs should get the vaccine annually.

Parvovirus Vaccination

Compassionate Pet Care at Phoenix Veterinary Center 

Preventative annual exams are essential for the health of your pet. Through thorough physical examinations, your pet can live a longer and healthier life.

Preventive exams may also uncover disease earlier through screening tests which can lead to improved treatment prognosis and enhanced quality of life for your pet.

From pet education for new puppy and kitten owners to preventative exams, annual vaccines, dog and cat dental care and senior care, the team at Phoenix Veterinary Center is committed to providing caring, personal attention to the unique concerns of each pet owner.

Contact Phoenix Veterinary Center to request an appointment for your furry four-legged family member or call (602) 559-5500 today!


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