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13 Must-Read Factoids About Canine Parvovirus

Jul 15, 2008
1. 80% of dogs that are infected by Canine Parvovirus that are untreated die in four to five days - with the older 2a and 2b strains of the virus.

2. With the current 2c strain, even fully-vaccinated adult dogs, as well as puppies, are being infected by and dying from the Parvo virus.

3. For reasons nobody yet understands, some breeds, such as Rottweilers, Black & Tan Coonhounds, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers and Pit Bulls are more prone to the Canine Parvovirus.

4. Although the Parvo virus is particularly prevalent in the southern states, with California, Texas, Arizona and Florida being the four worst hit, every state in the US, including Hawaii and even Alaska, are suffering outbreaks.

5. The Parvovirus is incredibly persistent and can live in the ground for up to 20 years, with an ability to survive extremes of temperature, including frost and desert climates.

6. Vet costs to treat the Parvo virus are very expensive - you could easily pay $500 to over $6,000 per dog.

7. You can only expect a 50% - 80% chance of survival if you take your dog to the vet.

8. Although the Parvo virus has historically been transmitted through contact with infected vomit and feces, it is now suspected that the latest 2c strain may be airborne.

9. It is ironic that cats can now be infected by the latest 2c strain of Parvo, given that it has always been suspected that Canine Parvovirus originally evolved from a similar feline virus, cat fever (aka feline distemper).

10. The latest 2c strain of the Parvo virus can kill your dog within one day of symptoms first appearing, with some dogs dying in only six hours.

11. The Canine Parvovirus incubates, on average, for five to seven days, although it can be as few as three and as many as 15. This means that your dog could be sick for up to two weeks and you would not even know it, as there would be no visible symptoms. However during this time, the virus is growing in strength, ready to wreak havoc on your dog's body.

12. Ironically, administering a Parvovirus vaccine, especially the very first shot, can actually increase the chance of your puppy contracting this virus. This is because the maternal antibodies inherited by the puppy can kill off the modified live virus that is in the vaccine, but as vaccinations work in part by lowering the body's natural immune system, this actually opens up the puppy to infection by the full, live virus (not to mention other infections as well).

13. A few breeds of dogs, especially Poodles and Cocker Spaniels, appear to be at a lower risk of contracting Parvo, although this does not mean that they will not be infected.
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