A recent outbreak of Canine Parvovirus (Parvo) has infected and killed at least 15 dogs in Lowell, Massachusetts. The virus is highly contagious and transmitted through contact of feces of infected dogs. However, the chances of a dog contracting the virus decrease dramatically with vaccination.
New Hampshire does not record reported Parvo outbreaks, so there is no way to tell how many have occurred in the state and/or where they were.
Is your dog exhibiting symptoms of Parvo? It might be time to visit the vet.
Parvovirus is contracted through contaminated feces which can be shed in the stool for weeks after signs of infection. It can also be transmitted by anything that has touched the contaminated feces and/or direct contact with an infected dog. Parvo is an extremely hardy virus, and can stay in the environment for months.
Although it is unknown how many cases have occurred here in New Hampshire, we recommend our clients call us to make sure their dog is current on vaccinations. After the puppy series of vaccinations, the Distemper/Parvo Complex vaccine is boostered at 1 year and at 2 years of age, then the vaccine is boostered every 3 years. We also offer titer testing for vaccinated dogs to make sure the last injection is still providing an active immunity.
Signs of the illness include lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Puppies are most susceptible to the virus, due to their immature immune systems.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (603) 926-5500. We always accept new patients and would be happy to help you and your pet.