Canine parvovirus (CP), commonly known as parvo, is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs. By reading and understanding the symptoms, treatment options, and preventive measures is crucial for dog owners to safeguard your furry companions against this potentially deadly disease.

Symptoms of Canine Parvovirus:

The symptoms of canine parvovirus (CP) can vary in severity but often include:

  1. Severe Vomiting:

    If your Dogs infected with (CP) often experience frequent and severe vomiting, this can lead to dehydration and weakness along with:

  2. Bloody Diarrhea:

    One of the hallmark signs of your dog having (CP) is bloody diarrhea, which is often accompanied by a foul odor but this is one of many signs:

  3. Loss of Appetite:

    Your dog may refuse to eat or drink due to nausea and gastrointestinal discomfort.

  4. Lethargy:

    Dogs with parvo may appear weak, lethargic, and unwilling to engage in physical activity.

Treatment Options for (CP):

  1. Fluid Therapy: Intravenous fluids are administered to prevent dehydration and restore electrolyte balance.

  2. Anti-nausea Medications: Medications to control vomiting and alleviate nausea may be prescribed by a veterinarian.

  3. Antibiotics: Antibiotics are often prescribed to prevent secondary bacterial infections.

  4. Nutritional Support: Nutritional support, such as feeding through a feeding tube, may be necessary for dogs unable to eat due to severe symptoms.

Preventing (CP):

  1. Vaccination: Ensure that your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations, including the (CP) vaccine.

  2. Avoiding Contaminated Areas: Avoid taking your dog places where (CP) may be present, such as dog parks or areas with fecal contamination.

  3. Proper Hygiene: Practice good hygiene by regularly cleaning and disinfecting your dog’s living environment, food and water bowls, and grooming tools.

  4. Isolation of Infected Dogs: If your dog is diagnosed with (CP), isolate them from other dogs to prevent further spread of the virus.


(CP) is a serious illness that requires prompt veterinary attention. By understanding the symptoms, treatment options, and preventive measures, You can help protect your beloved pets.  Remember, vaccination and proper hygiene are essential for keeping dogs healthy and happy.

The American Veterinarian Medicine Association has some great information on Canine Parvovirus. Check out our Paws and Claws Blog for further information.

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