7 July 2008

Parvo Virus – 13 Little-Known Factoids

Posted by Admin under: Health .

  1. 80% of dogs that are infected by Canine Parvovirus that are untreated die in four or five days – with the older 2a and 2b strains of the virus.

  2. With the latest 2c strain, even fully-vaccinated dogs, including both puppies and adults, are being infected by and dying from the Canine Parvo virus.

  3. Some breeds, such as Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Black & Tan Coonhounds, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers are more susceptible to the Canine Parvo virus for reasons nobody yet understands.

  4. Although the Canine 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 virus is incredibly hardy and can live in the ground for up to 20 years, with an ability to survive extremes of temperature, including frost and hot weather.

  6. If you take your dogs to the vet’s to be treated, it could cost you anywhere from $500 to over $6,000 per dog.

  7. Most vets will only give your dog a 50% – 80% chance of survival, in spite of their expensive treatments.

  8. Although the Canine Parvovirus has historically been transmitted through contact with infected feces and vomit, 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 Canine Parvovirus, given that it has always been suspected that Canine Parvovirus originally evolved from a similar feline virus, 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 Parvovirus can incubate for anywhere from three days to 15 days, although five to seven days is the average. 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 Canine Parvo vaccine, especially the very first shot, can actually increase the chance of your puppy contracting this virus. This is because the maternal antibodies in the puppy’s body can kill off the modified live virus that is in the vaccine, but as shots 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 too).

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

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2 Comments so far...

Michele Says:

30 November 2011 at 1:36 pm.

Can humans contract canine parvo?

Admin Says:

30 November 2011 at 1:48 pm.


No, humans cannot contract Canine Parvo. There is a human version of the Parvovirus, sometimes known as Fifth Disease or B19, but it’s very different to the canine version. See this page for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parvovirus_B19

However, note that Canine Parvo is not restricted to just dogs – cats can get it, where it is usually known as Feline Distemper, Feline Parvo or Feline Panleukopenia, and several varieties of wild animals can get it and carry it too, such as raccoons.