CA­NINE PAR­VOVIRUS

EQUUS - - Barn Dogs -

Although it didn’t ap­pear in do­mes­tic dogs un­til the mid-1970s, par­vovirus quickly es­tab­lished it­self as a wide­spread prob­lem in nearly ev­ery en­vi­ron­ment. Not ev­ery ex­posed dog be­comes ill, but if a dog’s im­mune sys­tem is un­able to com­bat the virus, it spreads to the gas­troin­testi­nal tract, where it de­stroys struc­tures crit­i­cal to the ab­sorp­tion of nu­tri­ents. The re­sult is se­vere di­ar­rhea. Par­vovirus isn’t of­ten fa­tal, but it can cause po­ten­tially deadly de­hy­dra­tion or sep­tic shock.

► Rec­om­men­da­tions: Ide­ally, pup­pies re­ceive their first “parvo” vac­ci­na­tion at 6 weeks and have sub­se­quent in­jec­tions ev­ery three to four weeks up un­til 14 or 16 weeks of age. Give a booster within one year of that se­ries and again ev­ery three years there­after. Ma­ture dogs can be ini­tially vac­ci­nated with a sin­gle dose and then again ev­ery three years.

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