Dogs, as we all know are man’s best friends. A well-trained dog is a devoted and obedient companion. They tend to protect their master in regards to their safety; come what may!
Thus, owning a dog as a pet is a common practice among humans. But the major concern that most owners have all over the world is to ensure good health for their beloved pets. Unfortunately, the list of diseases a dog can suffer is long. Just like humans, dogs can develop metabolic, viral, bacterial and fungal diseases. Parasitic infestations, genetic disorders, and physical injuries are also common among dogs. But the symptoms depicting health problems in dogs are different and disease-specific. Let us look into some symptoms that may help to diagnose a common disease, Poison Parvo.
What is Poison Parvo?
Parvo is a highly contagious disease commonly accompanied by diarrhea that is often bloody. The disease is caused by a pathogen called canine Parvovirus. The virus is known to survive on inorganic objects – such as clothing, food pans, and cage floors. They may survive for 5 months or even longer in adept breeding conditions. Insects and rodents may also play an important role in the transmission of this disease. Poison Parvovirus is extremely steady and highly resistant towards adverse environmental conditions such as low pH and high heat. The severity of symptoms shown by dogs infected with Parvovirus may vary over a broad range. This disease most commonly occurs in dogs less than 6 months of age, whereas, the most severe cases are found in puppies less than 12 weeks of age.
What are the Symptoms of Parvo?
Common symptoms include weight loss, fever, vomiting, nasal discharge, pus-filled eyes, loss of weight, dehydration, and diarrhea. Canine Poison Parvovirus is a viral infection that is very common among dogs. It is fatal and particularly dangerous for puppies. The targeted site in a dog’s body is the intestinal tract, but in most cases, bone marrow and lymphoid tissues of the dogs are also affected. Due to its ability to be transmitted through hands, clothes, and most likely rodents and insects, it is virtually impossible to have a kennel that will not eventually be exposed to the disease. Vaccination is the only option available to prevent this disease.
There are also a few skin diseases that can greatly affect the health of your furry comrade if you’re not keeping a close watch. Dogs can be affected by a range of disorders common among humans such as bacterial infection, fungal infection, parasites and allergic reactions to various household objects.
If you notice any of the above signs or symptoms in your pet, immediately contact a veterinary near you. Take your pet along for an examination and a vaccination to prevent against these deadly diseases. As we all know “Prevention is better than Cure”, and therefore, the same holds true for our pets too.