Thursday, 11 June 2015

How to Prevent Parvo

Parvo is one of the most contagious and deadly diseases that your dog can come into contact with. While the sickness only affects canines, the virus can be transmitted environmentally, as well as by contact with humans and other animals that have been exposed to it. The most common route of exposure is contact with infected canine feces.

The only totally foolproof way to prevent parvo is to get your dog vaccinated, and to keep up with any necessary boosters on time. No other method is as effective at preventing infection. At the same time, though, puppies have to reach a certain age to be eligible for some vaccinations, so it is important to know how to reduce exposure risks until your dog is old enough to be properly vaccinated.

Reducing Risk

Follow these steps to help keep your pup parvo-free until he or she can be vaccinated.

  • Limit unvaccinated canines’ exposure to other dogs, especially if you do not know their vaccination status. This includes dog-heavy environments like pet stores.
  • When visiting the vet, remember to keep your puppy in your arms so that you can remain in control of how much environmental exposure you have. Wrapping the pup in a blanket can help minimize risk.
  • If you regularly come into contact with other dogs, wash and change your clothes before handling an unvaccinated puppy.

Remember, parvovirus can survive environmentally for up to a year. If you suspect your home or yard has become infected, cleaning with a bleach solution can disinfect the area, but regular soaps and detergents will not work. Parvo is a mean, tough little bug, but it can be beat with the right strategy. To learn more check out this website of a dog vet in San Jose.

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