Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Infectious Disease

Parvovirus Infection in Dogs

Animals Affected – Dog

General Information
Dogs become infected with parvovirus through contact with the stool of an infected dog or a contaminated environment. The virus is very hardy and remains infective in the environment for a long time. Puppies are most susceptible to parvovirus infection.

Parvovirus causes severe and often bloody vomiting and diarrhea. Infected animals rapidly dehydrate, and severe cases progress to shock and death. Fatalities occur mostly in puppies less than 12 weeks old.

Occasionally parvovirus attacks the heart muscle of puppies and can cause sudden death.

A vaccine is available for prevention of canine parvovirus infection, and all dogs should be vaccinated annually.

Important Points in Treatment

1. Early fluid therapy is the most important factor in treating dogs with parvovirus infection. Intravenous fluids both rehydrate and nourish the sick dog.
2. Additional treatment includes prevention of secondary bacterial infection and drugs to control vomiting and diarrhea.
3. Repeated laboratory tests are necessary to monitor your pet’s white blood cell count and state of hydration.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.