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Parvo & Distemper Information
- Canine parvovirus and Distemper are highly contagious viral diseases
- Both are often fatal if undiagnosed or untreated
- Parvo virus attacks the intestinal tract and the white blood vessels
- Without early treatment, it can damage the heart muscle
- Distemper attacks the intestinal tract, the white blood vessels, the respiratory system, a nervous system
- Parvovirus and Distemper are extremely contagious!!
- They can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s feces.
- The viruses can live in the environment for a very long time.
- Often unvaccinated dogs will contract Parvo or Distemper when they are in a public area
Symptoms of Parvo
- Loss of appetite
Symptoms of Distemper
- Continued fever
- Pneumonia (Characterized by labored breathing and coughing)
- Depletion of white blood cells
- Hardening of the pads of the feet
- Unusual tooth enamel
- Uncoordinated movements or muscle spasms
How to Prevent a Parvo or Distemper Outbreak
- Clean! Clean! Clean!
- Making sure that poop is cleaned up in a timely manner is very important
- Bleach is the only effective way to kill Parvo and Distemper, using a bleach solution to frequently clean toys, bowls, and floors helps to prevent viral illnesses
- Keep puppies out of public areas and away from foreign dogs until they have been vaccinated
- We will not allow unvaccinated puppies to attend adoption events
- We recommend that you make all adopters remove their shoes and wash their hands prior to meeting the puppies
- We recommend that you do not allow adopters to bring their dogs to your home for meet and greets
- Do not take unvaccinated puppies to a park or other public place for a meet and greet
- Do not take unvaccinated puppies out of your home
What to do if you suspect a puppy has Parvo or Distemper?
- DO NOT WAIT!!
- Most puppies who are diagnosed early will survive the Parvo virus
- If a puppy is not seen in time, this can result in lasting internal damage or death
- If a puppy is vomiting, has diarrhea, seizures, depression, or is unusually lethargic, you need to first call your foster coordinator
- If one of them cannot be reached, call Red Rocks Animal Hospital
- Dehydration kills puppies, and it is important for experienced eyes to assess the situation
- It may be necessary to hospitalize the puppy
- Prevention is key!
- Make sure to clean the areas where puppies, play, sleep, and poop thoroughly