What is Parvo and how do I prevent my dog from getting it?

Canine parvovirus (Parvo) is one of the most contagious and serious diseases that dogs are at risk of contracting.  Parvovirus is spread through feces of an infected dog and can remain infectious in contaminated areas for 5 months or longer.  The virus attacks the dog’s stomach, small intestines and large intestines causing severe vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration.  The disease is often fatal if not treated.  Parvovirus is preventable through vaccination.  Puppies should begin receiving vaccines at 6 weeks of age and then every 4 weeks after until the puppy is 18-20 weeks old.  Boosters are recommended for the remainder of the pet’s life. Click for more information at pethealthnetwork.com

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