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Parvovirus and Distemper in Dogs – Completely Preventable Canine Diseases

Parvovirus and Distemper in Dogs – Completely Preventable Canine Diseases

The 2 most commonly talked about diseases in dogs is parvovirus (parvo for short) and distemper. This article will explain both of these diseases and how you can protect your dog from ever becoming infected.

Canine Parvovirus (CPV) is a viral disease that attacks the lining of the intestinal tract and immune system of dogs. Puppies with low, underdeveloped immune systems are especially at risk for parvo. The virus is highly contagious and the diseases often proves fatal.

The most common symptoms of canine parvovirus are:






high fever

and sudden death

Parvo is passed in the feces or vomit of an infected dog. It can easily be brought into your yard and home just from your shoes! This highly contagious virus is known to survive on objects such as toys, bedding, food bowls, kennel floors, etc… for 5 to 8 months.

But there is a way to protect your dog from getting parvo – you just need to have her vaccinated.

Canine Distemper is yet another disease that puts our pups at risk. This highly contagious disease attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems of dogs. The virus is spread from an infected dog’s saliva, urine, and feces.

The most common symptoms of canine distemper are:

discharge from eyes and nasal




and vomiting.

As it progresses, the virus can attack the nervous system of the dog causing seizures.

Other than supportive therapy of IV fluids to prevent dehydration and anti-seizure medications, there is no specific treatment for distemper. As with parvo, vaccination is the key to prevention.

Both Parvo and Distemper are life-threatening diseases to our dogs and puppies. The good news is they are both totally preventable with vaccines.

Protect your dog. Have her vaccinated!