Vet Vs The Net: How do dogs get Parvovirus?

It’s important to keep your dog vaccinated against Parvovirus because it is a nasty, nasty disease. But how do dogs get Parvovirus? Kath the vet has the answers…

So, how do dogs get Parvovirus?

As Kath explains, Parvovirus lives in the environment, and can do so for a long time. Parvovirus lives:

  • In the poop of infected dogs
  • In soil 
  • On objects

In other words, the virus can live anywhere that an infected dog has been.

What should I know about Parvovirus?

Parvo is a dangerous disease and it is highly contagious to unprotected dogs. It can be fatal to puppies or older dogs. The symptoms include fever, lethargy and sickness. For our full article on Parvovirus, click here. If you have any major or urgent concerns, you should contact your vet right away.

Should I be worried?

As Kath tell us, even though Parvovirus is a very dangerous condition, you can keep your dog safe by keeping them up to date with their vaccinations. This is especially important for young puppies and older dogs. Routine vaccinations are a necessary aspect of responsible pet ownership, to read more about the many benefits of keeping your dog vaccinated, click here.

More questions about Parvovirus?

If you need more information about this awful disease or you are concerned about your dog in any way, contact your vet. To find your nearest recommended vet or pet clinic, use our Find a Vet page.