how does dogs get parvo and what is the symtoms

Asked by Member 515552 on Oct 15th 2007 in Illness & Disease
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Dogs and puppies get parvo from being in contact with infected dogs, but most likely from the fecal matter of infected dogs, which, when you think of it, is very scary. Who hasn't seen dog feces around on the grass while on a walk with their dog? Who knows what dog left it?

Dogs cannot transmit parvo to humans, but humans can unwittingly transmit it from dog to dog.

There are two types of syndromes associated with parvo; one is gastrointestinal, with the runs an vomiting. The other is cardiac in nature.

Any time a dog is sick with vomiting for more than a couple of times or diarrhea for more than 24 hours, or if the dog is listless or appears sick, it is best to get the dog to the vet.

Parvo is a huge problem and is usually fatal. There is about a 60/40 survival rate for most dogs and some dogs who do survive are never the same.

Right now in Los Angeles County, there is huge parvo problem.

Jack answered on 10/15/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Jack gave good advice.

Another red-flag for Parvo is blood in the stool.

Parvo *usually* afflicts young puppies and older dogs, but adult dogs can get it, too.

A dog with Parvo needs to be on intense overnight care at a vet (a stay of about 3 days is not uncommon). They often need to receive IV fluids because the diarrhea dehydrates them severely.

Because of the extensive medical care involved, Parvo is expensive to treat but it *is* survivable if caught early enough and treated immediately.

Jasmine answered on 10/15/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer