(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
Spring is considered the season for parvo, which can be a life threatening disease for both puppies and dogs. Recently in Spokane, five puppies that were adopted at the Northwest Pet Expo over the weekend were diagnosed with parvo. While none of the puppies have died, the Northwest Pet Expo had hundreds of pets come through. The Virus is spread through dog-to-go contact or contaminated feces.
So how can you prevent your pup from contacting Parvo? Here are a few tips…
1. Vaccinate your dog
We know vaccinations are a hot topic, but serious, vaccinate your dog! Puppies should get their vaccines at 6-8 weeks with boosters also being administered. Adult dogs need boosters every year. There are several options and clinics that can help limit the cost.
2. Limit your puppy’s contact with other dogs and dog areas
Until your puppy has had their first vaccinations, keep them away from other dogs – unless they’ve been vaccination. Keep your pup away from dog parks, pet stores, play groups and other public areas until the pup is vaccinated.
3. When visiting the vet, keep your puppy in your arms
This keeps them away from the floor where other dogs maybe have gone to the bathroom. Also let the dog sit in your lap if you sit down in the lobby.
4. You’re gonna need a stronger disinfectant
Parvo is very hard to kill as a virus and it can live in an enviroment for over a year. Use bleach at a concentration of a 1/2 cup of bleach for every gallon of water. The virus can live in areas that can’t be bleached either. Regular soaps and disinfectants do not kill parvo.
5. If you work around or have contact with dogs, change your clothes before returning home to your dog or puppy.
6. If your dog or puppy is vomitting, has diarrhea, not eating and lethargic, take them to the vet as soon as possible
This may mean your dog has parvo and it can be fatal.