Puppy Seems Sick

We here at iPetsLove know that, even if you're doing your best, and all of your dog's needs are met, your dog can still get sick. The symptoms your puppy will display are very similar to our own! He may get disinterested in playing, sleep more than usual, stop eating. However, this behavior becomes more of a red-flag if he hasn't been in your home for very long, because you don't know what is normal behavior for your new pet. Questions begin to fill your mind, about how much he's supposed to sleep, whether or not he's eating his food because he's sick, or because he doesn't like it, if his bowel movements are normal. Pet counsellors can answer a lot of those questions, but watery feces, sluggishness, and/or vomiting can indicate a serious problem.


One of the most common viral illnesses of dogs is the Canine Parvovirus, and is usually found in puppies rather than dogs. Parvo attacks the lining of the digestive system, keeping your puppy or dog from receiving the nutrients they ingest. Depression, lethargy, loss of appetite, and a high fever are typically how the symptoms for Parvo start, as they stop eating and begin having diarrhea. Due to their delicate immune systems, puppies are far more likely to get parvo than older dogs.

The canine parvovirus is carried by dogs, and adult dogs can be carriers without showing any adverse effects. It can also last a long time in the environment, up to nine months or longer. It can take up to fourteen days from the time of exposure for dogs or puppies to start showing any signs, and to test positive for parvo.

It's difficult to vaccinate a puppy for the canine parvovirus. If the puppy's mother was vaccinated successfully, her milk will pass the immunity onto her puppy, protecting it for up to five months, but that protection is not completely effective. The protection that the puppy gets from the mother, can interact poorly with the vaccine given to the puppy, making it unsuccessful, and opens the young dog up for a possible infection. The length and timing of that dangerous window is never the same between each puppy.

Puppies need the vaccination as early as six weeks of age, and no later than two months. Typically the recommendation is that all puppies get vaccinated for parvo every three to four weeks until they are around twenty weeks old, or 5 months. Make sure you follow your veterinarian's instructions and reliably get to your puppy's vaccination appointments.

Facts about the Parvovirus

Parvovirus is not an airborne virus, and it can be contracted by your dog, or your puppy, even if they have never left your own yard.

Parvovirus is excreted in the stool of infected dogs, and if anyone comes into contact with it by stepping or otherwise the infected dog's feces, contamination is likely very imminent.

There is no cure for any virus, and treatment for parvo is a long and involved process while the disease goes through the system of the dog, boosting the different parts of the body during the course of the disease with your veterinarian, through fluid therapy, body temperature regulation, and other methods.

Parvovirus is transmitted only to dogs, and cannot be transmitted to other animals or humans. If other animals or humans have come into contact with the virus, however, they can easily carry it onto their dog, unknowingly.

If you have other dogs, and one of your dogs has contracted the parvovirus, your other dogs must be up to date on their vaccinations, and feces should be disposed of immediately.

There are several reasons that your dog may be vomiting or have loose bowels, from changed dog food to eating something they shouldn't have. Regardless, you should always contact your veterinarian if your puppy has more than two bouts of diarrhea, or vomits more than twice. You should also call wherever you got your pet to let them know as well.

Follow your veterinarian's vaccination schedule to best avoid your puppy getting the parvovirus. For more information, contact your local veterinarian, or visit canadianveterinarians.net

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