In Rhode Island, autumn is associated with increased cases of parvo. Due to the recent upswing in confirmed parvovirus related deaths, we wanted to reiterate the importance of getting your dog vaccinated.
Canine parvovirus type 2, more commonly known as parvo, is an extremely dangerous disease transmitted between dogs. Parvo mortality rates are 91% if left untreated, making this disease one of the most efficient killers of canines in the country. Parvo vaccination is required for all dogs in Rhode Island and is generally administered around 7-8 weeks of age.
Parvo symptoms include lethargy, vomiting, fever and bloody diarrhea, often causes extreme dehydration and encouraging secondary infecting due to a weakened immune system. If infected, treatment requires extensive hospitalization but remains highly ineffective and only able to treat symptoms.
If your puppy has not received their Parvo vaccine yet, it is critical you contact us immediately to schedule an appointment.