have Parvo in Los Angeles County?
Save yourself money, time, and heartache:
Vaccinate your dog.
As of July 22, there have been 272 cases
of parvo reported for 2011 in Los Angeles County.
In 2010, a total
reported for the entire year.
Most cases to not get reported, so the
actual number of parvo cases is higher.
In the vast majority of
these cases, the dog had not been vaccinated or had
received a vaccine only once. They could have been
What is Parvo?
Parvo (canine parvovirus) is a virus that causes severe
illness in dogs. The virus mostly attacks the
intestines, causing nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting
and diarrhea. Sometimes the diarrhea is severe,
watery and bloody. Other times it is moderate and
yellow in color. The virus also harms the immune
system of dogs, making them more likely to get sick from
additional germs. Most Parvo cases occur in puppies, but
unvaccinated adult dogs may also catch the virus.
How do dogs catch Parvo?
Parvo is very contagious between
dogs. If a
dog that is sick with Parvo spends time near other dogs,
the other dogs will be exposed to the virus. The virus lives in the diarrhea of the
infected dog. The virus can also get on the haircoat of an
infected dog and survive there for weeks. Finally, the
virus can live for a very long time in the environment
(months) where an infected dog spent time.
What time of the year is parvo most
here to find out!
What should I do if I think my dog has
Keep it away from other dogs. Wash your hands
before touching other dogs. Contact you local
veterinarian - they can perform a simple in-office test
on a fecal sample to see if your dog has Parvo.
Dogs with severe cases of Parvo need to be hospitalized
to get fluid treatment and other medications in order to
survive. Dogs with milder cases are sometimes
treated without hospitalization.
How can I protect my dog from Parvo?
The Parvo vaccine is part of the regular vaccinations
that all dogs should have. It is the "P" in the
DHLPP vaccine. (The "D" stands for Distemper,
which is another disease commonly found in dogs in Los Angeles
Vaccination against Parvo is a a good bargain. It
costs much less money to protect your dog with
vaccinations than to treat your dog for Parvo. It
is important to remember that more than one Parvo
vaccine must be given to protect your dog. Puppies
are NOT protected until they have received the Parvo
vaccine at least three times at
2, 3, and 4 months of age. Get the vaccine again
one year after that (booster). For adult dogs that
have not been vaccinated (or that have no known medical
history), get the Parvo vaccine two
times, spaced one month apart, and then again a year
later. After that, get the vaccine for your dog at
least once every three years.
Especially important for puppies:
Keep your puppy away from other dogs and
their feces until after it has finished the
FULL series of
Do not bring your puppy to
Where can I get my dog vaccinated against Parvo?
Call your local veterinary hospital.
Some veterinary clinics offer vaccines at reduced prices
on specific days. Local animal shelters
also offer low-cost vaccinations on certain days. Click
here to learn more.