Parvo in Dogs and Puppies: What You Need to Know

What Is Parvo?

PARVO is a condition that can affect both humans and puppies. However, for the purpose of this article, we will be discussing parvo as it relates to puppies. Parvo in puppies is caused by the Canine Parvovirus. It is a highly contagious condition that can spread via direct exposure to a contaminated object. Unfortunately, the Parlour virus is everywhere. Your puppy comes in contact with the virus anytime he licks, sniffs, or eats an infected feces.

Your puppy can also get exposed to the virus indirectly when someone who has recently been in contact with the virus touches your puppy, or when a puppy comes in contact with an infected object, such as water or food bowl, collars and leashes, and the hands and clothing of people who take care of infected dogs. This is why it is always important to use a parvo disinfectant when cleaning your room or taking care of your dog.

According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, the parlor virus is classified as a disease of the stomach and small intestines because this is where the virus does the most harm. In most cases, the Karoo virus easily infects the small intestine where it kills cells, disrupts absorption, and disrupts the gut barrier. Studies show that parvo in puppies may also affect the lymphopoietic tissues and bone marrow, and in severe cases, the heart.