sick-puppyDoes your canine family member have severe gastrointestinal symptoms?  Your dog may have a virus called parvo, a highly contagious, acute disease that can affect dogs of all ages, but most commonly infects puppies.  Make sure your four-footed friend, whatever the age, is vaccinated to defend against this deadly threat and if they are unvaccinated and showing symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.

sick-puppyShelters and veterinarians are already seeing cases of Canine Parvo Virus in their facilities and clinics. Houston experienced a very mild winter so bacteria and viruses have continued to thrive. This leads up to many health threats for animals and costly treatment for their owners..

Canine parvovirus, commonly known as "Parvo" is an acute, highly contagious disease of unvaccinated dogs, even indoor dogs.  The virus commonly attacks cells in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.  Parvo affects dogs of all ages, but most cases occur in puppies 6 to 20 weeks of age. Following an incubation period that averages four to five days, the acute illness begins with depression, vomiting, and diarrhea. Pups with severe abdominal pain exhibit a tucked-up abdomen.  Diarrhea is profuse and contains mucus and/or blood. Dehydration develops rapidly. A simple test can determine if a dog has Parvo. Immediate treatment is critical for a dog's survival.

As with all diseases in animals, prevention is the key. In addition to Parvo, Distemper is another devastating illness that can take an animal's life. The following chart provides information on the schedule of vaccinations needed to ensure that your puppy grows into a healthy adult dog.

Puppy Vaccination Schedule

Puppy's Age Recommended Vaccinations Optional Vaccinations
6 to 8 weeks Distemper, measles, parainfluenza Bordatella
10 to 12 weeks DHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus, [hepatitis], parainfluenza, and parvovirus) Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordatella, Lyme disease
12 to 24 weeks Rabies None
14 to 16 weeks DHPP Coronavirus, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis
12 to 16 months Rabies, DHPP Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Boradetella, Lyme disease
Every 1 to 2 years DHPP

Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease

Every 1 to 3 years Rabies (as required by law)