Canine Parvo Virus (CPV), commonly known as “Parvo”, is every new puppy owner’s worst nightmare. A perfectly healthy puppy can go from playful to fatally ill in a matter of days.
So what exactly is this silent killer called Parvo?
Parvo is a highly contagious viral disease affecting puppies and unvaccinated dogs. It is transmitted through direct dog-to-dog contact or contact with contaminated dog feces or environments. Parvo does not affect humans although humans can spread the disease if they were in contact with contaminated areas or infected animals.
Parvo is common in Seychelles, a viral disease that the Seychelles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) has been fighting for years. We plan to launch a big educational campaign this year to inform the public of the dangers, the signs, and the precautions they need to take to prevent the spread of Parvo as we witness puppies dying from this daily.
Currently, there are no laws in Seychelles that govern dog breeders and we know that some breeders are not vaccinating puppies before selling them to new owners. We urge new puppy owners and those wanting to buy puppies from breeders to know the risks and insist on vaccinating their puppies before taking ownership. People giving away unwanted puppies are also potentially unbeknown spreading the viral disease.
Female dogs that are not sterilized should be vaccinated too as this will prevent Parvo from spreading to their suckling pups.
If you have had Parvo at your home in the past, you should not bring an unvaccinated puppy home as the new puppy can become infected.
Common signs and symptoms are lethargy, loss of appetite, fever, vomiting, and severe or bloody diarrhea.
You can prevent your dogs from contracting Parvo by vaccinating them as puppies and staying up to date with their vaccinations. Puppies are particularly susceptible to Parvo.
Please be vigilant and help spread the word about this silent killer.
SSPCA charges Scr225 for vaccinations. To book your puppy or dog for vaccinations please call 271 0088.