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The Fall of Parvo

Seb Burnett

Well autumn is in full swing right now folks. We’re thankful for it to be honest. Right now we’re seeing less and less cases of anemia from a flea/tick infestation, and thank god for it. It was a wonderful summer with a lot of interesting, and also inspiring cases, here at Atlanta West.  We’re met a huge number of awesome pet owners and pets and can’t wait to continue our relationships with all of them.

This blog post isn’t all lollipops and daisies though folks, I’m going to send you out a PSA about Parvo. Some of you have undoubtedly heard of this beast of a virus, but even more likely is that some of you haven’t. Canine Parvovirus is a major problem in canines under 2 years of age, but most common in-between 6 weeks and 6 months. There are two types of Parvovirus to look forward for in your puppy. The less common form is the cardiac affecting parvo that attacks the heart muscles of your puppy, and is extremely difficult to treat and diagnose. The more common form is the intestinal form that can be diagnosed by a test and symptoms exhibited are often vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and lethargy. The intestinal form is treatable, but it is a grinding treatment and expensive.

Have no fear, readers. Okay, have some fear because there is NOT definitive safety measures to 100% prevent Parvo, but I’m going to give you the lowdown on preventative measures. Number one, vaccinate your puppy. Just do it, folks. There’s not just one Parvo vaccine variation, but a whole slew of them from different companies that often times also prevent other common puppy viruses and issues. Go to your personal veterinarian, or if you don’t have one find one and get your new puppy vaccinated. They will undoubtedly give you everything you need for proper puppy care and prevention, along with timelines for all the necessary vaccines and getting your dog fixed.

Speaking of getting your animal fixed, we’ve seen an influx of, “Well, I thought my dog is so handsome and I might breed him one day.” Well folks, this more often than anything else leads to that animal being 12 years old, Still with its sexual organs, and contributing to the animal overpopulation and humane shelter’s being at capacity every time it escapes your fenced in yard. Not to mention the likelihood of your pet developing cancer in those remaining sexual organs increases dramatically with old age. Trust us, it’s for the better.

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