Parvovirus is one of the most fatal diseases a dog can contract. To help fight this deadly virus, 100% of the profits from Rescue Roast this month are funding the Austin Pets Alive! Parvo ICU program. With the help of Fathom Collins, manager of the Parvo Puppy ICU at Austin Pets Alive, we’d like to share 5 facts that everyone should know about Parvovirus.
Parvo is very contagious:
Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious virus transmitted primarily through contact with an infected dog’s droppings. Unfortunately, it is very resilient, able to survive in the ground for up to a year and is easy to track into homes through contact with shoes or clothing.
Parvo can kill quickly:
Parvo most severely affects a dog’s intestinal tract. Symptoms include lethargy, vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. All of these can lead to life-threatening dehydration within 2-3 days of symptoms appearing.
Parvo is preventable:
Parvo is easy to prevent through vaccination. Young puppies, who are the most susceptible, can be vaccinated against the virus when they are 6-8 weeks old, with additional boosters required through 4 months.
Most rescue pups are vaccinated:
Most shelters and rescues handle vaccinations before adopting out the animal, so your rescue dog is likely already protected from Parvo and other diseases by the time you take her home. Just make sure to get her a booster every three years.
There are treatment options for Parvo:
In the past, Parvo was a death sentence for dogs. But recently, effective treatments have been developed, including new techniques devised here at Austin Pets Alive! The puppies that enter our Parvo ICU program have an 85% survival rate and we are working every day to further improve those outcomes.
Through June 21st, we have teamed up with Austin Pets Alive to support their Puppy Parvo ICU program with 100% of the profits from Rescue Roast. We hope you'll grab a bag and join us in supporting this incredible initiative!