May 19, 2022 2 min read
Parvovirus. One of the most fatal diseases a dog can contract. To help fight this deadly virus, 100% of the profits from Rescue Roast for the next 6 weeks are funding the Austin Pets Alive! Parvo ICU program. With the help of 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 at Austin Pets Alive! The puppies that enter the Parvo ICU program have an 85% survival rate and we are working every day to further improve those outcomes.
Join us in supporting this incredible program through June 30th with every purchase of Rescue Roastand let’s eradicate this deadly virus together!
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