Treatment Name: Vaccinations: Parvovirus

Treatment Type: Vaccines

Rated for: American Pit Bull Terrier

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Necessary for all dogs

M Teiber DVM



Illinois, United States

Posted Jul. 9, 2018

The parvovirus vaccine is one of the most important vaccines and should be given to every puppy and most adult dogs. Parvovirus is a viral disease that causes inappetance, vomiting, severe diarrhea, and even death if left untreated. It is extremely contagious and hard to kill in the environment. It is especially dangerous to puppies.

No vaccine can be considered 100% effective, but the parvo vaccine is as close as it gets. If your puppy receives the vaccine at the recommended intervals (usually once every 3-4 weeks from age 6-8 weeks through 16weeks), there is a extremely low chance of getting infected with parvo. Adult dogs typically get the vaccine every 3 years, or less commonly if blood titers show adequate immunity.

The parvo vaccine is very safe. Occasionally a dog can have an allergic reaction to the vaccine, but this is very rare. The vaccine is also inexpensive. Successfully treating a parvo infection can cost thousands of dollars, so the vaccine is well worth the money. Due to the highly contagious nature of parvo and the severity of the disease, it is vitally important that every dog receive the parvo vaccine.

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