Severe weakness and depression
Clinical signs are usually observed 3-5 days after infection
Density of Reports
The map shows the density of confirmed cases of parvo for the past three years.
This is not necessarily an indication of what areas the disease is more prevalent in, as the data captured by these labs is likely to be a small proportion of the suspected number of dogs that might be affected by the disease.
This is, however, an indication that this disease is present in the UK and if vaccination rates drop, we are likely to see an increase in the number of dogs being affected by this dangerous disease.
Speak to your vet about how to make sure your dog is protected against parvo
The map shows the relative proportion of PCR-confirmed canine parvovirus cases by region, submitted by SAVSNET-participating laboratories since July 2017.Areas without submission are shown in blue. The data underlying these charts is supplied by SAVSNET at the University of Liverpool (www.liverpool.ac.uk/savsnet). All charts and interpretations are those of MSD Animal Health.
How is it spread?
The main source of infection is the faeces of infected dogs; the virus can also spread on shoes and clothing and on the coat and pads of dogs.
Prevention and Control
There is no specific treatment for canine parvovirus, so it is important to ensure that your dog is vaccinated in both puppyhood and adult life to stop the disease and reduce the chance of spreading infection. Unfortunately, canine parvovirus is very stable in the environment, so any animal which sheds the virus not only contaminates the environment, but poses a risk to other animals as well.
Some vaccines against parvovirus offer a duration of immunity of up to 3 years so that following a primary vaccination and a first annual booster most dogs should be protected for at least a full three years against parvovirus.