Which Dogs Are Most Likely To Catch Parvo?
All dogs are at risk of catching Parvo, however, some dogs are more susceptible than others. It is important to recognize if your dog has a higher risk of disease contraction so that you can be prepared and prevent your dog from becoming ill. Prevention is much cheaper than treatment, and you will thank yourself later for taking the proper precautions to keep your furry friend well!
Breeds That Are More At Risk
High-risk breeds will often have a longer vaccination period and will sometimes be administered an additional vaccine. Scientists are not exactly sure as to why certain breeds are more at risk than others, but it has been found that the following breeds tend to be more susceptible:
- Doberman Pinschers
- American Staffordshire Terriers
- English Springer Spaniels
- German Shepherd Dogs
- Labrador Retrievers
Puppies are also more likely to catch the disease because they are unvaccinated with weak immune systems. Until they have received the full vaccination series, owners need to take extra care to make sure that their dog does not come into contact with any other dogs, or areas that are heavily trafficked by other animals.
Ways To Prevent Parvo
- Make sure your dog has the full series of vaccines. Even adults should get the shot in order to be protected from the virus.
- Keep your dog away from other dogs until he or she has received the vaccine.
- If you work with or are around other animals, change your clothes and shoes before going home. Immediately wash the clothing and shoes to make sure that you don’t potentially bring the virus into your house.
- If you are going to adopt another dog and want to do a meet and greet, make sure that your dog is vaccinated before introducing the pups.
- If you have previously had a dog with Parvo in your home, we know it can be tempting to want to adopt another dog soon after. However, you MUST make sure you have cleaned your entire home, as Parvo can live in the environment and even on hard surfaces for months to a year! For more information on how to clean your home, visit https://www.parvo.dog/prevention/.
What prevention methods have worked for you and your dog? Let us know in the comments!