Canine Parvovirus is one of the most dangerous illnesses that a dog can contract due to the virus’s rapid production and onset of symptoms. That being said, it is important to understand how Parvo presents itself in dogs, and it is vital to become familiar with the signs and symptoms in order to recognize them in your own furry friend. Both the intestinal and the cardiac forms of the disease have their own set of symptoms and present differently from one another in animals.

What It Looks Like

The disease typically takes about 3-10 days after a dog is infected before he or she will start to show Parvovirus symptoms. It is an acute illness, meaning that symptoms will show up very soon after exposure. If left untreated, the disease can cause death within a couple of days of the onset symptoms (Healthcommunities, 2007). Below you will find a list of symptoms for each form of the virus. Remember, diarrhea and vomiting do not always mean your dog has Parvo, so it is important to bring your dog to the veterinarian to confirm a diagnosis.

Cardiac Form – Signs and Symptoms

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Puppy stops nursing
  • Gasping for air
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • May or may not display intestinal form symptoms as well
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