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Canine parvovirus (CPV)

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Background

  • Canine parvovirus, also known as parvo or CPV, is an extremely contagious DNA virus in dogs, which may cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, inflammation of the heart, and death. Large amounts of the virus are discarded in the feces of infected canines for weeks, and they can live on inanimate objects from months, spreading the infection to other canines far and wide.
  • According to the American Animal Hospital Association, parvovirus is one of the most deadly viral diseases in dogs. Young puppies with growing immune systems are most prone to infection, which often attacks the canine's intestinal system and may be fatal within days.
  • Due to its highly contagious and deadly nature, most young puppies are vaccinated against parvovirus; however, infection is still possible early on in life.

Types of the Disease

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Risk Factors

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Causes

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Signs and Symptoms

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Diagnosis

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Complications

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Treatment

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Integrative Therapies

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Prevention

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References

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