Vets Say a Rise in Canine Parvovirus Cases Could be Linked to Pandemic

There’s been a noticeable increase in canine parvovirus cases across the nation recently, and veterinarians believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is partly to blame.

Blue Pearl pet hospitals reported a 70% increase as compared to data from 5 years ago, and though the cause of the sudden increase is officially unknown, the pandemic is seen as an indirect cause.

What is parvovirus?

This highly contagious virus mainly affects dogs, spreading from direct or indirect contact. The symptoms include vomiting, loss of appetite and weight, diarrhea and secondary infections caused by a weak immune system.

Parvovirus can be fatal if left untreated, but the canine parvovirus vaccine prevents the spread and lessen the risks involved.

How is canine parvovirus associated with COVID-19?

The actual coronavirus has nothing to do with the transmission of canine parvovirus, but more so the implications brought on by staying at home.

For one, less pet owners are bringing their dogs to the vet for routine checkups and vaccinations due to stricter stay at home orders. 

As well, people are dealing with financial challenges brought on from the lock down, so going to the vet just isn’t at the top of the to do list.

Puppies are most at risk

Another impact of the pandemic has been a surge in pet adoptions. Pet owners are taking their new puppies to the park, where the canine parvovirus can easily be spread. If a puppy contracts the virus, that could mean extensive treatment and a huge blow to the wallet.

Adult dogs are also at risk, but it’s imperative that they receive booster shots to ensure continued protection. 

A dog gets checked out at the vet

How to protect your best friend from canine parvovirus

The best way to protect your dog is by going to the vet and staying on top of vaccinations. Vets fear that by avoiding them, it could give rise to other diseases- like rabies-  that can have a profound impact on public health as a whole.

If your puppy is not vaccinated, keep her away from dog parks or areas where other dogs have been playing.

Overall, you’ll be spending less on vaccinations than you would to treat an infected dog.

Plus, think about the emotional toll. We all want our best buds to stay healthy and safe, and a trip to the vet is a small price to pay for long lasting peace of mind.


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