Jun 13, 2018
There has been the newest outbreak of Parvovirus in Australia that has compromised the lives of many dogs till yet. It is Parvo 2c virus that has dreaded most of the pet owners there. The reason for distress is that the cure hasn’t been discovered yet. This virus can only be prevented through vaccination. So, let’s dig deep to get the clarity about this horrid virulent strain.
What is Parvo 2c?
Parvo 2c is another variant strain of Canine Parvo Virus (CPV) which is a highly contagious viral infection that affects the gastrointestinal tract of the dogs. It interrupts the functioning of the rapidly dividing cells of the tract thereby causing gastrointestinal illness like vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, etc. A dog infected with the virus may even stop eating.
Canine Parvo Virus 2c can be differentiated from the other form 2a and 2b only under the microscope. There is just one DNA strand in their genetic makeup that differentiates these variants. Therefore, the symptoms are similar and so are the prevention methods.
How is the Canine Parvo Virus - 2c spread?
Parvo -2c is spread in multiple ways that include:
Unvaccinated dogs that are kept in dirty shelters or kennels are at high risk of contracting the virus.
How is the virus diagnosed and managed?
Parvo 2c infected dog shows very similar symptoms to Parvo 2a and b. Only a fecal test can reveal the variant of the virus that has infected the pet. CPV-2c is not curable but there are vaccines available to strengthen the immune system of the dog against the virus. The dog that is already infected is separated from the rest of the healthy dogs. Biosecurity measures are taken for maintaining the hygiene of caretakers and sanitizing the environment.
How to prevent the virus?
Parvo 2c can be prevented through vaccination. However, an unexpected outbreak in some weak dogs can happen when they come in contact with the heavily infected transmitter. Thus it is important to increase the immunity of your pet if you want to prevent the viral infection.
Parvo afflicted dogs have debilitating conditions and need intensive care under the surveillance of professional pet caretakers. Therefore, you can only provide support and inculcate healthy lifestyle for your dog to prevent the infection from your end.
Do not forget to visit the vet regularly for checkups. It will help you act instantly if your pet’s health is compromised at any levels.
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