Deadly Parvovirus has 91% mortality rate in untreated pets
Protect your pet with handy preventative solutions
Deadly, life-threatening, and fast spreading, Parvovirus is the new illness that is striking concern with pet owners. Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that attacks the gastrointestinal and the immune system of puppies and canines. It is spread by contaminated faeces and cannot be contracted by humans. The virus when not treated can lead to 91% mortality, and 4% to 48% with aggressive treatment.
“Parvovirus is dangerous, and the fact that it is fast moving makes it even scarier. If not treated immediately by a veterinarian, most infected pets will become severely ill and often die from dehydration, secondary bacterial infections or other severe complications. However, the good news is that the deadly virus can be prevented with a few handy solutions,” said Yakub Omarji, COO of Eurovets Veterinary Suppliers– a leading veterinary supplier in the UAE with many products ranging from, veterinary equipment to complete animal health solutions.
Parvo multiplies within the bone marrow, intestines, and immune system. As the virus matures and spreads, it can cause many serious problems and can damage your pet’s immune system and digestive tract. Pets infected with parvo may exhibit some fairly severe clinical signs such as –
• Change in appetite
• Lethargy or lack of energy
• Abdominal discomfort or distention (pot belly)
• Extremely frequent, severe or bloody diarrhoea
“Whenever you see any of the above symptoms, connect with a vet immediately. With most pets there is at least a 70 % survival rate. Early fluid therapy and veterinary care is the most important factor in the treatment,” added Mr. Omarji.
Studies indicate that parvovirus spreads through the stool of infected animals during the weeks following exposure. Infected animals therefore pose a huge potential for environmental contamination. It is important to realize that no environment is free from this virus unless it is regularly disinfected. A parvo viral infection can be picked up anywhere, although it is easier to contract where an infected pet has been, simply because of the larger amounts of virus in that contaminated area.
How to Prevent
- Vaccination is essential to prevent the virus infection. Pets need to be vaccinated at six, nine, 12 and 16 weeks and again at six months of age to avoid the deadly virus.
- In addition, experts highly recommend washing pets with F10 products to lower the amount of virus particles on the coat.
- Additionally, it is recommended to use a proven range of cleaning and disinfecting products for animal housing, bedding, food and drink bowls, equipment and utensils to reduce the microbial load to the lowest. F10 range offers extensive preventive solutions in the market.
- All cleaning equipment (mops, cloths, brushes) must be washed thoroughly with F10SCXD and disinfected with F10SC at the end of each day.
F10 range of products is widely available at leading veterinary clinics and pet shops, which will also soon venture into a range of disinfectant for human and household use.