Meet sweet Ava, a 2-year-old pit bull. Ava has been adjusting to some changes in her life. Her parents recently divorced, and Ava was living with mom. Ava suddenly started vomiting, refused to eat, and was losing weight rapidly. Ava’s mom wasn’t sure if Ava was current on her vaccines and was worried she might have parvo.
After a quick trip to the vet, Ava’s mom was relieved to learn it wasn’t parvo but a bacterial infection that could be easily treated with medication.
What is parvo? According to an article on Purina, parvo is short for parvovirus. The virus first appeared in the 1970s and is spread from dog to dog through feces and vomit. Puppies are most at risk for getting parvo and the risk decreases as the dog gets older. Parvo is preventable with an inexpensive vaccine! Shots for parvo are given every two to three weeks from the time a puppy is 6-8 weeks old until they are 4-6 months old. If your puppy hasn’t been vaccinated, don’t wait! Contact your vet today!
Ava’s mom made sure to bring Ava up to date on her vaccines, so she’d never have to fear parvo again. If you have a young dog or puppy in your life, check out the AKC's puppy shot schedule online.
It's important to note that the parvo vaccination is a yearly vaccination that Fur Kids Foundation encourages families to get for their dogs. The cost of the parvo vaccination runs between $15-25, while an average cost for parvo treatment can run from $500-$2,000! FKF helped Ava's mom with the unplanned visit to her vet for the bacterial infection, not for Ava's vaccinations.
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