When it comes to our canine companions, their health and well-being are of utmost importance, which is why here at Saving Strays Animal Rescue we believe that spreading knowledge of potential hazards is necessary to maintain the health and wellbeing of animals. An increasing issue particularly in our local area of Bolton as well as neighbouring towns and villages is Canine parvovirus. This virus is often referred to as Parvo and is a highly contagious viral disease that affects dogs. It can be a severe and potentially fatal condition if not diagnosed and treated promptly. This may seem daunting but with the right information such as the symptoms, treatments, and prevention you can keep your dog safe and healthy. 

The virus is predominantly passed through canine excrement so be sure to keep your animal away from any foreign faeces. If there is any contact keep a close eye on your dog in case they have contracted the virus.  


  • Severe diarrhea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Unusual tiredness and lack of energy
  • A Fever 
  • Rapid weight loss

It is important to keep an eye out for symptoms as, if caught early, is far easier to treat. Keeping an eye on what symptoms also helps inform you of how minimal or severe the issue is. 


  • Intravenous fluid therapy 
  • Antibiotics 
  • Antiemetics 
  • Nutritional support 

Treatment is vital and should be sought out as soon as possible as if left too late can cause serious harm for your furry friend. If you believe your dog has Parvovirus, please contact your veterinarian immediately.


  • Vaccination 
  • Isolation 
  • Avoid high-risk environments 

Vaccination is ultimately the best form of prevention for this virus, the vaccine is not common so is not applied in your animal’s general group of vaccinations, be sure to ask your veterinarian directly for this vaccine. If your dog does contract the virus be sure to avoid any contact with other dogs to help lower case numbers and keep other dogs healthy.  

Canine parvovirus is a serious health concern for dogs, especially puppies. Recognizing the symptoms, seeking immediate veterinary care, and following preventive measures are crucial steps in protecting your pet. Saving Strays Animal Rescue aims to not only keep all animals safe but also protect the local community, which is why this virus is important to understand due to the increase in cases in the local area. It is a very severe virus; however, it is treatable and manageable if spotted early as well as understood by the community and you. By staying vigilant and informed, we can help create a safer environment for dogs and reduce the incidence of canine parvovirus.  


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