New pandemic threat in Morocco and this time it concerns dogs. Man’s best friend is affected by parvovirus in many cases has been seen in the Kingdom in recent weeks.
Globally, parvovirus is wreaking havoc, and Morocco does not seem to be an exception, affected by cases that have appeared. A contagious and fatal disease, which is in addition to the one that humans have been facing for a year, that of the coronavirus.
Parvovirus is a single-stranded DNA virus with three distinct strains. It is a very contagious disease that can spread very easily and last for months or even years in the environment. Ceaseless and persistent vaccinations are needed for all animals to manage these diseases.
Vets believe the sudden rise in parvovirus cases is due to the vaccination not being carried out in a timely manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Parvovirus is contracted during seasonal changes. The symptoms of parvovirus are similar to those of cholera in humans. Slack movement, loss of blood, dehydration, and in severe cases, heart failure are some of the symptoms.
Although any dog can potentially contract parvo, it is more likely to affect dogs with weaker immune systems, including puppies and unvaccinated dogs.
Puppies are particularly vulnerable to parvo infections during the gap between breast milk immunity and full vaccination at 16 weeks. Dogs with existing autoimmune deficiencies are also at greater risk.
Specialists explain that if a dog exhibits symptoms such as not eating, excessive vomiting, diarrhea, a saline solution should be administered. Home isolation has also been suggested for dogs after the vaccine has been administered.
Mild symptoms like the coronavirus
Dogs that survive the first three days of the disease usually recover. Like the coronavirus, dogs with mild symptoms can be isolated at home and put on a drip in an isolated location. The disease is not known to pass from dogs to humans and is limited to dogs only.
The best way to keep dogs safe is to make sure they are up to date on their vaccines. Puppies should receive the parvo vaccine (DHLPP) from the age of six to eight weeks, then repeat every three weeks until the puppy is 16 weeks old. After that, booster vaccines are given every year.
Before being fully vaccinated, puppies should be kept away from areas that may be contaminated with parvo, such as dog parks, pet stores, and groomers.
Good hygiene and preventative measures will go a long way in keeping your canine companion healthy and safe.