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Parvo Prevention

image shows how to prevent parvo through vaccines, quarantine, and proper decontamination of areas where dogs with parvo were isolated and treated

FAQ’s Parvo Vaccination

Why Vaccinate for Parvo

The best and most cost effective way to prevent canine parvo is to vaccinate your puppy or dog. Some dog owners aren’t sure of the parvo vaccine effectiveness so they don’t follow through.

Others worry about possible side effects of the canine parvo vaccine. While side effects could occur, they are rare and are often less severe than parvo. The risks of not vaccinating dogs and puppies far outweigh the benefits.

When does my puppy need his parvo shots?

Puppies need to begin their parvo shots at about 6 weeks old.

Isn’t my puppy immune from parvo?

The immunity puppies are born with is only temporary. The immunity from their mother gradually wears off and the puppy becomes completely unprotected.

Why does my puppy need multiple parvo vaccines?

It’s not certain exactly when a puppy will lose his immunity to parvo. The vaccine has to be given to the puppy multiple times to avoid a lapse between his birth immunity and the immunity he’ll get through the vaccine.

What is the schedule for the puppy parvo vaccine series?

Your vet will give you the best solution for your puppy based on size, weight, breed and overall health. A typical starting point is 3 shots: one at 6 weeks, 9 weeks and 12 weeks.

Are certain breeds more likely to get parvo?

Yes, while the reason remains unknown, research shows that Rottweilers, American Pit Bull Terriers, Doberman Pinscers, and German Shepherds are at increased risk of canine parvovirus.  

How many parvo shots does an adult dog need?

If you have brought a new adult dog in to your home and don’t know if she’s protected from parvo, your vet will likely want to give a series of 2 shots just to be sure.

How often should I vaccinate my older dog against parvo?

To keep your vaccinated dog protected from parvo, schedule her for a booster at least every 3 years. If you allow the immunity to lapse, your adult dog could contract parvo.

How long does the parvo vaccine last?

The parvo vaccines lasts on average 3 years. Protection wears off in adult dogs and that is why parvo boosters are recommended every 3 years.

Parvo vaccine effectiveness. Is it effective?

The parvo vaccine for puppies is effective only after their immunity from their mother wears off. This is why puppy vaccines are delivered in a series. As for adult dogs, the parvo vaccine is highly effective provided the vaccine is used by it’s expiration date and has been stored and administered properly.

Where to now?

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