I can still vividly recall the fear experienced in the early 1980’s when the very first cases of canine parvovirus were detected. This disease spread like wildfire throughout the United States, causing severe illness and often death. Fortunately, an effective vaccine was rapidly developed, and this new virus was downgraded from a rampant deadly infection to a preventable disease.
Chances are you already know that canine parvovirus causes severe vomiting and diarrhea, is highly contagious (spread via the feces of infected dogs), and can be prevented by vaccinating. What else do you know about this disease? I invite you to find out if you are smarter than a vet student by taking the following true/false quiz.
Post your responses and your name will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary, signed copy of Speaking for Spot or Your Dog’s Best Health (your choice). The correct answers will be posted in next week’s blog. Now, let’s see if you are smarter than a vet student!
- Dogs with parvovirus become contagious to other dogs (begin shedding the virus in their feces) at the time diarrhea is first observed. True or false?
- A dog is no longer contagious (shedding of parvovirus in their feces stops) approximately two weeks following infection. True or false?
- Once parvovirus is shed into the environment, it can remain infectious to other dogs for several months. True or false?
- Canine parvovirus can cause heart disease in young puppies. True or false?
- Adult dogs should be vaccinated against parvovirus disease annually. True or false?
- Some breeds have increased susceptibility to parvovirus disease. True or false?
- Canine parvovirus disease causes an elevation in white blood cell count. True or false?
- Antibiotic therapy is not warranted because parvo is a viral disease. True or false?
- The only way a dog who is sick with parvovirus can survive is by receiving round-the-clock care in a veterinary hospital. True or false?
- Unvaccinated dogs are three times more likely to develop parvovirus disease than vaccinated dogs. True or false?
Feeling as though you might know less about parvovirus than you thought? Think you scored 100%? You’ll know for sure in a week when I provide the correct answers. In the meantime, be sure to post your own responses and a free book just may land in your lucky hands!
Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
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