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Does CPV Go Away?

Updated: Jan 25

Canine parvovirus (CPV) is a serious and potentially fatal infection that affects the digestive system of dogs. It causes severe vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and loss of appetite. It can also damage the immune system and the bone marrow, making the dog more prone to other infections. CPV is highly contagious and can spread through direct contact with infected dogs or their feces, or through contaminated objects or environments. CPV is most common in unvaccinated puppies and young dogs, but it can affect dogs of any age. In this blog, I will explain whether CPV goes away, and what you can do to prevent and treat it.

Does CPV go away on its own?

In some cases, the dog’s immune system can fight off the virus and clear the infection within a few days or weeks. This is more likely if the dog is older, has a strong immune system, and receives early and aggressive supportive care. Supportive care includes fluid therapy, antibiotics, anti-emetics, nutritional support, pain control, and deworming. The survival rate of dogs that recover from CPV ranges from 50% to 90%, depending on the severity of the disease and the response to the treatment.

In other cases, the dog’s immune system cannot overcome the virus and the infection becomes fatal. This is more likely if the dog is younger, has a weak immune system, and receives late or inadequate supportive care. The death rate of dogs that succumb to CPV ranges from 10% to 50%, depending on the strain of the virus and the complications of the disease.

Therefore, CPV does not always go away on its own, and it can cause serious and life-threatening consequences for dogs. It is important to seek veterinary attention as soon as possible if you suspect that your dog has CPV, and to follow the treatment plan prescribed by your veterinarian.

How can I prevent CPV?

The best way to prevent CPV is to vaccinate your dog against the virus. Vaccination is safe and effective, and it protects your dog from the most common strains of CPV. The vaccination schedule may vary depending on the type of vaccine, the age of the dog, and the risk of exposure, but generally, it consists of a series of shots given to puppies starting at 6 to 8 weeks of age, followed by booster shots every year or every three years. It is important to follow the recommendations of your veterinarian and to keep your dog up to date with the vaccinations.

Preventive measures :

Avoiding contact with infected dogs or contaminated environments. CPV is very stable and resistant in the environment, and it can survive for months on surfaces, objects, or soil that have been in contact with infected feces. Therefore, you should keep your dog away from places where other dogs may have defecated, such as parks, kennels, or shelters, especially if your dog is not fully vaccinated or has a weak immune system. You should also disinfect any items that may have been exposed to the virus, such as bowls, toys, bedding, or clothing, or a commercial disinfectant that is effective against CPV.

CPV is a serious and life-threatening disease that can affect any dog, but it can be prevented and treated with proper care and attention. By vaccinating your dog, avoiding exposure to the virus, practicing good hygiene and sanitation, and strengthening your dog’s immune system, you can protect your dog from CPV and ensure his or her health and happiness.

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