How Long After Contact Do Dogs Show Signs of Parvo?

by Deborah Lundin
    Unvaccinated puppies and dogs are more susceptible to parvo.

    Unvaccinated puppies and dogs are more susceptible to parvo.

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    Parvo, or parvovirus, is a fatal disease that's highly contagious but preventable. Parvovirus spreads through contact with infected feces. Parvo is environmentally stable -- able to survive for months -- leaving dogs vulnerable to contact with the virus during walks or puppy play dates. Parvo's prevented by vaccinations, but young puppies and unvaccinated adult dogs are susceptible.

    Signs and Incubation

    Parvovirus sheds in the feces of infected dogs. When a healthy, unvaccinated dog comes into contact with and ingests the virus, the virus travels into the intestines, infecting the dog. After exposure, dogs begin showing symptoms in six to 10 days. Symptoms include severe vomiting and diarrhea, often with blood, and a distinct, strong odor. Lack of appetite, lethargy, depression and fever are other symptoms. If you suspect parvo, seek veterinary care immediately.

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    About the Author

    Deborah Lundin has worked as a professional writer since 2005, though writing has always been a passion. She brings a background in health and fitness, veterinary care, professional cooking and parenting. She studied medical laboratory science and sociology at Northern Illinois University. Sites published on include Yahoo, Physorg and MedicalXPress.

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