Parvovirus in dogs: symptoms, causes and best treatments

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Often severe

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Key points

  • Parvovirus causes watery diarrhea which often contains blood
  • A swab sample from your dog’s bottom or their stools can be tested for parvovirus, to confirm the diagnosis
  • There is no specific treatment for parvovirus
  • Parvovirus is very contagious to other dogs, and the virus particles are very hard to kill with cleaning chemicals
  • The risk of parvovirus is minimal in vaccinated dogs

Common in

Symptoms & types

Parvo can cause severe damage to the gut lining, so the diarrhea is often profuse and can contain blood and bits of dead tissue.

Understanding the diagnostics

Learning about the causes

Any contact with infected feces or vomit, as well as any contact with contaminated clothing, can lead an uninfected animal to become infected.

Best treatment options

Home remedies & their effectiveness

There is no treatment specifically for parvovirus. Therefore, dogs infected with parvovirus tend to be hospitalized and get an expert vet care.

When to see a vet



Dr. Hannah Godfrey MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Although she initially worked in mixed practice treating all species, she found a love for small animal work and has worked exclusively with dogs and cats since 2014. She lives in Wales with her partner, son, and two cats (named Poppy and Ashton Kutcher), and writes comedy fiction in her spare time.

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