Parvovirus (parvo) is a nasty virus that attacks the lining of the intestines in puppies and dogs. It causes severe diarrhoea, vomiting and illness. Parvo is serious and if it’s not treated quickly it can cause death.
Puppies are particularly susceptible but it can affect unvaccinated dogs of any age. Thankfully regular vaccination protects against parvo.
Parvo is extremely contagious between dogs but humans can’t catch it.
Parvo is still fairly common in the UK, outbreaks are more common in areas with lots of dogs. PDSA Pet Hospitals see nearly 1,500 cases of parvo each year.