By Dr. Anshula

Clinical Signs

Clinical signs of Canine Parvo Virus Enteritis (CPVE) generally develops within 5–7 days of infection but can even range from 2 to 14 days. Signs broadly include severe vomiting and diarrhoea. The diarrhoea often has a very strong smell, may contain a lot of mucus and may/may not contain blood. Some of the common symptoms to observe are:

  • Loss of energy, sluggishness (lethargy), lack of appetite (known as “anorexia”), vomiting and profuse diarrhoea with rapid, severe weight loss.
  • Rapid heart rate (known as “tachycardia”).
  • Moist tissues of the mouth and eyes (known as “mucous membranes”) may also be faded or deep red, due to the blood vessels being crammed with blood (known as being “injected”), or yellowish (known as being “icteric” or “jaundiced”).
  • Dehydration.
  • Pain or soreness when the veterinarian feels the stomach (known as “abdominal palpation”).
  • Intestines may be fluid-filled, or rarely, the veterinarian may detect the folding of one segment of the intestine into another segment (known as “intussusception”).
  • May have a fever or the body temperature may be lower than normal (known as “hypothermia”).
  • May exhibit vomiting/diarrhoea in the examination room.

The bacterial translocation from the intestine to systemic circulation can cause fever, systemic inflammatory response syndrome and septic shock with hypotension and organ failure. Apart from diarrhoea, respiratory distress, pulmonary congestion and oedema, alveolar and bronchiolar haemorrhage and convulsions are also occasionally manifested due to hypovolemia, endotoxic and septicaemic shock. The malabsorption of nutrients and inadequate storage of glycogen in muscle and liver result in hypoglycemic encephalopathy which leads to seizures. On hospital admission, the prognosis is poor in CPVE dogs with intussusception, systemic inflammatory response syndrome and severe leucopenia.


Canine PVE has clinical similarities with other causes of acute gastrointestinal disturbances, including, though not limited to, canine distemper infection and other viral enteritis, haemorrhagic gastroenteritis, enteric bacterial infections such as salmonellosis, acute pancreatitis, hypoadrenocorticism, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal intussusception, gastrointestinal overseas bodies, and quite a number of other intoxications. Therefore, clinical diagnosis of PVE necessitates the combination of compatible clinical and clinicopathological abnormalities along with the detection of the viruses in the faeces by electron microscopy, virus isolation, faecal antigen tests or PCR assays of faeces or in the blood. Faecal antigen assays and PCR assays are used most frequently in clinical practices.


The prognosis of CPV-2 associated with gastrointestinal disease can be poor. However, with fast and gorgeous supportive care many domestic dogs will survive. The survival rates of dogs are 68–92% and most of the puppies that survive the first 3 to 4 days make a complete recovery. It normally takes about one week for domestic dogs to get better from Parvo disease.

Treatment Through Supportive And Symptomatic Therapy

No specific drug is available and the treatment is intended to support the dog’s body systems. The principal components of supportive and symptomatic therapy include:

  1. Fluid therapy and oncotic support;
  2. Antibiotics;
  3. Antiemetic;
  4. Nutritional support.

A vast variety of different cure measures including, although no longer restricted to, antiviral redress and ache administration have been assessed in the previous or are presently beneath investigation involving their potential utility in CPVE. Other GI-supportive therapies such as bland diets and probiotics are often prescribed during the recovery period.

Possible complications:

  • Generalised bacterial infection (sepsis)
  • Presence of bacterial toxins in the blood (endotoxemia)
  • Shock
  • Intussusception (the folding of one segment of the intestine into another segment)
  • Blood clotting disorder (disseminated intravascular coagulopathy)
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

Expected course:

  • If the doggy recovers, recuperation is commonly complete; immunity following CPVE contamination is a lengthy time period and might also be lifelong.
  • Mortality is primarily due to the presence of bacterial toxins in the blood (endotoxemia).
  • Aggressive remedy improves survival, however, the mortality prices can also, nonetheless, be the strategy to only 30%.

Prevention And Control

The great technique of defending your canine in opposition to CPV contamination is suited to vaccination. It is recommended to be given at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. In some of the high-risk situations, veterinarians will give the vaccine at 2 weeks intervals, with an additional booster dose administered at 18–22 weeks of age. If an approved 3-year Parvo virus vaccine was used, the next booster vaccine will be routinely administered in three years of time.

Pregnant lady dogs may be bolstered with a killed Parvovirus vaccine 2 to 4 weeks earlier than whelping in order to switch to greater degrees of shielding antibodies to the puppies.

The tiny Parvovirus is extraordinarily hardy. They are capable of surviving for months outside an animal body, even through the winters, and are resistant to most household cleaning products. Infected puppies can shed full-sized numbers of viruses, making it challenging to disinfect a place as soon as it has been uncovered to a contaminated dog. These facts highlight the importance of isolating any dog that is infected with CPVE from other dogs. Given the truth that most environments (including canine parks, lawns and even homes) are now not cleaned with disinfecting products regularly. A pup can be uncovered to CPVE barring without any warning, making vaccine safety all the extra important.

If your domestic and yard have been contaminated via a contaminated dog, there are steps you can take to disinfect them earlier than introducing a new canine or puppy. Despite its relative resistance to cleansing agents, we do understand that CPVE can be inactivated through using of bleach. Cleaning with a answer of one phase bleach blended with about 30 components of water is a desirable approach for disinfecting any indoor place (including bedding, food or water bowls, and all other surfaces) that once housed an infected dog. There is evidence suggesting that in an indoor environment, CPVE loses some of its ability to infect an animal after one month of leaving it isolated.


CPV-2 is one of the most huge viral enteropathogens of canines inflicting excessive morbidity and mortality and manifested via vomition and extreme acute haemorrhagic gastroenteritis. Prompt symptomatic remedies will expand the survivability of the contaminated domestic dogs, however, vaccination is a nice way to stop the disorder in the dogs.

Despite the pups being protected through vaccination from the pregnant bitch, it is more vulnerable to CPV-2 infection as maternal antibody titres and started declining. Despite the availability of the highly sensitive and specific diagnostic approaches and effective prophylactics, such as modified live virus and inactivated vaccines, a large number of outbreaks are still reported in wide geographical areas across the globe, in both vaccinated and unvaccinated dogs.

Future studies should be taken up towards vaccination failures, the occurrence of CPV-2 in different canine species and the emergence of antigenic variants of the CPV-2 involved in the outbreaks.

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