Canine Parvovirus & Toxoplasmosis in Dog

Parvovirus is a relatively new canine disease. It is generally known as "feline infection". It is actually a similar virus , although not identical, to the pathogenic agent of a cat disease, panleucopenia.Puppies die quickly of parvovirus due to a swelling in the cardiac muscle. They are at very high risk when the pathogenic agent is in their surroundings. In adult dogs, you will notice continuous vomiting, and bloodish/whitish colored diarrhea. Besides, they tend to be unresponsive and hungerless. In young dogs, the chances of getting cured are rare, even in cases of specialized treatment. Preventive vaccination has proved to be effective, which is why it is extremely recommended for all young dogs. In adult dogs, the use of vaccination is according to your veterinarian's criteria. If he has noticed any signs of parvovirus in the checkups, a vaccine is recommended. Nevertheless, don't panic! Diarrheas are very frequent and completely natural in dogs, which means that not every diarrhea is parvovirus.
Important: Transmission is from dog to dog, or from humans who carry the virus. A dog can not acquire the disease from a cat, nor vice versa.

Canine Toxoplasmosis: According to the latest information, we know that toxoplasmosis does not transmit from dogs to adult humans. This disease, provoked by a unicellular parasite, is a cause of malformations in human fetuses; little children are also at risk. Toxoplasmosis is only transmitted to humans by cats or by eating raw meat. In dogs, this disease is hardly ever discovered and it rarely gets to be severe. There is no vaccine, which, apparently, is unnecessary. If you go to a veterinarian, take with you a vaccine certificate, so he can see if the dog has been administered the correct vaccine and amount.

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