Parvo

Here at ShorkieWorld our puppies are some of the Healthiest, Loving, adorable puppies you can adopt today. Our babies here at ShorkieWorld receives neopar shots. Neopar is a vaccine shot that is just for the parvo. Neopar has the hightest titer for parvo on the market today.

Our puppies also receive three vanguard plus 5 shots before they leave our care. The vanguard plus 5 vaccine protects against. Canine distemper caused by canine distemper (CD) virus, infectious canine hepatitis (ICH) caused by canine adenovirus type 1 (CAV-1), respiratory disease caused by canine adenovirus type 2 (CAV-2) , canine parainfluenza caused by canine parainfluenza (CPI) virus, and canine parvoviral enteritis caused by canine parvovirus (CPV).

Puppies and dogs need 3 booster shots of this in order to help protect the puppy or dog the best against the disease's above. There is NO way to protect a dog or puppy 100% but we do our best to make sure our puppies are protected.

For this reason we cover parvo in our health warranty. When our puppies leave our care they are tested for several things and we never send home a puppy that is sick and that dose not pass their testing, but the incubation period for parvo is 10-14days.

As responsible breeders I can do everything in my power to make sure our puppies leave our care 100% healthy but we must remember we are talking about living breathing creatures and things can come up that is why we have a LIFETIME health warranty

We do not give our puppies a Kennel cough shot. We believe this should be given once the puppy arrives home and he/she is about 5 months old. Please take note that when this is give your puppy can get sick. You must watch your baby very carefully for a runny nose, coughing after he/she is given this

The following letter about Parvo was written by our vet Ashley Friggle from the Aurora Animal Clinic.

As you can see by the letter below it is vet recommend that we don't allow potential puppy parents into our home until our babies vaccinated. It is also recommend that no breeder allow potential puppy parents in until their babies are a minimum of 8 weeks old. We do allow potential puppy parents to come to our home once our babies are 9-10 weeks old.

Here is some more great information about the parvovirus This information was adapted from: Dr. Segurson, DVM

Parvovirus

Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus which causes vomiting and diarrhea, and often leads to death in susceptible dogs. Parvovirus is a very durable virus, and can remain in the environment for many months (ref). Parvovirus is primarily spread to other dogs by the fecal-oral route, however it can be spread on hands, feet, clothing, tools, rodents and flies or people traveling from kennel to kennel. Dogs may carry the virus on their fur and feet even if they themselves do not get ill. The virus enters the dog through the nose or mouth and has an incubation period of 3 days to 2 weeks (usually 5-7 days). Because of the incubation period (up to two weeks), it is ideal to quarantine high risk dogs.

Vaccination will greatly reduce the risk of dogs becoming ill with parvovirus, however no vaccine will protect 100% of animals. In puppies, maternal antibodies interfere with the ability of the vaccine to provide a long-term effect. If the bitch was vaccinated for parvovirus in the past, she will give antibodies to her puppies, via her milk (colostrum). Maternal antibodies gradually wear off, and become ineffective in most puppies between four and sixteen weeks.

In young puppies, maternal antibodies protect them against disease; however vaccinations will NOT WORK while maternal antibodies are present. The picture below was adapted from Greene's Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat.

The picture demonstrates how maternal antibodies ('mean antibody titer') decrease over time, and how vaccinating while maternal antibodies are higher than the 'minimum titer to block vaccine' will not protect puppies. Because of this risk, we recommend vaccinating shelter puppies every two weeks until they are 18 weeks old, in an effort to make the 'window of susceptibility' as small as possible and to increase the likelihood that our vaccine protocol will protect our shelter puppies from parvovirus. Vaccinating more often that every two weeks is not effective. Once maternal antibodies are no longer a factor, the vaccine protects the puppy against parvoviral infection within 2 to 7 days; one vaccine will protect the puppy against disease in this situation. (No "booster" per se is needed with this vaccine.) This may occur at any time from the first vaccine to the last, depending on the amount of maternal antibody the puppy received. Puppies with parvovirus die within a few weeks of contacting the virus;

Parvovirus facts

  • Parvovirus is very durable in the environment and can persist for months or years.
  • Bleach or potassium peroxymonosulfate (Trifectant or Virkon-S) have been proven to kill parvovirus if used correctly.
  • There is no way to completely disinfect contaminated dirt and grass, although sunlight and drying has some effect. Mechanical decontamination through irrigation may also be helpful, but the area must be allowed to dry thoroughly between applications. Potassium peroxymonosulfate has relatively good activity in the face of organic matter, and can be sprayed on contaminated areas using a pesticide sprayer or other applicator. To be on the safe side, contaminated areas should be off limits to puppies for 1-6 months (choose the longer end of the waiting interval for moist, dark areas, if area can not be heavily irrigated or if it can not be sprayed with potassium peroxymonosulfate).
  • Parvovirus can be spread on hands, feet, clothing, tools, rodents and flies traveling from kennel to kennel! Dogs may carry the virus on their fur and feet even if they themselves do not get ill. The virus enters the dog through the nose or mouth and has an incubation period of 3 days to 2 weeks (usually 5-7 days).
  • Puppies under 6 months old are most likely to get severe disease. Rottweilers, Dobermans, pit bulls and mixes of these breeds are especially vulnerable. Adult dogs may get mild disease that is indistinguishable from diarrhea of any other cause. Affected dogs have mild to severe diarrhea, may be dehydrated and lethargic, have vomiting, or can develop severe to fatal secondary bacterial infections.
  • Vaccination usually prevents disease in adult dogs that have received a vaccine at least 1-2 weeks before exposure, but does not prevent them from carrying virus on fur if exposed. Puppies up to 16 weeks of age may not be protected fully by vaccination.
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