Canine Parvovirus also known as Parvo or CPV-1, is a virus that only effects dogs. Canine Parvovirus was first discovered in 1967 and seemed to target only dogs . Canine Parvovirus comes in two forms cardiac form and intestinal form. Canine parvovirus only affects dog and can’t be contagious to humans or other animals. Other animals such as cats and humans have their own parvovirus and the virus only affects their species. Canine Parvovirus is a virus that can become fatal, especially to newborn puppies.The reason being that so many puppies die from parvovirus is because they have a weaker immune system. Parvovirus has no cure but dogs can over come the virus if you seek a veterinarian. Canine parvovirus is very contagious and any dog who comes in contact with a dog that has the virus will most likely contract the virus themselves. Also canines can contract the virus if they smell, lick, or eat feces that contains the parvovirus. Certain breeds are vulnerable to parvoviruses such as :Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Pit Bulls, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, English Springer Spaniels, and Alaskan sled dogs. (PetMD,2017).When a dog is infected with parvovirus it can be easy to spot and not every dog will experience all the symptoms. Some common symptoms can be bloody diarrhea, lethargic, anorexia, fever, vomiting, and severe weight loss. As soon as your dog experiences any of these symptoms you should seek a veterinarian immediately. When your dog experiences these symptoms they become severely dehydrated, weak, and can’t keep any food down. Especially if your dog is a puppy because parvovirus is deadly for puppies.(WebMd,2018).When treating canine parvovirus it’s not simple because parvovirus has no cure. In order to treat a dog with parvovirus your treating the symptoms. First will be the basic exam such as blood work and testing the fecal sample. Next is treating the symptoms like diarrhea and diarrhea. You would need to do fluid therapy because parvovirus severely dehydrates dogs. Also, to help stop the vomiting the vet will give the dog medication to help with the vomiting. Also the vet can use injectable vitamins such as vitamin b & vitamin c for the immune system.To help with the intestines the doctor will use glucosamine to coat the intestines and probiotics to to help with the intestinal flora. (AVMA).There is many ways pet owners can prevent their dogs for contracting this life threatening disease. First, your dog should be vaccinated for the parvovirus yearly if the dog is an adult. If the puppy is 6-8 weeks of age the vaccine will need to be given to the dog every for weeks up until 16-20 weeks of age. If you have a puppy it’s best to not let them outside and should only be outside to use the bathroom. Even if the puppy is vaccinated you should continue keeping the dog from going outside and dog parks because they can still contracting disease due to there weak immune system. Another way to prevent the parvovirus is to watch your dog and make sure they don’t sniff, lick, or eat feces.(Peteducation,2018).After the symptoms of parvovirus are “cured” , the vet will than educate the owner on how to prevent the parvovirus from coming back. The vet will highly recommend the dog to be isolated and kept away from other dogs because the parvovirus can live and shed in the system for up to 3 weeks even if “cured.” Secondly, parvovirus leads to a weak immune system and is best to ask the vet for immune booster and vitamins. Also, the vet will recommend chicken broth or meat broth just to help with dehydration and also to feed in small amounts.Lastly, the vet will also inform the owner to disinfect all feeding bowls, dogs bed/ kennel, and using non-toxic cleaners. (TheSpruce,2017).In conclusion, parvovirus is to be taken seriously because it can be life threatening for dogs. Look for symptoms and take your dogs to see your vet, to seek treatment right away.Parvovirus has no cure but can be prevented with the parvovirus vaccine and keeping up with vaccines. If your dog is treated for parvovirus , always keep them isolated from other dogs for up to 3 weeks to a month. Lastly, keep your dogs away from sick dogs and beware of dog parks because you never know if other dogs have parvovirus.