Westbury Animal Hospital
713.723.3666 · 4917 S. Willow Dr. Houston, Texas 77035 

Annie's Shenanigans

Lorenzo steals the spotlight

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hello! My name is Lorenzo and I am the new kid on the block. I was recently brought to Houston from the great north state of Washington to live in my new forever home with one of the doctors. Westbury has embraced me as a new family member and I am loving life! Thank you Annie for letting me borrow your blog! 

Often you will find me hanging around the place like this...

....some call me lazy....I call it selective participation.

I want to take the opportunity to enlighten Annie's readers about a very serious disease that puppies my age can easily succumb to and can be fatal. Ironically, this disease can also be prevented by proper vaccination. 

Parvovirus. This winter, Houston has seen some serious cases of parvo that is normally a more common occurrence only in the spring time. 

Puppies who are not vaccinated for parvovirus are at risk from this hardy virus that can live in the environment for months. This disease will attack rapidly growing cells such as the intestinal tract and immune system. Puppies will start showing signs of lethargy, vomiting, and classically very bloody diarrhea. If left untreated, parvo can be fatal in almost 100% of cases. With aggressive treatment and catching the disease early, puppies have closer to a 70% survival.  

A simple test at the vet's office can screen for this disease. All puppies should begin being vaccinated for parvo and distemper as early as 6 weeks of age and receive routine boosters based on your veterinarian's guidelines. 

Make sure to keep your young puppy away from unvaccinated dogs or places where unknown dogs have been until your puppy has been well vaccinated. This disease is highly contagious!

I know it is tough to get shots, but I will make sure to stick to my strict vaccination schedule while I am still growing!


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