What causes a dog to get parvo? Parvo in puppies is caused by the canine parvovirus. This virus is highly contagious and spreads through direct contact with an infected dog or by indirect contact with a contaminated object. Your puppy is exposed to the parvovirus every time he sniffs, licks, or consumes infected feces.
Can puppies get parvo from grass? Parvo can be found in almost any environment. It is transmitted when a susceptible dog comes in contact with the virus. This includes contact with the feces of an infected dog, or objects that contain the virus (shoes, clothes, bedding, bowls, grass, carpets, floors, etc).
What are the first signs of a dog having parvo? Initial signs that your dog may have contracted parvo are running a fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and anorexia. These initial signs may progress and can result in vomiting and diarrhea within two days after showing their first symptom.
How likely is a puppy to get parvo? There’s a near-zero percent chance that your dog catches parvo if they’re not around unvaccinated dogs. Wait until your pup has had their first two shots before bringing them around any pets that may not be fully vaccinated.