Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 989-7060
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Parvo in Dogs
What is parvo?
Canine parvovirus (parvo) is a virus (germ) that
attacks the intestines and immune system of
dogs. It is highly contagious between dogs and
is often fatal to them. Every year, hundreds of
dogs in Los Angeles (LA) County get sick and
with canine parvo. You can protect your dog by
getting them vaccinated.
How many cases of
Parvo are in dogs in LA County?
Every year, hundreds of cases of parvo are
reported in dogs in Los Angeles County. Cases
tend to increase in the spring and then again in
the fall. LA County is one of the few places in
the world where veterinarians must report cases
of parvo in dogs.
How does parvo
spread between dogs?
Dogs can catch parvo when they touch other dogs
that have it or the ground where a sick dog has
walked or defecated. A dog with parvo
contaminates its environment with the virus. So
dogs can also catch parvo from the bedding,
toys, bowls, and even the yard of a dog that has
parvo. The virus can live for months in an
environment, including in public parks and dog
parks. Puppies are most likely to catch it.
Humans do NOT get sick from this virus.
What are the signs
of parvo in dogs?
Parvo causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. The
diarrhea is usually severe and often bloody. Dog
with parvo usually become very lethargic,
dehydrated and have no appetite. Dogs can die
How can I protect
my dog from parvo?
Get your dog vaccinated! Vaccination save dogs’
lives and saves money. It costs much less money
to protect your dog with vaccinations than to
treat your dog for parvo.
Especially Important for Puppies
Keep your puppy away
from other dogs and public parks
until after it
the FULL series of
The DHLPP (or DHPP) vaccine protects your dog
from parvo (It is one of the "Ps" in DHLPP). One
shot is not enough! Keep your puppy away from
public areas until it has finished the first
series of shots. Allow your puppy to play only
with a few healthy, vaccinated dogs in a yard
where you know no sick dogs have been in the
Where can I get vaccinations for my dog?
Veterinary hospitals: Team
up with a local veterinarian to keep your
dog healthy. Many veterinary hospitals offer
low-cost vaccinations on certain days. Click here to
Puppies should get this vaccine at
age 2, 3, and 4 months of age, then
again a year later.
Adult dogs should get this vaccine
twice (one month apart) then again a
Booster shots: After
their starting series, all dogs should
get the DHLPP shot every 1-3 years for
of Parvo in Dogs in LA County
Parvo in dogs is reportable in LA County.
Parvo in dogs is not transmissible to humans
(zoonotic). However, cases help indicate
areas of LA County with reduced access to, or
utilization of, veterinary
services. As a result, the risk for exposure
to zoonotic diseases is likely higher in such
areas. Data on parvo in dogs indicate areas in
LA County where outreach services involving
animal health and zoonotic diseases are needed
Cases of parvo in dogs are reported by
animal shelters, veterinary hospitals, and occasionally by the public. Cases
are counted as either confirmed or suspected
according to LA County's
Case Definition for Parvo in Dogs.
How to Report Parvo
in Dogs in LA County
Fill out and fax in one of the forms below.