Parvovirus is a virus that invades and destroys rapidly growing cells in the intestine, bone marrow and lymphoid tissue resulting in nausea, vomiting and severe bloody diarrhea. The disease can vary from mild to fatal if not properly treated.

Infection is generally attributed to ingestion of material contaminated by infected dog feces and can occur when a dog smells or licks the ground. Parvovirus is shed in the feces of infected dogs for approximately two weeks after initial ingestion and can live in the environment for years.

Dogs at highest risk for infection are unvaccinated puppies or those who have not yet completed their vaccine series. Especially susceptible breeds include Doberman pinschers, Rottweilers, Staffordshire terriers and black Labrador retrievers. Dogs of all ages can be infected, but puppies and younger dogs are more susceptible. Intact male dogs may also be susceptible for unknown reasons.

Diagnosis and Treatment Notes:

  • Parvovirus is generally diagnosed by a thorough history, physical examination and testing of the feces for the presence of viral antigens. Abdominal x-rays and blood tests are often recommended.
  • Treatment depends on the severity of the disease, your individual pet, and your veterinarian. Most puppies diagnosed with parvovirus benefit from hospitalization with intravenous fluids, antibiotics and medications to control nausea and vomiting. Discuss treatment details when your pet is diagnosed with this condition.


What to Watch for*:

  • Depression
  • Fever
  • Not eating
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea, sometimes bloody

*Please notify us if you notice any of the above signs or if you have any questions!

Dear Valued Clients

During these challenging times, there have been some unforeseen changes at The Big Easy Animal Hospital. I cannot express enough my sincere apology for any inconvenience you have experienced at The Big Easy during these times. As we strive to make the practice safe to protect everyone including you, your family, and our Big Easy team and their families, I’ve decided to make certain changes while we are under this pandemic. These changes will be temporary.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:
Walk Ins: Check-in starts at 9:45am.There are a limited amount of patients we can accept. Our receptionists will be happy to assist you with options to help guide you and your pet(s).)


Saturday Hours

Saturdays will be TECHNICIAN APPOINTMENTS only. These will include boosters, bloodwork, nail trims, certain diagnostics, etc. There will not be a veterinarian on site. While I understand these changes can be inconvenient, I have listed local veterinary clinics that we have contacted and are open to see walk-ins throughout the week and Saturdays as well. For life threatening emergencies that occur outside business hours, please contact the following 24-hour animal hospitals below.

Please, be safe and healthy.

Thank you all for your understanding. -Aileen Ruiz, DVM


24 Hour Emergency Care:


Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center

807 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA



4224 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA

VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital

3610 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA

Veterinarians Accepting Walk in Care:

Penn Animal Hospital

2205 Penn Avenue

North Boros Veterinary Hospital

2255 Babcock Blvd



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