My 12-year-old Pomeranian mix was exposed to a dog that died of parvovirus. My dog was vaccinated for this only once, seven years ago. Is he at risk?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Parvovirus, first identified in 1978, can be a deadly disease. Sadly, dogs afflicted with the virus may die before anyone even notices symptoms. In other cases, dogs with parvovirus could develop a high fever, have bloody diarrhea and suffer from frequent vomiting. If your dog shows any of these symptoms, an immediate veterinary office visit is in order.
Your dog may or may not be at risk, since the lack of booster shots over the years poses a tension-filled question mark. Animal health experts believe that in most dogs, a single injection of the vaccine at 16 weeks of age or older will confer immunity, but not necessarily lifelong.
But "should" and "probably" do not firmly answer your question. Dogs with regular booster shots are better-protected against this potent virus. While parvovirus is rightfully on your mind now, keep in mind that other viruses can afflict your pet. Schedule regular visits with your dog's veterinarian to ensure that your pet receives all of his proper vaccinations.