Parvo Prevention for Puppies in Need


PetAid recently had the privilege of meeting Natalie and her puppies, Rocket and Rocco. The Animal Hospital medical staff was given the opportunity to provide these adorable puppies at just six weeks old with the initial vaccinations needed to prevent them from contracting parvo. Peak parvo months are from April to August and now that we’re fully into parvo season, it’s absolutely vital that the animals we care for are protected from this life-threatening virus. Puppies should receive their first parvo-related vaccine at six to eight-weeks old, according to the ASPCA, before getting a booster shot every month from 16 to 20-weeks old until a final booster shot at the age of one. 

Incidents of parvo, a completely preventable illness, are on the rise because many pet owners just don’t know about the virus or the proper vaccination protocols necessary to avoid it.  “It’s really shocking to learn how contagious and deadly this disease is,” says Natalie as she cradled Rocket in her arms after his physical exam. “Especially when something as simple as vaccine boosters can stop it from happening! The thought of losing these loving, little babies is so heartbreaking—especially at such a young age.”

It’s not uncommon for an unvaccinated pet to contract parvo in urban areas like Denver, especially where there is a large dog population. The virus is also highly resistant, surviving on ordinary household items like food bowls, clothes, and shoes. Had Rocket and Rocco not been able to receive their vaccines, they very well could have ended up displaying classic parvo symptoms like vomiting, fever, and a complete loss in appetite.

Successful recovery is most often financially overwhelming for our clients and if left untreated, parvo is fatal. Natalie lives on a fixed income, and wasn’t sure if continued treatment would have even been at all possible without the assistance of donor-subsidized veterinary care. She feels very fortunate that she came to PetAid when she did.

Despite PetAid’s efforts to increase awareness of parvo and the extreme toll it takes, the hospital has experienced a huge growth in the number of cases seen. This past year, 272 pets’ lives were saved in comparison to the prior year when 80 pets were treated—an astounding 240% increase! 

Because of the generosity and compassion of our donors, these 272 puppies averted abandonment and relinquishment during their greatest time of need. Please know that the life-changing services they received wouldn’t be possible without you! Please consider continuing to support our mission by sending a gift or signing up for monthly giving.

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