One of the worst virus that your dog can come down with is the parvovirus. Parvovirus is a disease that is highly contagious and spread quickly. It spreads quickly because it is not just transmitted by dogs, but it can also be transmitted by any object, person, or animal that comes into contact with the virus via dog's feces. This virus can be especially fatal when your dog is a puppy. Here are four steps that you can take to protect your puppy against the parvovirus.

#1 Get Your Puppy Vaccinated

The first and most important step when it comes to keeping your puppy safe from parvovirus is by ensuring that your puppy is vaccinated against the virus. Parvovirus vaccination comes in a series. You will need to take your puppy in for a series of three to four shots during the first few months of your puppy's life. After that, you will need to get a follow-up boaster shot for the parvovirus. This is the best way to make sure that your puppy is protected against this deadly disease.

#2 Keep Your Puppy Away From Unvaccinated Dogs

Since your dog will not be fully protected against the parvovirus until they have gotten their full series of vaccinations, you are going to want to keep your puppy away from other dogs that are not vaccinated. In fact, it is a good idea to keep your dog away from all other dogs the first few months of your dog's life. This is the best way to make sure that your little puppy does not pick up a virus that could harm it during its first few months of life.

That means that you want to keep your dog away from places where there are lots of dogs, such as dog parks and play grounds. That also means that you should pick up and carry your dog into the vet and other areas where they may come into contact with other dogs and other dogs' waste.

Additionally, you should wash your clothes if you come in contact with other dogs when you are away from home.

#3 Pay Attention To Your Dog's Behavior

Finally, pay attention to how your dog behaves. If your puppy suddenly starts having digestive issues, such as diarrhea or vomiting, or is refusing to eat, you need to take your dog to the vet right away. These are all signs that your dog could have contracted the parvovirus. If your dog has parvovirus, you want to make sure that your dog gets treatment right away. 

For more information, contact local professionals like Oakton Animal Hospital.