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Canine Parvovirus There are many diseases and viruses that come in conflict with the average dog today If no precautions are taken to prevent these viruses chances are the dog is more than likely to contract one One of the most common among these viruses is called canine parvovirus Since the discovery of the canine parvovirus in 1978 the number of dogs infected has increased rapidly and tremendously Welch Canine parvovirus has appeared worldwide making it one of the most common viruses to dogs It can be transmitted from canine to canine by way of contaminated feces or coming in contact with other bodily fluids of an infected animal Since the parvovirus can be transmitted outside the animal for many years this makes it one of the most contagious viruses Canine parvovirus can survive outside the infected animal from one to two years if conditions are favorable Parvoviruses can be carried on shoes hands other inanimate objects and even through dust particles in the air Canine parvovirus is one of the most common and most contagious viruses in the United States today The canine parvovirus is not an old virus It developed around the year 1978 Canine parvovirus contains similar properties and characteristics of feline parvovirus a disease found in cats Feline parvovirus appeared before canine parvovirus and it is believed that feline parvovirus is a variant of canine parvovirus Both diseases are similar antigenically and they both cause epidemic enteritis and myocarditis Canine parvovirus though very similar biologically to the feline parvovirus has its own recognizable properties that distinguish it from feline parvovirus Breaux When first discovered the canine parvovirus caused thousands of deaths among both wild and domestic canines Canine parvovirus is a type II ssDNA virus It is also one of the smallest viruses known to man The canine parvovirus molecules contain palindromic sequences This simply means the DNA sequence reads the same way forward as backwards The virus multiplies
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