What Is Parvovirus?There are multiple forms of parvovirus. Human parvovirus, classified as Parvovirus B19, can only infect humans. It’s often known as “slapped cheek disease” due to its telltale red cheek rash. The rash is predominantly only seen on infected children. Adults usually experience joint pain as a primary symptom. Parvovirus B19 is generally not serious. However, people with compromised immune systems or sickle cell anemia risk further complications. Humans cannot pass parvovirus B19 to animals and vice versa, animals cannot give their form of parvovirus to humans. Pets and wild animals such as raccoons are common carriers of parvoviruses. Animal parvoviruses are transmitted when an animal eats feces from an infected animal. Gross as it is, animals eating the dung of another animal is pretty run-of-the-mill. Unfortunately, parvovirus symptoms can turn fatal in animals and pose a significant risk to your pets. Contact wildlife control in Milwaukee if you have raccoons on your property.
What Are the Symptoms of Animal Parvovirus?Reach out to your veterinarian if your pet has any of the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite