There are three core vaccines in Irish/UK dogs, meaning you really should be giving them to pups. They are parvo, distemper and adenovirus. The first two are now so rare it makes them highly debatable. However, Parvo still keeps breeders up at night because if it gets in to a litter it will run through them all. The diarrhoea is truly terrible. Pups quickly dehydrate. If diagnosed and treated, there is a 90% survival rate. If not treated, there is a 90% fatality likelihood. So, knowing what bug you have is important here.
Please note: If you suspect Parvovirus in your dog(s) you need to contact a vet immediately. Let them know in advance you are coming.
Using the same rapid testing tech with which we are now all familiar (termed a sandwich lateral flow immunochromatographic assay!) this test provides a rapid and reliable detection of parvo in your pups faeces.
A swab of faeces is taken, mixed with the reagent and the treated sample is applied to the sample hole on the device. The liquid will laterally flow through the surface of the test strip and react with the pre-coated monoclonal antibodies on the surface of the test.
If there is parvo antigen in the specimen, a visible red line will appear in the T section.
Studies show these rapid tests are very useful (<92% accurate) to diagnose canine parvoviral enteritis, but they do not rule out parvovirus infection in an animal with typical clinical signs.