Do you cover parvo, giardia, or kennel cough?
Yes, parvo, giardia, and kennel cough are all covered conditions as long as they are not pre-existing, all recommended or required vaccinations are current, and preventative measures have been taken.
What is parvo in pets?
Carnivore protoparvovirus 1 (CPPV 1) — more commonly known as “parvo” — is a highly contagious illness that is commonly associated with puppies and kittens who have been exposed to it in shelters and kennels. Parvo can be fatal, especially to younger pets who have not been vaccinated for it.
Parvo cannot be spread between dogs and cats because each species is affected by a different strain. However, both dogs and cats need to be protected and treated quickly if the condition is discovered.
What is giardia?
Giardiasis or “giardia” is a parasitic disease that is commonly associated with dogs who consume contaminated waste, food, water, soil, or other substances. However, cats can get it too (even if they are indoor-only pets). Pets with giardia can inadvertently spread giardia to humans, especially those in the same household.
Giardia generally causes diarrhea, abdominal pain, stomach upset, and weight loss, but it may also result in more serious symptoms. Signs and symptoms tend to be more visible in younger pets and can come on suddenly ( acute ), be temporary (transient), non-continuous (intermittent), or ongoing (chronic) if left untreated.
What is kennel cough?
Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can affect both dogs and cats. Commonly caused by the bacterium Bordetella bronchiseptica (though not limited to that), kennel cough is an airborne illness spread via coughing and sneezing.
Most cases of kennel cough fortunately clear up on their own. However, the condition can be serious and may even be fatal if it progresses to pneumonia or other more dangerous illnesses. Puppies, kittens, and immunocompromised pets are at higher risk of experiencing serious complications from kennel cough.