KNOW PARVOVIRUS

 

 

 

Parvovirus can be a threat for pups at any age. It is transferred by contact with other dogs stools/potty which is why on a walk you should try and keep your dog away from other dogs poo. Thankfully Parvo almost never occurs after your dog has reached the age of 14 months.

Parvovirus can attack even a dog who has received his/her vaccination against it. Parvo is a life threatening disease and the key is to know what signs to look for and to get your dog immediate treatment. The sooner treatment begins the better the chance of your dog recovering from it.

Parvo is a viral canine disease, and the virus grows in rapidly dividing cells such as the intestinal lining. It attacks and kills these cells and can lead to death. Parvo also causes a suppression of white blood cells and can infect the heart muscle. The key is to know what signs to look for and to get treatment immediately if Parvo is suspected.

 

 

Symptoms to Look For

 

  • Diarrhea, bloody
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Depression
  • Pain when defecating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever

 

 

 

Treatment

 

1. Testing - There are tests for Parvo in the stool but results can be a false positive for those puppies recently vaccinated.

2. Going By Symptoms - If the results of the test are positive and there are symptoms present, your vet will likely treat it as Parvovirus even if your puppy was recently vaccinated.

3. Fluids - Intravenous fluid is the main treatment for Parvo. Serum and colloidal fluids are used, along with traditional fluids. The colloidal fluids appear to be mainly to credit for recovery.

4. Antibiotics - These prevent secondary bacterial infections. Antibiotics such as Amoxicillin are usually used.

5. Immunity - Strengthening your puppy's immune system, ideally before catching Parvo but also after infection, can help him fight it. Check with your vet for ideas on how to do this. Make sure the supplements are supportive of the treatment he is getting.

 

The good news is that about 80% of treated puppies with Parvovirus will live. But treatment is essential. Without it, about 80% will die. If your puppy shows one or more of these symptoms for more than a week, contact your vet immediately. Better to find out his stool is loose because he ate a sock than to take a chance on Parvovirus.