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Ask the Vet About Parvovirus in Dogs

Parvovirus in Dogs
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Ask the Vet About Parvovirus in Dogs
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Sep 15, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: One of my puppies had parvo

Question:I had two puppies one had parvo and one didn┐t but before we took him to the hospital they played a lot drank from the same bowl. Also one day they got in a fight and cut the puppy without parvo, my question is if my other puppy will catch parvo even if he has his shots.

Answer:Yes, the other puppy can still get it even though he has been vaccinated. Parvovirus can live in the environment for literally years given the right conditions, so removing the puppy from wherever the other puppy was is ideal. Bleach is one of the few cleaners that will kill parvovirus.

Date: Sep 14, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo

Question:My puppy lethargic...walking as if drunk..dometimes dragging hind legs

Answer:Symptoms of parvovirus are more gastrointestinal, like vomiting and bloody diarrhea.

Date: Sep 4, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: I found a Stray adult dog

Question:I found a very nice stray dog, he looks about 2 years of age. Unfortunately, in my neighborhood many cases of puppy parvo have occurred. And this morning I noticed that the stray was no longer eating the food left outside for it and was vomiting. Could he have parvo? And could he battle parvo since he's an older dog?

Answer:Many possibilities to causes of vomiting here, of which parvo is only one. Most of time clinical parvo is RARE in pets over one year of age. Best to take him to vet if symptoms persist or worsen for workup, including possible parvo test, x rays and/or stool tests looking for parasites. Try pepcid AC at dose of one half mg per pound twice daily to see if settles stomach

Date: Sep 4, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Could it be parvo?

Question:I adopted a puppy yesterday from a man with multiple other dogs. He is an 8 week old boxer. Unclear if he's been vaccinated. When I got him home he threw up 7 times within a few hours and has had horrible smelling diarrhea with no blood in it. Is that something I should worry about? I don't have the money for a vet at the time if I don't need to

Answer:Vomiting 7 times and having diarrhea is definitely something you should have him checked for. The smaller and younger a puppy is, the easier they get dehydrated. It could be parvo, but it could be intestinal parasites like hookworms, coccidia, etc that are really easy to treat but can kill them if left untreated.

Date: Aug 22, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Home treatment for parvo

Question:How effective is an at home parvo treatment in a (approx. 3month) puppy pit bull?

Answer:A recent study was done at Colorado state about treating at home, here is a synopsis: "Colorado State University veterinarians say hospital-based treatment is still the gold standard for parvovirus, but an outpatient protocol involving medications, a special diet administered via syringe and fluids injected under the skin can be a good option for families that cannot afford hospital-based care, provided the patient is relatively stable and the owners have the time to invest in the home protocol." You have to make an appointment with your veterinarian for an initial exam and to purchase all of the supplies.

Date: Aug 17, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Pirovirus

Question:My dog started trowing up 2 days ago and feeling very ill so finally without seeing he won't eat or drink all day later in a day I took him to emergency where he was diognosed with piro he is still there I had to leave him but just today he started having diarrahia vomiting not as much but still refusing to eat or drink I went to see him and he wasn't like that day I took him he looks worse now please help I'm doing everything that would help will he be able to get tru this he should be getting better not worse

Answer:Parvovirus is a very aggressive virus. It sounds like you and your veterinarian are doing all that you can for him - now it is up to his immune system to kick in and help. The next couple of days will be critical to know his prognosis.

Date: Aug 9, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Help! How do i home treat parvo?

Question:Please help me. I do not have the money to take my puppy to the vet. He is 13 weeks old today. And I do not think he has had his shots. He started throwing up last night and this morning he does not want to eat. How do I treat him at home to help him live?

Answer:Almost all oral medication gets thrown up, so you really need to take him to your veterinarian. A recent study was done at Colorado state about treating at home, here is a synopsis: "Colorado State University veterinarians say hospital-based treatment is still the gold standard for parvovirus, but an outpatient protocol involving medications, a special diet administered via syringe and fluids injected under the skin can be a good option for families that cannot afford hospital-based care, provided the patient is relatively stable and the owners have the time to invest in the home protocol." You still have to go to your veterinarian to get all the supplies.

Date: Jul 31, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog was put to sleep

Question:Hello I have a question about my dog of whom I just got put to sleep. The vet diagnosed him with parvo but do you think there was a possibility that I could have treated him at home with meds instead of making the horrible decision to put him to sleep. I only had him for about five days but I was very attached

Answer:It depends entirely on the severity of the virus and since I wasn't there, I'm not a good person to ask. If they recommended putting him to sleep, it must've been bad. I'm sorry you had to go through that.

Date: Jul 27, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How to know

Question:Hi. My mix German shreper is weak and vomiting every he eats or drinks. What could be wrong with him

Answer:Dogs can vomit for a LOT of different reasons: dietary indiscretion, GI viruses, toxins, kidney disease, liver disease, foreign body, intestinal parasites, etc. etc. so you really need to visit your veterinarian and have some tests run - they can also prescribe some medication that will help him feel better.

Date: Jul 13, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: (!!!) NEED REPLIES QUICK

Question:My friend's Shih Tzu, female, no older than maybe 7 months has urinated and there's blood found in both its urine and feces. They checked in with a veterinarian and the vet had the dog attached to a dextrose (to, I guess, prevent dehydration as said in the article on Parvovirus). There hasn't been any blood or urine tests done; not even had any stool samples checked. I'm not sure about the symptoms-- if the dog's shown most aside from the bloody diarrhea and urine. The vet said that it's a negative situation now and that "it may be parvo" since the dog hasn't had any vaccination or deworming. My question is: I was wondering what you could take from this? Is it really parvovirus? If so, what should we do?

Answer:If the puppy has had no vaccines and is 7 months old, it could be parvo, but it could be a lot of other things (intestinal parasites, bacterial enteritis like food poisoning, maybe a urinary tract infection on top of that, toxins, etc etc). Your friend will definitely want to let their veterinarian run multiple fecal samples looking for intestinal parasites and parvovirus, blood work, urinanalysis, etc. if the puppy worsens to see what is going on.

Date: Jun 27, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo

Question:My dog is throwing up diarrhea doesn't want to eat every time she eats she throws it right back up currently my vet is on vacation won't be back till July 6th I believe she has parvo is there anything I can do she is 2yrs old

Answer:Dogs vomit for MANY different reasons: toxins, viruses (like parvo), kidney disease, liver disease, foreign bodies causing a blockage, etc etc etc. If your veterinarian isn't going to be back until July 6th, you are going to have to take her to another veterinarian.

Date: Jun 23, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Life after Parvo

Question:After a puppy has been treated and recovered from parvo, are there any worries I should have for down the road, or will the pup be like any other pup? Will her immune system be compromised for the first few months, or for life?

Answer:Most puppies should be entirely normal after recovering from parvo - and should be immune to parvovirus, probably for life - that is the one good thing about parvo virus.

Date: Jun 17, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy with parvo

Question:Thank you for responding to my other question. I forgot to mention that his diharrea is on and off, in between having formed stool. It is not constant diharrea, his stool is also formed an has chunks. What could this mean?

Answer:I answer so many of these questions that I can't remember what we originally discussed - even though parvo really wreaks havoc on the lining of their intestines, once they recover, they usually don't have ongoing digestive issues so it makes me worry that he has something else going on like intestinal parasites. Make sure your veterinarian has done multiple fecals - intestinal parasites are shed intermittently. Your veterinarian may want to change his food to something easier to digest until he is back to normal.

Date: Jun 15, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy with Parvo

Question:Hello there, We have a 9 week old puppy that came down with the parvovirus last monday and already had the parvo shot. He received hydration therapy and antibiotic shots, he has been improving, has been eating, drinking, and playing since a couple of days ago and has been gaining a small bit of weight. He however has occasional diarrhea, is this normal? And, i would like to know how soon we can begin the rest of his vaccinations (distempter, measles, parainfluenza, etc). I heard he does not need another parvovirus shot. Thank you for the help.

Answer:Occasional diarrhea right after recovering from parvo virus can be normal - it should resolve quickly though. Wait on his vaccines until you feel like he is 100% recovered (no diarrhea, normal energy, etc) - it is important for him to be healthy when he receives his vaccines. Parvo comes in the vaccine he will receive which is ok - he was diagnosed very young with parvo and for him to continue to have diarrhea, it might be a good idea to continue to protect him from parvovirus in case he wasn't definitively diagnosed with the virus.

Date: Jun 12, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How can i help treat my dog.

Question:I just found out that my dog has parvovirus and I can't afford the treatment for him at a vet. I need to know what can do for him because his getting better but also looks that he is getting worst. I really need your help telling me what I can do or the things that I can get for him to make sure that he can continue to get better. My dog is my world and I'm afraid I might lose him because I can't afford the right things for him.

Answer:Almost all oral medication gets thrown up, so you really need to take him to your veterinarian. A recent study was done at Colorado state about treating at home, here is a synopsis: "Colorado State University veterinarians say hospital-based treatment is still the gold standard for parvovirus, but an outpatient protocol involving medications, a special diet administered via syringe and fluids injected under the skin can be a good option for families that cannot afford hospital-based care, provided the patient is relatively stable and the owners have the time to invest in the home protocol." You still have to go to your veterinarian to get all the supplies.


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