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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: Apr 16, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: treatment

Question:my has a parvovirus right now.he has a iv fluids on his day in 3 days.he dont want to eat anything.his poof he some knd of fishy smell red color.any advice for his medication

Answer:I would just follow the instructions of your local veterinarian in terms of continued fluid treatment and supportive care. There are NO known or accepted TRADITIONAL treatments for canine parvovirus other than supportive care, while trying to bide time for the pet's own immune system to overcome the virus. In my professional experience over 2.5 decades, consulting with a veterinary homeopath on this one offers an additional holistic therapy that I have seen work occasional wonders on parvo infected pets. Many homeopathic vets do offer phone consultations nationwide

Date: Apr 8, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What do i do

Question:It can b transfer by shoes.... But how about if i was around dog and gave it a shot. Will i carry it on hands and clothing to my dogs

Answer:Yes, it is possible to carry it home to your dog. We wear gloves and gowns when dealing with puppies that have confirmed parvovirus. If your dog is older and well vaccinated, it shouldn't be a problem.

Date: Apr 8, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Home treatment and supplement

Question:Hi, my dog just infected with parvo on Thurday and had given antibiotic ( 50mg enrofloxacin) but she sti show no sign of improving. Brought her to vet for IV fluids, antibiotic injection on Saturday morning and brought her back home again as I afraid the clinic might has more exposure on other virus. However, she still vomit non stop after i fed her some electrolyte or AD can food. Anti vomit medicine in liquid form has been given but seems she has vomit it back out. Is there any other method that can soothe the time gap of vomiting?

Answer:The vomiting is the reason a moderate-severe case of parvovirus is so hard (impossible) to treat at home when they can't hold anything down by mouth. I would definitely take her back to your veterinarian. They should have an injectable anti-nausea shot. The risk of being exposed to another virus isn't any where near as concerning as her condition. A bland diet like I/D would be a better choice than A/D.

Date: Apr 3, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Home treatment for parvovirus

Question:What's the proper treatment for a puppy with parvo?

Answer:Parvovirus is usually so aggressive, home treatment is not a practical option - mainly because they can't hold anything down orally. You can try multiple small amounts of water to try to keep the puppy hydrated but try to get him/her to a veterinarian as soon as possible for fluids and injectable medication for nausea, pain and secondary infections.

Date: Mar 30, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: how do i diagnose

Question:yesterday i noticed my dogs stool is very watery but its not smelled so bad and she eat well and played well she did not vomit also.but my concerned is her watery stool is it a early signs of parvo virus?i only gave her dextrose powder..

Answer:Parvovirus usually presents as anorexia and vomiting before the diarrhea but the only way to definitely diagnose it is with tests at your veterinarian.

Date: Mar 28, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How do I diagnose?

Question:.Hello, I don't have a regular vet but She is about 8 months or so old and she's a brindle pit bull. The past week we thought she may have been pregnant because her belly was getting a little bigger than usual. We keep her outside with our other dog which is a blue nose pit. But for the past 3 days, she has looked like she has lost weight and she won't eat or hardly drink anything. She also isn't hyper at all anymore since this has been going on. All she does it lay around in her dog house and today I noticed her laying down near some bushes and she stood up when she saw me but wouldn't walk anywhere. She used to be very hyper and would jump all over me and my husband and lick us to death.

Answer:Many different problems can cause anorexia and lethargy. With parvovirus you will usually see vomiting as well, then diarrhea, then bloody diarrhea. The amount of lethargy you are describing is worrisome, especially at her age, so it is ideal to get her to a veterinarian as soon as you can.

Date: Mar 28, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: cost to treat a dog with parvovirus

Question:how much will it cost to treat a 2 years old dog with parvo virus

Answer:Be sure your dog has parvovirus - I say this because it is actually very rare for a 2 year old to get parvo - it is primarily a disease of puppies. Treatment and cost vary so wildly for this disease - it depends on the severity of the disease (some dogs don't need hospitalization, others need it for many days with intensive treatment) - it depends on the area of the country you are in (cost of living type deal) - so you really need to contact your local veterinarian who is looking directly at your dog.

Date: Mar 22, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: possibly parvo?

Question:my dog started vomiting this morning. I gave him some Pedialyte and he drank it fine but has a loss of appetite. he stopped puking for 7 hours but started having really bad gas. now he's vomiting again. does he have Parvo?

Answer:Parvo is VERY unusual to unheard of in adult dogs who have been vaccinated for parvo at 16 weeks of age or older. If your dog is under one year of age, and not vaccinated appropriately at age 16 weeks, then parvo always a possibility for vomiting. However in adult and senior dogs, MANY other possibilities including foreign body ingestion, parasites, other viruses, inflammation of liver, pancreas, etc. Best to take to vet for exam and workup given intensity of vomiting you describe and to sort all of these possibilities out.

Date: Mar 21, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 9 week old German shepherd

Question:Hi I am adopting a 9 week old puppy from a breeder and she just got parvo a few days ago and she is running around and she's going home to the breeders house tomorrow until we pick her up on Thursday but my question is I have two cats that are not vaccinated will they get infected? But my other question is is there a good chance that my puppy will survive?

Answer:Studies are showing that cats can become infected with certain strains of parvovirus but it is very rare. If your puppy is treated aggressively and doesn't have a very virulent strain of the virus and has a good immune system, she will probably survive. It is usually impossible to predict the last 2 things until the virus starts running it's course.

Date: Feb 9, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo vaccination/treatment

Question:How many doses are required to produce the optimum immune response against the parvo virus and what is the recommended schedule? What is/are the antibiotic of choice if the dog has started to have bloody stools?

Answer:Most veterinarians like to start vaccinating puppies between 6-8 weeks of age. Then boosters are given every 3-4 weeks until they are 16 weeks. This is usually 3 sets of vaccines (8, 12 and 16 weeks) but it depends on the interval between vaccines. If you start at 6 weeks and do 9, 12, and 16 weeks, it ends up being 4 sets. I like to start at 8 weeks as long as the puppy nursed from it's mother because before that most vaccines are blocked (ineffective) by maternal antibody. My favorite antibiotic for bloody stools is Metronidazole (Flagyl) but it isn't always necessary - really depends on how sick the pup is - many that aren't vomiting and have normal energy levels can improve with a bland diet and maybe some probiotics.

Date: Jan 24, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 7 week old puppy

Question:We have had our puppy for almost 2 weeks and this morning when we were getting ready to give her a bath we noticed that she is bleeding from her lady parts. What is wrong with my baby?

Answer:SHe possibly could have a vaginal or urinary tract infection. I would see vet and have complete veterinary exam and urine tested/urine analysis to rule this out

Date: Jan 21, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: vomitting and dysentary in rottweiler

Question:How can I have control on parvovirus which has infected my Rottweiler her age is 3 months

Answer:Your Rotti needs to have local vet exam and evaluation, as well as likely IV fluids, IV antibiotics to prevent secondary bacterial infection, as well as anti nausea injections as well as anti diarrheal injections while pet is supported to allow enough time for pet's immune system to hopefully fight off parvo. This is not something done at home but done in local veterinary hospital

Date: Jan 18, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Risk to vaccinated dogs

Question:Hi! I am adopting a puppy who recently recovered from Parvo. He was discharged from the hospital a full month ago, has been treated and given his boosters, and has been cleared by his vet as safe to adopt. He has not yet been to my house so my environment is not contaminated. Some of my family members have expressed concern that they will not come over (ever) as they are fearful their 9 year old vaccinated dog will be put at risk for Parvo around my new puppy. Is their dog at risk?

Answer:Great question. it is HIGHLY unlikely there older VACCINATED dog for parvo is at risk by coming over to your house. Dogs this age are RARELY if ever susceptible to parvo. You should also be aware that immunity to core viruses like parvo lasts for MANY YEARS, if not the life of the animal, so that makes infection highly unlikely if not impossible for the older dog

Date: Jan 6, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My puppy

Question:I have a 9 week old pit diagnosed with parvo today he gave him a shot of antibiotics and sent him home He his weak lethargic still vomiting and having diarrhea How long should i wait before I take him back? I've been forcing Gatorade every 2 hours per the vet do you have any other suggestions

Answer:Pet should be hospitalized and treated in patient with IV fluids, antibiotics, anti nausea injections etc for best outcome in my opinion


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