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Ask the Vet About Parvovirus in Dogs

Parvovirus in Dogs
Symptoms & Diagnosis
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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: 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.

Date: Jun 12, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How long should treatment to take

Question:We have an 8 week old Bloodhound/German Shorthair mix puppy. Friday he was diagnosed with Parvo. He's been at the vet since then on IV fluids and antibiotics and anti nausea medications. He's had a couple of bouts of diarrhea looked like he was improving and then Sunday started throwing up again. Sunday they put in a feeding tube to not only feed him but suck any liquid out of his stomach if necessary. How long should we expect it to take before he'll be ready to come home and have home treatments work?

Answer:Every case is so different, it's hard for me to say without seeing him. It looks like your veterinarian is taking great care of him so keep checking back with them.

Date: Jun 11, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo

Question:What should be the home remedies for a puppy suffering from parvo?

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: Jun 2, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Symptoms

Question:Once a puppy comes in contact with the virus, how soon will it start to show signs? We had a little of 6 puppies and they were taken to the vet and given their 1st set of shots (5/5). The new owner picked up their puppy 2 weeks later (5/18) and the puppy was fine. All other litter mates were fine. 12 days later (5/30) after it was picked up from our home we get an email they are at the vet with the puppy and it has parvo. The new owners believe the puppy was exposed to the virus before it left our care. No other puppies have been sick or our adult dogs. Could that puppy come into contact with the virus under our care?

Answer:The incubation period of parvovirus is really variable (probably because different strains of the virus are different) - you will hear, that some strains have an incubation period up to about 2 weeks, but about 3-7 days is much more common. So to answer your question: it is possible but not very probable. Keep up with the other puppies and if none of them break with signs, it is even less probable.

Date: May 25, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo?

Question: My Chihuahua had DHPP @ 6 1/2 , 10, 15 and 20 weeks She should have had yearly booster 10/24/2016. Forgot. She was nauseated yesterday but not today. Would not eat yesterday. Ate a greenie treat this morning but nothing else. Diarrhea today. No blood. Could this be parvovirus?

Answer:Parvo only remotely possible as most of time boosters for parvo virus at 20 weeks of age give YEARS TO LIFE TIME IMMUNITY. I would recommend veterinary exam and evaluation as many more other likely possibilities if diarrhea and/or vomiting persist.

Date: May 14, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medicine

Question:Where can I buy the medication I need for my dog he has Parvo I go not have money for the vet visit I really sees help I do not want to lose my dog he is like a child to me please help

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: May 12, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo IV Treatment

Question:My 12 week old black lab/pitbull mix is currently hospitalized for parvovirus. He started showing symptoms 4 days after we bought him, so we think he got it before then. He's had two rounds of shots. He's currently been hospitalized for 24 hours. When we got him he was around 17lb. He's now 12lb. The vet has seen no improvement whatsoever. Their idea of good news was 'he made it through the night.' He's at the point where he's virtually nonresponsive. Waking him up is difficult. He frequently defecates on himself, then lays in the puddle until he's cleaned off. He doesn't have any secondary infections or parasites or anything. The vet said he thinks the virus is attacking his bone marrow. Our family is hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. My question is, when should we expect to see improvement with the meds? Even just minor improvement? (I.e. standing up on his own, maintaining his current weight, etc.) And at what point should we assume that treatment is ineffective and putting him down would be more humane?

Answer:I hate to hear that he is doing so poorly but don't give up. Parvo patients can be on deaths door and still pull through, granted it is unusual to, but I usually give my patients every chance I can because once/if they pull through, they can live totally normal, full lives. He should either improve or decline quickly over the next 2-3 days.

Date: May 11, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Chances of survival

Question:My pup still did not have any vaccination done . She has contracted Parvorious. Will she survive? She is only a moth old.

Answer:It is very unusual to contract parvovirus a one month (4 weeks) of age. Puppies usually still have maternal antibody (protection from their mother) at that age so hopefully she does, but be sure of the diagnosis - severe parasite infestations (hookworms, coccidia, etc), poisonings, etc. can look like parvovirus. As far as chances of survival - we never know - it depends on many things like severity of the strain of the virus, viral load, how quickly and well she is treated, etc.

Date: May 11, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: diagnosis of Parvo disease.

Question:My puppy is vomiting continuously. It also has got diareah. Please help. It's about to be a month only for my pup. We visited a vet and they recommended Saline water for three days. What else we can do to overcome the disease

Answer:If the puppy is "vomiting continuously" there is nothing you can give him at home. You will have to take him back to your veterinarian where they have injectable medications to control the vomiting, injectable antibiotics, more fluids to keep him hydrated, etc.

Date: May 10, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic:  parvo virus and canine distemper

Question:what are the medication for treating parvo virus and canine distemper and specification

Answer:Treatment for parvovirus and distemper virus varies wildly based on the severity of the viral infection. Parvovirus attacks the gastrointestinal tract so treatment revolves around keeping the dog hydrated and controlling secondary bacterial infections. Distemper affects the respiratory tract and nervous system and is a little harder to treat (again, depending on the severity of the viral infection).


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