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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: 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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