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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: 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).

Date: Apr 30, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 1st pet

Question:Hi, yesterday evening my puppy started acting different, he was really tired and didn't do much but during the day he was perfectly fine. Today he woke up still really tired, watery dark green poop foul odor. Won't eat or drink anything. He doesn't have his shots just yet. Can this be a case of parvo?

Answer:It could be parvo but it can be a lot of other things as well (intestinal parasites, dietary indiscretion, etc) so have your veterinarian check him out as soon as you can.

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.


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