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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: Nov 7, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo

Question:We are getting a puppy from a Bitch that has survived parvo. The puppy will have its first round (or two) of parvo shots before we get it. We were looking to get the puppy at 8 weeks old however, I saw a website that said that puppies should not be moved from their homes until 2 weeks after their last parvo shot. Do we need to wait more than 8 weeks before we bring her home? We have a 7 yr old dog at home already. We just want to make sure that the puppy isn't a carrier of Parvo.

Answer:There is no real need to wait to get the puppy until 2 weeks after the last parvo shot because this puppies last parvo shot needs to be at or even a little after 16 weeks because the puppy will have a lot of maternal antibody from it's mother. Probably the most important thing for this (and all puppies) as they go through their shot series is to keep them away from the virus (we usually say "avoid high dog traffic areas" like dog park, the ground where lots of dogs go to the bathroom, etc) so removing that puppy from it's home (where the bitch may have shed parvo virus) is actually a good idea. It should be fine to get the puppy at 8 weeks. Most of us wait until 8 weeks to start vaccines because maternal antibody blocks the recognition of the vaccines so this puppy should have tons of maternal antibody (if it nursed off it's mother) and shouldn't need 2 vaccines before 8 weeks of age.

Date: Nov 7, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: New puppy and older dog

Question:We are getting a puppy from a parvo Survivor. The puppy will have its parvo shots. We were looking to get the puppy at 8 weeks old however I saw a website that said they should not be moved from their homes until 2 weeks after their last parvo shot. We have a seven year old dog at home now and wanted to know what the best protocol was for when to introduce the puppy and what type of protection we should have for our older dog.

Answer:I don't really know what this means: "We are getting a puppy from a parvo Survivor." The bitch (mama dog) was a survivor? The puppy was a survivor? or they had another dog at that house that was a survivor? How long ago did this survival occur? Regardless, if your older dog is well vaccinated, at 7 years of age, he should be protected.

Date: Nov 7, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Young puppies getting mild parvo

Question:My Labrador has 10 puppies. I irresponsibly didn't realize when she was pregnant that her yearly jabs were due. My vet advised me not to give any vaccines while pregnant and to have them done when they were born. At 8 days old I took her in for a check up and to have them done. He advised me not to have them done until weened. At 4 weeks the puppies were outside in a pen for some hours a day and practically weaned as the dam was not wanting to feed them any more so we started cutting her food down as I was worried about mastitis. I struggled to just get her to feed one pup to relieve the pressure. She had her vaccinations done when the puppies were 4 weeks old ( rabies and 5 in 1). 2 days later I notice one puppy with diarrhoea. Thinking it was just dewormers causing havoc I gave some ORS and gave them all just as a precaution as we live in very hot climate. The one little girl was eating at 11am playing at 12 and by 2 pm she was lethargic. I kept giving her ORS but by 4pm she would no longer drink so she was rushed to the vet and put on a drip. Instant test was negative for parvo.I sanitized their area heavily but but 6pm I realized the whole litter was down. I kept giving ORS every half hour to every hour. I was constantly cleaning up very runny yellow stool it was not even on the poo scale. Worse than catergory 7 as it was practically just could smelling water. By 330 am I thought I was going to lose 2 as they were starting to fade. Got the litter to the vets where the sickest was admitted and amazingly there were only 3 others with slight dehydration. A stool sample(they were practically swimmimg in it as they had such bad diarrhoea)showed a very faint positive for parvo. I was devastated. I took them home after amoxyclav and fluids. I gave the mom loads of food and forced her to feed the pups(with help from friends). I kept giving ors and sc ringers lactate and dosed them with flagyl. They wouldnt eat but within a few hours they were eating scrambled egg on their own. 430 pm the puppies in ICU are collected as they are very lively and eating. 5pm I notice a massive puddle of dark bloody very liquid smelly stool. I was dubious of parvo but now it seemed inevitable I would lose the whole litter. Then nothing happened. They recovered. I kept them hydrated and from then on solid stool was being produced and they were mostly back to normal. Day 3 and it's as if nothing happened. Sorry for long back story but 1) do you think it was actually parvo at such a young age? The mother is 3 years in December and had her parvo vaccineat 6 weeks weeks 5 in 1 at 8 weeks,12 weeks, 1 year and 2 years was delayed as explained above 2) I don't know what to do about quarantine. How to keep them and the advise for next owners in 3 weeks 3) is it possible they got it once the mom went to the vet ( I know it was only 2 days) 4) I am living at a house that has had only well vaccinated dogs at and we are very isolated. I had a stray about 7 months back so know it's possible but the area the puppies were penned in outside has been in bare sunshine for months. There is just dried grass. We have had highs of 38degrees Celsius. 5) how much immunity would they now have when they get the first vaccine (5 in 1[parvo on its own is longer available in this country]) at 6 weeks. Can they be outside? I want to get my story out because there are lots of unanswered questions such as is it possible for such young puppies to have a mild case of parvo. The vet said she is seeing more and more cases of puppies dying this young but I know she sees many animals with dubious vaccination history. I have gone above and beyond and chose to breed and did huge amounts of research. I don't want my puppies brought up on concrete in a bleached environment as they need to start getting their immunity for the normal stuff that they eat.

Answer:1 - It is hard to say - parvo would not be very common at that young of an age with a pretty well vaccinated bitch, 2 - It is safer to treat the environment as if you have parvovirus. The puppies should recover and no problems in the future (if it was parvo), 3 - it is impossible to say, 4 - no question, 5 - If it was parvo, they should be immune. You cannot assume that it is parvo, so vaccinate them like you normally would. I agree, breeding again would not be a good idea (for many reasons).

Date: Oct 25, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: parvo virus

Question:hi good am i just want to ask what is the best first aid that we can do if our dog has a parvo virus?

Answer:You will need for your veterinarian to treat your dog if he has parvo because with parvovirus, they end up either throwing everything you give them up or just not absorbing it properly because the virus attacks their intestines.

Date: Oct 16, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: health issues later in life

Question:do you know if my puppy will have health problems later in life from having parvo.

Answer:Possibly the only good thing about parvo is that once they make it through it, they are usually immune for life and they very rarely ever have any problems later in life.

Date: Oct 10, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Coma

Question:Does a dog with parvo go into a coma

Answer:Toward the end, they can.

Date: Oct 7, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Illness of dog

Question:My German Shepherd is 3 months old. For 2 days, it totally stopped eating, vomited everything, kept sleeping and lost weight. It has a habit of catching flies and similar insects in it's sight and eating them. The VET suspected that there could've been some kind of stomach infection due to the pup having eaten some poisonous bug. Two injections were given for counteracting the poison and general immunity. Also, the doctor prescribed a medicine called 'Powergyl'. It has been a day. The pup is turning weaker and weaker. It has not started eating yet. It vomited today and I saw two small insect wings in it's vomit. What could be the reason for this illness? Could it even be parvovirus? Should I consult another VET about this problem?

Answer:It could definitely be parvovirus. It is easy to test for. You definitely need to see a veterinarian today to have him treated if he is still vomiting.

Date: Oct 5, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 5 mth old griz

Question:I had two puppies from my 4yr old boxer. Rusty sadly got really sick very fast and was diagnosed with parvo. We had to put him to sleep in 48 hours of his first symptoms. After we went and got my other dogs tested and Griz (brother) was showing a weak positive for parvo. It has been 8days now and only had two diarrhea episodes(never bloody or foul smelling) he is very happy energetic and has a very healthy appetite. I check him all the time for dehydration and he is always good. My question is can he have parvo and not have symptoms at just 5 months old? And if so how long before he will be over this virus?

Answer:Parvo virus lives in the soil and right conditions for years so it is possible for your other puppy to become infected if he is where the infected puppy was. It sounds like he has already been exposed to the other dog so it is possible that his immune system just mounted a better defense and/or he didn't become infected with as much of the virus.

Date: Sep 28, 2017
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Symptoms

Question:I have a 10 month old dog who has vomiting, extremely liquid diaherra,no energy,won't eat or drink for 3 days,there's no blood in stool,do you think it still could be parvo?

Answer:Yes, it could be parvo, but it could be other things as well (intestinal parasites, bacterial enteritis, dietary indiscretion, etc.). Have your veterinarian check him/her out as soon as possible.

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.


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