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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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: Jan 9, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: parvo

Question:i have a 5 month old chihuahua i think she has parvo she wont eat or drink. has diarea and is throwing up. she was a runt and maybe weighs 2 to 3 pounds the vets wont see her unless i have the money. and i dont is there anything i can do at home to get her over this?

Answer:At home treatment is not recommended unless treatment at your vet is simply not an option at all. Here is a link to our article about treating parvo virus, with a section about at-home care: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/parvovirus-treatment-dogs-30.htm

Date: Jan 8, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo puppy acting too normal?

Question:You My puppy was diagnosed with Parvo yesterday after one mucus poop, one vomit (smalll and yellow) and one diarrhea. We were given a whole kit, barium, anti nausea tablets, an IV etc. She wont touch the special food they gave us but will eat her regular food and wants it desperately. Im giving her small amounts to make sure it stays in. Her poop this morning was semi soft but not diarrhea. Like a big Hershey kiss. I dont want to give her an IV when she has only vomited once in all and hasnt since being diagnosed. She is eating and drinking on her own but the vet just says well she tested positive. She plays with the other two puppies and runs around the house. Im confused by her positive parvo test when she is not vomiting or having diarrhea. She does seem a little nauseated in the morning but after the anti nausea med kicks in shes up and eating playing etc. Im not even sure what Im asking, I feel like if shes eating, drinking and playing maybe I dont need to give her multiple IVs a day. Just looking for second opinion I guess.

Answer:There are varying degrees of severity of parvo. If she is eating her own food, holding it down with no more vomiting, she does not need fluids today.

Date: Jan 8, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sick

Question:My Dog ate an Oreo cookie off the floor from my baby and all of asudden got sick but my daughter's friend came over to play and her puppies have parvo could the friend have brought it to my puppy he vomited and just what's to lay around with a little diarrhea but eats a little and drinks water

Answer:Parvo is a very stable virus, so yes, it could have come over on her shoes, clothes, hands, etc. but many things can cause vomiting and lethargy. See your veterinarian for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment based on the actual diagnosis.

Date: Dec 21, 2019
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo

Question:My puppy cleo just today started throwing up clear vomit she just started throwing up this morning we have been giving her water 3 table spoon every 20 minutes she has diarrhea but its not bloody we have been feeding her farina shes doing well but still a little weak shes been sleeping all day and have been waking her up keeping an update on her and trying to keep her hydrated do you think she will make it if we keep doing what me and my girlfriend are doing ? Im a little worried she wont make it because shes just a pup

Answer:At home treatment is not recommended unless treatment at your vet is simply not an option at all. Here is a link to our article about treating parvo virus, with a section about at-home care: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/parvovirus-treatment-dogs-30.htm

Date: Dec 19, 2019
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Could it be possibly?

Question:My buddy had a dog pass away about 2-3 weeks ago. He did clean his house with bleach what he could, should I worry about my boy? My buddies dog was his sister. Could it be depression why hes acting funny? No blood in stool and no vomiting.

Answer:I am sorry for your loss. Obvious depression is rare in dogs so have his veterinarian check him out if it continues.

Date: Dec 18, 2019
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo virus

Question:I have 1month german shepherd puppy ....he was not eating anything since 3-4 days ....he had loose motions with bad odour and colour .... whatever he intakes he immediately poops it out ....so i took him to a vet ..he said that he might have parvo virus and he won't last long ...and he can't be saved....so can you plss suggest anything that we can do to save him

Answer:It is very unlikely that a 1 month (4 week old) puppy has parvo. They can have intestinal parasites. Did they check the puppy for intestinal parasites? These are easy to treat but they can die from some of them if not treated. Parvo is also very treatable, if the puppy is hospitalized and treated by a veterinarian with the appropriate fluids, antibiotics, anti-emetics, etc.

Date: Dec 11, 2019
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: diarrhea/vomiting

Question:My 3 month old pup was eating heartily last night and playing with his siblings with much energy. This morning I found soft stool and vomit ( dog food eaten the night before).....and 2 hours later the stool was brown and water consistency. Later afternoon the stool is watery and pinkish/brown. He is not as energetic but still moving around....not eating. Is this parvo? can it be treated successfully?

Answer:He is at the exact age that we see parvo. Parvo is usually very treatable so see your veterinarian if his symptoms continue.

Date: Dec 2, 2019
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diarrhea

Question:My 3 month old dog has had parvo for about 3 days now. Ive been trying to treat him at home (keeping hydrated, etc). He just had his first episode of bloody diarrhea. Can he still be saved, or is it too late?

Answer:We never know with parvo. It is ideal for your veterinarian to hospitalize him at this point, or at least treat him as an outpatient (subcutanous fluids, injectable antibiotics, injections if he's vomiting, etc) if you can afford that.

Date: Dec 1, 2019
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Home Remedy

Question:My brother's dog has the beginning stages of Parvo and he can't get him to the vet today and he wants to know what he can use to help his dog until he can get to the vet

Answer:At home treatment is not recommended unless treatment at your vet is simply not an option at all. Here is a link to our article about treating parvo virus, with a section about at-home care: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/parvovirus-treatment-dogs-30.htm

Date: Nov 26, 2019
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Low cost treatment

Question:My dog is 1&a half can he have parval ?he has lost a lot of weight, we feed him extra portion s but still continue to be skinny

Answer:If he is still eating, it probably isn't parvo. There are MANY causes of weight loss in a dog - everything from intestinal parasites to cancer and about a million in between. Intestinal parasites are easy to treat, but you need to know which one(s) he has - there are many - if you start just guessing, use a broad spectrum dewormer that covers whip worms, like Panacur - there is a link to Panacur in this link about causes of weight loss and potential treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/causes-weight-loss-dog-cat-37.htm

Date: Nov 18, 2019
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Home treatment for parvovirus

Question:I've got four dogs all of which are four years 3 years 2 years and a puppy that is about 8 months. I noticed the vomiting early on it was it was just a clear vomit but just the other day my dog is Clifford the four-year-old was acting really excited he was in his kennel when I let him out of his kennel he jumped on the bed and started spring diarrhea everywhere uncontrollably he was squirting more water than anything but it was the color of poop but there was no real strong smell and I didn't notice any blood what does could this be a sign of parvo? If so I need I must have please a home remedy of some kind that I can use to help my dog's it is $800 for a visit here at the vet for treatment for dog now it's you doing the math for all four dogs that is beyond my ability to pay I'm not even able to even for one dog barely I don't want to lose my friends so please any advice you can give me would be grateful. Please don't tell me that it's highly not recommended to do home treatment because that is my only option I need advice on how to treat my dogs at home I don't want your website I don't want to be told that it's better to take him to that because that's not an option please help these are my friends.

Answer:Well, the good news is : it's probably not parvo virus in a 4 year old - that is almost exclusively a disease of puppies. There are about a million causes of diarrhea. Determining the underlying cause of the diarrhea is ideal. Start by having your veterinarian analyze multiple different fecal samples looking for intestinal parasites. There are so many causes, I will attach a link to our article about diarrhea that goes over many of those causes and discusses various treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/diarrhea-dog-cat-30.htm

Date: Nov 10, 2019
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo

Question:We were in contact with a dog that we now find out has Parvo. Is it possible for our 6 month old puppy to catch it off our clothes? She has been vaccinated for it on 10-7-2019. She is now with another dog, can she give it to them?

Answer:Yes, parvo is a very stable virus - bleach is about the only household product that will kill it. One vaccine provides very little immunity - the entire series needs to be completed and even then, you cannot say they are perfectly immune (like the human flu shot).

Date: Nov 7, 2019
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo

Question:Can 3 day old newborn puppies get parvo

Answer:No

Date: Nov 7, 2019
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Is it parvo?

Question:My brother has three german shepherd puppies. Two days ago two of the puppies had started throwing up. They were sick for a day and are now perfectly normal running around and everything. Yesterday the third puppy had gotten sick and was throwing up. Today he is lethargic has bloody diarrhea. I need to know is it parvo and did the other puppies have it? He is unable to take them to the vet until Friday when he gets paid. All three of the have had their first round of shots

Answer:Parvo is possible but so are a lot of other problems - the blood is worrisome and necessitates a trip to the vet for sure to see exactly what is going on. Some intestinal parasites (coccidia, Giardia, etc) can cause bloody diarrhea like that and are easy and cheap to treat but left untreated can kill them. There are so many causes, I will attach a link to our article about diarrhea that goes over many of those causes and discusses various treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/diarrhea-dog-cat-30.htm

Date: Nov 4, 2019
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo

Question:If my dog gets parvo and received treatment can my dog be reinfected a month later

Answer:No - dog that have parvo are pretty much considered immune for life.


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