Ask the Vet About Parvovirus in Dogs

Ask the Vet About Parvovirus in Dogs
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym

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: Jun 13, 2021
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: I think my baby kitten have parvo and I really love and care for this kitten as if it was a real human and I just want her to be okay
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Question:How do I help her,!?!?

Answer:"Parvo" is more common in dogs/puppies so depending on your kittens symptoms, it may just have intestinal parasites (like coccidia, etc.) which are easy to treat but can be fatal so go ahead and see your veterinarian for a definitiive diagnosis so you can get her treated.

Date: Apr 25, 2021
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Throwing Up 24 Hours After Vaccine
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Question:My dog was vaccinated for parvo yesterday and today he threw up clear. He ate one meal and was drinking water but has been throwing up since Is This Normal ?

Answer:No, vomiting is not normal after a vaccine. Occasionally it may be due to the motion of the car but this far after the car ride, it would be ideal to have your veterinarian recheck him. Even if he is feeling better by the time you get this, let your veterinarian know how he reacted to that vaccine - they will want to note it in his chart.

Date: Mar 17, 2021
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo exposure
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Question:My 6 mo old puppy (current on vaccinations) was on a play date 10 days ago. One of the other dogs present became ill yesterday and was diagnosed with parvo today. Should I take my pup to the vet? She is showing no symptoms.

Answer:There is no need to take her in if she has no symptoms. Watch for vomiting, lethargy, not eating and diarrhea.

Date: Mar 9, 2021
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo
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Question:My puppy had his first vaccination and was scheduled today for his second. However 4 days ago he was diagnosed with parvo, only symptoms was diarrhea for two days otherwise acted completely normal. My question is what Is the likelihood that the test was a false positive, I wonder should he still get the second dose even though the vet tech says no?

Answer:I would definitely give him a few more days for his immune system to fully recover so it can recognize the vaccine. Just keep him away from "high-dog-traffic" areas which parvo is more likely to be contracted until he is done with his vaccine series. The vet tech is correct - confirm with the veterinarian and discuss what day would be ideal (depends on a lot of things: how long ago his last vaccine was, how sick he was, what his blood work looked like, etc.)

Date: Jan 24, 2021
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy not vaccinated yet
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Question:New puppy scheduled to get shots on Friday. Death in family & have to go out of town. My son will stay with puppy but will have to take him to work with him & there is an older dog there that has had it shots. Is it OK to do that if he keeps them in separate rooms?

Answer:An older, well vaccinated dog is not a concern. The concern for puppies is "high dog traffic areas" like parks or anywhere many dogs poop because parvo can live in the ground for months, possibly years, so the puppy doesn't have to come into contact with another dog necessarily, just avoid these areas and keep him from chewing on the soil,grass when he's walking around in unknown areas.

Date: Jan 1, 2021
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog care
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Question:My 2month old puppy is affected by parvo his treatment is under going on but when night came he want to sleep with us he crying can we put our dog with us he always love to sleep our lap

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 1, 2021
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Symptoms
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Question:I have 2month old street puppy i abondon him 5days before 3rd day he did diarrhea so im feared and went to vet they gave him deworming injection with some syrups when we return our home his condition getting so bad he suddenly did bloody diarhea with heavy smell again we went to vet they gave him fluids but my worries he didn't eat but only drink some water his urine colour is dark yellowish and he just pee one time only with blood diarhea still he vomitting i dont know its parvo or some other issues

Answer:Yes, it sounds like parvo. He ideally needs to be at your veterinarian's office on IV fluids and injections for nausea, pain and antibiotics. 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 24, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My puppy is sick
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Question:I don't have money take him to vet he threw up a couple of days ago. Now he's not eating barely drinks and sleeps way more than usual

Answer:You categorized this question under parvovirus and that is probably the most common and most worrisome possibility. 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 21, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo or Lyme Disease?
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Question:Hi! Our 11 year old Yorkie Terrier was throwing up all day on Thurs., but ate and felt great yesterday. Then today she won't eat or drink and is very lethargic. Could these be signs of Lyme Disease or Parvo? She got infested with deer ticks about 2 months ago, but she doesn't have diarhea which I believe is common with parvo? Thank you in advance!

Answer:Parvo is primarily a disease of puppies, so it's more than likely not that. Then of all the symptoms Lyme can cause, vomiting would be very rare, so it's probably something else. There are MANY causes, often treated very differently so it really is ideal to go ahead and see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and targeted treatment. Here is a link to our article about various causes of vomiting and potential treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/vomiting-causes-dog-cat-36.htm

Date: Nov 19, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Is it the right medication?
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Question:Today is the fifth day of my 2.5 month old lab puppy fighting parvo. He is still vomiting and has bloody diarrhea atleast 4-5 times a day. DNS, inj perinorm, inj aciloc, monotax, netspan, metrogil are some of the prescribed medications he is getting twice a day. Is it the right medication? He is going to be fine, right?

Answer:It is always hard to say if they will make it when fighting a virus - it sounds like he is being treated appropriately for the medications that you have in your country. Since it is a virus, you are basically just waiting on his immune system to be able to fight it off, while offering supportive care.

Date: Oct 17, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dark brown liquid stool
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Question:Is my dog fighting the parvovirus if he has dark brown liquid stool or is it just a symptom of the virus. What are the signs he is getting better. What are the signs he’s getting worse

Answer:"dark brown liquid stool" can indicate many things, including parvo. Intestinal parasites are far more common especially if there is no vomiting and relatively normal energy levels but that is what to look for if he worsens. Go ahead and see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and treatment. If that isn't immediately an option, use a broad spectrum over-the-counter dewormer that has the active ingredient fenbendazole like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html

Date: Sep 28, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 10 week German Shepherd with first two shots
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Question:My boy has his first two shots, he was outside with me to relieve himself and he picked up some dry poop and then a mouth full of dirt thereafter. There are no signs because this just happened. How concerned should I be for the well-being of my puppy?

Answer:If the dirt was not from a "high dog traffic area" like a dog park or somewhere lots of dogs have pooped over the years, you are probably fine. Watch for vomiting, diarrhea and inappetance (not eating) over the next few days.

Date: Sep 15, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Can we give water to dog
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Question:Can I provide water for my puppy in parvovirus

Answer:A puppy with parvo usually cannot stay hydrated orally so needs to be on IV fluids from your veterinarian. 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: Aug 23, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo or drug reaction
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Question:Hello, my dog has recently been given dewormer we gave him enough for a 50 lb dog because that's around what we thought he weighed at the time. However we went to the vet three days later because he had a fever, vomiting, lethargic, and wouldn't eat/drink. They weighed him at 37 lbs. However, a lot of dogs around here have had parvo and with him missing the 2nd round (not my fault) they think he has parvo and treated him for that without testing. What do you think? Is it the dewormer or is it parvo?

Answer:I would need a lot more inforamtion to really give you good advice - primarily his age - if he is between ~3 months and 7 months, parvo is the most common cause of the clinical signs you describe. (Of all the causes, it's not the dewormer)

Date: Aug 22, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Should we proceed with adoption?
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Question:We recently adopted a 10 week old toy-breed puppy and from the first day, noticed he wasn't eating well and had intermittent diarrhea. On day 4 he became lethargic and was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with parvovirus and coccidia. 3 thousand dollars later he is stable and has been returned to the breeder who offered to oversee his full recovery before returning him to us. My questions are: given the incubation period associated with both parvovirus and coccidia, is it reasonable to assume that he contracted these while in the breeders care and prior to adoption? Secondly, should we proceed with taking the dog back once fully recovered or are we likely to be facing ongoing/lifelong gastro issues as a result of the infections? Thank you!

Answer:The coccidia infestation was definitely already established when you got him. Impossibe to say about the parvo though because the incubation period is 3-7 days. The good news about all this is that, No, the puppy should not have any ongoing/lifelong GI issues from either of those things and will more than likely be immune to parvo for it's life.

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