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: Aug 5, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog infected with parvo
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Question:Our dog had the symptoms of vomit and diarrhea.once it was diagnosed as parvo the treatment has begun by given doses of antibiotics,dns and rl injection. But during the treatment the dog had blood discharge.its been 4 days since the symptoms begun.is it in critical stage?

Answer:Possibly, yes. 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: Jul 29, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: parvo
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Question:my puppy had been recently treated for parvo 4 weeks later started having bloody diarrhea.. could this mean parvo has gotten came back and what should I do next

Answer:No - your puppy would be immune to parvo if s/he had it 4 weeks ago. Many things can caus bloody 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: Jul 19, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo
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Question:Hi my dog was diagnosed with parvo today unfortunately my only option to save my puppy is treat him at home under vets care due to loosing my job during this pandemic! But my puppy hasn’t experienced diarrhea and vomiting yet? Is it possible that he may not endure that while treating this virus?

Answer:Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and not eating are all signs you will see with parvo, so be sure of the diagnosis. 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: Jul 11, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rescued Adult Dogs
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Question:I belong to an animal rescue and would like to know if rescued adult dogs whose medical history is unknown need the series of parvovirus, distemper vaccines or a single dose.

Answer:If their history is entirely unknown, they need ONE booster from the initial vaccine in 3-4 weeks, so not the full puppy series, just 2 total vaccines.

Date: Jul 7, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: dog skin treatment and parvo
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Question:my 4 month old puppy has been experiencing some minor hair losses and skin crustiness then yesterday i found out that my puppy had shown some minor symptoms of parvo. i gaved her amoxicillin and made her drink as the vet said. I'm worried about the skin allergy in my puppy that it might affect her immune system while fighting parvo.

Answer:Mange is much more common in a puppy her age than allergies - it is easy to diagnose by your veterinarian. And home treatment for parvo virus is not ideal - intestinal parasites are more common and can kill them, but are easy to treat, so she really needs to go see her vet for 2 different reasons.

Date: Jun 29, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvovirus and deworming
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Question:Can Symptoms of parvovirus be confused with side effects of deworming of puppies

Answer:Not really - deworming can cause minor upset stomach - parvo causes much more severe upset stomach.

Date: Jun 26, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rottweiler
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Question:What can I give or feed my 3 month Rotty to stop the bloody stool while he has parvo? How long does it take for my Rotty to survive the parvo?

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: Jun 26, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bloody Stool, Diarrhea, and Vomit
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Question:Hello Dr. Dym, This is very urgent and I really hope that you can help me. I have a Golden Retriever and I think he might have the Parovirus. I got this dog from a breeder but he is definitely not trustable when I got the dog he was very sick but we thought he was maybe just tired from the ride over here in LA. This dog came from Mexico and from experience dogs typically from Mexico come with lots of viruses. My dog is now around 3 months and we have been keeping up with all of his shots and taking him to the vet when needed. This morning he woke up very sick. He kept on throwing up and he has lots of diarrhea just around 5 min ago he pooped blood and it looked like bloody mucus. I really don’t want my dog to die and he is also very skinny. He still plays and eats but this morning he just woke up awful. What should I do?

Answer:Seeing your veterinarian and having them make a diagnosis and treat him is ideal. 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: Jun 22, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo Questions
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Question:Hello, I recently adopted a 2 month old beagle. He has all his vaccinations. The place I got him called me saying one of the pups there has parvo. She mentioned there is very limited contact with puppy to puppy and it is mostly passed through exposure of stool. My beagles poop is not runny runny and he is not pooping excessively but it is soft. There also seems to be no blood from the last time I checked. He seems normal, as he is very playful and drinks and eats accordingly. Should I be concerned?

Answer:There is about a 3-7 day incubation period. I can't tell how long you have had him. Parvo also lives for really long periods of time on surfaces so throw out anything from the place that had it or clean really well with bleach. Watch for lethargy, vomiting, not eating, then diarrhea turning to blood. Keep him on track with his vaccines - should need his next one 3-4 weeks from his last

Date: Jun 7, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Acting abnormal
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Question:How do you know if your dog has parvo at the same time have a pitbull that has never had shots and is acting abnormal hasn't eaten in 2 days.

Answer:Parvo almost exclusively targets puppies that are around 3-6 months of age - if your dog is older, s/he probably has something else. Your veterinarian will have tests (fecal, parvo test, etc.) that will be able to tell what is going on so you can treat him/her appropriately.

Date: Jun 7, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Parvo
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Question:If Parvo is a virus why treat with antibiotics

Answer:Because the secondary bacterial infection is often what kills them.

Date: Jun 6, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Parvo 8wk old puppy
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Question:8week 5day old schnauzer, started vomiting and some diarrhea after 1pm today. She has had her first set of shots and due for second set at 9 weeks.She vomited her food and then her water. I have been giving pedialyte every 30mins for the last two hours. Should I be worried and contact the vet first thing tomorrow morning? Or continue at him treatment? There is a store nearby where I can get Fast Balance GI.

Answer:At that age they can get dehydrated so quickly, it is ideal to go ahead and see your veterinarian. Fast Balance GI is probably a good idea if you don't go but it just treats the symptoms - treating the underlying cause is ideal - there are many possibilities but intestinal parasites are common at that age - many of the ones that make them sick are not treated by over-the-counter dewormers (like coccidia or Giardia) so your veterinarian doing a fecl is ideal. Wait to vaccinate until she is feeling 100%.

Date: Jun 4, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Parvo
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Question:So my roommate brought 2 foster puppies into our house and my dog is not up to date on his shots. The rescue gave my roommate a distemper shot which he gave my dog himself. The puppies have both been diagnosed with parvo and the rescue has had them back since Sunday. My dog seems to be doing fine. Should I take him to the vet anyway? It?s hard because they?re only taking emergencies right now.

Answer:If your dog is totally assymptomatic, there is no need to see your veterinarian. Watch for vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy (tiredness) or inappetance (not eating. If you see these, contact your veterinarian. Many older dogs are immune to parvo even if they aren't perfectly vaccinated.

Date: Jun 4, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Vaccine
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Question:I administer my dogs vaccines myself except rabies. I was on a deployment when my dog was due for his 1 year booster and he is overdue for 4 months. Can I use a spectra 10 on him now even though he is overdue?

Answer:Yes

Date: May 24, 2020
Category: Parvovirus
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Shots
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Question:I got puppy Chihuahua and she had parvo she got well but I am getting another six weeks old will he be old enough to get parvo shot I cleaned with bleach

Answer:I never recommend getting another puppy for a couple of years in the same place. Since the virus is microscopic there is no way of knowing if you bleached it all away.

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