Ask the Vet About Parvovirus in Dogs
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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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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)
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.
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
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
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
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.