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Parvo In Dogs: How to Diagnose, Treat and Prevent

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Dog with sick mask onCanine parvovirus type 2 or “parvo” is a highly contagious virus that is particularly prominent in the canine community. Parvo is of particular concern for puppy owners due to the severity of symptoms and the weak immune systems of younger dogs. There are ways to help prevent parvo, and it from spreading, and as a responsible dog owner it is important to be familiar with these prevention methods. Effective prevention begins with understanding the virology and pathophysiology of the virus itself. Read on to learn more about this disease, the symptoms, how to treat and prevent it from spreading to others.

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Parvo at a Glance

Before we dig into the details, here are a few facts and things you should know:

  • Parvo was discovered in the 1970’s. In two years, the virus spread worldwide
  • Dogs that develop parvo will show symptoms 3-10 days after being exposed
  • Symptoms include: vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea (usually bloody), and fever
  • Mortality rate: 91 percent if left untreated, 5-20 percent if aggressively treated
  • 80 percent of adult dogs show no symptoms; puppies are most susceptible
  • Extremely resilient, parvo can live in feces or other organic material for more than a year
  • The only household cleaner that will destroy the virus is bleach
  • Vaccination is the only prevention

Definition: What Is Canine Parvovirus Type 2 or Parvo?

PetsBest Insurance: Lost Car KeysCanine parvovirus type 2 (known as parvo) is classified as a group II virus in the family Parvoviridae and the genus Parvovirus. Parvo in dogs is extremely contagious and is spread through a dog’s feces whether through direct or indirect contact with the feces of an infected dog. There are two different types of the canine parvo virus, classified by the system of the body that is mainly affected: Cardiac Manifestation and Intestinal Manifestation. We’ll get into both in more detail below.

Cardiac Manifestation of Parvo

The cardiac manifestation of parvo is characterized by cardiovascular failure or respiratory failure in puppies. The cardiac variant of parvo is much less common than the intestinal form and is found in very young puppies under eight weeks old. These puppies usually have been infected by a mother with parvo while they were still in utero. The virus targets the muscles of the heart and these muscles are not strong enough to withstand the virus. In almost all cases of cardiac parvo virus infection, young puppies die. The death of a puppy infected with this variant of parvo can come on suddenly with little sign of distress or it can be accompanied by a short period of respiratory trouble. Veterinary surgeons have found that the virus results in microscopic necrosis of heart tissue in dogs that do not survive. In dogs that are somehow able to withstand this virus, there is evidence of fibrosis or the growth of fibrous tissue which may cause complication in later life.

Fortunately, there are fewer cases of the cardiac presentation of the parvovirus these days due to the availability of a vaccination that is given routinely to dogs intended for breeding.

Intestinal Manifestation of Parvo

Where the cardiac manifestation of the parvovirus is passed from the infected mother to her puppies in utero, the intestinal form of this virus is passed through oral contact with the parvo virus. The virus can be spread through fomites, feces or infected soil and once an uninfected dog comes into oral contact with the infection through any of these means, the virus can quickly spread. The first step in infection of a dog is when the canine parvo virus is ingested and it replicates in the lymphoid tissue located in the dog’s throat. After replication, the virus then spreads to the bloodstream where it attacks cells within the body that naturally divide quickly. There are a number of cells that seem to be most affected by the virus because of their rapidly dividing nature, these include: bone marrow and lymph nodes. The virus then begins to deplete the lymphocytes found in the lymph nodes and destroys and kills the tissue in the intestines. As the intestines are affected by the virus it becomes possible for leakage to occur in the bloodstream which results in sepsis that can quickly lead to death. If the virus is caught quickly enough, treatment can begin and death can be prevented. There are a number of side effects that can result from intestinal parvo that can be extremely severe, so seeking treatment immediately is imperative.

It is important to understand that a dog that has survived parvo will still have remnants of the virus in their feces for as long as three weeks. It is also crucial to know that a dog that has been affected with the parvovirus at some point during their life will forever be a carrier of the virus and they can shed the virus at various points during their lifespan.

Question: Is Parvo Always Deadly?

As a dog owner, one of the most frequently asked questions is whether parvo is always deadly. Many times when we hear of this disease it’s in relation to young puppies and, unfortunately, in these cases puppies generally cannot survive. When puppies are too young to be vaccinated against the parvo virus and they have not been protected by maternal antibodies as a result of vaccination of a breeding female, they lack the defenses to fight against this aggressive virus. In some cases; however, dogs can recover from parvo. When left untreated, the mortality rate of parvo virus infection is around 91%. When treated with more aggressive therapy, parvo mortality rates can drop to 20% to 5%, but not without lasting effects.

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Question: What Happens When Puppies Are Infected With Parvo Through Maternal Exposure?

Unfortunately for puppies, they can become affected with the parvo virus when their unvaccinated mother is exposed to and contracts it herself. The tricky part of this contagion process is that the mother may not always show symptoms of the virus and she may even develop immunity to it after her puppies have already been infected. After puppies exposed to the parvo virus are born, however, they often show symptoms of the disease and rarely survive. Some of the signs seen in young puppies born with the virus include cerebellar hypoplasia, a condition in which the cerebellum is under developed or incomplete. Other neurological abnormalities are also seen in infected puppies and often these dogs will not be strong enough to fight the complications that accompany their condition.


Question: Is Parvo Different from Heartworms?

As mentioned above, parvo is a virus whereas all worms in dogs, including heartworms, are parasites. Parasites are sometimes easy to spot in dog waste, but often are not easily detected by the human eye. The symptoms for parvo and heartworms in dogs are almost identical and so is the cost of treatment and severity of health concerns. Both can potentially result in death if not treated quickly and correctly but the good news is that both can be treated with preventative medicines such as HeartGard. (Parasites like worms and ticks thrive in warm climates so be especially cautious about remembering the monthly heartworm preventative medicine during summer months. Your dog will thank you.)

What Are the Symptoms of Parvo?

Parvo generally incubates for five to ten days, meaning that five to ten days after a dog is exposed to the virus they will begin to show symptoms. Symptoms vary from dog to dog for a number of reasons, but a handful of symptoms are most commonly seen with infection. Most commonly dogs that have contracted this virus will become extremely lethargic, will have a fever, will begin vomiting and will also have diarrhea. What tips most people off to there being a problem with their dog is the presence of blood in their diarrhea. It is important that if you ever notice blood in your dog’s stool that you take them to the vet immediately. As a result of these primary symptoms, dogs can also begin to suffer from dehydration and infection. Any dog with diarrhea or vomiting should always be kept properly hydrated, if this is not possible at home or if you suspect a parvo infection, take your dog to the vet and they will begin to administer IV fluids.

In cases of intestinal parvo, the lining of the intestines can become damaged and protein and blood can leak into the bloodstream. This can cause a number of medical concerns such as sepsis, anemia, the escape of endotoxins into the bloodstream and a severe drop in white blood cells. Depending on the overall health of the dog, any one of these conditions can severely debilitate or kill an infected dog.

The first sign to look for in a dog infected with parvo is lethargy. A lethargic dog may be difficult to spot if you have an older dog or a dog that has very little energy as a result of any number of conditions. A lethargic dog will not want to get up for treats or food and they will generally fail to respond to any type of stimulation such as their favorite toy. Failing to notice the lethargy that can be seen in parvo infected dogs is not uncommon but the loss of appetite and diarrhea that follow are much more difficult to miss. After the development of diarrhea, dogs may also begin vomiting.

How Is Parvo Diagnosed?

If your dog shows any of the signs of parvo virus you should take him or her to the vet immediately. When parvo is suspected, an EIA or hemagglutination test can be performed on feces to look for signs of the canine parvo virus. An electron microscope may also be used to look for signs of the virus. The drawback to using EIA or enzyme immunoassay for testing for signs of the parvo virus is that dogs in later stages of the disease may not shed much of the virus in their feces. In these cases many veterinarians rely upon PCR or polymerase chain reaction to test for the virus. The term PCR refers to a process of amplifying a piece of DNA across various magnitudes. This type of PCR amplification results in thousands (or more) of copies of the DNA sequence being looked at to magnify causes for concern.

Ruling Out Other Causes

If a dog shows symptoms similar to those of parvo, it is important that your veterinarian be able to rule out other potential causes. Looking for signs of parvo in feces is the easiest way to determine infection. Other symptoms that cluster are also indicative of a parvo infection, these include: a low white blood cell count, diarrhea with blood in it and evidence of necrosis in the intestinal lining. These symptoms are more classic to parvo infection than any other illness. While the intestinal form of parvo virus can occasionally be confused with other types of illnesses such as corona virus, there is no mistaking the symptoms of cardiac parvo.

Treatment of Parvo Virus

There are a number of factors that determine how effective treatment can be against parvo virus once a dog has already been infected. There is currently a particularly effective vaccine for dogs that have not yet been exposed to the illness, but dogs that have already been infected with the virus face a much different road of treatment. Time is one of the most significant factors in whether or not a treatment for parvo will be successful: The earlier the virus is detected and treatment begins, the better the outlook for treatment. Age also plays a significant role in how effective a parvo treatment will be. Extremely young, old or immune-compromised dogs will not be able to withstand the more aggressive types of treatments designed to eradicate parvo.

Hospitalization and Medication

A dog with parvo should always be hospitalized in order to receive treatment. Treatment generally consists of the administration of crystalloid IV fluids and or colloids, administration of anti-nausea medications and injection of antibiotics. The particular types of medications used – both anti-nausea and antibiotics — vary depending upon the dog and the vet issuing the treatment. Some dogs have particular sensitivities to certain medications and some veterinarians have a better track record with using specific treatments. If dogs continue to vomit or void their bowels during treatment, they are also administered additional fluids to rehydrate them. The administration of fluids overall serves to both rehydrate and re-balance levels of electrolytes and other elements in the body that help maintain healthy functions.

Blood Plasma Transfusions

In some cases veterinarians may choose to utilize a somewhat unique procedure called a blood plasma transfusion. This treatment involves taking blood plasma from a dog that has survived canine parvo virus and has developed antibodies to it. This blood is transfused in to the infected dog and is looked upon as providing passive immunity. There are no in-depth studies at the moment to identify whether or not this method is more effective in treating parvo than other more traditional methods.

Returning to Normal Function

After initial treatment for the parvo virus dogs will begin to be weaned off additional fluids, only once they are able to keep fluids down. Sustenance will be administered in the way of bland food; this is generally a prescription-based food that is easy on the gastrointestinal system. Oral antibiotics are generally continued after the initial treatment in dogs that show low white blood cell counts in order to help fight any potential for infection. Any type of infection following treatment for parvo can lead to death due to the weakened system of the infected dog. While some recommend non-conventional or homeopathic remedies for the treatment of parvo virus, it is crucial to understand just how quickly this disease progresses and how quickly it can kill an infected dog. Veterinarian treatment should always be sought in suspected cases of parvo.

Prevention of Parvo

Since parvo is such a devastating virus, one of the most significant things any dog owner can do is prevent infection of their dog. The first step in preventing parvo is vaccination. Puppies will derive immunity from their vaccinated mother and at four months old they receive a series of vaccinations to create their own immunity to the virus. Parvo vaccines are a set of three vaccinations that are spaced within a period of three to four weeks.

Decontamination of Parvo Infected Areas

Decontamination is another important part of ensuring that parvo does not spread. As the owner of a dog that has successfully been treated for parvo, it is important to understand that your dog can still contaminate with their feces and they can spread the virus to otherwise healthy dogs. The parvo virus is such a strong virus that it can survive living in soil for as long as a year so it is crucial to completely decontaminate areas where an infected or successfully treated dog eliminates their waste. Active parvo can be treated with a water/bleach solution with a ratio of 15:1. This bleach solution will kill any active parvo and should be used on any area that has been used as an elimination area for the dog. The general advised period for decontaminating an area and bringing another dog in to that area is six months. While grass and soil can be disinfected with bleach solution, a waiting period of six months is advised before bringing a new puppy home. It is also advised to ensure that a new puppy has all of their vaccinations before bringing them in to a home that has recently been exposed to parvo.

The Importance of Notifying the Neighbors

Another important step that should be taken by anyone who has a dog that has been infected with parvo is informing neighbors. Neighbors with dogs should be told that your dog has contracted parvo. Since parvo can be spread from dog to dog in addition to bring spread through feces and soil, neighbors dogs may have become infected simply by walking their dog on your grass. Share any information that you have learned about parvo with these neighbors and prompt them to have their dogs tested for the virus. Many people are afraid that their neighbors will be upset and as such they avoid notifying them. You should keep in mind however, that if a neighborhood dog has contracted parvo, your notification could be the only thing that gets them treatment before the virus causes too much damage.

Remember: Parvo Virus is Preventable

Parvo virus is a relatively new virus, discovered in the 1970’s. It is such a virulent disease that within two years of its discovery it had spread across the world. Parvo is a very destructive and very rapidly moving disease that can kill a dog in a matter of days but with the proper precautions it is possible to wipe out or at least cause a sharp decline in diagnosed cases. All it takes is regular vaccinations of all dogs in addition to treatment and appropriate decontamination of infected areas. Even if a dog is treated and successfully recovers from parvo without appropriate decontamination of the home area it is possible to cause the virus to spread to other dogs in the community. It takes a combination of responsible pet ownership, good veterinary care, and vigilant decontamination of infected areas in order to prevent and hopefully one day eliminate this devastating virus.

Is your dog showing signs of Parvo or has been treated for Parvo?

Jeff has a long history with dogs. Having lived with Boxers, Labs, Golden Retrievers and even a couple of Samoyeds, Jeff has experience raising many different types of dogs.

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Lisa B
Lisa B

I had my female lab get parvo at 15 months, she was vaccinated before she contacted the parvo. Will she now be a carrier for the virus? meaning if she has pups will they be infected?

Elaine Churchwell
Elaine Churchwell

If a person handles the dog with parvo, leaves and.goes to someone else s house and.handles the dogs food there, would it be comtages to the other dogs?

Teresa
Teresa

Does parvovirus cause seizures due to hypoglycemia?

Tammy spencer
Tammy spencer

Can you walk your dog outside when he’s only had 1 shot

Mbsbd
Mbsbd

I would avoid this until the pup has his/her full series of shots. Our first pup contracted Parvo, yet survived, but had other medical issues throughout his life. We just got a new puppy and are being much more vigilant this time. Basically in a bubble until all shots are given. It’s tough, but just not taking any chances as the first one probably got it from the grass in our front yard, or like you are taking about on a walk.

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

I would ask your vet about your dog’s health and whether it’s ok to walk him.

Kristina W.
Kristina W.
As a dog owner of Rottweiler’s I can not tell you how important it is to make sure they have their shots on time like clockwork. Do not miss by even a day or two. My male when he was a little over 4 months old contracted Parvo by a friend walking in someone’s yard that had animals that had Parvo, they were unaware of it. They walking into our house with the disease on their shoes and infected our whole house. Thank god we have a vet that could smell it right off the bat and worked immediately. I… Read more »
Micah eason
Micah eason

I have a dog,pitbull, I want to know if he has parvo,he thrown up yellow liquid for a while,then he started drinking more water,I gave u pidealyte,he just started eating,he had no blood in his poo,no diarrhea,does it sound like parvo

Tracy
Tracy

When it’s yellow, its bio. Most of the time it means their hungry.

Katie
Katie

That can actually just be common. Is not a parvo thing. My puppy did it after coughing too much from pulling. ( something I’ve been working very hard to get her to stop)

Monie Miller
Monie Miller
My neighbors lost 5 dogs and didn’t inform me they thought it was parvo. a week later my dog started showing symptoms. he’s been sick for for 4 days now. have been forcing pedialyte and water down him since the vomiting started. he held fluid but not food. the 3rd day of being sick he quit holding fluid down. went to vet he tested positive. I got an iv some antibiotics and probiotics to treat at home. he’s very lethargic but gets up and goes outside to vomit. has diarrhea bad as well. the vet seems to think he’s gonna… Read more »
VON

did he make it?

Destini Johnson
Destini Johnson
Hello , I have a 6 months that old pit bull / lap mix .. he’s been vaccinated. I brought home a 10 month old puppy from the animal shelter on Saturday and on Monday my pit started vomiting it was brown and reddish like his food color. Diarrhea was the same and very watery.. Tuesday he stopped eating dog food , ate some carrots and chicken, has been drinking half and half Gatorade and water. He also started throwing up all the water with a white foam. Wednesday he threw the carrots up , and would soak the floor… Read more »
Julie Ellis
Julie Ellis

1) How long should u treat for parvo?

Asa
Hi. I adopted my puppy Bandit from the animal shelter obe week ago tomorrow. His stomach was so huge but they informed me to just do a dewormer and then take him for a check up. We did the dewormer and I have never seen so roundworms come from just a 4 lb dog. He’s severly skinny and now just lays on the ground with bloody excrement that smells horrible. We called the vet who informed us to do a drop off in the morning for test and treatment. My fear is he will not make it through the night.… Read more »
Kelly
Kelly

I’ve seen puppies with REALLY BAD WORMS and with the “vet wormer” they did great

Jessicaseals
Jessicaseals

Very worried

Jessicaseals
Jessicaseals

I got a Shi_ maI from pet store. Had her about a week. Took her to get had to have her out to sleep. I got about her one about 3 weeks later I cleaned an bleached everything, got rid of everything, an this one has had shots for it already. What are chances of her getting it?

Red

I have a breeding pair of adults, a 1 yr old female from a litter out of the pair and two 12wk old males from them as well. Everyone is vaccinated and all were healthy. Then 3 days ago one of the male pups went from alert and playful to 30 minutes later vomiting and diarrhea. The other dogs show 0 signs of anything out of the norm. Can parvo manifest that quickly in just one dog leaving the others untouched?

Michelle
Michelle
Hello, I got an 8 months old dachshund, he didn’t want to eat and always vomiting so we brought him to the vet. He was admitted there for 24 hours only because he got so wild when he realized that he will be left there he bit the IVF tubing and get mad with everyone so we brought him home with the IVF attachment and there’s also anti-emetic and Vitamins incorporated to the fluids. We always bring him to the vet everyday to get some serum shots for Parvo and antibiotics. He is still vomiting on the 3rd day, the… Read more »
Ryeferg
Ryeferg

Our vet said our puppy wouldn’t make it. I gave her baby formula and liquid b12, she is 4 years old now.

Ella
Ella

What type of formula?

Debbbie
Debbbie
I got a puppy at 7 weeks last Sunday night, Wednesday morning I took him to the vet and they diagnosed him with parvo. When I took him in there was no vomiting, was eating and drinking and very playful. the only thing I noticed to detect it was a pink mucus on his puppy pad no feces. He has been there since then and I am bringing him home tomorrow. My question is, What are his chances of being recatching parvo? I have disinfected everything in my house but am afraid of taking him outside. The vet gave him… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I would talk to your vet about the chances of getting parvo again. Be sure to remove any feces from your back yard and disinfect/clean your home and toys.

Genesis gonzalez
Genesis gonzalez

My rottie is 4 months old. About 2 days ago he stopped eating and would throw up about 8 times a day. Since he has nothing in his tummy he just throws up flem. His stool is normal. Oh and he just wants to sleep, he’ll only get up to drink water, (I’m giving him pedialite) vomit, and poo. Could he have parvo?

AMommy
AMommy

Has your dog been wormed?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

He needs medical attention from a vet. He could have parvo or another illness. I’m sorry your puppy isn’t feeling well.

Jolly Ghosh
Jolly Ghosh
Hello! I’ve two she-dogs of German Shepherd breed. One is 5 years old and the other is 8 months old. The younger one is diagnosed with parvo virus. Before reading your post, we didn’t know the fatal impacts of this lethal disease and however, they both were kept separate from the beginning, oftentimes it happened that we patted the infected one and then without washing hands we touched the healthy one… So my questions are 1) What are the chances of the healthy one to get infected by this virus? 2) the infected one is getting the treatment by a… Read more »
Katie
Katie

Did your healthy dog get parvovirus too?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We recommend notifying your vet about your other dog and perhaps scheduling a checkup. Better safe than sorry and if the virus was transferred to your other dog catching it sooner increases the chances of survival. Best of luck and our thoughts are with you and your pups.

Eden Carney
Eden Carney
hello, my 6 week old rottie may have contracted the parvo virus, her two brothers are at our local vet recieving treatment. we took her as soon as we suspected anything. she had two vaccinations a deworming pill and the vet gave her some antibiotics. shes been having a runny tummy all through the night, no traces of blood, however i think i may have seen some linning. she drinks alot of water to stay hydrated, but shes weak and is sleeping way too much. im really worried about her. We only got her from the previous owners yesterday.i dont… Read more »
david davies
david davies

Hello my 2and a half year old dog has had severe diarrhea now for over 4 nights he has had his jabs and is eating normally but sometimes is very lathargic could this be parvo?

Jesse
Jesse

My dog has become very ill, and my vet doesn’t know what to make of it. She has bloody diarrhea that looks like it might have lining in it, vomiting, and when I first took her to the vet when she developed symptoms, she was warm to the touch. It was actually her parvovirus vaccine that I took her in for, but in the lobby, she sniffed another dogs butt. She immediately got the vaccination afterwards just minutes later. Is it possible she could have contracted the virus by sniffing the dog, even having gotten the vaccination minutes later?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

It is possible she may have contracted the virus. How is she doing now? If she’s still ill you may want to consider contacting another vet about her condition.

Rachael
Rachael

Could the mother dog be a carrier for parvovirus? Just concerned as she has had 2 litters and both haven’t survived due to contracting parvo.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

It’s important to decontaminate infected areas. I suggest re-reading the section with the heading “Decontamination of Parvo Infected Areas” so you know what all this includes. I’m so sorry you’ve lost two litters of pups to parvo. My thoughts are with you and the momma.

Braj pal singh
Braj pal singh

I own a 6-7 weeks old male lab. Although I vaccinated him with 7in1 at the age of 39 days. Yet he got infected with parvovirus. Was there any chance of being improper vaccination or the vaccine may not work properly. He is recovering now. Is there any chance of getting it back.

Jami
Jami
I found a shephard mix stray this morning, we think about 4-8 months old. She seems tired and isnt eating or drinking. But we dont know her very well, so it may just be a calm puppy. She pooped in the house a couple hours ago, and it was solid, no blood. She has peed twice outside, much to our happiness. Im starting to worry that she isnt well but dont know her well enough to say whether this is abnormal behavior. She is such a sweet girl, Id hate to lose her after having her so short a time.… Read more »
Bob

I had a friend cane by my house on the way to take his dog to the vet .the vet said the dog has parvo . The dog did not get out of the car . Could my dogs inside the house get the virus from contact with my friend ?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Unfortunately, humans who have contact with a dog who has parvo can easily transmit the virus to other dogs. Parvo is easily carried on clothes, shoes, and other objects where other dogs may come into contact with it.

rajivthakur
rajivthakur

Hello sir and thanks for the information.i had rottweiler dog suffer with parvo virus,can u plz help my dog by suggesting a proper treatment.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We are sorry your dog has parvo. You should contact your vet. We are not licensed veterinarians and to get the best help for your dog, you should contact your vet asap. Best of luck.

Jayant roy
Jayant roy
Hello and thank you for such an informative post. I had 4 stray puppies and they had heen pooping around the house, they have been with me for 2 months and are alive with only some skin problems. I got a rott puppy home the day before and she has been given only one dose of vaccination. The other dogs poop was in the hose only and she has smelled it many times. I’m taking her for 2 and vaccination today (the other dogs had not heen vacvinated) she had also walked on the road for 15-20 mins with an… Read more »
Jayesh
Jayesh

My Labrador puppy is infected with this. I started treatment immediately. Now it’s 4th day, now vomiting stopped, diarrhea frequency is also decreased. Is it a good sign?

Lashanda Craig
Lashanda Craig

What treatment you started?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I suggest talking to your vet about your puppy’s condition. I’m so sorry this is happening and hope your puppy heals fully. Please keep us posted and our thoughts are with you.

Billy
Billy

What if you can’t afford a vet?

carla
carla

Join the discussion

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We are not licensed veterinarians so we cannot give medical advice. If you’d like you can skim our comments section and see what has worked for our readers. Our #1 tip is to get your dog to the vet. Perhaps there is a vet in your area that offers discounts or a payment plan for pet parents so dogs can get the care they need. Please keep us posted and we hope your dog gets healthy soon.

Osel
Osel

My dog has parvo he has been treated for a week now and showing signs of recovery

He is now playing and eating

Can i give him a bath?

When can he start to mingle with other dogs?

I hope you can answer my question

Thanks

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I suggest calling your vet and asking. Your vet will be more knowledgeable in these questions.

Ruby McCarty
Ruby McCarty

My granddaughter has 2 beautiful huskys which had 7 puppies looked healthy play hard now today 3 of them have died. She is a basket case like her kids they don’t have money for what a vet would cost. Why are they dying?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m sorry this has happened. There are many reasons why the puppies could be dying. I suggest taking all of the dogs to the vet immediately to prevent more fatalities. Best of luck and let us know how it goes.

Ruby McCarty
Ruby McCarty

Thank-you they live in another state talked with granddaughter during the night 3 more died don’t know what she is going to do.

Karen
Karen

My puppy had parvo, his brother did not, they are now very aggressive toward each other and they were best friends. Is it because my parvo pup still smells because we cannot bathe him yet? Help.

Jackey Arias Ponce
Jackey Arias Ponce

What do you recommend the dangerous period is over for a puppy infected with parvo? I noticed lack of energy on Wed. Took him to vet on Thurs. I only had money for half the medication he doesn’t have vomiting or diarrhea and we have been giving him Pedialyte, chicken broth, oatmeal water, and beef broth for hydration. Pepto for nausea also we have him on antibotics.

Monica Russell
Monica Russell

Wat kind of antibiotics u use

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hi Jackey, I’m sorry your dog has Parvo. If your dog has lasted since Wednesday and hasn’t gotten progressively worse that is a good sign. I suggest reading through our comments on how to continue to help your dog. I’m not sure on a specific timeline because it can vary case by case. Keep us updated on your dog’s health and how you are helping him, please. It could help pet parents in the future. Best of luck, you are in our thoughts.

Jackey Arias Ponce
Jackey Arias Ponce
Thank you he definitely got better and is back to his own self. I had him on 30 ml of chicken broth, and then 30 ml pure Pedialyte every hour given with puppy bottle. I also gave him 1 tsp of peptobesmo (this was according to his weight) every 4-6 hours. I went to a feed store and bought penicillin and injected him (also according to weight) 3ml of it daily although I know there is no cure this is to prevent any other infection to happen to him. All this was given after I took him to the vet… Read more »
Marisol
Marisol

My 2 month puppy might be suffering form parvo because he’s been throwing up and hasn’t eaten or drank anything and isn’t very active…and it’s the first day he has been like this.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry. Contact your vet and update him/her on the situation. I also suggest reading through our comments section. Some of our readers have been kind enough to share how they helped their dog with parvo survive. You and your puppy are in our thoughts. Please keep us posted.

Angelina Garcia
Angelina Garcia
Hi my name is Angie and I have two 5 month old brother pitbulls named Blaze, and Bryson. Just about a week ago Blaze was positive for parvo. So as soon as I knew he wasn’t acting himself I took him to the vet right away. Thank god the owner of the vet clinic had so much heart, she gave me medication and fluids plus the testing for only $80 cause that is all I had. I was so desperate to keep him alive. It would have cost me $300 but I thank the lord above that Blaze is improving… Read more »
Chinemerem bede
Chinemerem bede

My pup is 3 months. All of a sudden, the puppy lost appetite totally and could only take bones and milk. They ignore other foods it eats from before and behaved lethargic. But after a while, I dewormed it and it became very active but still doesn’t eat food. I don’t know why. Till today, I went to give her vaccination and I don’t know what will happen next because she not eating again, she has slimmed down well.

Maria
Maria

My puppy just got parvovirus and was treated for it a week and a half ago. Can she get sick again because she is pooping diarrhea with what looks like blood?

Sadie Cornelius
Admin
Sadie Cornelius

Maria, we encourage you to take your pet to the vet again for a follow up on her treatment! Sorry to hear and good luck with your pup!

Sue

I have a 10 year old cocker mix, who’s been having diarrhea for the last 5 days. He has no blood in the stool, no signs of parasites or vomiting. He’s been drinking alot of water, is not off his feed or lethargic. He’s showing his normal behavior except for the diarrhea and drinking alot of water. What else could be causing the diarrhea?

Chris Morris
Chris Morris

Dry heaves in 8 week old puppy.

Kate Powell
Kate Powell

First of all, NO breeder should be selling pups at that young age. Pups need to stay with their mamas until at least eight weeks old and in some states it is illegal to sell them before 8 weeks. Secondly, Tamiflu requires a written prescription from a doctor. Lastly, and most importantly, don’t believe everything you read online. If your animal is sick take it to the vet!

MELISSA
MELISSA
I was very lucky, several years ago we had a lab/Shepard mix. We had no idea the person giving away the pups had not vaccinated them at all. The whole litter ended up dying except my Slayer. He contracted the disease at 4 months old. I took him to one vet on a Friday who diagnosed him with parvo, but it was a weekend so he was stuck in a kennel out back for two days without treatment, which I found out when I went to pick him up. I was still 3 months pregnant and needless to say after… Read more »
Natalie
Natalie

I am so sorry you had to go through that, my heart goes out to you!

Chibónne
Chibónne

Hi I have a 6 month old jack russel puppy he got sick on Sunday and was diagnosed with parvo on Tuesday, and is getting treatment. He got his first 2 vaccinations on time and the 3rd one the Friday before he got sick. He as minimal vomiting and diarrhea. I just want someone to tell me how long my baby boy is going to take to get better? Thank you.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry. I suggest reading through our comments section. Our readers have been wonderful in providing their tips on how to cure parvo and what their experience entailed. Please keep us updated on your dog’s health. We are sending your dog our thoughts and hope for a speedy recovery.

Grace
Grace

I have a dog who is about 8 months. He was diagnosed with parvo and the vet has given him medication but he doesn’t seem to be getting any better. He is still weak and vomits everything that gets to his stomach. He has been like this for six days now. The vet seems to have lost hope. What can I do to prevent him from dying?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We are so sorry your dog has parvo. We suggest reading through our comments section. Our readers have provided tips on how they helped their dogs recover from parvo. Perhaps one will help you!

Roxanne leija
Roxanne leija

Do they charge at the vet because my puppy just got sick she loves to play but now she don’t want to this morning. She was fine but tonight she is not herself. Someone help please.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Yes, it costs money to go to the vet. If you think your dog is ill you should take her to the vet ASAP. Vets often times will work with you on a payment system.

Hans Moleman
Hans Moleman

I brought my dog to the vet today and he had to stay overnight with an IV. I’m just wondering if he will be alright because he isn’t a puppy or an older dog. He is about two years and two months. He has the symptoms of Parvo and has been showing them for about two days now. I hope I didn’t wait too long to get him help. These past two years he has really changed my life and is like my little boy. Super worried corgi dad in Montana.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We are so sorry and are thinking of you and your dog during this time. We are hoping for a full recovery. Please let us know how everything goes.

Hans Moleman
Hans Moleman

Update from the vet is he was super dehydrated so he’s been on an IV. They decided to keep him another night to monitor him but the vet said it might not be Parvo even though he is showing all the signs. He wasn’t agitated when we brought him in and didn’t put up a fight so the vet knew he wasn’t feeling well. I will let you know what happens soon. Thanks I’m glad I found this community!

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

So glad to hear that the vet thinks it might not be Parvo. We are hoping for a full recovery! Thank you for keeping us updated!

Hans Moleman
Hans Moleman

Good news! He is eating, drinking and has had bm’s. We are going to pick him up today @1! I’m so relieved that my boy is ok. I’ve been a wreck without him these past two days. Thanks for reassuring me with the kind and positive feedback.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

That is great to hear! We’re so glad he’s doing better!! Give him lots of lovings when you get home with him! 🙂

Steph
Steph
Love all this info! My dog recently came in contact with his brother that has parvo. My dog recently was attacked by a large husky dog as well leaving five wounds on his butt. He is almost 5mo, took him to the vet, the vet said give him tamaflu but it cost $170. Instead she gave him a shot of antibiotics for his wounds, anti throw up meds, stuff to keep good belly culture, pain meds. I can’t afford to treat him, up until last night he was fine but then of course he threw up once then hasn’t left… Read more »
tia

I had a cocker spaniel puppy who passed away after he had parvo. Then our Doberman was diagnosed with it too but he was better after two days and had a broken paw.

connie williams
connie williams
I have a 3 month English Bulldog who became sick on May 25th vomiting and bloody stool. I took her to emergency vet and they tested for Parvo but was negative. They kept her over night on IV and we picked her up the next morning she was 100%. 12 days later she got sick again vomiting and loose stool but no blood. Took her back and the tested her garcinia, I thing that’s what it’s called but also negative. They sent her home with meds and I took her to her vet the next day which was this past… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

If parvo is what your dog has, there is a survival rate of 80% to 95% for puppies with treatment. Hopefully since she’s been in the vet’s care since Wednesday it means she’s getting the care she needs. We are thinking of you and hope she heals quickly!

angel
angel

My pup is a cow dog barley 4 weeks old and he threw up after going number 2 but I fed him right before I took him out. Could it be because the person I got him from wasn’t feeding him right and the mix of dog food and grass or signs of parvo? Also he has a quick heart beat when he plays and its quick but slows down but not enough while he sleeps could it possibly be cardiac manifestation?

dave
dave

I had a cross breed pup that had the same problem, the vet told me it was down to his breed and was nothing to worry about.

Not happy I tried another vet and it turned out it was a major heart problem, I lost him a couple of months later.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We are so sorry for your loss, Dave. Losing a pup is like losing a family member. Our thoughts are with you.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

If you think there is something seriously wrong with your dog, you should take him to the vet immediately.

Karthik
Karthik

Hi, my dog a Rotweiller was diagnosed with Parvo. He has been treated with IV fluids and also Serum vaccine. He is now passing stools on his own without his knowledge. But not blood. He is neither vomitting. He was passing stools with blood earlier. He had also vomitted blood.

Is he out of danger. Will he survive? It’s been three days now since the treatment has begun.
After he survives will there be any side effect due to this parvo infection in his growth etc.
Will he loose size/build etc.

Please advise.

Chris Catalina
Chris Catalina

Can parvo be acquired even if my dog is vaccinated? I have a very healthy 5 month old golden retriever and I recently brought in a Labrador puppy which is showing parvo symptoms. I am just worried that my golden may be affected if ever my lab is infected with parvo. I would really appreciate a reply. You may email me at chris.catalina@yahoo.com

Thanks in advance.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We haven’t been able to find anything that says the vaccination is 100% effective. It definitely decreases the chances of your dog getting parvo but we aren’t sure if it’s 100% parvo proof. I suggest contacting your vet and asking.

Jamie Leggat
Jamie Leggat

I wanted to know if my puppy has had his first round of shots, can he still contract parvo?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

During our research we haven’t been able to find anything about the vaccine being 100% effective but we know that the vaccine greatly diminishes the chances of your dog getting the disease. We suggest asking your vet about the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Jami
Jami

Funnily enough, she perked up. I think she was just tired and nervous in a new place. A week later, she is fine. Still need to take her to the vet for shots and a deworming. But she is a happy, energetic little puppy now! We will take her to the vet this friday.

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