Parvo in Puppies
We have heard more Parvo horror stories within the last 2 Months than We ever have before. It is worse than ever, even effecting vaccinated Animals. Be safe and protect Your Animals, especially Puppies. Before bringing a New Puppy home treat all areas the Puppy will be with a Bleach mixture or purchase Tek Trol online. Spray everything You can (test areas first with either solution to make sure they wont ruin the area) with a deep mist. Do not take Your puppy anywhere in public until They have received all recommended Shots and You are sure They have a healthy immune system. Do not let Your Puppy socialize with any Animals until fully vaccinated.
Parvo is a viral disease that attacks the intestinal tract and immune system. It has been known and identifiable since 1978 and can be transmitted by direct or indirect contact with vomit or diarrhea from an infected dog. The Parvovirus can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, depression, dehydration, high fever and sudden death.
The Parvovirus is hard to kill and is shed in large numbers by infected dogs. One ounce of feces can carry millions of particles of the virus. This means a fly can land in an infected area then land in your yard and infect that space. Some kennel owners ask that their visitors bleach the bottom of their shoes, wash their hands in bleach water and put gowns on before allowing contact with the puppies. These are excellent precautions to take, and reduce the risk, but they are not a guarantee that the puppies will be protected from the Parvovirus.
Parvo is often fatal and strikes suddenly causing your pet to become extremely ill. Without treatment the animal often dies within a few days.
Dehydration is the number one cause of death with the Parvovirus. They can also pass away from loss of blood, major organ failure, infection and low blood sugar.
The symptoms may not appear in order. Every dog is different and will begin the symptoms in different stages.
The First sign is usually what seems like depression. You may notice your dog is not playing as much and seems to be lying around a lot more.
There is usually Vomiting - The vomit is yellow froth (bile)
There is almost always Diarrhea - Diarrhea has a very foul odor (worse than any smell you have encountered). It starts out with a yellowish or greenish looking stool then turns into a dark-brown-runny stool. There might be blood in the feces or the puppy might poop nothing but blood.
Your dog may or may not have a fever
They will dehydrate very quickly becoming skin and bones in a very short time. Very few dogs survive without intervention of some kind.
Parvo is extremely contagious. It is passed in the feces or vomit of an infected dog. It can be brought into your yard on your tires, on your feet or clothing after handling an infected animal. It can be passed from yard to yard by birds carrying the virus on their feet or people going “kennel-hopping” carrying the virus on clothing or shoes.
The usual incubation time for Parvo is three to fifteen days. When the virus is introduced into the body, it finds its way into the lymph glands of the animal and incubates. Eventually the virus will leave the glands and work its way into the intestinal tract where it will begin the process of eating away the intestinal lining bringing on the Parvo symptoms. It will also go into the marrow of the bones causing the puppy’s immune system to be compromised. This can cause infection, which makes an antibiotic extremely necessary. Again, this process usually takes anywhere from 3 to 15 days, so the number of days between exposure and your puppy showing symptoms is quite variable.
Be patient, CALM and consistent with your puppy. If you are stressed and upset your puppy will feel this too. Try to keep the environment as quiet and relaxed as you can, so that your puppy feels safe and secure. A calm and soothing environment supports their immune system, as much as it can support ours.
Here is a list of options you have in caring for your Parvo infected puppy (there may be other options available):
If at all possible take Your Puppy to the Vet and Leave Your Baby with Them for treatment. Caring for a Parvo Puppy is a heartbreaking situation and if the Puppy dies it is one of the saddest things You will ever go thru. Your Veterinarian will treat the symptoms of Parvo by giving fluids, supportive care and antibiotics. If your puppy is very ill your veterinarian may suggest that you end your puppies life. Make sure You call Your Vets office ahead and let Them know You have Parvo Puppy. They will give You directions as most do not want that Puppy brought in around any other Animals that might be getting treatment at the time. They usually have a quarantine room that will treat Your Puppy and keep the Other Animals safe.
If You do not have the Money for the 24 Hour Vet Care sometimes Home care with veterinarian supportive care is an option. Most Vets will sell You the IV Fluids and Antibiotics that They use on Parvo Pups and show You how to administer Them Yourself.
There are also some products You can purhase on the internet that have had great success with Parvo cases. Just remember, You dont have much time. A Puppy can die very very quickly from Parvo so You must act now. Untreated Puppies rarely survive.
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