Parvo Symptoms and Treatment - Don't Let Them Slip by Unnoticed

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Since a big part of this site is to encourage adoptions, we wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the dangers of dog parvovirus.

Parvo is deadly in puppies.  It involves vomiting and diarrhea, which has a strong stench, even more so than normal dog feces.  At the same time, the dog loses their appetite, since they can't keep any food or water down anyway.  Be on the watch for these symptoms.

The main cause of death is dehydration.  So the only real treatment a vet can provide is an IV hookup to ensure the dog is hydrated and well-nourished.  This can last several days and costs no small amount. In some cases, the vet may also inject your dog with some sort of anti-nausea medication to help prevent anymore regurgitation.

Parvo Prevention

Puppies can be vaccinated after they are 6-8 weeks.  However, this can be extreme.  One of the best ways of prevention is to ensure the puppy is not around other dogs during their susceptible months.

Additional Treatment Options

For those who can't afford a trip to the vet, and this is many people because it can cost several hundred dollars for the IV treatment, there are other natural ways to both treat or prevent parvo in your puppy.

We've heard of many people having great success with Parvo-K.  We're talking overnight improvements.  It actually has a preparation of the parvovirus vaccine in it, as well as herbs to help calm the digestive tract and ensure firmer stools.

Learn more about this parvo treatment.

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Bella13
Sat, 11/13/2010 - 5:26pm

i had a golden mix that died from parvo.. the vet told me that i had to wait more then 6 months before of thinking of getting another dog because the virus stays in the environment for about that time... around 7 months later a got another dog.. i got her vaccinated and never had problems.. a year later i wanted a second dog.. so i got my mix pitbull. we only had her for about a month that she got parvo.. i took her to the vet two days in a row i got lucky because my vet didn't charge the big price and we were able to save her.. READ THIS IMPORTANT! my new vet told me that parvo can stay in the environment for more then two years.. and i started researching and found out that it can to about 7 to 10 years!!!! So if you had a dog that caught this virus or you're moving to a new place there is a disinfectant that you can use on the whole house and for the outdoors. Here is the link.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HHQMV2/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_3?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000E1VBEO&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0QFV46ZHVJ1W2AF9DCS1

This will kill the virus and keep your dog and future dogs safe from it. It is important to make sure that your puppie gets his three dose of the parvo vaccination so he can be protected. I don't wish this virus on any dog!!!!!!

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Briannas daddy
Mon, 01/10/2011 - 2:29am

Is it normal for a Pitbull puppy to get parvo, I have a female pit that is only a little over a month old and she isn't showing any signs of anything bad, I mean she eats alot, drinks water, and even eats like steak as well!!! I am just curious as to know what you think and if you can be of some assistance to me by telling me if I have anything to worry about!!

Thank You:
Briannas Daddy

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KaylasMom
Mon, 01/10/2011 - 1:33pm

@Briannas daddy:

Any dog of any breed can get parvo. It isn't restricted to certain breeds. You would know if your puppy had Parvo. Has your puppy had her first round of vaccinations yet? With a puppy that young, you need to make sure that she is not around other dogs, does not go into pet stores (unless carried), and is not around other puppies. Parvo can be easily transmitted (other dogs in your yard, on someone's shoes, on a bird's foot, etc.) and can be picked up ANYWHERE.

A dog that has parvo will be extremely lethargic, have a lack of appetite, there will be vomitting, bloody diarrhea, and a strong feces odor that you will NEVER forget. Parvo is also deadly, which is why it is SO important to monitor your puppy and vaccinate with you are able to, as a puppy's immune system isn't full developed to be able to fight off such a deadly illness. It usually takes 7-10 days from first exposure for a pup to start showing symptoms.

Having a puppy that incredibly young as yours is a BIG responsibility to keep her from getting sick. Parvo can even live outside on the ground for up to 5 months if the conditions are favorable. That is scary! Make sure she potties in the same area and limit exploration time to a minimum until she is current on all her puppy vaccinations, which occur over several weeks. Most vets say that puppies should start receiveng thier vaccinations at around 6 weeks of age (earliest that they should be pulled from their mother) and continue until at least 16 or 20 weeks (depends on the vet).

You say your puppy is a little over a month old? I sure hope that she is at least 8 weeks old, as puppies being removed from there mother under 6 weeks of age can be deterimental to their development. Also, watch what you feed her at this age. It would probaly be best to keep her on her regular high-quality dog diet while she continues to develop. Dogs don't need table scraps, and especially at this age.

Good luck!