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.
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.