Feline Parvo

The first signs you might notice are generalized depression, lethargy ...

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In addition, over the years, the parvo virus has mutated into at least two different strains. Every case of canine parvo virus, or CPV, comes from these two strains.

Every different species has its own parvo virus and it cannot be spread outside of the species, so there is a human parvo virus, a 00004000 canine parvo virus, a feline parvo virus, and so on. However, it can be spread by contact. For instance, if your cat would wander through your neighbor's yard and would pick up the virus on her feet, she can track it inside of your house and infect your dog.

Sadly enough, my neighbour's puppy contracted parvo virus. The puppy had all of the classic dog parvo symptoms, yet my neighbour really did not know what was wrong until he took the puppy to the vet. Once he did that, parvo treatment began immediately. After several days of intensive treatment for parvo virus, the puppy was free to come home. The puppy was lucky. Many dogs die from parvo virus before they can be treated.

The parvo virus works in two ways either through the intestines or through the heart. When a dog gets an intestinal infection, it is picked up by the animal through oral contact with contaminated feces. Simply put, your dog would have to come into contaminated feces from another dog. The intestinal dog parvo symptoms occur when the virus attacks the bone marrow, rapidly dividing cells in the intestinal crypts and the lymph nodes. This allows normally occurring bacteria from the intestines to enter the blood stream to make the animal septic. The virus can be shed in the stool for up to three weeks thus making this a very contagious disease for pets that have not been inoculated.

The cardio form of this infection is usually seen in puppies that are infected before birth or shortly thereafter. It is noteworthy that the cardiac form of CPV is not as common since the mother passes immunity on to her pups from birth. The parvo virus will then attack the heart in the infected puppy and death will occur shortly afterwards.

Dog parvo symptoms usually present themselves within 3 to 10 days of contact. They include the following: lethargy, vomiting, fever and diarrhea. The diarrhea can cause severe dehydration and secondary infections. The dog will not usually die from the virus but from a secondary infection.

Survival rate depends on how quickly CPV is diagnosed and treatment is begun. When the case is not caught early the best treatment option is an IV through which fluids are pushed to re-hydrate the animal more quickly, in addition anti-nausea and antibiotic shots may be given intramuscular.

The prognosis is good with proper care but an absolute death sentence without it. There have been a few reports that the human antiviral, Tamiflu, can be effective in treating CPV but there are no studies to substantiate this. A veterinarian will advise you to give your pet a parvo shot about eight weeks after they are weaned. With the prevalence of the virus and its ability to kill some precaution should be taken to protect your canine.

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Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/pets-articles/parvo-recovery-preventing-parvo-virus-naturally-821401.html


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10 Responses to “Feline Parvo”

  1. trixzzzie says:

    Cat older cats stil lget feline parvo?
    My 15 month old indoor cat hasn’t been vaccinated yet against feline distemper (he’s supposed to have it but the vet said we have to wait until his liver gets better because he has liver damage) .. Can he get parvo/distemper?

    What can I do to prevent it?
    thank you for the preaching, plainjaneclt .. :|

  2. J C says:

    Panleukopenia, commonly called distemper, *is* a feline parvo virus. If you keep him strictly indoors, and away from other cats, he’s not likely to get it. Your vet is wise to not vaccinate a cat with a health issue – giving vaccines to an ill or ailing cat can create a whole new set of problems. I would, however, get him up to date on this vaccine just as soon as possible. Distemper kills :o (

  3. dmvasenda says:

    Feline parvo distemper virus in ferrets?
    We had adopted two kittens that both died of feline distemper. now we are concerned about getting ferrets… can ferrets get distemper from cats? I know they can from dogs but thats a whole other virus.

  4. VICTORIA C says:

    feline parvo is it contagious to humans?
    my kitten has blood in her urine, sneezes a lot and can’t breath. the vet said she may have feline parvo

  5. Jεssιcα says:

    No, ferrets cannot get feline distemper. They can, however, get canine distemper (there is a vaccine for this for ferrets).

  6. Teacup-sized Pinoko says:

    A small kitten we took in recentally passed due to Feline Parvo, how can I prevent my other cats from getting?
    It’s all in the title; how I can I prevent my cats from getting Feline Parvo if they haven’t had shots? Will I have to wait until it’s too late? I have many young cats/kittens, please help.

  7. Elaine M says:

    It takes 14 days for the vaccine to be effective on a cat—you should have had them vaccinated, this is a killer of cats and the virus stays ‘live’ in the environment for years. Call your vet and talk to them about this.

  8. Nick P says:

    No, not contagious to humans

  9. ambersashakevin says:

    Can humans get the feline Parvo virus from cats?
    If so what are the symptoms?

  10. Bobaloo says:

    I found nothing that states a cat can get a Parvo Virus because it is a dog malady. People cannot catch the dog parvo virus.

    However; some scientists think parvo virus is a mutation of the panleukopenia virus that affects cats. (commonly known as Feline Distemper): http://www.petshealth.com/dr_library/parvo.html.

    Humans cannot catch Feline Distemper–But they can spread it.

    Here is an article on Feline Distemper) http://www.whipworm.net/library/LibFelDisPanLeuk.shtml

    The symptoms of Feline Distemper (for a cat):

    The signs of FP are variable and can mimic other disorders. Many owners may even believe that their cat has been poisoned or has swallowed a foreign object.
    The first signs an owner might notice are generalized depression, loss of appetite, high fever, lethargy, vomiting, severe diarrhea, dehydration or hanging over the water dish. Normally, the sickness may go on for three or four days after the first elevation of body temperature. Fever will fluctuate during the illness in some cats and abruptly fall to subnormal levels shortly before death.
    http://www.avma.org/communications/brochures/panleukopenia/panleukopenia_brochure.asp

    So if “Feline Parvo Virus” is feline distemper, you cannot catch it…so you will not have symptoms.

    On a side note: There is a Human Parovirus B-19 known as Fifth disease and it is one of the common childhood rashes. It is also called erythrema infectiosum or slapped face disease because of the rash on the cheeks. You don’t catch it from a dog or cat. It is strictly human. This caught my attention because my daughter did have the Fifth Disease when she was about 5 years old…I didn’t know it was a “Parvovirus” http://pathmicro.med.sc.edu/mhunt/parvo.htm