Parvo Shots

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Treatments For Parvo

All species have their own unique parvovirus that cannot be spread outside of the species.

It is evident that parvovirus cannot be spread from a cat to a dog or from a bird to a cat. 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, treatment began immediately. After several days of intensive treatment, the puppy was free to come home.

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 often seen in puppies that are infected from the womb or shortly after birth. It is well worth noting that the cardiac form of CPV is not as common since the mother passes immunity on to her puppies from birth. The parvo virus then attacks the heart in the infected pup and death results shortly thereafter.

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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10 Responses to “Parvo Shots”

  1. Archie Grey says:

    How many parvo shots does a puppy need?
    I’m going to pick up my puppy from the breeder in a few weeks, but i’m wondering how many parvo shots do they need and will the breeder supply the first one? OR should i ask them.

  2. Mommy of a ஐbaby girlஐ says:

    Parvo shots?
    I got my puppy her parvo shots last summer (July) and she was about 3 months old.
    She is now almost a year old now, and I was wondering, do I need to her parvo shots again this year?
    I am terrified of parvo since I lost my last dog in June to parvo.
    And I want to let her run around the yard during the day, but I am scared she will get that nasty virus.
    I just didn’t know how good her chances are of avoiding that until I can get her to the vet since she had her shots.
    Don’t misunderstand, I want to get her shots, but until I can afford it (prolly end of this month) I want to know she is protected by her shots from last year!

  3. Yuwee C says:

    How many anti parvo shots should my puppy have?
    I have a shih and she has about 3 shots for anti parvo, every 2 weeks, we go to the vet to have her immunized, now I read somewhere that this a bit dangerous, for giving puppies shots too often??!!?? How true is this?
    Apology, yes i have her records, she has 3 – shots for 5 in 1, and 1 deworming and 1 anti rabbies, today is her 4th shot for anti parvo. she recommended 5 shots for 5 in 1, is this too much?

  4. Sonbear says:

    Yes, at 15 months old she would be due for another booster shot. Then the shot schedule can vary due to location and the dogs likelihood of exposure. Here is a protocol- yours may be different.

    Even the veterinary colleges agree that boosters every year is probably more than most dogs need. The long term effects of vaccinosis etc… can be life threatening.

    MOST vets still suggest a yearly shot BECAUSE it gets people into their offices yearly. AND there is a lot of $$$ to be made in giving shots.

  5. Connecticut_girl says:

    Is a 15 month old chihuahua protected from the parvo virus if he only received adult shots?
    As a puppy, our chihuahua received two or three parvo shots, but missed the last one in the series. He has since had two adult parvo virus shots. Is he protected from the adult shots even though he didn’t receive the full course of puppy shots?

  6. Cookie The First One says:

    Dr. Jean Dodds, of Hemopet in California, one of the experts on vaccinations recommends this schedule for parvo vaccination; modified live virus;
    9 to 10 weeks
    14 weeks
    16 to 18 weeks, optional
    1 year
    2 years
    then titers after that

  7. Alisyn says:

    I only give my dogs 2 parvo/distemper shots now, I do minimal shot protocal and they’re more healthy then my dog that was given 4 5 ways by my vet who has immune system problems because of it.

  8. Great Dane Lover says:

    Do NOT give more then 3 in a series!!
    The protocol is:

    8-9 weeks distemper/parvo/canine hepatitis/adenovirus-2
    12 -14 weeks repeat
    16 – 18 weeks repeat for third and fianl

    20 weeks or older rabies

    It is very dangerous to over vaccinate your puppy/dog!!

    Do NOT give any more if she’s already had 3!!! Never have the vaccinations given closer then 4 weeks either.

    If your vet is recommending more then this then you definately need to find a new that pays attention to the protocol set by the AAHA and all 27 vet that has the best interests of your puppy at hand.

  9. βεℓℓα ツ says:

    I want to get my dog to the vet to get his parvo shots…But what i would like to know is can she still get it after she gets the shots….And how much would the Parvo shot cost?
    she is a puppy!

  10. Suzie Q says:

    How old is your dog? If it is a puppy, generally you would receive his/her first set at 6 weeks, second set at 10 weeks and last set at 14 weeks (one of my puppies contracted parvo at its new home because the new owner did not want to spend the $5 (for the shot) for me to give him his shots…he died at 13 weeks old….then once a yr…..most dogs are protected from the parvo virus after the shot is given, but some dogs could react to the shot and get sick from it (kinda like getting a flu shot and getting the flu from it)…..The best answer to give to you, is make an appointment and get your dog in for shots….if you think your dog may have been exposed to parvo, be sure and let the vet know (incubation for parvo is about 7 days)….some signs of parvo are: poo (or even the dog itsself) smelling like iron, vomiting, lack of appatite (food or water), diarrah, and a sunk in look to their eyes. As far as the cost?! If you love your dog, you will pay anyprice for its health. If you don’t want to spend the money, find it a new home.
    Good Luck