Treatment For Parvovirus

days after he started treatment for parvovirus

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 “Treatment For Parvovirus”

  1. jedinemisis says:

    After hospital treatment for canine parvovirus?
    The 4 month old puppy I took to the vet 2 days ago is better form suffering from the parvovirus, but i wanted to know how other people handled the post-care at home. I was told to keep him inside, but there isnt a puppy friendly area inside the house, I have him in the garage. Also, how often should i be feeding him? Is 2x day or 3x a day better?
    I am new to this yahoo answer thing, but how do i answer a response to my own question? But ya in resposne to Dave, originally he was not my dog, he is my bf’s sisters’s dog and he was dieing from parvo, so i took it upon myself to put him in the vet and I have him at my house, which my family might not be too keen on having a dog in the house, but i KNOW he needs to be inside and not outside. I can clean his poo up and pee, it is not a problem, the problem is original ownership location and my family, but i could just not let him die.

  2. beth t says:

    Parvovirus survivers?
    Ok my little puppy has parvo virus, she was diagnosed with it on Friday and I have been giving her home treatment because I couldn’t afford hospitalization. Has anyone on here ever had a pet on home treatment with parvovirus that survived? And if so how long did it take for your pet to get back on its feet? If your pet didnt survive, how long did it take before they passed away? Right now I am just really expecting the worse because she seems so sick. Is she suffering or is she just really tired and drained of strength? And besides the vomiting medication and the rebound liquid food that the vet gave me to give to her, is there anything else that I can do to make her feel better? And is it OK if I give her a bath because she is really stinky or should I wait?

  3. »»SiLLY RABBiT«« says:

    What is the home treatment for parvovirus in dogs?
    Saturday, our 5 month old pit bull, BJ, was put in the animal hospital for parvo. The vet said he was really on his last limb. He couldn’t even walk. The vet bill is costing us a fortune.
    We have 2 other pitbulls. Jasmine(his mother, 3 yrs old) & Trina(his sibling, 5 mos). After we found out BJ had parvo we immediately took them to the vet to get parvo vaccinations. Yesterday, they begin to show symptoms for parvo such as vomiting & Trina has diarrhea. Im pretty sure they both have parvo.
    What do you think?
    If so, what’s the home treatment for it?
    Because I cant afford 2 extra trips to the vet.

  4. Kathy says:

    What treatments do you recommand for parvovirus?
    We have a 8 months old Lab. puppy who doesn’t eat for 2 days. She is not active. We took her to the Vet. yesterday to have blood test and 3 shots (antibiotic) because the vet. suppected that she has parvovirus. Her bottom has blood. This morning she vomitted a little and pooped out blood. The vet said that there are two treatments. Treatment #1 it’s 50/50 percent change live. Treatment #2 is IV and it’s 80% live, 20% die and it costs around $900. What should I do? Right she doesn’t eat and drink a little bit only. I hope I can get hear from those who had gone through this. I am waiting for the test result. Thank you.

  5. JR says:

    Test takes ten minutes. Its a simple snap test done with feces. Test even comes with the q-tip to stick to get a sample.

    Main thing keep her loaded with fluid. I take a syringe (without the needle) and fill it with water (pedialyte is better) Open snout and empty syringe in the back of the throat and close snout tight. They have to keep fluids in them. The death from Parvo virus is dehydration. The virus has to run its course and it will but you have to keep fluids in the pet thats why the iv is a much better survival rate. Antibiotics are usually given to keep from any other bacterial infection attacking the dog while his immune system is fighting the virus.

    Talk to your vet on your pups size for pepto. I have a lot of luck with pepto or they can perscribe you something like Metro to help with the diahrea and vomiting. Most die before they get to the vet.


    I have rescued several parvo survivors. I kept my first.

  6. Fetch 11 Humane Society says:

    You were too late in getting the shots for your other dogs. It certainly sounds like they have Parvo, too. Keep in mind that without treatment 80% of dogs die from this disease… Parvo effects the bowels and digestive tract and strips the bowels of the membrane that protects the rest of the body from the waste in the bowel — so, basically, the whole body turns “septic”.

    You can do part of the treatment at home, but you still need to get antibiotics from the vet.

    The home-part of the treatment is going to take about 7 to 10 days, and you’re going to have to get up every 2 hours (day and night) for part of it, so be prepared for that.

    Step One: Take your dogs off their food for 24 hours to give the bowels a chance to “calm down”. Then feed the dogs nothing but a mixture of boiled white rice and hamburger until their stools start to firm up more. (Boil the hamburger; don’t pan fry it.) Feed the dogs only once a day at the same time every day so their bodies get on a “schedule” of eating and eliminating.

    Step Two: Because vomitting and diarrhea are commion with Parvo, the dogs are going to dehydrate quickly. You will need to see to it that they get water EVERY 2 HOURS, day and night, for the next 7 to 10 days. If they won’t drink from a bowl, feed them water with a needleless syringe or a turkey baster. Then test them each day to see if they’re hydrated enough. To test for hydration, pinch up the fur and skin on the back of the neck between your fingers. Lift the skin and fur straight up away from the dog’s body and then release it. If the skin snaps back into place, the dogs have enough water in their system (and are well-hydrated). If the skin stays bunched up or goes slowly back into place, it means the dogs need more water.

    Step Three: You can give the dogs a child’s dose of baby aspirin (81 mg) once or twice a day to help stave off fever, and a vitamin C tablet to help boost their immune system. Take the dogs’ temperature (rectally) once or twice a day. “Normal” for a dog is around 101. If the temp goes up to 102 or above, it has a fever. Anything over 104 will kill the dog.

    Step Four: Keep the dogs away from one another until they are all well; otherwise, they’ll just keep reinfecting one another.

    Step Five: The Parvo virus can live outside of the body for up to 6 months. The only household product that will kill it on surfaces is bleach. You’re going to need to clean with bleach EVERYTHING the dogs have come in contact with… And you’re going to have to keep everything around them bleach-cleaned until they’re well again.

    Once everyone is well again, remember to give them their yearly booster shots so they don’t get ill again.

    Good Luck!

  7. Jeanne says:

    I sincerely doubt the vet sent your puppy home from hospital, w/NO instructions. Call and ask again. A puppy usually needs more than 2 days to recuperate from Parvo, in fact most don’t recuperate. So, makes me wonder if he really had it. Lots of Vets just make that assumption, have heard it and seen it many times.

  8. bjsuno says:

    Years ago, I had a black lab that had parvo. They sent me home with antibiotics, and kaopectate. He would not keep anything down. If it went in, it came out. Even his medicine. A few days before he got sick, my son had a blow to his head. The doctor gave me suppositories to keep him from throwing up. Sense they went into the rectum, instead of the mouth, it helped.Your pup needs a love of attention, he will be very depressed. Love him, lve him. Be with him as much as possible. Don’t get your hopes up. Take an eye dropper, and try to get broth down him, very slowly. He does need antiobotics….If you don’t have his medicine, get back to me, I have an idea that might work. My dog did survive. The vet was amazed. My son just spent $2000.00 to get his over it.

  9. Wally says:

    Parvovirus treatment?
    Hi, I have a 2 month old chihuahua puppy that contracted the Parvovirus. I got back from the vet, and after $211 later, they told me that I have to go back in for more IV treatments, which would cost more. I was wondering if just force feeding it water with a syringe and giving it a gel-like substance called NutriCal is sufficient enough instead of going back for the IV treatments? Keep in mind that I’m in college and don’t have much of a budget to work with
    Does it have to be IV? I started giving it Pedialyte instead of water.
    and the vet gave it anti-vomiting and anti-diarrhea shots as well as an antibiotic

  10. Mama Tex says:

    Water and nutri cal will not keep this puppy alive. You need to control his symptoms and give a balanced electrolyte he can absorb fast. IV.