What Is Parvovirus In Dogs

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How To Prevent The Spread Of Dog Parvo

The canine parvovirus is the most contagious disease that can affect dogs that have not been protected against the virus. It is most common in puppies from the age of weaning until they are six months old. Older dogs can contract it, but it is less common. The dog parvo symptoms can include, lethargy, vomiting, loss of appetite and diarrhea.

The disease can quickly spread between unprotected dogs through their feces. It will not be transmitted to humans, but humans can spread it between dogs. If 00004000 your dog that has been exhibiting dog parvo symptoms, it is important to keep that dog separated from other unprotected dogs.

The disease has been spread in the places that dogs congregate. Dog parks, kennels, pet shops, and obedience classes are all places that the disease can spread. Typically dog kennels and grooming shops will require that dogs have been vaccinated for the disease before they are allowed to come in. However if a dog is exhibiting the dog parvo symptoms, whether it has been vaccinated or not, it should be kept out of these places and away from other dogs. A vaccination is not a guarantee that the dog will not contract the illness but it is a good insurance policy.

There are two different types of dog parvo that can be found. The first is enteritis, and the dog parvo symptoms that are present are the loss of appetite, lack of energy and vomiting that was described earlier. The dog will seem to be in extreme pain during this particular type of parvo. They can die within two or three days if they are not treated. A dog may also recover from the illness and suffer no long-term effects. Because there is no way to tell which dogs will recover and which ones will not, all dogs need to be treated by a veterinarian whenever dog parvo symptoms are present.

The second type of parvo is myocarditis. This form of the disease will attach the muscle cells in the heart. Puppies who contract this form of parvo may stop feeding from the mother and could potentially die within a matter of minutes or days. There is no treatment that has been effective in this form of the disease. It is important that the dog with the illness be kept apart from other dogs to prevent the diseases spread.

When you are trying to prevent the spread of dog parvo it is necessary to be aware of the dog parvo symptoms and keep dogs separated that are exhibiting them. You should get your dog immunized to protect them in case they come into contact with dogs that have the illness. The disease can be quite devastating if it is allowed to spread.

About the author: Duncan is a canine enthusiasts. While he isn't playing around with his own labs, he can be seen at his local college taking English courses. Find more information on his website at Dog Parvo Symptoms

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10 Responses to “What Is Parvovirus In Dogs”

  1. Angie says:

    What are the long term effects of parvovirus in dogs?
    Also are parvo survivors thinner than other dogs who’ve never had parvovirus? My yorkiepoo is kind of on the skinnier side and I was just wondering could having parvo be a possible cause.
    He eats Merrick’s puppy plate for dry food and sometimes I’ll give him the canned stuff(also by Merrick’s). He also gets carrots or peaches.

  2. rlp18_03 says:

    Is thick urine have anything to do with the parvovirus in dogs?
    I have an 11 week old pitbull I took her out this morning everything was fine. about an hour ago I took her for our normal walk I noticed she had diariah and a thick urine. she sleeps alot because she is a puppy so thats nothing new really. Although she has been vaccinated once for parvo and not vomiting I think it may be parvo. She has an appointment tonight. just wondering what to expect
    oh and I forgot to mention that the reason I think its parvo is because I got her off of my brother for free and he has had two dogs with parvo. Thats also why I have been making sure she hads gotten all her shots. I could see how it would be stress related because she is so young and gets introuble alot. Not yelled at or physically abused. just doing what puppies do.
    she is fine. The vet said we are probably giving her too much water. other than that she is one of the better looking dogs he has seen in this area.

  3. Ashley Sewell says:

    not likely – parvo works by attacking and destoying the crypt cells lining the small intestine; after the virus has run its course, the cells of the GI tract restore themselve (replication/replace occurs frequently in the small intestinal lining).

    but, talk with your vet about your concerns – he/she might be able to find another reason for the unthriftiness of your pet – parasites, poor diet, etc

  4. Zeke says:

    what is the best way to treat parvovirus in dogs?

  5. Dizycherry says:

    Parvovirus in dogs?
    My neighbours dog was diagnosed with parvovirus this morning and has been put down early this afternoon and I was just wondering what everyones opinion was on my two dogs getting it?

    My two dogs are just either a little over or a little under a year old (they were born in October last year I have just forgot the date) they havent had any contact with the sick dog in a few month and they owner has not been in major contact with my dogs (he has visited my house) I also live in the middle of Australia and parvo is going around my town like wildfire also my town is high with fleas and ticks (the neighbours dog was riddled with them). They also havent had there shots but are well looked after (fed regularly, washed in flea and tick shampoo well maintained animals)

    What do you think there chances are of contracting the virus?
    I have spoken to the vet surgery and have been told that if I get my dogs vaccinated that it will take 2 weeks to kick in however if my dogs become sick in that 2 week the shot will be worthless.

    Please remember that the neighbours dogs was put down early this afternoon so it is no longer alive and a concern

  6. Tasha C says:

    Question about Parvovirus in dogs?
    I adopted 2 puppies ( a chocolate lab and a pit bull ) I took them to the vet to get vaccinations started, mentionted to the vet that the lab had been vomiting and had diarrhea, they ran a parvo test, came back positive, I immediatly came home and reasearched as much as I could, but there is sooo much conflicting information.I know that I am rambling (so sorry) now to my questions. What medications are usually prescribed for treatment, and are all dogs usually kept at the vets for a few days,(mine were sent home with me), how much liquid should I force them to drink and how often?? The medication that was prescribed are Primor, Amforol, and Centrine. 2 for vomiting and diarrhea and one for infection. 4 hours after giving medication the pitbull who was not showing symptoms started vomiting, (a side effect apparently of ALL the medications prescribed, event the ones to PREVENT vomiting.) Is there a better way to treat them, a REAL way.I do not want them to die….Please help me…Please
    I live in a small town there is only the one vet here, so calling another isnt exactly an option. I’m afraid to drive them to another town because it has been so extremely hot here.
    only the lab was tested but the vet told me that because they had been together the entire time they had been at my home it was likely the pit has it as well.
    Thank you Mercedes C for your information, your prayers, and the hope that you have given me. I sincerly hope from the bottom of my heart that your dog gets well very soon. I am praying for you as well. Just thank you so much.

  7. ladyvz says:

    This is a killer virus, it can be carried into your house on the bottom of your shoes if you have been anywhere near where a infected dog has been. it is spread by feces and body fluids is my understanding. It can remain in the ground for 3yrs or better.I just found this out the hard way, My babies had had their shots and no one had been in my house and they still came down with it. We battled it for 4 days and my babies were miserable. vomiting, diarrhea. nothing worked. We lost all 10 puppies. 11 week old Dobermans. The vet said that dobermans were very susceptible to this virus.
    She said that we could have walked across some infected ground and brought it home. We don’t know for sure how but don’t take any chances. The only thing that can kill it is bleach. Bleach everything that may have come in contact with that dog. put a pan of bleach water outside your door and step in it before you go into your house to make sure your not taking it into your pet. I have been bleaching my house, yard, car. anything that they came in contact with so that it can’t hurt another dog. I took my babies to be cremated instead of burying them because their bodies would contaminate the ground. Please get your pet his shots ASAP!!

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  9. Latina Mommy says:

    I agree with everyone else. Believe me tho I feel ur pain…I am also treating my puppy for parvo…its horrible. But anyways…I think its so horrible they didn’t tell u everything u needed to know! I am doing home care and they told me detailed information on EVERYTHING to do, and gave me all of these articles about it and what to do. The vet I went to kinda sucked too cuz they dont accept payment plans and I was forced to do home treatment…he is still alive tho and its been 4 days. But to answer your question….Give them pedialite every 15min-1 hr…(I give it every 20-45 min). The amount depends on the weight of the dogs. Pedialite is good because it helps maintain electrolytes. I have no idea what those medicines are. But they gave me amoxicillion, tamiflu, and reglan. I was told the tamiflu worked so maybe u can try that out if they can give u some. I heard it has a higher sucess rate. I couldn’t really tell u tho cuz I have only seen my dog sick with the parvo. And for the pitbull give him some pepto bismol. About one teaspoon full in a syringe. A few times mine threw up the nausea medicine an hr after he took it, and he continued to throw up after that, so I gave him the teaspoon of pepto every 2-3 hrs and it worked. It kept him from puking until his next dose was due. I did this to prevent over dosing since the meds had time to absorb. I don’t recommend it frequently tho, but when u need it in between the nausea medicine doses to keep the meds and fluids down use it. Then when its time for the next dose give him the nausea medicine as precribed. And the only way I can say is a better way is to take them in to the hospital, BUT that isn’t guarnteed that he’d live. I think that u should be able to treat them at home, unless they become really bad then take them in again. Just make sure to keep up with all of that. Oh yea and clean EVERYTHING they came into contact with bleach. Bleach is the ONLY thing that is known to kill the virus! Mop ur floors…throw out toys, bedding…ect. U don’t want to re-infect them, or anyone who comes to ur house that has a dog. I hope ur dogs get better. I’m going to pray for both of ours! Mine has been sick for 4 days! My poor baby =[

    You are very welcome! What’s funny is that my dog is an adopted chocolate lab as well! He’s 11 weeks old. But I bet its harder for you having to treat 2 dogs at one time! I really hope they get better! =[ But be prepared…its hard work maintaining them. In the past 3 days I think i’ve had 9 hrs of sleep total (on and off), and I’ve barely eaten because every time i’m about to he pukes or something. Also make sure to clean all of their bodily fluids with bleach each time. But make sure u stay up at night with them and keep them comfortable and give them hope to live. I’m sittin right next to my dog as we speak. I can’t let him out of my sight I get paranoid! Well if u have any questions e-mail me or send me an IM at chula_mamasita07@yahoo.com. U can send me updates on them!

  10. kibbi21 says:

    Here are the symtoms of parvo and this doesn’t really sound like it but you are doing the right thing by going to the vet right away:

    Parvovirus is a severe gastrointestinal disease. It initially causes weakness, depression, and lethargy. After a few days to weeks, it causes vomiting and lack of appetite. The dogs develop a very high fever. Very severe diarrhea ensues, gray in color, often with blood and tissue. Because of the vomiting and diarrhea, the dogs become very weak and dehydrated. Puppies and dogs less than two years old, may also suffer from heart disease caused by the virus, causing sudden death