Parvovirus and It’s Deadly Outcome

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Parvovirus is a fatal disease in mainly unvaccinated puppies and dogs.

We have a lot of strays come through our doors and the one thing we do right away is vaccinate them with booster shots. However, if the puppy already has parvo, the shots won’t do any good.

Vaccinating against this disease needs to be done at 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 3 months, and 4 months of age. It’s crucial to their health and will help them fight off this illness.

Let’s talk about the signs of parvovirus and what you can do to help your puppy through it!

What is Parvovirus?

Parvovirus is a disease that effects the immune system of a puppy. Parvo is highly contagious and can be transmitted by humans, objects or other dogs who have come into contact with an infected dog’s feces.

“The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract. Parvovirus also attacks the white blood cells, and when young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problem.” (Source WebMD)

This disease can set withing objects or containment areas that the infected puppy has touched for months. It can sit dormant for up to 6 months and can still be transmitted to other dogs.

Common Signs of Parvovirus

Some of the most common signs of parvovirus in a dog can be anything from diahrea, vomitting, loss of appetite, bloody stools, and sunken eyes.

One sure way of knowing is the foul-smell your dogs feces gives off. When you can smell that distinctive scent it means your dog’s insides are rotting.

What Do I Do If I Think My Dog Has Parvo?

Take him to the vet immedietly. Even if it means paying an emergency visit fee.

A puppy with parvo needs to have extensive care, intrevenous fluids and medication/drugs to control any vomitting and diahrea. A normal stay for a puppy with parvo can be up to a week at the least.

I’ve personally cared for them at home while they were on IV’s after the vet’s visit. Do not do this unless you have experience with dealing with IV’s.

Your puppy needs major supportive care and lots of TLC during this time. Its crucial he knows that there is someone there hoping and praying he will make it.

Unfortunately these steps aren’t always effective and you could still lose your puppy. This is why it’s so very important to make sure he is up to date on his vaccinations.

There is a 5-in-1 shot for puppies that they should have at 6 weeks of age, 8 weeks, 3 months, and 4 months. From then on out it should be a yearly booster shot.

Turbo and I (below) was a survivor of this fatal disease.

NOTE: I am not a Veterinary and if you think your dog is sick do not attempt to do things on your own. Please consult your Vetrinarian.

By | 2017-10-25T14:33:54+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Advice, Archives, Health Care, Tips + Tricks|13 Comments

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  1. Paul Kirhagis September 15, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Parvo is definitely some nasty stuff! Thankfully most shelters vaccinate and rescues(that are any good) will make sure a pup is fully vetted before adoption. My go to for keeping all germs and bacteria at bay is to bleach everything, all the time, 24/7 😛

  2. Lola The Rescued Cat September 15, 2017 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Parovirus is such a serious disease. I know people who lost their beloved dogs to this horrible illness. It’s good for dog owners to know the warning signs.

  3. Shelby @ For The Love of Paws September 15, 2017 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Parvo is such a crazy thing for puppies. Makes me so sad. 🙁 I definitely believe that puppies need this vaccine, as so many people look puppies to this. And please make sure to not take your pets out and about until they’ve had all of their shots!

  4. Tenacious Little Terrier September 15, 2017 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Parvo is such a terrible disease. It’s something I worry about if we ever have a puppy as we don’t have a yard. And the puppy would have to go outside for potty breaks and be exposed to things.

  5. Paroma Chakravarty September 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    I have heard terrible things about Parvo. Thank you for raising awareness and notifying pet parents of symptoms!

  6. Michelle September 16, 2017 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I have heard of Parvo and knew it can be fatal, but wasn’t aware of symptoms etc, so this is a great post to help raise awareness.

  7. Talent Hounds September 17, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    What a scary disease. Vaccinations are so important to stop the spread and protect our babies. So glad Turbo survived.

  8. Beth September 17, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    When I was about 5, we had a very sweet Dalmatian puppy. Unfortunately, he had parvo and the vet euthanized him, It was the first time I can remember seeing my mother cry. It was a senseless tragedy and of course, we all learned the hard way the importance of getting our dogs to the vet for their shots. It breaks my heart that decades later, parvo is still a big problem.

  9. Denise September 17, 2017 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Parvo is such a serious problem and so sad for the poor puppies who end up ill. Thank you for sharing such terrific information!

  10. Sweet Purrfections September 18, 2017 at 2:33 am - Reply

    What a nasty disease for puppies. This is a perfect example of the need for vaccinations. Happy to hear Turbo survived with your help.

  11. Stephanie Seger September 18, 2017 at 3:15 am - Reply

    Great post! Parvo can be deadly and is heartbreaking to watch a puppy go through. When I was a child we had a friend who ignorantly got a Great Dane puppy who was not vaccinated against Parvo and ended up dying. It was so sad and awful and maddening that the death was totally preventable.

  12. Heather Wallace September 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    My neighbor bought a puppy for her kids for Christmas (ugh) from a pet store (face palm) and the puppy died the day after from Parvo. So sad.

    • lifeonpaws September 21, 2017 at 2:40 am - Reply

      Some pet stores are not educated when it comes to buying puppies from breeders. Being a person who works at our local pet store we are also a source for all the strays and rescues in our area. I always like to think not all pet stores are bad, especially ours but unfortunatley there are so many uneducated people who are running pet stores these days just because the animals are cute. This is what leads us to parvo, uneducated people.

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