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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.