Canine Parvovirus, CPV, strikes without warning and if your puppy gets it... you won't have much time to save him.
Parvo is the most common infectious disease of U.S. dogs. This dreadful virus attacks the intestinal lining and immune system of dogs. Puppies between 6 weeks and 6 months of age, who are still developing their immune systems and still in the process of receiving their vaccinations, are especially susceptible.
An infected puppy can be up and around playing and a few hours later become extremely ill. The virus is often fatal since most puppies are not able to fight off the virus and bacterial infection and therefore go into shock and die.
Parvo is transmitted primarily through direct contact (usually from an
infected dog's feces). But the virus is very hardy and continues to
thrive and spread for 5 to 8 months. It can thrive and spread from yard
to yard from shoes, tires, or other means. It can continue to survive on
toys, bedding, food bowls, kennels floors, and the list goes on and on. So you get the idea of just how contagious it is.
The symptoms of canine parvovirus usually appear very rapidly. As mentioned above, an infected puppy can be up and around playing and a few hours later become extremely ill. The incubation period for the illness is 4 to 14 days.
The signs are:
There are many herbal and homeopathic treatments (like Parvaid) that have been very effective at treating the symptoms. Knowing what the symptoms are and starting treatment immediately will improve your puppy's chance of survival.
Parvaid A natural aid for dogs to promote normalization of digestive tract functions.
* As with canine distemper, parvo is best prevented by vaccination.
Puppies infected with canine parvovirus really should be hospitalized. They will require IV fluids to combat the severe life-threatening dehydration. Further treatment may involve the use of antibiotics and other medications to fight secondary bacterial infections until the virus runs its course.
CAUTION: If you have had a dog with the parvo in your home, you should not bring in any puppy or unvaccinated adult dogs into the environment for at least 6 months. Be sure to first discuss the situation with your vet, follow his advice, and disinfect your home as best as possible. Best disinfectant to use is a bleach solution. So clean and disinfect all bleach-safe items.
Highly contagious disease spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact. Can be especially severe in puppies that are not protected by maternal antibodies or vaccination. Treatment often involves veterinary hospitalization. Vaccines can prevent this infection, but mortality can reach 91% in untreated cases.
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