PARVO HOME TREATMENT
HOW TO TREAT DOGS WITH PARVO AT HOME:
The Canine Parvovirus infection is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs it manifests itself in two forms.
1. Intestinal Form – which affects the stomach and digestive system
2. Cardiac Form – (Rare) which affects the heart muscles.
PARVOVIRUS SYMPTOMS INCLUDE
– bloody diarrhea
– severe weight loss.
The virus also affects the dog’s ability to absorbs nutrients so infected dogs become quickly dehydrated and weak. Rapid heartbeats, abdominal discomfort, and low body temperature are also symptoms of parvo.
The majority of parvovirus infections are seen in puppies between 6 weeks to 6 months of age. The virus spreads through direct contact with the stool of the infected dog. Certain dog breeds such as Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers, Pitbulls, Labrador Retrievers, German Sheaperds and more are particularly vulnerable to the disease.
There is NO cure for Parvovirus, but veterinarians can treat the symptoms wherein hospitalization is required. Treatment may include intravenous fluid, nutrition therapy, medications to cure vomiting, antibiotics and other antiviral medications.
The survival rate of dogs diagnosed with parvovirus is about 70% with early veterinarian intervention. Puppies are more susceptible to death due to their less developed immune system.
PARVO HOME TREATMENT
If your puppy is showing symptoms of parvo, bring the puppy immediately to the nearest veterinary clinic. Always remember that 85% of puppies die of parvo when not treated, but if you cannot afford the bills or there is none available in your area these tips might help you save your puppy.
If you are getting a puppy please make sure you have these things:
1. SALIN bag if none distilled water will do.
2. 6cc syringe
3. 22 gauge needle
These items are used to rehydrate your puppy because the main reason puppies die of parvo is due to dehydration.
PARVO HOME TREATMENT PROCEDURES
– Attached the needle to the syringe and draw solutions.
– Pick your puppy up just like how mommy dogs carry their babies.
– Pinch the back of the neck of the puppy (sometimes when they are super dehydrated the skin is so hard to pinch)and put the needle right in between the skin fold where your hand is. You might hear a little pop (they might not like it but is very important that you do this). Carefully inject the needle through the skin and gently push the solutions, you will see a lump developing under its skin (like camel hump). The body will absorb the fluids and rehydrate your puppy.
Another thing that you may notice is that puppy maybe not wanting to eat, is throwing up due to the virus in its body or an infection in the stomach. You can ask for puppy amoxicillin to your vet (approximately half a cc in the morning and another half in the evening) to combat the infection in the stomach and help them get to where they want to eat again. Another thing that you may ask your vet for is to give you a Tamiflu (med to eliminate the flu-like symptoms) to recover faster.
Hopefully, on day three or four while you are hydrating your puppy every three to four hours your puppy may start to feel better, they may be able to drink water on their own.
You may also ask your vet for an electrolyte or any food supplements/ vitamins that could help them recover even faster.
Vaccinations against parvovirus are readily available. Puppies should be vaccinated at least after 6, 9 and 12 weeks of their lives. Dogs should not be socialized with unvaccinated or unfamiliar dogs at least two weeks after the final vaccinations.
*Please be advised that it’s always best to consult your veterinarian