Parvovirus is an acute and highly contagious disease that is most commonly seen in puppies between 6 and 20 weeks. The virus attacks white blood cells, intestinal tract, heart muscles and any rapidly reproducing cell. The virus will attack the vital organs until the organs become non-functional.
The virus is transmitted by oral contact with feces. When the dog licks, sniffs, eats or comes into any contact with feces from an infected dog, the puppy will acquire the virus.
All dogs are susceptible to parvo, but Dobermans and Rottweilers do appear to have a lower resistance to the virus, developing more severe symptoms more rapidly than many other breeds.
Once a puppy has contracted parvovirus, it may sit dormant for 4 to 5 days before signs of parvo start to show. When the signs of parvo start to show, you will quickly notice a change in behavior in your puppy.
Signs of Parvo in Puppies
- Fever may be present, but not always the case
- Mild to severe abdominal pain
Puppies that receive vaccinations against the virus and still contract the virus may have been infected before the vaccination was received. So, if you haven’t vaccinated your puppy, do not visit parks, pet stores or anywhere that dogs are permitted. Even if the area looks clean, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t living virus that you or your puppy may come in contact with.
Even if another pet owner has cleaned up after his pet, and disinfect the area, the spot may still be infected. There is no household cleaner that currently kills parvovirus.
Vaccinations for parvo generally start at 8 weeks, but prior to that a puppy can acquire the virus. At 12 months, dogs should receive a booster, and then every three years re-vaccinated.
Puppies that contract parvo can survive the virus if treatment is started as early as possible. In mild cases, the puppy may be hospitalized to correct dehydration and medicate for vomiting and diarrhea. In severe cases, puppies may require blood transfusions and other intensive care treatment. In many cases, antibiotics are provided to prevent septicemia and bacterial complications.
Natural Parvo Treatment
Parvo is a very serious disease that you should never take lightly. Please consult your vet before you try to self medicate your puppy at home. Parvaid is an all natural parvo treatment that can be given to your puppy in addition to veterinarian treatment.
Parvaid is an ultra concentrated, all-natural treatment for parvo, vomiting, diarrhea (bloody), loss of appetite, gas, bloat and intestinal cramping. Parcaid can also be used as a preventative to stimulate and support the immune system if your puppy has been exposed to any health concern.
Vibactra Plus is an herbal aid that can be paired with Parvaid as an herbal treatment for bacterial, viral and parasitical infections.
PetAlive Parvo-K is another natural treatment for parvo. The ingredients have been selected to treat parvo without any major side effects. Parvo-K is a fine, easily dissolved lactose granules that can be easily administered. Use Parvo-K as an oral homeopathic vaccine to immunize your dog against parvovirus, to protect against parvovirus, to treat active parvovirus under veterinarian supervision, and to reduce symptoms of parvo.
Can You Contract Parvo?
You cannot get parvovirus, but you can spread it to your puppy. You can transfer the virus and transmit it to your puppy.