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Old 04-11-2015, 07:32 PM
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I recently had a pup pass away from parvo...it was heartbreaking to us. We did everything right, but even with veterinary care it swept him away within 3 days. I was aware of this virus from my childhood, but the amazing thing to me was that of a litter of 3 pups there was one that, while testing positive for parvo, was FINE! He had a bit of runny stool and maybe one droopy day, but had to be in a separate quarantine area from his brothers because he was so lively and rambunctious. My point in this is that it doesn't hurt to have your puppy tested when you bring him/her home because even if they don't seem sick they could still be spreading the germ.
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:14 AM
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My dog, Boss, had parvo when he was about 7 or 8 weeks old (2 weeks after I got him, he was saved off of the road).. Unfortunately, before we got him we had two puppies that were outside of our dog pen that were abandoned by their mom and apparently they had parvo and died not long after even after I tried to help when I realized they had it.. But even after cleaning up everything, including spraying bleach/water solution around the house and yard (it helps kill the virus but only in time (1 year I believe), when I got Boss he contracted the disease after 2 weeks. I was aware that he could possibly get the disease but he had nowhere else to go so we kept him and I made sure to go ahead and get Durvet Canine Spectra 5 vaccine and keep it refrigerated (which I was going to use on him the following weekend but he started showing parvo signs early in the week).

He woke me up with vomiting noises and bloody diarrhea on his puppy pad at around 3AM, I immediately knew that the disease was taking hold of him so I grabbed the vaccine from my fridge and frantically mixed the solution together quickly because he was not looking good and wouldn't eat or drink anything so I grabbed the back of his neck skin (firstly had to make sure I wasn't in a vein by pulling back on the syringe and for my first time at giving shots, I was a natural because I got the correct spot.) and so I gave him the vaccine. After that I stayed up with him all night and I poured some Gatorade in his mouth because at first he would not take it on his own but after that he did drink it a bit by himself. The next morning after Boss and I finally got a bit of rest, we both got up at around 8-9AM and he was getting better, he was a bit playful and hyper again, he wanted to play somewhat, and he started eating and drinking good again.. (Gatorade gives some electrolytes which surprisingly works a good bit of the time to rid the body of the disease, if you catch the disease early on and can't do anything else because when I was younger, I had an older pup that got the disease and we poured Gatorade in his mouth every 30 minutes and he got well pretty quickly and we made sure to stay up with him so he wouldn't dehydrate.)

So let's just say this.. If your pup ever gets parvo and you don't catch it before they start showing the signs, immediately give them the "DURVET CANINE SPECTRA 5, SINGLE DOSE WITH SYRINGE" vaccine and afterwards Gatorade to drink.. Sometimes they will willingly drink it but other times you have to pour it down their throats.

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Old 07-10-2016, 04:47 PM
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The stories above illustrate several points about Parvo, as well as the potential power of anecdotal 'evidence'.

First of all, there are still things we don't know about this virus... mainly, where did it come from. I think most assume it was a variant of the feline virus (the one that causes panleukopenia, aka cat distemper) as cats are the closest pet that millions of dogs had been exposed to that had a parvo virus of its own. Normally parvo viruses are 'species' specific (actually even genus specific is not accurate... many genera of cats are susceptible to the same cat parvo virus)- meaning only that group of animals (cats lets say) are susceptible to each parvo virus. Dogs had, up until the late 1970s, no problem being around cats with parvo as they were not closely enough related to contact the disease. Something happened in the late 70s and suddenly dogs had their own parvo virus. And no one had a vaccine for it yet so most vets were using either the cat vaccine or the mink vaccine, with at least some success, but not great. Once a vaccine was finally created specifically for dogs, the disease at least was controlled somewhat. But still no knows for sure where it came from exactly.

2. The second to last story is a good example of infection and disease- not all exposed pets will die or even come down with the virus if infected, though it seems most will as it is a pretty aggressive virus. All unvaccinated, and partially vaccinated dogs are susceptible to canine parvo virus, even if several years old (though it seems partially vaccinated mature dogs, having a mature immune system, are more resistant).

3. the last story shows how easily this virus is to spread, and how hard it is to effectively sterilize an environment (particularly an outdoor one, such as dirt, gravel or foliage). Washing with bleach does very little to neutralize the virus- a prolonged contact time with a virucidal product, such as bleach (even diluted bleach will work fine) is required to effectively kill this virus (15 minutes is the minimum time recommended- a challenge when trying to kill this virus in dirt).

It also demonstrates one of the common outcomes of an infection in many dogs- a short illness and a quick recovery. Some puppies do well while others may do poorly.

And it also reminds us that fluids are extremely important (probably the most important part of the parvo treatment as dehydration is the number one killer of parvo puppies).

And lastly it shows the problem with 'cause and effect' in medicine, as this writer assumed the vaccine had something to do with the puppy's recovery when it did not. The disease itself is a far better stimulant of an immune response than any vaccine is, nor can a vaccine have any effect on a disease that is actively making a dog ill- if anything, it would be more likely to stress the immune system further and make recovery more difficult. We do NOT recommend vaccinating animals in the middle of a disease for several reasons. But despite all that, the puppy got better (likely the gatoraid had some positive effect). It is even controversial whether or not to continue a puppy's parvo vaccine schedule once they recover from the disease, though most veterinarian's do continue the series of vaccines mostly due to the combo vaccine's prevention of the other viruses (mainly distemper).
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Nice post. thanks for sharing!
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I'm not sure if anyone is still out there reading this but it's 10:50pm and I can't sleep because today I left my pup at the hospital as he's sick with Parvo. Going online is probably the last thing any worried dog mum should do but I'm super surprised about two things.

Firstly, the high mortality rate. The first vet we went to today basically disappeared after we had Sammy diagnosed with Parvo. No one wanted to enter the room so I was left sitting by myself until my husband came to pick me up to take Sammy and me to the ER. The ER recommended he be admitted and monitored and put on fluids etc but said that "most dogs make it" and "it's not like you're paying for treatment for a dog that's unlikely to survive". Either way, we'd throw all the money in the world at the vet if there was a slim change of survival.

The second thing was that there are an awful lot of posts, blogs and advice out there that says not to have your dog admitted but to take care of him at home by constantly giving the dog pedialyte, rubbing honey on his gums, spoon-feeding him broth, etc. The consensus here is that your dog needs to know you love him and that he won't survive unless he has you near him, otherwise he might be too depressed to fight the disease.

Obviously I was distraught at reading this but it seems like there's a different feeling throughout this thread.

Anyway, Sammy is 4 months old, we got him from a shelter and have only had him for two weeks. He had all his vaccines but some of these were back in Qatar which is where the shelter flew him in from, so we can't really verify anything. He started showing symptoms yesterday and I took him in today. No bloody stool but diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy and dehydration.

No sleep for me tonight...
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thanks to this. So far, i've understand how parvo affects our babies.
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Thanks so much for the post.Much thanks again. Really Cool.
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Clinical signs in dogs generally are seen 3 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Here's some more info on Parvo that dog owners should know!
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This thread has been very helpful - thank you all for sharing. I'm going to be adopting two puppies very soon! They're currently four weeks old, will be getting their first parvo vaccinations at eight weeks, and I'll be bringing them home at ten weeks (and will continue with vaccinations on schedule with our vet).

I'm starting to think about how to prepare for their arrival to our home. I'm a runner, so I go on runs in the neighborhood. I'm worried about the possibility that I may have tracked parvo into my home from my running shoes (or any other shoes I've worn outside). Shortly before the puppies arrive, I'm going to clean the tile floor (entire house) with a chlorine/water solution to kill any possible parvo there. I have carpet in the bedrooms/office, though. Does anyone have any advice on how to remove parvo from carpet?

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer!
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