Most dog owners are aware the dog’s parvovirus is a very serious, yes, it is a highly contagious disease which can be too often fatal, really it is one of the worst diseases that your dog can suffer from , and if your dog is still too young, it will be unable to fight off parvo’s infection, so this disease can lead to breaking down and die as well.
What Is The Risk of Parvo?
Well, we have mentioned above that parvo is a very serious and fatal disease and this is because it can cause damage to the dog’s heart which can happen as a result of the virus which is attacking the white blood cells and then managing to kill these cells off by suppressing bone marrow.
However, If the pregnant female has not been vaccinated against the disease and has had no prior exposure to the virus then it has no protection against it, and that increases the possibility of suffering from this disease.
Can Dogs Recover From Parvo?
So despite the fact that parvo is a scary and serious diagnosis, the good news is that with early treatment and a good and proper health care, there are chances that your four-legged friend may recover from this scary disease, as It is very known as well that this disease requires your full supervision and attention towards the animal’s state of health.
So in this article, we will dig a little deeper to know more about how to help your furry four-legged friend to fight off these first symptoms and this infection, in addition to what to do and what rules you should follow, if you are willing to save your dog life and play a crucial role in your furry pet’s recovery journey.. So stay tuned and keep reading this…
How Do Dogs Spread Parvo?
First, we need to consider that there are some reasons that can lead to spreading the infection, that’s why we need to pay good attention to these reasons in order to avoid the infection as much as we can.
Dog owners must be aware that parvo is easily transmitted when any pet, person, or comes into contact with an infected dog, in addition, Parvo as well can live on floors and carpets, shoes and clothing and any objects that can touch or picked up by a furry pets.
Dog Breeds Susceptible To Parvo
Moreover, there are some certain dog breeds that have a high risk of suffering from parvo, and these breeds include the following:
- German Shepherds
- Labrador Retrievers
- Doberman Pinchers
- American Staffordshire terriers
so it is advisable to monitor these breeds and provide them with a good vaccination and immune-boosting vitamins.
Then, it’s now the time to get to know Parvo’s signs and symptoms:
Signs And Symptoms Of Parvo
- Depression& weight loss.
- Nonstop vomiting that lasts for a long time.
- Severe diarrhea and dog owners may expect seeing blood in diarrhea.
- Refusing all food types and water, in other words, your dog may suffer from a loss of appetite.
- Abdominal pain is another symptom of the virus.
- Lethargy and fever
- Dehydration from vomiting and diarrhea is also a serious concern; that’s why dog owners need to consider most death cases that are resulted from occur within 48 to 72 hours after suffering from these symptoms.
So if you are sure that your dog is suffering from these serious and dangerous symptoms, it’s critical that you take your dog to a veterinarian or emergency animal hospital immediately, however, you need as well to analyze the symptoms and combat them one by one, taking care of dog’s immune system, giving him enough strength.
How To Cure Parvo In Dogs At Home?
You have also a good option which is to treat your dog at home, but you need to follow some rules like: you must watch him around the clock; you need to separate your dog in unreachable room if you have another pet, in order not to carry the germ or acquiring the parvo.
- Dehydrate your dog well
You need as well to consider dehydrating your dog, so you can use intravenous fluids by drip, you can also consider another good option which is a diluted Pedialyte by putting it into your dog’s water.
- Less Food To Your Dog
Also you have to introduce food slowly to your dog, once your dog has stopped vomiting and seems to be gaining a little energy, along with high calorie, vitamin-packed supplements including Egg yolks which is shown to support the immune system of dogs with parvo, apple cider vinegar which has known antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to Fish oil supplement.
- Using Antibiotic Prescribed by Your Vet
You need as well to consider the following options like antibiotics in case if the intestinal bacteria have entered the dog’s bloodstream, Medication to control nausea and diarrhea, and Blood transfusion.
- Cleaning Is The First Step of Treatment
It is important as well to be aware of the importance of paying to special attention to cleaning dog bedding, food areas, food, and water bowls, and all surfaces that the dog has used, so it is preferable to use latex gloves and disposable shoe covers and his will help to keep the infection from spreading, so don’t forget to clean your house with ammonia and water twice a day as suggested before to keep the house free of the virus
- Visiting Your Vet
You need to visit your vet for a check-up, to make sure that your dog is ready to receive his parvo vaccinations to prevent further outbreaks.
- Prevention Rule
We don’t need to mention that prevention is better than cure you don’t forget to Vaccinate your dog, as the parvo vaccine should never be skipped over, however, there is one type of vaccination which is against not only parvovirus but also hepatitis, distemper, parainfluenza, and leptospirosis, and this is considered to be 5 in 1 vaccination.
So, after vaccination, there is still a little chance of your dog catching the virus.
to put an end to parvovirus. As the last piece of advice, rapid intervention is the best cure.