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Parvo Virus In Dogs
The Parvo Virus
Parvovirus also known as Parvo is a virus that attacks the lining of the digestive system in dogs and puppies. Parvo mainly affects puppies than adult dogs. When the virus attacks the digestive system it makes the system unable to absorb liquids and nutrients that your pet needs in order to survive. Puppies are especially prone to this virus because they have an immature immune system.
Parvo is not an airborne disease like some people believe. The virus is excreted in the feces of infected dogs and if a human,bird or another dog steps into what was excreted then the virus is carried around and spreaded where ever they go. Humans and other species like cats and birds can't catch thhe Parvo virus only dogs can get Parvo.
Symptoms Of Parvo
Symptoms of the Parvo Virus are high fever,depression,lethargy and loss of appetite. Your dog is always sleeping. When your dog or puppy contracts the Parvo Virus they often have diarrhea, vomiting and Lethargy. Your pet will usually stop eating and drinking and will developed a bloody,foul smelling liquid stool. In many cases dehydration. shock and death occur.
My Puppy With The Parvo Virus
What to do if Your Pet Has Parvo
There is no cure for parvo. If you feel that your pet has contracted the parvo virus and shows signs of what you read above then you need to take your pet to the vet as soon as possible to get a parvo test done. If the test comes back positive then the only thing the vet can do is support the system by doing intense treatment to keep your pet hydrated until the parvo virus passes. This means having your pet admitted into an animal hospital with an IV line in there leg to get the medications they need in order to survive. Yes this can be a very exspensive procedure but it's well worth it especially if you love your pet. If you don't have that kind of cash or assests and if your credit is some what good then I'd suggest applying for carecredit which is a credit card used for pets and also for you and your children which can be used for dental,vets, chiropractor,weight loss and etc. They have a monthly payment when you use the card and it's affordable and easy to pay back. The site to apply for this is www.carecredit.com.
Ways to help prevent The Spread Of The Parvo Virus
The best way to prevent your dog or puppy from catching the parvo virus is to keep your pets vaccacinations up to date. If you had a pet that had parvo in your home the virus usually stays in your home for about 9 months the best way to kill the virus is to use bleach and warm water to mop your floors and to clean any linens or doggy toys that your pet has played with. Clean up any dog feces in your yard and you may want to take a bottle of water and bleach and spray your yard to help kill the virus that lingers. A happy Dog is a healthy dog !!!! I hope this information on Parvo helps everyone to keep therefour legged friends alive.