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Parvo Virus In Dogs

Updated on August 27, 2012

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

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.


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      GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Im sorry for your loos and i wish you could have cought it sooner. The sooner you catch it the better chances they have. Thank you and so sorry for your puppy:0(

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      Katie 4 years ago

      Parvo is awful.. i hate it my puppy Sadie could of made it through it but it was too much, i wish i could have treated her before she passed also she was a pit bull.. Rest in peace Sadie, good info thank you.

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      GlstngRosePetals 5 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Yes very devistating and i spent $ 3,000.oo plus to save our family mut lol wonderful and interesting protector. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Russo 5 years ago from Cape Cod

      Decades ago I had a few racing greyhounds and Parvo was feared like 'The Black Death" of the 1300s. Owners spend many thousands of dollars to breed and train the pups and to lose one or more to Parvo is devastating. Great hub.

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      Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

      One of our dogs contracted parvo last year. Luckily our dog survived and neither of the other dogs contracted it, mainly because we caught it quickly. We looked after her at home working closely with the vet, giving her injections morning and night. We could so easily have lost her and all because we had lost track of when their vaccinations were due. We've never run late before and will never do it again I'm sure!!

      An interesting hub, that points out the warning signs of this nasty disease for other dog owners.

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      john2000 6 years ago

      Really Great hub for pet lovers like me. Thanks for the info you are providing here.

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      Nspeel 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach

      I have to comment on this article, great job explaining about the virus i just wanted to recommend to everyone that reads it. Should look into The Unknown Parvo Treatment -

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      GlstngRosePetals 6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Millie: If your puppy is at the vet on an IV then chances are she/he might make it. It took our puppy four days in the hospital to get better and now she is ok. To make yourself feel better call the vet every few hours to see how your puppy is doing, go there and see your puppy and hold her/him and pet them. We brought our puppy a baby blanket and a few squeeky toys and a stuffed animal to cuddle with. We also boiled some chicken made it blan and brought that in a container for her as well to eat as well as baby food like chicken broth and a few baby jars of bannanas. I hope your puppy gets better like ours did. Our puppy now is hyper and bounces and plays around and she is into everything like a little kid. Let me know how it turns out.

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      Millie 6 years ago

      I just find out that my puppy have parvo I just hope he make home ok I love him so much ...

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      GlstngRosePetals 6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      You are all welcome we owe it to our loving pets to look for the symptoms !!!

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      wendy87 6 years ago

      good info for pet lovers !!!! Thanks for sharing voted up!!!

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      Good info here that I was previously unaware of. I'll have to keep an eye on the doggie for symptoms.