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Preventing Parvo In Puppies
Can Parvo Be Prevented?
Every dog lover has heard that terrifying word: PARVO. Parvovirus is a deadly canine virus that attacks the dog’s intestines, which was first discovered in the 1970’s. Not only is it likely fatal, but it is extremely contagious. This illness is spread very easily, by ingesting dog that walks on the virus or comes in contant will most likely have it in its system. Parvo Virus does not die easy, even outside. This virus is every dog owner’s nightmare. There is no cure for it and the majority of dogs who get it will die within days. Parvo can survive for up to a year on surfaces, which is pretty dangerous for new homeowners or renters. The only thing you can do to kill it is use bleach, and sometimes it does not fully rid of this deadly virus.
Many people never imagine that their dog would get parvo. I was one of those people, I got a puppy and within 2 weeks he was gone. It was the most awful experience. The owners got him his first shots, but that wasn’t protective enough. My poor pup got through the first four days, and then passed. Usually, if a dog makes it past three days they will survive but that was not the case for me. I wish I had known the things I know now, because it could have been prevented. Are you wondering how you know if your dog has it? Sudden onset vomiting and diarrhea is the biggest sign. The foul smell is something you will NEVER forget, it is truly unmistakable. About 10 days after the virus gets in their system, they will begin to have symptoms of bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Refusing to eat is also a big symptom, which ultimately kills them.
When I got my puppy, I was just so happy to have him that I wanted to show him off. The number one thing you have to avoid is taking a young puppy out to dog parks and pet stores. This is where parvovirus thrives and is everywhere. Adult dogs can carry the virus and not be affected by it. I took my dog to petsmart often and I believe that may have been what caused it. I had just moved into a new house as well. Bleaching the yard would be very helpful to help prevent this disease. You never know if there was a dog that previously had parvo in that yard. Getting your dog’s vaccinations is very important before you take them out on the go around other dogs. Even if you only had one shot for parvo, they can still pick up the virus. This is such a tragic, deadly virus and simple steps like this can help it to be prevented.
If your dog already has parvo, there is only so much you can do at this point. I was not so lucky. Using pedialyte and force-feeding him with a syringe was the only way I kept him alive as long as I did. I did not have the money to take him to the vet for long expensive treatments. Most people do not have that kind of money, and many times those treatments still fail. One product that does wonders, and has saved many dogs is Parvaid. It is a holistic therapy, and can really help in your dog’s treatment but has to be given as soon as possible. Parvovirus hits fast and hard, and most times your dog will not survive. I hope for one day when there will be a treatment to save all these wonderful animals.
Breeds That Are Vulnerable To Parvo
There are certain breeds of dog that you need to extra careful about because they get parvo a lot more than other dogs.
Top 5 Dog Breeds Most Likely to Get Parvo
2.) Doberman Pinchers
3.) American Pitbull Terrier & American Staffordshire Terrier
4.) Labrador Retrievers
5.) German Shepards