How long does it take for parvo to run its course?

How long does it take for a dog to die if he has parvovirus? If you are wondering this, it can be for several reasons. We hope it is because your dog has just contracted it and you are putting yourself in the worst case scenario, assessing the time you have to react and take him to the veterinarian. In this article, we will talk about the life expectancy of a puppy in the presence of parvovirus and what conditions determine it.

As you may know, parvovirus is one of the worst diseases that a dog can contract. To fight it, the most important thing is the vaccination and to take him to the veterinarian when he begins to show the first symptoms. If you do it right, you will only have to worry about how long it will take for your dog to be cured or when the first signs of improvement appear. Ask all your questions to our online veterinarians.

My dog has parvovirus, can he be saved?

Let's start at the beginning: Yes, your dog with parvovirus can be saved, but do know that his health, integrity, as well as his immune system, will be tested. Depending on how his life has been until that moment, it will take more or less time and effort to heal. The critical days of parvovirus are the first ones and its duration is variable depending on how it hits him.

Parvovirus is a disease caused by a virus. Unlike bacteria, antibiotics are worthless against viruses. Viruses cannot be eliminated directly; the immune system of your dog needs to be the one to get rid of them. That is why all measures against parvovirus are preventive ones, which includes the vaccine.

How long it takes for a dog to heal from parvovirus

The first thing you have to do as soon as you meet your new friend is to worry about the vaccination schedule. The first shots include the one against parvovirus infection. This injection incorporates a very, very weakened virus, which helps his immune system to train against it. Thus, when the real parvovirus attacks him, two things can happen: that he totally defeats it or that it does minimal damages, since his body will fight it little by little.

If your dog is vaccinated, it will take much less time to heal and is very, very likely for him to survive. Otherwise, his chances of getting out of it are very low, and after the appearance of the first symptoms, he will die a few days later. The intervention of the veterinarian is very important to reduce the healing time of the parvovirus.

What does the veterinarian do to prevent death by parvovirus?

So, for the answer to the question: 'how long does it take for a dog with parvovirus to die?' be: 'never', you have to run (better with a car, obviously) to the vet. The first symptoms that you have to really worry about are vomiting and bloody diarrhea. However, if you notice that your dog has a sudden and inexplicable mood change, go to the vet.

Whenever a doggie is suddenly anxious or sad, be worried. Once the vomit, blood, or diarrhea appears, it may be too late, because that means the virus is already wreaking havoc on his digestive system. Anyway, it may not be too late, as long as you've vaccinated him, of course.

What the veterinarian will do is to administer antibiotics to prevent the appearance of other opportunistic infections and give him fluids. With the second, we will avoid something that must be prevented: dehydration; medicines and food will also be injected to make him stronger. Antibiotics do nothing against the virus, but they will prevent other opportunistic diseases from crushing him.

Critical days of parvovirus and duration

If your dog is vaccinated, has had a good diet, is in good shape, and you urgently went to the veterinarian, it is likely he will be saved. However, if you have not vaccinated him, if he is weak from bad diet, and he was depressed before the disease appears, he will not survive the disease, he will not survive the critical days, and he will die shortly after contracting the disease.

Do not forget that this type of virus hits very, very hard, so 'to cure' is worth little; what you have to do is always prevent it from starting. We hope this article helps you to understand that a dog does not have to die if you act wisely, but yes, it will take a few days for him to die if you have not vaccinated him and you have not behaved as a good PetLover. It is not known exactly how many days it will take; maybe ten, maybe twelve, but do not let it get to this stage.