Symptoms of parvo in puppies; how do dogs get parvovirus?

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If you are looking on the internet if there are home treatments for parvovirus we want to give you a definitive and categorical answer: No. If you detect in your puppy or adult dog any of the symptoms that we will describe below, leave your query to our veterinarians describing them and indicating the age and breed of your dog. We will give you a diagnosis and we will tell you which the ideal veterinarian in your city is to treat parvovirus.

We say that there are no home treatments for parvovirus because it is something that people have already asked us a lot. The parvovirus, as its name suggests, is a virus. There are no home remedies against it as there isn't for flu or other virulent diseases in humans, such as hepatitis. The only solution, if your dog has contracted the virus, is to go to a veterinarian in your city and start treatment.

Can a vaccinated dog carry parvo?

The parvovirus has a tremendous resistance in the environment. Even if you clean the environment with bleach it is very likely that you will not even eliminate it. Usually, it stays in the feces of other dogs, but it could also stay in a carpet or elsewhere in your home. If a dog in a park has contracted parvovirus, it is not recommended that you return to that site in at least three months.

Once it is caught, the parvovirus facilitates the entrance to your dog's body for other bacteria, which infect him until he dies. Rapid action can prevent the effects of the pathogen on your animal while developing antigens to fight it. Anyway, the best way to act against the parvovirus is through vaccination.

The parvovirus vaccine is not administered once; the virus mutates each year as does flu. That's why you have to reinforce it according to the schedule your veterinarian sets.

Can a puppy get parvo after first shot? Yes, he can

Knowing now how dangerous this virus is, you have to know what symptoms tell you that your dog may be infected. Be especially alert if your dog has eaten the poop of another animal without you noticing, if he has wandered through unknown places and has ended up in the bushes or in an area where there are usually dogs that went missing without any apparent explanation.

This last case is not so weird. To prevent parvovirus infections, caregivers in the same neighborhood usually talk to each other and tell each other if their furry had it; helping to clean the park where they play to ensure their health.

Where does parvo come from?

Therefore, we encourage you to chat with those of your community, to encourage each other to go vaccinate your dogs and take care of their environment, guaranteeing their health.

Also, keep special attention the days after taking him out of the animal shelter. The workers of such places are often overwhelmed, so sometimes there are logical hygiene problems that favor the presence of parvovirus.

Symptoms that your puppy may have parvovirus

If after having experienced the above-mentioned situations you notice changes in your dog, take note of what they have been the time in which they occurred, and their evolution. This information will be crucial to know if it is parvovirus or something else when contacting our veterinarians.

And what changes are we talking about? The parvovirus usually lodges in the intestines of your dog, the reason why the first symptoms will be related to his digestive processes. It is easier for a furry to vomit than for a human; it is one of his mechanisms of natural protection, the reason why it is normal that he expels something that he had eaten and that has not digested well. What is not normal is that these vomits are prolonged in time and in quantity.

It is not possible to cure parvo without a vet

These vomit usually appear in a combination of explosive diarrhea and accompanied by blood. This combination can dehydrate your dog, which would lead to a lethal shock.

But the presence of parvovirus in his body not only manifests in this way. Depending on where in his body it stays, he may develop fever followed by weakness, lack of appetite, and changes in his mood as well as heart conditions. Because of parvovirus, a very active dog can suddenly be very tired, not wanting to play, and only wanting to sleep.

This group of symptoms can mix with each other, fever with vomiting or diarrhea with blood, and lethargy.

Do not use home remedies to fight parvovirus

We have found on the internet several supposed home remedies for parvovirus, but all they can do is palliate the symptoms; they do not fight the disease. No, the garlic does not cure the parvovirus, neither does the lemon juice; nor bleach, as we have already told you, is 100% effective to eliminate it from the environment.

If you discover any of these symptoms in your puppy, leave your query to our online veterinarians. If he has less than four months, do not wait and go running to the nearest specialist; also if he has diarrhea in combination with vomiting, because dehydration can kill him.