How to Beat Parvo?

How To Beat Parvo?

Canine parvovirus (Parvo) is a highly contagious gastrointestinal (GI) virus mainly affecting unvaccinated dogs and puppies. A perfectly perky puppy can rapidly decline to be fatally ill. 

What makes this virus so dangerous is its ease to spread through the canine population by direct contact with an infected dog, or through feces. Additionally, an infected dog can begin shedding the virus four to five days after exposure — hence quarantine is essential for the health of your dog and of other dogs. An infected dog will continue to shed the virus while he is sick and for up to 10 days after he has recovered.  

Once a dog has contracted parvo, the virus replicates in the small intestines, lymphopoietic tissue (lymph nodes, thymus, etc.), and bone marrow. This leads to severe GI problems and in rare cases, myocarditis (inflammation of the heart).

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Signs of Parvo:

Some of the signs of parvovirus include:

  • Severe, often bloody, diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Fever or low body temperature (hypothermia); 
  • Vomiting
  • Weight Loss
  • Dehydration
  • Depression

Persistent vomiting and diarrhea can cause rapid dehydration, and damage to the intestines and immune system can cause septic shock.

How to treat Parvo?

Treatment often involves veterinary hospitalisation in isolation to ensure your pet doesn’t infect other dogs. As there is no cure for parvo virus supportive care is all that can be offered. Fluids via an IV line, nutritional support and immune-boosting therapies can save their life. 

We’ve also had great results with super immune booster Royal Jelly and the Colloidal Silver protocol below.

Colloidal Silver Protocol to Treat Parvo

Dosage per kg. body weight:

DAY 1 1ml. per kilo of weight, every hour for 10 hours.

DAY 2 1.5ml. per kilo of weight every 2 hours for 12 hours.

DAY 3 2ml. per kilo of weight every 2 hours for 8 hours.

Most puppies that survive the first 3-to-4 days will make a complete recovery, which usually takes around one week.  

The dosage chart is just a guide. Colloidal Silver is not toxic and you can’t overdose so what’s important is not quantity but frequency when a dog is sick.

How did my dog Contract Parvo?

There are two key ways your dog may have contracted Parvo. 

  1. Dogs love to sniff other dogs doo, and it’s through the nose and mouth with infected poop that they can catch the virus. Puppies love to explore the world with their nose and mouth so it’s easy to understand why they contract the virus so easily. 
  2. Unfortunately transmission can also occur through peoples clothing, equipmnet, skin and the environment.

How long can Parvo Virus survive in the environment?

Parvo virus can survive in room temperature for up to two months and is resistent to regular cleaning products. Shockingly, it can survive in the environment for months, even years, especially in the soil, dirt and beach sand. This is why quarantine of unvaccinated animals and deep cleaning with household bleach is so important. Always clean shoes and clothes that have come into contact with any unvaccinated dog or you plan to have contact with an unvaccinated dog.

How to prevent parvo?

Parvo is a preventable illness through vaccination, however it is not 100% accurate for all dogs. Vets recommend you begin the vaccination process for healthy puppies between 6-8 weeks old, and their second complete vaccination at 10-12 weeks old. Some vets recommend a third vaccine at 14-16 years old and then their booster shot 12 months later and then again 3 years after that.

If you have an unvaccinated dog or puppy it is advised you do not visit locations where your pet may be introduced to the virus such as the beach, roads, dog parks and kennels. We understand it can be hard to not take your new pet everywhere you go but you must put their health first and not risk a life-threatening illness. In saying that unvaccinated puppies can socialise and play with fully vaccinated dogs in safe environments such as your back yard. 

Final Words

The takeaway point from this article is prevention is better than heartbreak and pain for you and your pet. Always keep their immune system strong to ensure they are healthy enough for the vaccination, or to fight the parvo virus with our range of supportive care.