Dog Disease - Dog Parvovirus

Canine parvovirus is a dog disease that is extremely contagious and may be transmitted from one dog to another by direct or indirect contact with their feces. This dog disease is more threatening in puppies which are not protected by maternal vaccinations and antibodies.

Symptoms of parvovirus
Dogs suffering from this dog disease show symptoms of this disease within 5 to 10 days. The symptoms include laziness, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea (which may be bloody). Secondary infections and dehydration sets in as a result of vomiting and diarrhea. As a result of dehydration the dog’s electrolyte balance may also become affected. Blood and protein leak into the intestines which lead to anemia and loss of protein, and endotoxins escape into the bloodstream, which results in endotoxemia. Dogs have a characteristic smell in the later stages of the infection. The fall of white blood cell level further weakens the dog. Some or all of these symptoms may lead to shock and dead. The first sign of this dog disease is lethargy. If your dog is being lazy and not wanting to play, get a vet to see them immediately.

Treatments of this dog disease include:
•    Antinausea Injections
•    Antibiotic injections
•    Crystalloid IV fluids or colloids
•    Analgesic medications
•    Blood plasma transfusion from a donor dog that has already survived this dog disease is used to provide passive immunity to the sick dog.

Beside these treatments, each time a puppy vomits or has diarrhea, equal amount of liquid is given intravenously.

A puppy can be fully recovered in 2-3 days if the IV fluids are given as soon as the symptoms begin and the canine parvovirus test confirms the diagnosis. However, if the disease is discovered at a later stage then the puppies can remain ill from 5 days to 2 weeks. In such a case, there is no guarantee that the dog will recover completely and survive.