Parvo in dogs is still an extremely serious and potentially fatal threat
Parvo in dogs is still an extremely serious and potentially fatal threat to your canine friend, especially if you live in a large metropolitan area like New York City, where hundreds of thousands of all sizes and breeds of dogs live, or in a rural area where vaccination is not readily available.
This is still today, a very serious form of virus, and it also one of the perplexing viruses to the science world.
If you live in a large metropolitan area, you may actually be infecting your dog and you are not aware of it.
This disease is not an airborne disease, but can actually be brought into you home by your shoes, your hands if not fully sanitized, and even by the tires on your car.
Even if your dog or puppy does not leave your yard, they may contract this disease.
This disease, when it first was diagnosed in 1978, was perhaps the number one killer of dog’s world wide, it was that serious.
Cats cannot catch this disease from dogs, but they have a very similar disease called Feline Panleulopenia disease, or feline distemper, and some medical circles speculate that this disease is a mutated form of this feline disease.
Treatment of this disease will involve electrolyte solutions that will include the B-complex of vitamins, dextrose, and potassium chloride.
So it is only common sense, that even though there is a very effective vaccine that is now available, you also must protect your dog through vitamin supplements as well in building their immune system early to protect against this virus.
Vitamin C emulates the immune system itself, as it reaches into every cell of your dog’s body.
Your pet’s immune system will benefit tremendously with Vitamin C supplements as this nutrient plays a major function of your dogs immune system.
With this disease your pet will certainly get diarrhea with varying degrees of severity.
The body, ours and our dogs, can and will lose several of the B-class Vitamins that are mandatory to the immune system to function properly, by elimination through feces, and thus is extremely important that it is built up prior to pronounced forms of diarrhea.
This water-soluble class of vitamins must be reintroduced with supplements as part of the treatment stage, after the fact, via intravenously feeding.
A simulation of this example relevant to your pets needs is alcoholics and their need to be given large doses of Vitamin B12 due to their losing this vitamin in their system from malnutrition.
It’s basically the same thing with your dog and this disease; your dog will need this vitamin, that is why it is used in treatment, and it is only logical to make sure it is there to start with through the proper usage of supplements.
Vitamin A plays an important role in cell division and helps to maintain the lining of your intestinal tract, something that this virus will attack directly in your dog.
This valuable vitamin also helps prevent bacteria and viruses from entering the body by maintaining the skin and mucous membranes.
This disease has three distinctive forms; Asymptomatic, Cardiac, and Intestinal.
Dogs that have the asymptomatic form of this disease have been vaccinated properly and will show no clinical symptoms of having the disease at all.
The Cardiac form of this disease, although rare today if the puppy has been properly vaccinated, does still occur.
Infected puppies may contract severe inflammation and or scaring in their hearts from the virus, which will cause chronic congestive heart failure, which quite often leads to the death of the puppy in just a couple of months.
The most common form of this disease today, however, is the intestinal form. With intestinal parvo, the virus will grow very rapidly and divide the cells in your puppies or adult dog’s intestinal lining, which has the largest concentration of rapidly dividing cells.
Like most any virus, this disease is using the host’s (your dog) cellular mechanisms to basically produce replications of itself.
By replicating, the virus can over a period of just a couple of weeks, produce over 1 billion virus infections into the feces that can survive for up to 5 months.
It will start by multiplying in the lymph tissue of your pet’s nose and throat, than spread to the bone marrow putting pressure of the infection fighting white blood cells, and than enter into the small intestine.
The virus from this disease may also prevent digestive bacteria from entering properly, and thus cause a system wide infection.
If these bacteria are in a dog with a depleted white blood cell count, it has now become a life threatening situation.
The symptoms in your dog will be immediate, and can be some or all of the following: Loss of appetite, lethargy which may be extreme, high fevers, vomiting, and diarrhea, that will be bloody and is very foul smelling and usually accompanied with a liquid-yellow soft stool.
Dehydration will almost certainly set in immediately after.
This virus is one of the hardest known viruses to the science world to predict, as it can live outside of the body and lay dormant for up to two years.
A puppy that may be shedding this virus can defecate on a surface and than another puppy may come by and just sniff the area, and contract the disease, after all of that time has passed.
That is why it is so very dangerous for dogs in Metropolitan environments. If you live in New York City, you will see this threat every time you walk your dog on the sidewalks.
Treatment for this disease will include intravenous feeding to control the dehydration, medication to control the losing of fluids, antibiotics to prevent other infections, and in the worst case scenario, blood transfusions.
Prevention of this virus can only be 100% complete through the proper usage of today’s vaccination process and must be followed exactly as your veterinarian instructs.
If you do not go through the entire process of vaccinations, your puppy is at risk. However, a puppy that does survive this virus has immunity for life.
The only way to actually destroy the virus by further contact is by burning any contaminated material such as blankets, newspapers, or linings, and than a very dilute solution of Clorox washing.
Sprays such as Lysol and others will have no affect.
Life long preventive measures of building your puppies and or adult dog’s immune system will help them with this and other viruses and bacterium.
Several of the articles that I have written can be seen on my website
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About the author: I am an avid lover of pets and my wife and I have had several pets throughout our years. We are especially fond of dogs, and we have a 12 year old Dalmatian (our 3rd) and a “mutt” that we rescued when someone threw him away to die in a vacant field. He found us, nearly starved to death, and weighed about 2 pounds. After severe bouts of mange and severe dehydration, and over 1,000.00 in veterinarian bills, we saved the little guys life, and he is one of the best, if not the best, dogs we have ever had and today is a muscular, fit, and firm 70 pound best friend. After finishing my MBA, which at middle age was not easy, I decided to keep the research work ethics that I acquired, and devote about two hours each night in understanding the health benefits of supplementation for both humans and pets and how they might strengthen our, as well as our pets, immune system in a pre-emptive approach to health rather than a reactionary approach. Both of my daughters are avid cat lovers, and asked me to help them with health concerns and challenges with their cats. I am not a veterinarian nor claim to be, just a lover of pets that loves to research and pass on some knowledge that might be helpful, or at least stimulating to the thought process