Parvo (Parvovirus) in Dogs
How Can Parvovirus Be Treated?
Although there are no drugs available that can kill the virus
yet, treatment is generally straightforward and consists of aggressive
supportive care to control the symptoms and boost your dog’s immune system to
help him win the battle against this dangerous disease. Dogs infected with
parvovirus need intensive treatment in a veterinary hospital, where they
receive antibiotics, drugs to control the vomiting, intravenous fluids and
other supportive therapies. Should your dog undergo this treatment, be prepared
for considerable expense-the average hospital stay is about 5-7 days.
Please note that treatment is not always successful-so it’s
especially important to make sure your dog is vaccinated.
What Are Some Home Treatment Options?
Because parvovirus is such a serious disease, it is not
recommended to attempt home treatment. Even with the best veterinary care, this
disease is often fatal.
When Is it Time to See the Vet?
If you notice your dog experiencing severe vomiting, loss of
appetite, depression or bloody diarrhea, contact your veterinarian
What Are Some Other Health Issues with These Same Symptoms?
A puppy with a bloody diarrhea could have a parasite problem, a
virus other than parvovirus, a stress colitis, or may have eaten something that
disagreed with him or injured and blocked his digestive tract. It’s crucial
that you see your vet for an accurate diagnosis.