Veterinarian Dr. Dinesh says “Parvo is a very serious and common disease in Puppies and Dogs”. During the rainy season in Mumbai the prevalence of Parvo is very rampant in puppies. However, according to Veterinarian Dr. Dinesh “Parvo can be prevented by effective & timely vaccination and by keeping the dog/ puppy surroundings clean”.
If your puppy is vomiting and not vaccinated yet, the chances of parvovirus is high. As per Veterinarian Dr. Dinesh, most of the affected dogs (85%) are less than one-year-old, between 6-20 weeks.
Veterinarian Dr. Swapnil added that “one must properly clean the surroundings of the dog/ puppy clean”. Further adding to it, the veterinarian emphasized that the Parvo virus is capable of surviving for a long time in the environment. This virus may last months or even years in the environment if the conditions are “right” – cool, moist, shady with lots of organic or faecal material to hide in. Some viruses die quickly when outside of animal and exposed to air. However, veterinarian Dr. Swapnil added on that Parvo virus can be deactivated easily by cleaning the surroundings firstly with detergents and following it up with a bleaching agent.
How is Parvo transmitted?
Veterinarian Dr. Dinesh claims Parvo virus to be extremely contagious. Veterinarian further added on that It can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s Faeces/ Stool. However, the thing to be noted is that it stays in in-animated objects for long time.
Key Symptoms of Parvo includes:
- Vomit (often severe)
Initially white in colour, then yellow or green, and finally brown or reddish. Transition of the vomitus colour from white to reddish brown indicates the severity of the dog’s health. One should always get in touch with a veterinarian before such a situation arises.
- Diarrhoea, dehydration, dark or bloody faeces.
- Fever with lowered WBC (white blood cells) counts.
Veterinarian Dr. Dinesh claims that the diagnosis of parvo is based on dog/ puppy’s history and symptoms. Veterinarian further added on that if one wishes he/she could get the result of the parvo disease at the convenience of your home. The Canine Parvovirus Antigen diagnosis kit can give diagnosis results within 10 min.
1) Intravenous administration of:
- Balanced electrolyte solutions (crystalloids and colloids).
- Antibiotic therapy;
- Anti- ulcerative and anti-anaerobes, vitamin supplements.
2) During course of treatment avoid feeding animal.
Veterinarian Dr. Swapnil suggests pet owners to use Saturated bleaching powder solution to clean the surroundings, where the pet has passed faeces and places where it had come in contact with the surroundings.
How can Parvovirus be prevented?
Veterinarian Dr. Dinesh suggests pet owners to protect their dog/ puppy from this potential killer by making sure he’s up-to-date on his vaccinations (dog shots). Parvo virus should be considered as a core vaccine for all puppies and adult dogs. Veterinarian further goes on to add that “It is usually recommended for puppies to be vaccinated with combination vaccines that take into account the risk factors for exposure to various diseases, few such common vaccines include “7-in-1”, “9 -in-1” protecting the puppy from distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza”. Vaccination should help prevent your pet from parvovirus on most cases.
However even after effective vaccination your dog/ puppy is still at risk to catch parvo, due to maternal derived antibodies (called as “Window of susceptibility”).
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