Canine Parvo Virus is carried by dogs, many of whom show no symptoms themselves. Canine parvo virus (CPV) is highly contagious and characterized by severe vomiting and diarrhea that is often bloody. The virus is shed in the feces of infected dogs, but can be carried on a variety of objects and can also live in the soil. The virus can also survive on clothing, food dishes, dog kennels for six months or more. Your dog should be vaccinated for parvo as a puppy and have yearly booster shots to protect them.
If you think your dog has symptoms of parvo, you need to take them to the vet with a stool sample so that they can be tested.
Certain breeds seem to be more susceptible, including Rottweilers and Dobermans.
There is no cure for parvo, but there is treatment.
Dehydration is a big concern with the vomiting and diarrhea and must be treated. In severe cases, intravenous administration of a balanced electrolyte solution is required. In less severe cases, under the skin fluids are given in addition to medications to stop vomiting and diarrhea. Restricting food during vomiting periods is necessary, but fresh water may be given.
Antibiotics are given to control secondary bacterial infections, because the dog’s immune system is compromised by parvo.
Your dog may be hospitalized for a few days to receive round the clock parvo treatment. When they come home they will be weak and need regular medications.
You will also need to disinfect their environment so that they do not become re-infected. Use half a cup of bleach to a gallon of water and clean all of their dishes, bedding, toys and other items the dog uses. Your recovering dog should be kept away from other dogs for at least two months, as they are still contagious. Be sure to pick up their feces so that other dogs do not get parvo. Humans and cats cannot catch parvo, so they can be around your dog.
There are also some Natural Parvo Treatment Products available. Herbal remedies come in granular form that you sprinkle on the tongue.
Parvo herbal products are made to strengthen the immune and digestive systems of your dog, two areas that are an essential part of parvo treatment.
Typical ingredients include:
* Arsen alb. (6C) used for digestive upsets including cramping, vomiting and diarrhea. Also good for dogs showing signs of lethargy and irritability.
* Verat. alb. (6C) is a homeopathic remedy for violent vomiting, cramps and diarrhea. This remedy is particularly useful for dogs with fever and dehydration which are both common and dangerous in Parvovirus.
* Belladonna (30C) is used for fast relief from acute fever, pain, inflammation and all illnesses with a sudden and severe onset. Thirst, fever and swollen/tender abdomen are further indications for Belladonna.
* Parvo (30C) is a homeopathic remedy used both prophylactically (preventively) and curatively in the treatment of canine Parvovirus. Homeopathic nosodes are similar to vaccines in that they help to build protection and resistance against specific diseases. They differ to conventional vaccines in that they are usually manufactured from the products of diseases rather than from a culture of the disease agent or virus itself (as in many conventional vaccines.) Research has shown a high rate of success in the treatment and prevention of Canine Parvovirus using this homeopathic ‘vaccine’ in contrast to the conventional vaccination which seldom confers immunity without numerous subsequent booster shots.
* Zingiber officinale (Ginger) Working mainly in the digestive tract, Zingiber boosts digestive fluids and neutralizes acids, making it an effective alternative to conventional anti-nausea medication. Modern research confirms its effectiveness in relieving the symptoms of nausea, vomiting, indigestion and flatulence. Zingiber has strong anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties and is also used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
* Agrimonia eupatoria (Agrimony) helps to relieve diarrhea, reduces inflammation of the mucus membranes and soothes restless animals. This herb has been used for centuries in the treatment of digestive disease including colitis, appendicitis and diarrhea. Agrimony is a bitter, mildly astringent, tonic, diuretic herb that may help control bleeding, improve liver and gall bladder functions, treat fever and have anti-inflammatory effects.
A good commercial source to explore is Pet Alive Parvo-K dog Parvovirus treatment.