How Long Does Parvo Last?
Did you know that 85% of puppies die because of parvo?
That’s a scary number. What is even scarier is that most dog owners are not aware their dogs have parvo.
But is it easy to detect parvovirus in your puppy? Turns out this virus slips into your dog unnoticed and triggers severe infections.
Which is why you should always watch out for the early signs of parvo in dogs.
When the virus gets into your dog, it takes 5 to 10 days to incubate.
By the 11th day, you will begin noticing symptoms in your dog that are triggered by the virus.
Note that these symptoms can be different in dogs.
Yet, there are those common symptoms of parvo you should look out for.
How do I know My Dog has Parvo?
The first common sign of parvo in dogs is extreme lethargy.
Your dog will sleep a lot during the day and show less activity.
As the infection progresses, the poor pup will develop a severe fever.
Vomiting and diarrhea are other serious symptoms of parvo with dogs. In fact, it is the biggest tell-tale sign that Bingo could be suffering from Parvo.
Other symptoms may clear away, but vomiting and diarrhea do not stop.
And you know what that does to your dog?
It gets severely dehydrated as it loses more body fluids. At this point, your dog is in real danger.
It can lose its life if treatment is not started immediately.
Which brings us to our next question;
How is Parvo in dogs treated?
- If you suspect your dog has parvo, take him to a vet for a diagnosis.
If the results come out positive of parvo virus, your vet will suggest a treatment plan.
- The good news is, there is a 90% chance your dog will survive the virus when a trained vet attends to him.
Then there is the buzzkill. Treating parvo in dogs can be costly.
- It can cost at least $500 to make the bad symptoms of parvo go away.
Some dog owners have coughed up to $2000 for recurring treatments.
Not everyone has that kind of money. Does it mean your pooch is going to die if you do not get him the treatment?
- The answer is no, he will not die. There is an alternative way of treating parvo that does not require you to incur a lot of costs.
The best part, you get to do it at home while comforting your furry friend.
It is possible to treat parvo at home if you have the right tips with you.
More good news, it will only take a week for you to start seeing improvements in your dog.
You only need to cover the cost of vet consultation to be sure that it is parvo we are treating in your dog.
Treating parvo at home is a step-by-step process. Here is what you need to combat the virus;
- Saline solution (Distilled Water works if you can’t get a hold of saline)
- Minimum 6 cc syringe (Bigger the syringe the better)
- 22 gauge needle
- Amoxicillin for dogs
- Gerber Chicken Flavored or Beef Flavored baby food
- Bullyade (Flavored vitamins and mineral for dogs)
You can use distilled water in place of saline solution.
A 6cc syringe is perfect for a puppy that weighs about 2 pounds.
You may need a larger dosage for a bigger dog.
A 22 gauge needle is tiny enough to inject the saline water into your puppy.
Any need larger than that can cause an injury on your puppy.
Day 1 Parvo Treatment
- You need to inject the saline solution (or distilled water) into the puppy’s skin.
Use your two fingers to pinch the skin at the back of the puppy’s neck. This may be a bit hard if your puppy has lost a lot of water. But do your best in getting a fold of skin between your fingers.
- Now fill the syringe with saline water and inject it into the fold of skin between your fingers.
Your puppy may yelp in pain. You have to ensure he is held down to prevent any sudden movements.
- Inject the fluid slowly into the puppy’s skin until you feel a bump forming. The puppy will absorb all the fluids into its system. This will be repeated one-hour after the bump goes down.
- Now we introduce Tamiflu to combat those flu-like symptoms caused by parvo.
Tamiflu is not recommended after day 1. Flu symptoms tend to stick around for a while. We recommend getting several bottles of Tamiflu for rainy days.
- Monitor your puppies temperature. Puppies normal temperature is 101.5 degrees.
If their temperature is high, cool them off with a wet rag.
- Apply the wet rag to their paws, butt, belly, and neck.
If their temperature is low, warm them up immediately.
Puppy fevers cause organ damage, and should not be taken lightly.
- Tamiflu Dosage for puppies; Tamiflu comes in capsules of 75mg each.
- Order Bullyade today, as you will need it in a few days.
Day 2 Parvo Treatment
- Ensure you are hydrating your puppy every 3 or 4 hours.
Now besides giving your dog IV fluids, you also have to kill the opportunistic infection ailing your puppy.
- This is where the Amoxicillin for dogs comes in.
It kills the bacterial infection in your puppy’s gut. With the infection gone, your puppy will regain its appetite.
- Your puppy may have bloody diarrhea, a teaspoon of Pepto will help coat their stomach providing relief.
- If they seem weak, begin force-feeding a small amount of Gerber chicken or beef flavored baby food.
Gerber baby food is easy on their digestive system.
- Dosage: The recommended dosage for Amoxicillin for puppies is 10mg per kg of body weight.
- Give your puppy the dosage after every 12 hours.
This prevents the bacteria from developing resistance to the drug and kills it completely.
- Gerber chicken or beef flavored baby food should be given in small amounts.
- 1 to 2cc’s of baby food at a time. Feeding small amounts at a time will help prevent vomiting.
Day 3 Parvo Treatment
- Continue hydrating your puppy with saline or distilled water every 4 hours. This is usually the worst day.
- Continue to monitor your puppy’s temperature. Continue to feed your puppy 1 to 2cc’s of Gerber flavored baby food every so often. This will help with vitamin deficiency.
Day 4 Parvo Treatment
- By this day, you should already notice major improvements in your puppy.
- Your dog should start showing activities like eating and drinking from his bowl.
- Take note he is still quite weak and needs more days off.
- Continue administering the fluid and antibiotics.
- During the vomiting and diarrhea bout, your dog lost a lot of nutrients in his body.
So we are going to introduce vitamins and minerals into his body on day 5.
Day 5 Parvo Treatment
This is the day people are praying they can reach.
- If your puppy has been showing symptoms for 5 days and they are not getting any better, there is a good chance they are also infected with Coccidia.
Nevertheless, if they are doing better we recommend getting Bullyade for puppies which are filled with over 18 vitamins and minerals.
Now your puppy may have regained its strength, but he is not out of the woods. Parvo takes a toll on your puppies’ vital organs.
- Give your puppy the next ten days to recover completely.
A great diet, with puppy designed vitamins and minerals, will ensure your puppy is back to full health quickly.
- Bullyade rehydrates your puppy while providing vital nutrients into his body.
This supplement for puppies also replenishes electrolytes that were lost during vomiting and diarrhea. Bullyade helps your puppies’ organs return to normal function.
It has a chicken or beef flavor that your puppy will like.
He may not be ready to drink his water yet, but with a single scoop of Bullyade, the water tastes just like its favorite broth.
Day 6-Day 7 Parvo Treatment
- We recommend you spend more time with your dog as he recuperates.
- If he is strong enough, take him out for brief walks.
- Schedule for checks up with your vet to check if the infections are gone and the virus subdued.
- Monitor their temperature, and don’t allow them to overwork themselves for the next 7 days.
Final Thoughts on Parvo Virus
- It only takes 7 days to cure parvo in puppies.
You do not have to go for expensive medical treatment for parvo.
You only need to rehydrate your dog, kill the bacterial and viral infections in him, and replenish the nutrients and electrolytes he lost.