One of the first concerns in acquiring a new dog is to get it vaccinated and protected from common diseases of the animal world. One of the preventatives for all new pups is against the deadly disease known as the Parvovirus or parvo. You need to contact your local Rockford-area as listed below or one closest to you to find out more about the parvovirus and how you can protect your dog.
Parvovirus or parvo is a severe and highly contagious disease. It is an infection most often affecting puppies six to twenty weeks of age, although an unprotected dog of any age can get the virus. What happens is that the cells within a dog’s gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow and lymphoid tissue are compromised. Early diagnosis of the parvovirus is important since it is highly contagious to all canines.
Contamination from one dog to another is most common through affected feces. The virus is discarded through the feces of an infected dog and can survive in the environment for years. If another animal is in contact with the feces one way or another, which is eventually ingested, the disease is then passed on to that dog. Parvo does not, however, affect cats or humans but is only specific to dogs.
The most common symptoms of parvovirus in dogs can be very similar to other diseases that affect dogs. Signs of parvo include vomiting, high fever, a loss of appetite, diarrhea, depression and lethargy. Most often the diarrhea will contain blood and emit a foul odor. Your dog is quickly at risk for dehydration. The dog will be evidently in pain with a hard, distended abdomen.
The sooner you can detect the condition in your dog, the better the outcome will be. Most often, along with a veterinary office visit and thorough medical examination, prescribed tests may include a complete blood count, a blood serum test and a fecal exam.
Treatment for parvovirus may begin with subcutaneous fluids since most dogs with the disease are highly dehydrated with an electrolyte imbalance. Hospitalization is required in more serious cases and along with the intravenous fluids to replace fluids and electrolytes, the dog may be administered antibiotics and anti-vomiting medications. Some dogs may also necessitate a transfusion of plasma.
Other therapy options depend on your doctor’s recommendations. The antibiotics are most often given in order to prevent any life-threatening or bacterial infections that may subsequently lead to the demise of the pet. The earlier you can get a diagnosis and treatment by your veterinarian, the better the prognosis will be for your dog. Roughly 80 to 90 per cent of dogs treated early can live a normal, happy and healthy life. It is most often advised that you should not give your dog food or water until the vomiting and diarrhea is under control.
At home care of your recovering dog involves cleaning any areas that may have been contaminated with the disease. Pick up all feces, wearing rubber gloves, and dispose of in a tightly secured container. All areas that may have made contact with the disease should be cleaned and disinfected with a solution of one part bleach to twenty parts water. Other products are also available at the larger pet supply stores, such as Parvosol or Roccal-D, in order to decontaminate affected areas in and around the home.
The best treatment option for parvovirus is preventing the disease in the first place. Puppies are normally protected from birth with the mom’s antibodies. The parvovirus is a preventable disease, requiring your immediate intervention when bringing a new dog into the home. Get the pet examined immediately and tested. With negative results of the tests, be sure to take your veterinarians advice and get your dog protected through an immunization regimen. Most dogs begin with their first vaccinations at the age of six to eight weeks of age. It may be a matter of life and death for your new canine family member.
If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at – Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – Petco or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – Petsmart -PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 – 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 – 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 – CVS Pharmacy
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