Canine parvovirus, also known as parvo, is one of the most serious viruses that a dog can get. This virus is so serious because it can live in the environment for a long time and it is very difficult to kill. The virus is very contagious and without treatment, it can be fatal. If you suspect that your dog has parvo, you should call Concord Veterinary Clinic immediately.
How Do Dogs Get Parvo?
Parvo is not an airborne disease, but it can live on many surfaces in the environment. It can be spread if a dog comes into contact with the disease on the floor, on a person's hand, or the fur or paws of an infected dog. This virus can live outdoors for months and even years. This virus is species-specific, which means that if your dog has parvo, you cannot get it.
The Symptoms of Parvo
Parvo causes several serious symptoms. These include:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain and bloating
- Fever or low body temperature
- Bloody diarrhea
If your dog is vomiting or has diarrhea, it can become seriously dehydrated, which can cause damage to the internal organs. It can also affect the immune system and cause septic shock.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for parvo. Our veterinarian can provide treatment that will give your dog proper care so it can fight the virus on its own. The most common treatments include:
- Intravenous fluids while your dog remains hospitalized
- Antiemetics to keep your dog from vomiting and becoming dehydrated
- Your dog may need a feeding tube to get adequate nutrition
- Treatment for low blood glucose
- Correction of any electrolyte imbalances
- If your dog becomes septic, it will need antibiotic treatments
Is Parvo Treatment Expensive?
The cost of parvo treatment depends on the severity of the condition and the length of time your pet needs to be hospitalized. On average, the cost can be between $1,000 to $1,500.
The best way to protect your pet from parvo is to have it vaccinated. Between the ages of six weeks and sixteen weeks, your dog will need a dose every three to four weeks for protection.
Get Your Pet Vaccinations in Concord, CA
Because parvo is such a serious disease, you should get your pet vaccinated at Concord Veterinary Clinic. Call Dr. Chhina today at (925) 338-2375 to schedule an appointment. We will create a vaccination schedule based on your pet’s breed and lifestyle to keep it happy and healthy for years to come.