My husband and I recently rescued a Rottweiler puppy we found out by the railroad tracks by Mexia, TX. Vaccinations are very important, so we vaccinated him the very first day. However, the following week he got parvo. “Parvo, short for parvovirus, is one of the most serious illness a dog can contract, and it’s is especially deadly in puppies. And it’s highly contagious. It can jump from dog to dog very quickly, even with indirect contact.” – Dog Parvo Symptoms.
Here are a few tips I found helpful regarding parvo:
- Even though you vaccinate, it takes a week to take affect.
- Parvo Symptoms include lethargy, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, very high/low temp, strange stomach sounds, and loss of appetite.
- A dog’s normal temperature is 99-101 degrees Fahrenheit, anything above or below should be concerning.
- Make sure you keep your dog with parvo isolated from other dogs.
- It is important to keep your dog hydrated, Dr. Pearce from Alvarado advises to give the dog chicken broth, Pedialyte and orange Gatorade. Dr. Todd (Mansfield Feed’s Low- Cost Vet) recommends orange Gatorade as well.
Every hour I gave our puppy 60 milliliters of Pedialyte or chicken broth. He improved significantly after 12 hours of hydration along with antibiotics, anti-diarrhea, anti-vomiting medications.
- Be particular about your yard because parvo can live in the ground for 9 years.
- If your dog gets parvo, you must use bleach to go over where he has defacated and vomited. This includes the outside area. Dig up the effected area and throw it away to avoid any remnants of parvo in the ground.
- We sell dog thermometers at Mansfield Feed and will answer any questions you have regarding the virus!
How is our rescue puppy doing now? We decided to name our rescue, Blue. According to Dr. Pearce, he is 6 months old. He has recovered completely in one week and is aggravating the other dogs like a puppy should!
For more information on parvo visit Dog Parvo Symptoms.