Virus that kills our Dog
02-27-2022 | Gemini
To all my read.cash family, I know that most of us are fur parents either dogs or cats. Our pets are significant to us for it gives us relief when we are tired and they gives happiness when we are alone and sad.
One of the challenges that we face as fur parent, specifically for dogs is the illness that are not easily to treat, which is Parvovirus. This virus really needs immediate treatment in order to prevent our dogs to be in danger, in short dying.
I know that fur parents who have dogs already encountered this virus and some of us lost our babies (puppies or dogs). To start this, let us know what is Parvovirus first.
It is also known as Canine parvovirus a contagious virus mainly affecting dogs. In addition, it is highly contagious and is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces. Parvovirus is found in any environment. It comes from infected dogs that excrete the virus in their vomit or feces.
Feces of dogs itself are most common cause of this virus, based on my experienced if they touch it by their own hands and we forgot to clean them up it can really cause serious effect to our dogs and puppies. Of course, as fur parents we cannot always look after to our dogs if they roam around. They can also get it from other dogs that are already infected.
There are two different forms that this disease can take. The most common type is the intestinal form. This has symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, lack of appetite, and weight loss.
It is true that this form is the most common, and all of my puppies had been affected of this form, and the symptoms mentioned will be seen right after your dog is infected. The early sign as well are the bloody feces, when they release stool that is reddish or black in color.
The least common type of the virus is the cardiac form, which causes the heart muscles to malfunction. The virus affects the muscles of the hearts of very young puppies and fetuses. It often causes death in the dogs.
As fur father, I experienced to lost one of my puppy because of this form of the virus, and that I don't have enough knowledge about the Parvovirus before. (On my next article to be upload, I will share to you what really happen to my puppy).
In this section, I will share to you some of my medication used to treat my puppies infected by the CPV.
1. Brown Sugar
If you have seen that your puppies have shown most of the symptoms mentioned above, treat them by putting small amount of brown sugar or 1 teaspoon, direct to their mouth. You can also dissolve it into water if you prefer.
2. Dextrose Powder (Dextrovet)
Fluids save the puppy from death. Parvo puppies do not drink and are losing liquid from the diarrhea and vomiting and they lose their appetite. Without injectable fluids, they will die.
The reason they dissolve Dextrose in water to increase a dog's blood sugar amount. This is required when a dog has severe dehydration or a diabetic episode, and even for parvo puppies.
If your puppy won't still drink the water with dextrose powder, you need to use syringe to feed the water on their mouth. Atleast 2 tablespoon every after 2 hours. To keep your puppies hydrated.
3. SMP 500
It is a drug that is very effective to use in treating parvovirus in your puppies. But of course, it will depends on the age of your puppies if it is still 2-6 months old, use a half of this tablet, then if your puppy is 1 year old then you can use the whole tablet.
I recommend you to dissolve SMP 500 into a YAKULT drink, and syringe-fed it to your dog. If there is no Yakult available, you can still use tap water or mineral water.
A dog will usually get the Canine Parvovirus infection when it is around six weeks to six months of age according to vet. The good news is that early vaccination in young dogs has reduced the risk of them getting it. Well of course, as fur parent like me who don't have enough money to spend for the vaccination for our puppies, I always wait for free vaccination held by our barangay.
Home remedy are still good and effective but if you want to treat your dogs easily without any hassle, visit and consult with your nearby veterinary clinic.
That would be all for today, I hope you learned from this article and grasp knowledge about the CPV or the Canine Parvovirus. For all fur parents like me, you can also share to me your experience about your puppies and how you treat it.
Have a great day, God bless you all. Stay safe and love you all.
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