Who does not like to have pet dogs at home? I have one and believe that you may have one too. Puppies are like children. They require the same care which we bestow on our children. Puppies too can fall sick. Just as we vaccinate a child on time, the puppies too deserve the same treatment. They too can fall prey to many viral infections. One such viral which affects puppies in particular is the Parvo virus.
Does this sound like Greek and Latin to you? It should not. For a person with a puppy at home you should know as to what’s Parvo virus is. Questions like this should come to mind whenever you suspect your pet to be unwell. First let us understand the virus, and the symptoms of the disease before going in for treatment measures.
The scientific term for the disease is “canine parvoviral enteritis. This is a gastro intestinal contagious disease which can prove fatal if not treated in time. There are some tell tale signs which can guide you about the Parvo virus infection. The first sign is that your pet which is usually energetic starts behaving in a lethargic manner. This lethargy is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, depression and dehydration.
As they say, Prevention is better than cure. This is true in this case too. Timely vaccination of your puppies can help in prevention of this disease. In spite of taking all precautions, your puppy could still get infected. Taking the puppy to the vet is the best way to treat her. In the meanwhile you should know how to treat parvo puppies at home.
The following steps should be taken by you immediately on noticing symptoms of Parvo virus in your pet.
1. Check the temperature. The normal range of temperature in a dog’s body is 100.5 to 101.5. Anything in excess is a cause of worry.
2. Ensure that your puppy does not get dehydrated. Signs such as white, grayish gums are a sure sign of dehydration. Pinch the puppies and if the skin sags and takes time to recover its originality means your pup is dehydrated. You have to immediately take measures to hydrate the puppies and replenish its vital fluids.
3. Puppies normally do not vomit much. But in case you notice vomiting followed by diarrhea accompanies by blood red stools, you be rest assured that Parvo viral infection has set in.
4. The best course of antibiotics should be administered. I have used “Vibactra Plus” and “Colloidal Silver” in conjunction with “Paxxin”. This is an effective antibiotic.
5. Enemas can be administered provided you know how to do it. In case you have apprehensions it is better to leave it to the vet.
6. Maintain a strict dietary regimen as this helps in controlling the viral infection considerably.
Parvo in puppies’ treatment cost heavy and hence there are people who always try to learn how to cure Parvo in puppies at home.
Parvo virus is contagious but it is not known to affect humans as much as it can affect other canines. Managing a parvoviral infected canine is a messy affair and hence it is best for you to disinfect the entire area with chlorine bleach to prevent the spread of the virus. Wash all the infected clothing in hot water and take appropriate safety measures.
I have a pup at home and always have treated it as my child. In case my child falls sick, do I not take steps to cure him? The same courtesy should be extended to your pups as they too are part of your extended family.