Articles with parvovirus

Canine Viral Infections—Parvo: Cosmo’s Battle with Parvovirus

Canine Viral Infections—Parvo: Cosmo’s Battle with Parvovirus

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate is one of the big questions. However, even the experts who believe that we are over-vaccinating our dogs agree that there are at least three infections for which vaccination is a must. These are rabies, parvovirus, and canine distemper. Canine parvovirus Canine parvovirus is an acute, highly contagious disease that is often deadly, particularly…

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Parvovirus in Dogs: Tidus’ Recovery From Parvo

Parvovirus in Dogs: Tidus’ Recovery From Parvo

Canine parvovirus is an extremely contagious and potentially fatal viral infection. The only available treatment is supportive care. That’s why parvo is one of the core vaccines. Thank you, Shaws M. Finch, DVM, for sharing Tidus’ story. Tidus’s story Tidus is my nephew Travis’s Pit Bull puppy.  I’ve never known a cuter and sweeter dog. Then Tidus stopped eating for…

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Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus

Canine parvovirus is a severe, potentially fatal gastrointestinal disease that infects dogs.  Puppies and young dogs are most susceptible and tend to have the most severe infections. However, dogs that didn’t acquire immunity can get the infection at any age. Symptoms of parvovirus in dogs Parvovirus attacks the intestinal tract, essentially destroying the inner lining of the intestines. Symptoms most…

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Everything You Need To Know About Parvo

Everything You Need To Know About Parvo

Parvoviruses are a species-specific single-stranded, non-enveloped DNA virus. The canine virus appeared by a mutation in the early 1970s. Subsequent mutations brought about the epidemics of canine parvovirus disease in 1978 – 1979. Since this was a new virus, the pet population did not have immunity to it. Most exposed dogs became very ill and many died. The virus invades…

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Canine Fecal Transplants: Fecal Transplant Saves A Puppy Dying from Parvo: Felix’s Story

Canine Fecal Transplants: Fecal Transplant Saves A Puppy Dying from Parvo: Felix’s Story

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FTM) treatment is a potentially game-changing addition to traditional supportive treatment for parvo. There is some emerging evidence that this treatment can make a world of difference in the chance of survival for infected puppies. Felix, a sweet Yellow Lab puppy, fell ill shortly after his parents brought him home from a breeder. He was diagnosed with…

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