- laying around more
- not wanting to eat
- bloody diarrhea
Puppies diagnosed with parvo are hospitalized in the isolation area for intensive supportive care with IV fluids, antibiotics and anti-nausea medications. Severe cases may require additional treatments such as plasma and/ or blood transfusions. Hospital stay can range from 3-7 days. Everything that the puppy comes in touch with in the hospital and at home has to be cleaned with a disinfectant because the puppy is shedding the virus. This includes disinfection of bowls, bedding, leashes, collars and the environment with 1:30 dilution of bleach solution.
- Ensure that your puppy receives vaccinations at the prescribed intervals to ensure adequate immunity. Benjamin Franklin said it best, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”
- Minimize your pup’s potential exposure by avoiding doggie parks or pet stores until your puppy is fully vaccinated by age 16 weeks.