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Canine Parvovirus Treatment (CPV) in Dogs

(Last Updated On: 28/03/2017)

Canine Parvovirus Treatment (CPV)

Canine Parvovirus is the biggest puppy killing disease all over the world so it is important to talk about canine parvovirus treatment. This disease is viral and highly contagious among many other canine viral diseases. There are two types of parvovirus: Intestinal and cardiac. Intestinal affects the whole digestive system whereas cardiac could damage cardiac muscles resulting in heart failure.

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The puppies less than 1 year of age are badly prone to getting this viral disease. Even those dogs or puppies which are vaccinated against parvovirus get this virus and it results into loss of their life sometimes.


The major symptoms of canine parvovirus are vomiting, diarrhea or blood stools, and weight loss due to lack in appetite etc. The dog would not be active and mostly would not be able to stand on his legs. Dogs could face severe dehydration as a result of parvovirus. The eyes of dogs would turn red. Dog could also undergo severe body pains, specially abdominal pains.

The white blood cells of dog could also start decreasing and it could be seen in blood screening.

Causes of Parvovirus

Parvovirus spreads from contact with stool or feces that contains CPV virus. This virus could survive for a longer time in the environment. The crawling insects work as carrier for this virus. The incubation period of this virus is 1-2 weeks. Dogs with low immunity are attacked by this virus. If more than 1 dog is present in the same place, then the chances of spread of parvovirus multiply.

Labrador, Rottweiler, German Shepherds, Doberman pinscher and Pit bull are the dog breeds which are highly susceptible of getting parvovirus.

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How Parvovirus is treated?

Canine Parvovirus treatment is supportive. This virus is diagnosed by urine or blood tests of the dog. If the dog is attended by veterinary facility in the early symptoms of parvovirus then it is possible to save the dog’s life. The supportive therapy is the only treatment for parvovirus. The dog is given intravenous fluids and antibiotics to strengthen the dog’s immunity level. Dehydration, hemorrhage and shock are the reasons for death in CPV affected dogs.

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Control and Prevention

Canine viral diseases are deadly and one should do everything in power to control them. Parvovirus could be prevented by vaccinations with proper intervals till the dog reaches maturity. Young dogs should be closely monitored for any signs or symptoms of disease. The dogs should be kept in environment where disinfectants are used regularly. Canine parvovirus treatment should be started immediately otherwise dog could lose its life within days.

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