Poor three-month-old puppy, Cinder, is sick. She has a high fever, can barely lift her head, and has severe diarrhea and vomiting--she cannot even keep water down. Her concerned owner rushes her to the veterinarian. Cinder has canine parvovirus, a very contagious, very serious viral disease. Although canine parvovirus can be vaccinated against successfully, every year thousands of unvaccinated dogs or puppies that have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated contract this serious, sometimes fatal disease. The virus is characterized by severe infection and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Dogs with the virus can rapidly become dehydrated, and the illness is frequently fatal. Affected dogs that do receive treatment and recover are in a weakened state and are frequently covered in vomit and diarrhea which needs to be cleaned off.
If your dog is recovering from parvo you will most likely want to bathe your dog to clean him or her up. There are, however, several concerns with bathing a dog infected with parvo. Because of the severity of the illness and the dog's weakened state they are prone to chill easily and can easily get hypothermia due to impaired ability to regulate their temperature, which can be very dangerous. Care needs to be taken to minimize your dog getting cold or stressed while being bathed. A dog that is experiencing severe parvo symptoms including dehydration should not be bathed by immersion in water if possible. Alternative bathing methods should be used to minimize the chance of the dog getting hypothermia and going into shock. Another concern is the contagious nature of parvo. You will want to take precautions to clean up after bathing your sick dog so as to minimize the chance of spreading the disease to other animals.
Sorry! It is not a success story but I couldn’t help sharing it. My Dexter actually just passed away this AM from parvo. I am sharing because only last night I was reading all the success stories and was praying and being hopeful for my Dex. He was very weak now and could hardly stand on its feet. My heart was heavy. That’s when I decided to look on the internet what were the chances for him. I love him dearly. I live in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He was healthy and happy and full of live. When I noticed that he wouldn’t eat his favorite food and was slow and not happy and vomiting I rushed him to the Vet. They did injections, IV fluid etc but in my part of the world they do not keep pets for treatment. You go in they treat him and you go back home and come back the next day. I did that for about 6days but saw no improvement. My Dexty is gone and I miss him. Miss his companionship. Miss his sturbboness and his energy. The most difficult part will be to get home and he is not running or jumping on me. I have just lost my companion. Sorry but I needed to talk to people who can understand me. Please do take good care of your amazing puppies now that you have them. Hug them!