Parvaid for the Treatment of Parvovirus
About Canine Parvovirus
Once it developed in the 1970's, canine parvovirus took less than a decade to spread worldwide. It can be transmitted through both direct and indirect contact. Indirect transmission can take place through vomit, diarrhea, or any contaminated discharges from an infected dog. Among the effects of parvo are: vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, depression, dehydration, high fever and sudden death (see Symptoms of Parvovirus).
Parvovirus is a difficult illness to combat as the virus is hard to kill and is shed in large numbers by infected animals. Millions of particles with the potential to infect another animal can be found in a single ounce of stool. If your pet is in contact with the feces of an infected dog, Parvaid can help him fight off the infection before it reaches his intestinal tract (see Preventing Parvovirus with Parvaid).
Parvovirus usually strikes suddenly, making the dog extremely ill very quickly and without treatment your pet can die within a days. Treatment for parvovirus at a vet can be an involved and expensive process that consists of isolating the sick dog from other animals and administering intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Puppies are especially at risk for parvovirus (see Parvo and Puppies) and there is a vaccine available. Veterinarians recommend immunizing all puppies and giving booster shots to dogs annually. However, research by Amber Technology has found that vaccinating a puppy after it has been exposed to parvovirus.
Since there is not a lot of time to treat parvovirus, the alcohol base in Parvaid reaches the animal's bloodstream quickly and starts helping your pet overcome the disease right away. A sick dog will also be producing lower levels of white blood cells. For this reason, an antibiotic such as Vibactra Plus should be administered in addition to Parvaid to treat the parvovirus and prevent secondary infections while your pet's immune system is weakened.
It's important to diagnose parvovirus as soon as possible. Its symptoms may include: vomiting, diarrhea, depression, yellow-green, clear with red streaks or dark brown runny stools, and fever.
There are certain diseases which imitate parvovirus. All or most of these symptoms might be indication that your pet is infected by one of these:
- light brown stool
- stomach illness in older dogs or nursing puppies
- little or no bowel movements
- no improvement while on Parvaid and Vibactra Plus.
Puppies are especially susceptible to parvovirus as their own immune system is taking over for the protective antibodies which they have received from their mother. For puppies who are weaning from their mother, Parvaid can be used for building up their immune system. For more information about Canine Parvovirus and its effect on puppies, please check the "Parvo Self-Help Guide" by Amber Technology.
The virus can take from 3 to 15 days from infection to manifest symptoms. During this time, when the virus is incubating in the animal's glands and before it has reached the intestinal tract, Parvaid can be used as a preventative. When given to dogs prior to the virus reaching the intestinal tract, nine times out of ten, no systems will be shown and it will be as if the animal was never infected. In the remaining cases, when the dog's immune system was not sufficient to fight off the infection with Parvaid's help, the preventative treatment can lessen the sickness.