Caring for a new puppy has its ups and downs, and you may not be surprised if your little pup gets an upset tummy in the first few weeks of ownership. If you are concerned that your new puppy might have a puppy virus, though, your best bet would be to take your little pooch to the vet for a checkup as soon as possible. Some puppy viruses turn out to be a breeze to get over, but one puppy virus in particular is life-threatening to dogs and puppies alike, and reportedly fatal in roughly 50% of cases. Needless to say, prompt veterinary care to treat this awful puppy virus is essential.
The puppy virus “Parvo” is a dog owner’s worst nightmare, and just about the last thing they’d want to hear when the vet delivers the puppy virus diagnosis. While all puppy virus situations are not necessarily Parvo (parvovirus), it can be too risky to take the chance of not getting your puppy a vet visit within the first day or two of becoming sick with the illness.
Parvo is a fast killer that weakens dogs and puppies by dehydrating them and not allowing them to absorb the nutrients when they do eat. In fact, in most if not all puppy parvovirus cases, the poor dog does not even want to eat, and often will refuse both food and water.
The puppy virus Parvo typically needs veterinary treatment for the best success rate. Statistics say that roughly 80% of Parvo puppies treated with IV fluids and veterinary care will make a full recovery. Some dogs and puppies with Parvo will still recover with only home care, but the survival rate tends to be much less, and the recovery process can take much longer if successful.
If your puppy seems to have a virus that shows symptoms of nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, listlessness and lethargy, and refusing to eat and drink, these are the common puppy virus signs of Parvo. If you suspect your puppy or dog may have Parvo, try to encourage drinking or eating ice chips and schedule a veterinarian appointment or an emergency vet appointment if puppy virus symptoms are especially severe.
Remember – the most important thing in dealing with a puppy virus – especially Parvo – is to ensure the health of your pet. It would be much better to run to the vet to treat your puppy for a common puppy virus or flu than to let it go and risk losing your furry pal to an awful puppy virus. Err on the side of better safe than sorry!