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Parvovirus Vaccine for Dogs

Parvovirus (parvo) in dogs can be a potentially fatal disease. Parvovirus symptoms may start with lethargic behavior followed by loss of appetite developing into diarrhea and vomiting. One may not want to waste any time in getting treatment for their pet. Even with a full regimen of vaccine a puppy may still be at risk for the potential infestation of parvovirus.

What is parvovirus in dogs?

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease in dogs. Parvovirus may be spread through direct or indirect contact of animal feces and bodily fluids. In the event that the maternal antibodies are not received through nursing, this can put a puppy at risk and vulnerable for a potentially fatal disease. Parvovirus symptoms in dogs may include; lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, fever, diarrhea or bloody stools. If untreated dehydration and infection may result putting your dog at risk of death. Parvovirus vaccine for dogs is offered to puppies in protection against exposure of this potentially fatal disease. Read below to find answered relating to the parvovirus vaccine in dogs that have been answered by Experts.

What is the proper dosage of parvovirus vaccine in dogs? Is it normal for a dog to be sore at the injection site after administering 1 milliliter of this vaccination?

The vaccine that includes protection against parvovirus is usually given as a combination of vaccines that may offer protection against, canine distemper, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, coronavirus, etc. and can be given solely. 1 milliliter of vaccine may be the usual amount of this type of vaccine injection. Some pets may have an adverse reaction to the vaccination, experiencing tenderness at the injection site. This may be caused by an overdose of injection or a side effect of the vaccine.

If a preemie puppy did not receive the colostrums in the first feeding from the mother because of nursing ability, what is a recommendation in offering vaccine for parvovirus?

Maternal antibodies may decrease a puppy's reaction to vaccinations. To provide protection as these antibodies decrease revaccinating at 2 to 3 week intervals may be necessary. Vaccinating at 4 weeks for just the parvovirus may be best in giving the dog the protection that they may be missing from the mother’s colostrum. Then in 2 to 3 weeks an individual may want to return to standard vaccination schedules until all immunizations have been received.

A young dog is displaying symptoms of no appetite, labored breathing, lethargic and bleeding, what is this and what should one do?

This dog may need immediate attention. A visit to a veterinarian clinic or veterinarian hospital may be necessary in receiving treatment for this sick pet. In the event that these are parvovirus symptoms in dogs, this may be fatal if not treated. Treatment for parvo in dogs may include IV fluids, medication and testing in obtaining a proper diagnosis of symptoms. Immediate offerings of antibiotics may be necessary and may only be received in IV treatment in offering your pet a chance of survival.

Once diagnosed of parvo, treatment may offer relief of symptoms. At that point an offering of small amounts of water or pedialyte, followed with a bland diet may aide in nursing your sick puppy back to health.

Can a distemper, par influenza, parvovirus vaccine for dogs cause vomiting, diarrhea and drooling?

Some dogs may experience adverse side effects to vaccines such as vomiting, diarrhea and even excessive drooling. The use of an antihistamine may offer relief for a pet’s symptom. Products that may include a decongestant can be harmful to your pet. If signs persist, a visit with the individuals’ veterinarian may be necessary.

Parvovirus may be very contagious posing risk to many other animals. Parvovirus vaccine for dogs is necessary in offering protection against the infestation of a potentially fatal disease. An Expert may offer insight in clearing your pet’s home and environment of residual contamination that may pose a threat or recontamination to your pet or other animals that may come in contact with the affected area. For more information pertaining to parvo and parvovirus vaccine for dogs contact the thousands of available Experts.

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