Precious is a 17 week old Chihuahua who was brought into Vetwest Canning Vale by her owners with her very sick sister, Teddy Bear. Both puppies had already had their first vaccinations but before their second vaccine could be administered Teddy Bear had become extremely unwell. She had stopped eating and drinking, become very lethargic and developed vomiting and diarrhoea. An in-house pathology test revealed Teddy Bear had parvovirus infection. This is a highly infectious viral disease that attacks the gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular systems of dogs. Even with intensive treatment some puppies or dogs will not survive the infection.
Precious was admitted to our isolation ward in hospital and had to stay a whole week. During that time she received three different types of antibiotics, pain relief, medication to help stop her vomiting, and lots of intravenous fluids. This was on top of our team of dedicated nurses' syringe feeding her every hour of the day, and giving her lots of TLC.
We are glad to report that after a couple of weeks and a few more visits back to the hospital for rechecks, Precious has made a full recovery. Having weighed only 1.48kgs when she was first seen, and dropping to 1.09kgs in hospital, she is a little fighter who has been lucky to beat this horrible disease.
Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral infection that can be transmitted not only directly by ingestion of virus particles, but also indirectly (for example on the boots of a person). The best method of protecting your dog against parvovirus infection is by vaccination. At Vetwest, we recommend a puppy vaccine regime at 8 weeks and 12 weeks of age followed by annual vaccinations to maintain immunity. Puppies should be isolated for 2 weeks following their 12 week vaccination to allow the immune system time to develop an effective immune response.
Click here to read more on Parvovirus in dogs.
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