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Parvovirus  in Dogs and Puppies

Herbal nutrition which may help support conditional needs of puppies and dogs with the Parvovirus. 

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body.  

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

When your animal’s immune system is triggered, and if it is not in balance, it sends an alarm throughout the body in instances such as exposure to fleas, pollen, chemicals, other inorganic materials and foreign substances.

When immunity is not balanced, it becomes overactive or suppressed and is no longer able to tell the difference between its own body or a foreign invader. As a result, the animal body basically attacks its own immune system, opening the door to inflammation, infection and autoimmune disease. 

Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral infection that affects dogs of any age, breed or sex. Infection with this virus is critically serious, with an approximate mortality rate of 90% in untreated dogs. The virus attacks an animal's immune and digestive systems, causing debilitating diarrhea and vomiting. A vaccinated animal can still be affected by the Parvo virus.

Parvovirus can manifest itself either in intestinal, cardiac or asymptomatic form. The disease attacks the intestines and releases cells found in the inner layers of the intestinal tract. The virus can attack the heart muscle, resulting in death. Although the cardiac form of parvovirus is severe, it is less common and usually occurs in young puppies less than 8 weeks old.

Common symptoms and signs of parvovirus include:

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Loss of appetite

Dehydration

Lethargy

Fever

Parvovirus is found in feces and often is spread through fecal content. It can also spread through direct transmission of viral particles when an infected dog comes into contact with other dogs. A dog can sniff infected feces of another dog, transmitting the virus. It can also be transmitted indirectly through clothing, bedding, food bowls and kennel floors.

The Parvovirus is resistant to extreme temperatures, able to survive in hot or cold conditions. The transmission of the virus can occur three weeks after the dog has become infected and can linger in the environment for as long 6 months. A dog can be a source of infection to other dogs without displaying observable signs of illness as the dog hosts the virus during its incubation process. 

Parvo is most commonly spread from dog to dog by direct contact in parks, dog shows, kennels, grooming and daycare facilities. Since the virus can survive a wide range of temperatures and live outside the animal for months, it’s extremely difficult to contain an outbreak.

As the disease worsens, vomit and diarrhea may contain blood. Extreme dehydration and electrolyte imbalance is common. If you suspect your dog has Parvo, see your vet immediately. A puppy may go into shock, experience breathing difficulties, low body temperature and even death.

Senior dogs are more susceptible as well as specific breeds seem to be  at great risk, including Dobermans, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and American Staffordshires (pitbulls).

If left untreated, the Parvovirus can lead to serious health complications such as a weakened immune system, fluid in the lungs and congestive heart failure.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and as suggested by holistic vets)

Herbal nutrition which may help a pet nutritionally dealing with canine Parvo; to help address symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and fever; may help support the overall health and well-being of your pet; may help support the balance of digestive acids and fluids; may help soothe the digestive tract, help support the digestive system as well as help maintain normal fluid balance and body temperature.  

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroids, prebiotics, probiotics, inulin, fiber, digestive enzymes and a plant based steroid, used holistically to help address digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, may be useful for all types of digestive disorders; works to help promote proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, especially important for raw and home cooked diets; may help address bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections; adaptogen content helps tone and strengthen the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; may help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; works to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut related to ulcers and Leaky Gut Syndrome; used holistically for Candida including systemic Candida as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS); strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid.

Tummy Gladiator – (read more) contains prebiotics, probiotics, inulin, fiber and digestive enzymes and more, used holistically to help support a healthy digestive tract; to help maintain native gut flora, soothe stomach upset and support proper elimination; to lend nutritional support for balanced immune health; to help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut; to help support lymphatic function; may help fight stomach and urinary infections, as well as general infections found in the animal body, due to its natural plant based steroid content and healthy plant chemicals which are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid; may also help to block allergen occurrence by reducing histamine and mast cell response as well as related inflammation, the triggers for allergies.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; provides cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums. Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-ulcerous and anti-Candidal.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains plant based adaptogens, which helps nutritionally tone the animal body, helps boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under performing immune system, helps to reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; helps support water regulation and fluid balance in the body; helps reduce all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy); for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic and anti-Candidal.

Helpful suggestions:

Avoid exposing your puppy to places such as parks, pet stores, that infected dogs may frequent or where dog poop is accessible

If your puppy has developed parvovirus, keep him/her isolated from other dogs

Keep your puppy away from un-vaccinated puppies and dogs, and allow him to interact with dogs that you are sure have been vaccinated

Maintain good hygiene and cleanliness for both you and your pet by picking up dog stools daily

Disinfect food and water bowls as well as paved areas, your pet’s sleeping environment and bedding regularly

Inspect your dog’s stool to check for any abnormalities

Wash your hands thoroughly after handling dog

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of parvovirus is based on the symptoms, a complete physical examination and review of the pet’s medical history. A fecal Parvo (ELISA) test and other diagnostic tests such as blood tests and x-rays are taken to confirm the diagnosis of parvovirus infection.

Treatment involves preventing a secondary bacterial infection and controlling symptoms. Mild episodes of parvovirus may be treated with early fluid therapy and antibiotics. Hospitalization of your pet is usually required where intravenous fluids, and anti-vomiting and pain medications are administered.

Vaccinating your puppy at an early age, typically 6 to 8 weeks, and then repeating 3 to 4 weeks until the puppy is 16 to 18 weeks old is extremely effective in providing immunity against infection. Check with your vet about follow up vaccines, as they may range from yearly to every three years.

As a pet owner, you should practice good sanitation measures such as minimizing your pet’s contact with other dogs and their stool and disinfecting their sleeping areas, bowls and toys 

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