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Parvo in California

There has been a confirmed report of a Havanese getting Parvo after the Gridley show in California. Here is some information for everyone to have.

If your dog, especially your new puppy, begins exhibiting any of these symptoms, see a veterinarian right away. When parvo is involved, every hour counts. The secret of survival is quick treatment, so donít ignore these symptoms! One or all of these will usually being showing after 3 - 10 days of infection.

Lethargic. If your dog normally likes to play and has high energy, this is the clearest sign that something is wrong. You could say they act depressed.
Lack of Appetite. The more common strains attack the digestive system.
Vomiting with no change in diet. It usually looks clear and foamy.
Bloody Diarrhea.
Stronger Feces Odor. Itís unmistakable and you will never forget it.
The vomiting and diarrhea are the most dangerous, as they can quickly lead to dehydration and malnutrition. This leads to other problems that eventually compound on top of each other to finally kill the dog. And fast.

Always be on the lookout these symptoms of parvo, especially if your puppy is over 10 weeks old.
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Hope this puppy makes it through.
My parents' dogs had parvo a few years ago. They had been told the dogs were current on vaccinations, but apparently they were not. Both survived with prompt vet care, but these free dogs very quickly cost my parents thousands, and were quite sick. One began to recover only after my dad had given the vet permission to euthanize her because she was so sick and not recovering. The other was vaccinated after the first one became sick, and had a milder case. I believe the parvo virus lives in the soil and can remain active for years. I think it is also most deadly for puppies.

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Thanks for posting this Kathy - it's such a nightmare of a disease. What's so frightening is that there is no cure, only a treatment to my understanding. Years ago when they gave modified live virus in the vaccines, I had vaccinated one puppy but the other wasn't as far along with it's shots and he came down with it. You do need to get the pup to the vet for fluids fast but with quick treatment, many do survive. Luckily my little guy did but boy was it scary.

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