Parvo. A dreaded word – especially for puppies. It means long clinic stays for intensive treatment. Expensively long clinic stays. Researchers at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital have figured out a way that “parvo puppies” can be treated at home! Dehydration is a major factor in the severity of a parvo infection – profuse vomiting and diarrhea are the hallmarks of this disease – requiring intensive anti-nausea medications, and fluids. Sometimes gallons of fluids.
Vaccination for Parvo is highly effective. But, sometimes puppies are exposed to it before they’ve developed adequate immunity. And, of course, there’s always those puppies (and adult dogs!) who aren’t vaccinated at all. For those dogs who contract Parvo, treatment can run into the thousands of dollars. Many families just can’t afford that, which means their beloved pet faces almost certain death.
The CSU researchers recognized this problem and have developed a treatment that can be done at home – for a fraction of the cost of traditional treatment. Of course, the in-hospital treatment is always preferable – but, this could be a wonderful solution for the family who must choose between treating their Parvo Puppy and putting food on the table. The treatment is essentially a do-it-yourself supportive therapy. The veterinarian teaches the family to administer subcutaneous (under the skin) injections of drugs and fluids.
What a wonderful solution for both sick puppies and their families’ budgets!