Puppies with parvovirus symptoms require fast treatment and relief. Parvovirus can quickly make a puppy extremely ill, due to dehydration and other complications caused by severe vomiting and diarrhea. If your puppy has parvo, begin treatment as soon as possible, as waiting too long could result in death.
Things You'll Need
- Anti-vomiting medications
Administer fluids to the puppy. Vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration, a condition that is extremely dangerous and detrimental to an animal’s health. Since the puppy likely can’t hold fluids down by drinking them, they need to be given either intravenously or subcutaneously. Giving fluids intravenously involves inserting a catheter into the puppy’s vein and supplying fluids inside. Subcutaneous fluids are given under the puppy’s skin. I.V. fluids are the best option as they supply fluids to the puppy very fast; however, the administration of subcutaneous fluids is much less stressful.
Administer antibiotics to prevent secondary bacterial infections. These medications must be given either through injection or the I.V. line, as the puppy should not take anything orally. Adding substance into the stomach will likely cause a vomiting reaction, potentially resulting in more dehydration.
Withhold food and water until the vomiting and diarrhea are under control. Provide the puppy with the nutrition it needs intravenously.
Give anti-vomiting medication if the vomiting is severe. In addition, administer corticosteroids if the puppy begins to show symptoms of shock, such as pale gums, difficulty breathing and dilated pupils.