November Case of the Month

posted: by: cm Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

What is going on with Bane?

Bane, a 7 month old Lab Retriever mix presented to Stagecoach Pet Hospital for vomiting and diarrhea.  Bane was also anorexic. He is not on heartworm or flea prevention.  He had one puppy Dapp vaccine three months ago.  There is no history of Bane getting into any toxins or human medications and he has no missing toys. 

Physical Exam: Normal body temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate.  Bane seemed painful in his belly when it was palpated.  

Diagnostics: A parvovirus test was performed in the clinic and was Positive.  A fecal parasite test was performed and it was negative.

What is Parvo?

Parvovirus is a virus that attacks the gastrointestinal tract.  It is spread via fecal-oral transmission.  Clinical signs of the condition manifest 6-10 days after coming in contact with the virus. The virus is very hearty and can live in the soil for over 12 months!  The puppy vaccine protocol is very important in reducing disease and should be followed closely as recommended by your veterinarian.

 Treatment: It was recommended that Bane be hospitalized to treat the parvovirus.  An intravenous catheter was immediately placed and Bane was started on i.v. fluids and i.v. medications to prevent nausea and diarrhea as well as medications to prevent secondary bacterial infections.  Bane felt much better after 48 hours of hospitalization and was happy to eat again!  When our parvovirus patients are able to eat well with no vomiting then we can discharge them home with all of the necessary medications.  Bane was ready for oral medications and sent home that day. 

Bane was rechecked one week later after finishing his medications and he is back to his normal happy self!

Not all parvovirus patients do this well. This is why it is very important to stay up to date on all puppy and adult vaccines.  Call us today to get your dog vaccinated!