Canine parvo virus is car­ried by dogs, many of whom show no symp­toms them­selves.  Canine par­vovirus (CPV) is a highly con­ta­gious dis­ease char­ac­ter­ized by sev­ere vom­it­ing and diar­rhea that is often bloody. The virus is shed in the feces of infected dogs, but can be car­ried on a vari­ety of objects and can also live in soil. The virus can sur­vive on inan­i­mate objects, such as cloth­ing, food dishes, and cage floors, for six months or more. Your dog should be vac­ci­nated for parvo as a puppy and have yearly booster shots to pro­tect him.


If your dog has symp­toms of parvo such as sev­ere diar­rhea or diar­rhea that is bloody, he needs to be seen by your vet­eri­nar­ian for parvo virus treat­ment. Take a stool sam­ple with you so that it can be tested for traces of the virus.

Cer­tain canine breeds seem to be more sus­cep­ti­ble to Parvo, includ­ing Rot­tweil­ers and Dober­man Pin­sch­ers.

There is no cure for par­vovirus. Pavo virus treat­ment is directed at sup­port­ive ther­apy.

Dehy­dra­tion is a big con­cern with all the vom­it­ing and diar­rhea and must be treated. In sev­ere cases, intra­venous admin­is­tra­tion of a bal­anced elec­trolyte solu­tion is required. In less sev­ere cases, sub­cu­ta­neous (under the skin) flu­ids are given. In addi­tion, med­ica­tions to stop vom­it­ing (anti-emet­ics) and diar­rhea (anti-motil­ity drugs) may be given. Restrict­ing food dur­ing peri­ods of vom­it­ing is nec­es­sary, but fresh water may be kept avail­able.

Antibi­otics are given to con­trol sec­ondary bac­te­rial infec­tions, which often set in as your bul­lies immune sys­tem is com­pro­mised by CPV. After the intesti­nal symp­toms begin to sub­side, a broad spec­trum de-worm­ing agent is often used, as well.

Your pit bull will prob­a­bly have to be hos­pi­tal­ized for a few days to receive round-the-clock parvo virus treat­ment. Even after he comes home, you will need to provide a great deal of care to him. He will be weak and will need reg­u­lar med­ica­tions.

It’s a good idea to dis­in­fect your bul­lies envi­ron­ment if you have other dogs that visit the home. The virus is not killed by com­mon house­hold clean­ers, but can be killed with a dis­in­fec­tant labeled for this pur­pose such as Par­vosol or with 30 pats bleach to one part water.  The virus does not sur­vive long indoors, but does sur­vive longer out­doors.  Steps such as water­ing the lawn could help to reduce the risk to other dogs.

Your recov­er­ing pit should be kept away from other dogs for at least two months, as he will still be con­ta­gious. This also means you should not allow his feces to be left where other dogs might sniff them, either. Ask your vet when he can safely be around other dogs. Humans and cats can­not catch parvo virus, so they are safe to be around your pit­bull.

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