What Is Parvo Virus?

Image of the Canine Parvovirus
Canine Parvovirus
Courtesy Of Wikipedia

Let’s get on the same page. Parvo, or Parvovirus, occurs in many species.

It has different names depending on the species and variety, but in this case we will be focusing on animal forms of this virus, and therefore you will see: Canine Parvovirus (CPV), Parvo virus, or the more familiar, Parvo.

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“What is Parvo” is a burning topic, and rightly so. This tiny little virus causes more death and destruction then you could ever imagine. It is highly contagious, i.e. dog-to-dog, dog-to-cat (yes there is a connection with Feline Parvo, which for them is called Feline Distemper, which can be treated – check out a free Parvo book for more details), other mammals-to-dog, as in ferrets, raccoons, coyotes, etc.

Parvo in dogs is a real tragedy. Once the virus chooses his victim, most dogs will suffer a great deal of pain and anguish. The virus strikes quickly in stealth; both you and your dog will not what know hit him.

One day he looks fine, and in the blink of an eye, he’s lethargic, depressed, refuses to eat or drink any liquids, he will be dehydrated because of uncontrolled vomiting along with extremely foul-smelling diarrhea that is often bloody, he may also have a fever, or chills, and will sleep an unusual amount of hours (day and night), as these are the main signs of Parvo to look out for.

Why is Parvo so devastating?

The incubation period of the virus is anywhere from 3 – 15 days. This is no hibernation period; this is a recruitment/growth period. The virus is looking for ways to become invincible. So, during this seemingly quiet time, he is gathering troops and cloning himself through rapid cell division, thus stacking the deck in his favor.

Now, all of this activity requires fuel (remember everything has a cost), so where does that come from?

The host (in this case, your beloved pet).

Parvo is going after easy food sources (such as your dog’s bone marrow, and then he’s off to shred your dog’s intestines), after all, that is one of the things he does best – find easy targets.

In fact, what is the profile of a typical host that Parvo seeks out? He goes after animals that are weak and have vulnerabilities that he can easily exploit. Here are a few scenarios that the Parvo virus would readily seek out:

  1. Young immature puppies with underdeveloped immune systems.
  2. Sickly dogs that have low immune systems, perhaps from excessive chemicals from canine vaccines, de-wormers, commercial (i.e. poor-quality) pet food that is nutritionally bankrupt (see our recommended dog food site for more info on this topic), chemicals in the environment, and so forth.
  3. Older dogs that may have chronic problems and have been subjected to excessive chemicals.
  4. Dogs that have had a major illness and are recovering.
  5. Dogs that have parasites.
Image of a dog with Parvo, including bloody diarrhea
This poor puppy is struggling for his life. Parvo has been eating a large hole in his intestines and fresh blood is gushing out. This is why this virus is the scourge of the Earth and must be taken seriously. If your dog is sick, then please get him a Parvo Treatment Kit now before it is too late!

In all of the above cases, the animals have weakened immune systems for various reasons, and they become easy victims for Parvo. Why work hard to try to take down a very strong opponent, when you can have your way with one that cannot fight back or put up much of a challenge?

This is part of his master plan: evolve, become stronger and stronger, defeat all counter-measures such as drugs like antibiotics, etc.

Indeed, Parvo has done just that. He has mutated and evolved to a point where a Parvo vaccine was effective but is now useless – that can’t stop him, extreme temperatures mean nothing – desert heat or freezing temps cannot kill it, he can even live in your yard for up to 20 years (don’t know how) so you virtually cannot get rid of this virus.

Once your pet starts showing any of the classic Parvo virus symptomsSymptoms of Canine Parvovirus: lethargy, lack of playfulness, vomit (often starting as an off-white mucus, turning to a yellow frothy vomit), diarrhea (usually foul-smelling and often bloody), dehydration, depression, fever, not eating, not drinking., then the countdown has started. You really must act NOW. Time is running out. We don’t like to sound grim, but we have dealt with numerous Parvo cases – 5,634 and counting. Those people that usually wait till the next day, wake up to find that their pet has expired – don’t let that happen to you.

We don’t have a crystal ball and we cannot predict exactly how much time your pet has, but what we do know, the virus is not waiting on you to figure it out. Every moment that you delay is giving the virus more time to destroy your dog from the inside out.

So, if you want to have a real chance at saving your pet, then please do not delay, go and visit our Parvo Treatment site which has everything that you need to give you a 90% or better success rate, provided you follow our easy simple Parvo Home Remedies treatment plan to the letter.

Mark Farrar