What Is Parvo Virus: Strong Immune System – Strategies To Keep Your Dogs Healthy
The body, whether it be a human one or an animal one, is an amazing thing, and one of the most impressive components of it is the immune system.
When we’re healthy, we think nothing of it – it just does its job, silently, in the background.
It’s only when we’re ill that we give it a second thought – and not always then.
Our immune system protects us from germs, viruses, bacteria, foreign invaders and much more – but to do that, we have to nurture it. If we neglect or abuse it, it will fail us when we most need it.
And, of course, exactly the same applies to our pets.
Viruses, such as Canine Parvo, are very adept at mutating, always looking for the easy way in, and there is nothing easier for them than finding a victim who is already weak – if the prey’s immune system is below par, their attack will not be met with much resistance and voilà, they have a new host in which to multiple and regenerate.
So, what destroys our immune system, and what can we do to strengthen it?
Chemicals – The Bad Guys
Well, the bad news is that almost all chemicals, which are, of course, foreign substances to begin with, and never intended to be inserted into any body, will weaken your immune system.
These chemicals, in the case of dogs (although this applies to us humans too), are present in vaccinations, dewormers and most mass-market food, as well as in many household and garden products (e.g. bleach, pesticides, rodent poisons).
The effects of these chemicals are many, and can wreak havoc both in the short term and long term too.
For example, vaccinations can cause sarcomas at the site of the injection, they can cause symptoms similar to the very diseases they’re meant to protect against (e.g. vomiting and diarrhea, in the case of Parvo), and they can cause chronic inflammation, which will not only lead to early onset of arthritis, but which has been proven to be a leading cause of cancer too.
Is it any coincidence that more and more dogs have started developing cancer, at an ever younger age, ever since increased vaccination protocols have been put in place?
So, What Can You Do About All These Chemicals?
Well, as you may have guessed, a key part of the strategy we follow with our own dogs is quite simple: don’t let them ingest chemicals in any form whatsoever.
Here is our overall game plan for making sure our doggies have a strong immune system.
We don’t believe in these – they’re unnatural, full of toxic chemicals, can cause the very diseases they’re meant to protect your dogs against, they are not always effective anyway (which is why dogs of all ages, whether vaccinated or not, are now getting Parvo), and they can even kill your dog.
No Household Chemicals
This one’s easy too – we just don’t use them! That way, there’s no way that any of our dogs could accidentally ingest any of these chemicals.
The only cleaning products we use are green, planet-friendly ones, and the brand that we’ve come to know and trust is called Seventh Generation.
They manufacture a wide range of chemical-free products, for both personal (e.g. baby and feminine hygiene) and household use (e.g. paper goods, dishwashing, laundry and other cleaning products).
These products are planet-friendly, containing no chlorine or other toxic chemicals, and they use recyclable materials.
We also get this product called Urine Off. We buy this stuff by the gallon because we use it for all sorts of clean-up: blood, urine, vomit, feces, and any other bodily fluids no matter if it is from dogs, humans, other animals except cats as there is a specific formula for them. It is easy to use, safe, no harsh chemicals, and it is lemony fresh.
Note: if we did have a Parvo outbreak, then bleach is the only substance known for certain to kill this virus. However, after bleaching, in the recommended 1:30 dilution, it is vital that you rinse the bleach residue away after about 30 minutes, because you do not want your dogs ingesting bleach. You know how dogs love to lick things, so whether they lick the floor or their paws, after walking in a bit of bleach, it is bad news, so don’t take the risk.
If you do have to bleach the floors, then use a steam cleaner to get rid of the residue.
Now we did find a couple of bleach alternatives (Parvo Virucide and Pet Life Formula H Concentrate), but the problem is, we cannot find these products locally. You have to order online and it could take a couple of weeks since the products are coming from the UK.
No Cheap, Crappy Dog Food
Most of the mass-market dog food that you’ll find in your local supermarket contains a whole bunch of ingredients that will amaze, shock and disgust you.
In spite of what all the ads say, most of these are not healthy for your dog (quite the contrary, in fact) and they are not nearly as nutritious as the manufacturers would have you believe (they’re often stuffed with fillers).
After doing a lot of research, the only food we will use with our own dogs is called Triumph. It’s made in the USA, contains no chemicals, no fillers, no allergens (e.g. wheat, corn, soy) and it’s really nutritious.
In fact, we like it so much (or, at least, our dogs do), that we built an entire website about this dog food – check out TriumphDogFood.com for more details (e.g. ingredients, where to buy it), and remember to check out the video we put together near the bottom of the home page – we promise you, you’ll never buy cheap, crappy dog food again after you find out what goes into it).
It is highly recommended that you give your dogs a full detox once, or preferably twice, a year, and this is even more important if your dog is full of chemicals.
You should also do a mini detox both immediately before and immediately after getting your dog vaccinated (yes, we know we said we don’t believe in these, but rabies shots are mandatory throughout the USA, and we clearly don’t advocate breaking the law): the detox agent will help to minimise the risk of adverse side-effects from the shots, and help flush out those chemicals once you get him home again.
So, what product do we use with our dogs?
It’s called MaxoTox, and it contains a unique blend of a proven 100 percent natural herbal-mineral detoxicant, called Zeolite, and a trio of USDA-certified organic herbs
It’s safe for dogs (as well as cats and us humans too), and it’s the best detox product we’ve found.
While a regular detox is good, you can’t be doing that on a day in, day out basis, so for that, we do what we call Daily Maintenance.
What we use for this is a combination of two products – FourGuard Herbal Parasite Formula and Primalix Immune Modulator, which together form our Daily Maintenance Kit.
This kit works out to be really good value, as you only need to give your dog one dose per day of one of the two products – we alternate, so we give FourGuard one day, the Immune booster the next, then back to FourGuard, and so on.
This combination of two products will help keep your dogs’ immune systems strong, and will help keep bugs, parasites and worms at bay too.
BTW, FourGuard can also act as both a heartworm preventative (it’s much safer than those toxic chemical-based products like HeartGard) and as a heartworm treatment too.
And finally, because no matter how careful you are and how strong your dogs’ immune systems may be, there is still a chance that they could be infected with the dreaded Canine Parvovirus.
So, for that, our policy is to be prepared, and that means having enough Parvo Treatment Kits on hand should all of our dogs come down with this virus at the same time.
That way, should the worst happen, we will be ready to spring into action immediately, as the one thing you don’t have with Parvo is time.
So, there you have it – our recommended strategies for making sure our dogs have a strong immune system: no chemicals, high-quality dog food, a regular detox, and daily maintenance. (And be prepared, just in case!)