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Parvovirus in Dachshunds – how can you help them?

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Parvovirus is one of the common and pretty severe viruses that attack dogs, mainly unvaccinated and young ones! That is why we have a complete guide on this virus, so keep reading!

Did you know that the mortality rate of the Parvovirus in Dachshunds is really high? As some experts say, more than 68% of infected puppies don’t survive! But, even though this information sounds very scary, there are still some good chances to help your floppy ear friends, so buckle up and learn more about the Parvovirus in Dachshunds and how to treat it properly!

What is Parvovirus?

Now, before we go any further, let’s make one thing clear – ParvoVirus is not a fun, easy or simple sickness. It’s a serious health concern for our furry friends.

Parvo Virus is a highly contagious virus that attacks the intestines of any dog kind, and our Dachshunds, for that matter. Think of it as the ultimate doggy bug that nobody wants to catch.

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Dogs that are ill from canine parvovirus infection are often said to have “parvo.” The virus affects dogs’ gastrointestinal tracts and is spread by direct dog-to-dog contact and contact with contaminated areas and the environment or even by people. Parvo can affect every dog, but puppies and unvaccinated young dogs are most vulnerable to this disease. 

Parvovirus symptoms in Dachshunds

Now, if you suspect your little wiener dog may have caught this nasty virus, keep an eye out for some of these symptoms:

  • Severe vomiting, 
  • Diarrhea and bloody, watery stool
  • Lethargy 
  • Sudden loss of appetite
  • Bloated stomach
  • Low body temperature (hypothermia)

The most common scenario in Parvovirus progress is that all of these symptoms will appear at the same time since it is a fast-developing disease. Dachshunds that get this virus are very sleepy, and the vomiting and bloody stools start to show very fast. Since these symptoms of parvo are very severe, there can come intestinal injuries and septic shock.  

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If you notice any of these or similar symptoms, take your doggo to the closest Vet! There they will do the test on parvo, and if that is in line, your puppy will get the needed therapy. The most important thing is to get to the vet in the first 3 days of the virus infection! The chances of survival are much greater when you catch the symptoms on time and take your furry friend to the veterinarian right away!

How do the dachshunds get the Parvo?

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But how in the world do our sausage dogs end up catching this virus? Well, it’s like a bad game of fetch gone wrong. Parvo Virus spreads through contact with infected areas and environment or other sick dogs. So, sniffing around in the wrong places or socializing with the wrong doggy pals can put them at risk. That is why, if your Dachie is not yet vaccinated, you need to stay out of parks or other doggy areas until you protect them with proper vaccines!

How to treat Parvovirus in Dachshunds?

Now, let’s talk about something more positive – how to treat Parvo Virus in our furry friends. When it comes to treatment, swift action is key! Rush your adorable little wiener to the vet, who will work their magic with a treatment plan. It usually involves hospitalization, intravenous fluids, anti-nausea medications, and sometimes antibiotics. Remember, it’s important to be supportive and patient during their recovery, and it may last a bit longer than you expected. 

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If your Weiner friend is at home, you must take him to the Veterinarian to get the treatment and care for him at home. It is best to set him in one place to lie and rest, with a lot of sanitary towels that you can easily change. Ask your doggy doctor if it is ok to try to give your furry friend some homemade clear soup and electrolytes. These small meals or fluids can help them get some energy and give them the “will to fight” this awful virus! It is important to show your Hot dog that you care and that you are there for them – they understand it, and they will fight the hell of a lot harder to get better!

How long does it take for dogs to recover from Parvo?

Speaking of recovery, you may be wondering how long this Parvo Virus party lasts. Well, hold onto your leashes because it can last anywhere from a few days to a whole week. However, with proper medical care and a sprinkle of luck, your pup can come out of it feeling like the top dog they truly are! 

In the recovery process, try to uplift your doggos’ spirit with their favorite toys or accessories. When the time comes, don’t hesitate to put them in their comfy cozy doggy bed to take a well-deserved rest and a nap that will help them regain their strength!

How o prevent the Parvovirus in Dachshunds?

Now, let’s talk about prevention because nobody wants to deal with Parvo! The best tips for preventing this pesky virus include:

  • Making sure your fur baby is up to date on their vaccinations
  • Avoiding contact with unknown dogs
  • Keeping their living areas clean and tidy

Prevention is the best cure, especially if your dog is not fully vaccinated. Vaccination for Parvo and other viruses is done up until the 14th week of the doggy’s life! Even later in the adult age, you should take your Doxie to a check-up and maybe even revaccination since they can still catch the illness.

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So, if you get a Dachshund puppy, make sure that until they are vaccinated, you keep them safe and happy in a clean and safe environment. 

So, overall, folks, remember that persistence, good care, and a balanced diet with plenty of electrolytes can help in treating this virus, just like how belly rubs and squeaky toy distractions help us get through a tough day. Together, we can keep our wagging wonders safe and happy! Stay pawsome, and keep those tails waggin’!

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