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originally posted by: Raxoxane
a reply to: Sillyolme
Hi,no IS there even a vaccine? i honestly do not know,and with the absolute CARNAGE we had in the town and surrounding Bush around the time this disease claimed my little Rotties and almost my daughter's Fox Terrier,last year,i think she would have told us. In fact,what she told us was this: "Next time you get Rotties,make sure you get them from the mom at 3 months,not before,that strengthens their immune system - and wait 3 YEARS before you get Rotties again,they are Especially susceptible.
it's the only tentative protection there is."
I think Narissa went into a bit of a depression herself,there were so many dogs she was unable to save,if she was aware of a vaccine,she would for sure have told us.
The restoration of the electrolyte and fluid balance is the most important goal of therapy . The affected dog should be put under broad spectrum antibiotic umbrella (ampicillin, chloramphenicol, erythromycin, gentamycin, etc.) Norfloxacin and nalidixic acid have been proved to be effective against canine haemorrhagic gastroenteritis . Symptomatic treatment with steroid, broad spectrum antibiotic, fluid and electrolyte may save the life of the animal. As soon as the problem is recognized, fluid therapy should be started. Supplementation of these fluids with bicarbonate may be recommended. Metabolic acidosis develops if the diarrhoea is severe and potassium supplementation in the form of KCl may be necessary to maintain electrolyte balance. All oral intakes must be withheld in case of severe vomiting and should be given parenterally
How else can I help prevent the disease? The tiny parvovirus is extraordinarily hardy. They are capable of surviving for months outside an animal, even through the winter, and are resistant to most household cleaning products. Infected dogs can shed vast numbers of viruses, making it difficult to disinfect an area once it has been exposed to an infected dog. These facts highlight the importance of isolating any dog that is infected with CPV from other dogs. Given the fact that most environments (including dog parks, lawns, and even homes) are not cleaned with disinfecting products regularly, a puppy can be exposed to CPV without any warning, making the vaccine protection all the more important. If your home and yard have been contaminated by an infected dog, there are steps you can take to disinfect them before introducing a new dog or puppy.
Despite its relative resistance to cleaning agents, we do know that CPV can be inactivated by bleach. Cleaning with a solution of one part bleach mixed with approximately 30 parts water is an acceptable method for disinfecting any indoor area (including bedding, food/water bowls, and all surfaces) that once housed an infected dog. There is evidence suggesting that CPV loses some of its ability to infect an animal after one month in an indoor environment. Outside, you cannot (and should not) bleach your lawn, but rain or watering can dilute the concentration of the virus over time. This dilution, combined with the sanitizing effects of sunlight can bring the numbers of viruses down to an acceptable level in a few weeks.