How is CPV treated and what are the costs?
Since the disease is a viral infection, there’s unfortunately no real cure for it. Treatment is focused on curing symptoms and preventing secondary bacterial infections. Intravenous fluid and nutrition therapy will maintain a dog’s normal body fluid after severe diarrhoea and dehydration.
It’s a good idea to discuss costs with your vet before you start any treatments.
How do I stop parvovirus reoccurring in my dog?
Even after your dog has recovered from a CPV infection, they’ll still have a weakened immune system and will be susceptible to other illnesses.
Your dog will also continue to be a risk to other dogs for at least two months after their initial recovery – you’ll need to isolate your dog from other dogs for at least this period of time. When your dog recovers, they’ll have long-term immunity against the parvovirus, but this isn’t a guarantee they’ll never be infected again.
If you’re thinking of adopting a dog with parvovirus
Make sure you review the clinical history of your new dog and ask for more details on how the infection was treated. You’ll need to sign a disclaimer to confirm you’ve been made aware of the condition. Any dog who’s had CPV is likely to have pet insurance exclusions, so it’s worth discussing potential on-going costs with your vet.