Posted : 8/1/2010 2:15:05 AM
It takes 9 days to incubate Parvo if I'm remembeirng properly. So you've got some waiting ahead of you.
If I'm reading this accurately -- DON'T vax him while he's sick. Not at all. And he can shed the parvo in his *** for a good while (a couple of months at least and I'm not sure on that).
**YOU CAN NEVER GET RID OF PARVO IN THE YARD!!!**
They say at least two years and I've heard longer than that. But you can't decontaminate the yard -- it's impossible. And it literally only takes 2-3 **cells** of parvovirus to spread it. Just removing your shoes is a start but it will *not* protect anything. This is why most shelter workers will change at the door of the shelter, and AGAIN change shoes before they get in their car and THEN **additionally** strip off before entering their own home. It takes really extreme measures to keep from spreading it.
This dog doesn't *ever* need to be vax'd for parvo. His body will build immunity when he survives it. But don't let them vax him until he is COMPLETELY well -- and then I'd only use the single shot -- and if you can't get the singles do nothing more than the 'core" vax of distemper/parvo/adenovirus.
DON'T do rabies at the same time. His immune system will be slow to build and you don't want to over stress him.
Some vets are going to disagree with this -- but I've seen dogs DIE from gettting vax'd while they were sick.
For your dogs? They have been exposed. I wouldn't move them further until you KNOW their incubation period is over because if you move them to your home and they come down with it this week, then YOUR yard, also, will be trashed for at least two years.
They should have had at least one set of shots plus a booster? IF the first set was 8 weeks or more you should be good. If the first set was 12 weeks or later BETTER. Because that way the maternal antibodies won't have interfered with the immunity the shots try to build.
Does any of this make sense??
Tell your Mom to keep them quarantined -- only let them "go" in one part of the yard (altho if they've been all over it in the past few days exposure has happened).
If they are at all open to anything alternative -- St. John's Wort is an excellent anti-viral. Giving 2-3 capsules twice or three times a day and maybe also some L-Lysine or echinacea (as immune builders) -- would be a good idea.
Echinacea boosts the immune system and so does L-Lysine. But St. John's Wort truly is a darned good anti-viral (and yeah, try taking it sometime when YOU have a cold).
Lots a fluids -- tiny tiny meals. Keep him eating if at all possible but FLUIDS ... big time. Even if you have to get Pedialyte and syringe it into him. The frozen popsicle ones seem to be really popular and may be easier to get in him.
You can use slippery elm bark -- you can get the ground herb in bulk at most any health store. A big heaping teaspoon of it whisked into 1/2 c. of boiling water -- it will get gelatenous -- but putting THAT in a syringe (or mix it with plain meat baby food like beef or lamb) and syringe that into his mouth for nourishment. Slippery elm will help soothe the gut. It's also extremely nutritous if they don't keep anything else down.
Chamomile tea -- brewed strong and then let it cool completely. Add the wet herbs to the slippery elm mixture -- THEY are helpful as well as the liquid. Anti-inflamatory -- will bring down fever and it will also help soothe the gut and fight nausea.
But fluids fluids fluids -- that's the biggest danger with parvo -- they'll dehydrate and die. You know how to tell if something is dehydrated? You pull up the skin between thumb and index finger and let it go. If it slowly s-l-i-d-e-s back they are dehydrated. If the skin snaps back as it should they are fine.
Sorry -- it's 3:15 and I'm not all that clear-minded.