Parvo and other pet HEALTH INFO
This was written by by someone else. It is very good advice........
Something that annoys me; no it infuriates me when those
who take their dogs with them for rides during the hottest summer days,
do not bring water with them.
For 17 years, my mixed NORTHERN breed dog, with a thick undercoat and
his guard coat to boot, hated being in the sun when in the car. When
we’d drive our 1280 miles to Florida, I’d always be certain of two
1) I ALWAYS had iced water in those plastic 16 ounce cups. They fit
beautifully inside most cars cup holders. Put a paper towel under the
cup so when you make a turn, not too much water would spill on leather
or fabric seats. A little spilled water won’t hurt a thing. But a dog
who has heat stroke due to lack of water WiLL HURT and can kill your
dog in short order.
2) ALWAYS allow your dog (esp. if it’s got a double coat) to have a
place to completely AVOID direct sunlight when in the car. And it does
not matter if you have the AC on, dogs need to be kept much, much
cooler than we do. Give the dog the whole back & front seat if
necessary. Or get those temporary suction cups shades to protect from
3) This GOES WITHOUT SAYING BUT TOO MANY PEOPLE STILL IGNORE IT. My
husband’s a cop in FL and without a second’s thought, will break a
car’s windows if anyone reports a dog is left in a car >5 minutes,
whether the windows are “cracked opened” or not.. Dog can sustain brain
damage, sun stroke or heat prostration leading to brain damage in a
matter of a few minutes. NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A CAR WITHOUT ALL THE
WINDOWS DOWN. I’d rather lose a “stuff” if it’s stolen, than harm my
But most importantly, winter or summer your dog needs WATER!
heart broke for Oprah. Last week one of the sweet little Cocker Spaniel
puppies she adopted this month passed away. The cause? The deadly
Parvovirus virus (�parvo�). As a precaution, Oprah�s other pup, Sadie,
is being treated for the virus. But like many of Oprah�s viewers, the
Woof Reporters wondered: What exactly is parvo and how can I protect my
dog? So we got to work. Here are the facts from the top dogs in
veterinary medicine, the American Veterinary Medical Association.
What is Parvo?
known as Canine Parvovirus type 2 (CPV-2), this very serious and highly
contagious virus attacks the gastrointestinal tract and in some cases
the heart muscles of puppies, dogs and other wild canids such as wolves
and coyotes. All dogs are at risk, but puppies under four months of age
and dogs that have not been vaccinated against parvo are at increased
What are the Symptoms of Parvo Infection?
with parvo become lethargic, refuse to eat and become very ill with
fever, vomiting and severe, often bloody diarrhea, causing rapid
dehydration. Most deaths from parvo occur just 48 to 72 hours after the
signs appear. That�s why it�s critical that dogs receive immediate
veterinary care to treat the virus.
How Does Parvo Spread?
makes it�s way around from dog to dog through direct contact with other
infected dogs, and contact with contaminated feces and surroundings
like kennels, food bowls, collars and leashes, and the hands, shoes and
clothing of people who interact with infected dogs. The virus is
resistant to heat, cold, humidity, and drying, and can survive in the
environment for long periods of time.
How is Parvo Treated?
a veterinarian will confirm the diagnosis with a fecal test. Since
there is no specific drug available to kill the virus, the treatment is
intended to help the dog�s immune system fight the virus. This includes
replacing fluid loss and electrolytes, controlling diarrhea and
vomiting and preventing further infection. Dogs with parvo are kept
isolated to avoid contaminating other dogs, and all blankets, beds,
toys, and items the dog had contact with are disinfected to help
control the spread of this contagious disease.
How Can Parvo Be Prevented?
and good hygiene are essential in preventing canine parvovirus. To
protect adult dogs, be sure your dog's parvovirus vaccination is
up-to-date. For puppies, make sure yours receives his complete series
of canine parvovirus vaccinations. Until then, do not put him down on
the floor anywhere outside your home to avoid contact with infected
dogs or feces. Since this is a critical time for puppy socialization,
carry your pup in your arms to see the outside world and only socialize
him with healthy dogs that you know are vaccinated. Reputable training
or puppy social classes are fine too since they reduce exposure risk by
requiring vaccinations for participation and maintain a sterile
TOXIC PLANTS Autumn crocus
(Colchicum): Its active ingredient, colchicines, triggers an
anti-metabolic effect that can cause rapidly dividing cells, shedding
of the gastrointestinal tract, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.
Azalea (Rhododendron): This popular plant can harm a dog's cardiovascular system and trigger vomiting or gastrointestinal upset.
Daffodil (Narcissus): Toxic ingredients in the bulbs cause convulsions, tremors, lethargy, weakness, and upset stomachs.
Hyacinth (Hyacinth): This popular plant can cause severe vomiting, bloody diarrhea, depression, and tremors.
Japanese yew (Taxis):
Extremely toxic to dogs, this group of ornamental plants can cause
seizures or cardiac failure. The plant and red berries are toxic.
Lily of the valley (Convalaria): This plant can cause heart failure, coordination problems, and vomiting.
Extremely toxic, this popular outdoor plant contains cardiac glycosides
that harm the heart, decrease body temperature, cause abnormal pulse
rate, and can cause death. Beware: Even people have died from eating
hot dogs roasted on an oleander twig.
Rhubarb (Rheum): Although the stalks are used to make pies, the leaves pack the potential to cause kidney damage.
(Cycads): Resembling an upside down pineapple, this plant thrives in
sandy soils, especially in warmer states such as California, Texas, and
Florida. A few seeds can kill a dog.
Surprisingly, the greenery of this common plant, not the tomato itself,
contains solanine, a toxic ingredient that can prompt gastric upset,
depression, weakness, and a decrease in heart rate.
Keep your dog away from any mushrooms.
Always assume any ingested mushroom by a dog is toxic and will cause
liver failure, The problem is that many poisonous mushrooms often grow
together with non-poisonous mushrooms. For more information on
poisonous plants, tap into the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center or
the American Veterinary Medical Association website.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
is also available to take your call 24/7 if you suspect your pet has
ingested a poisonous substance. Their website also offers information
about posinous foods, plants and more to keep away from your dog.
Keep Contact Numbers with You.
On your fridge, in your wallet, in your cell phone – have all your
animal emergency numbers everywhere your doggie goes. This includes
phone numbers for your vet, the nearest 24-hour vet and the ASPCA
Animal Poison Control Center hotline at 1-888-426-4435, or Animal
Poison Hotline at 1-888-232-8870. Take a minute right now and ensure
you have these important numbers in all places.
Make a First Aid Kit. Petfinder.com
offers all the details for creating your own doggie first aid kit. Just
view or download the PDF and get to work on a kit for both your home
Have a Plan.
Emergencies and disasters strike without notice. So it’s important to
be ready. For details on creating your own disaster preparedness plan
and kit, check out our past Woof Report tip.
Be Red Cross Ready Safety Series Vol. 2: Dog First Aid
Pet Emergency Pocket Guide
American Red Cross Chapters Offering Pet First Aid Courses
Common household dangers to keep away from pets from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
24/7 ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center:
1-888-426-4435, $60 fee may apply.
24/7 Animal Poison Hotline, a joint service provided by North Shore
Animal League America (NSAL) and PROSAR International Animal Poison
Center (IAPC): 1-888-232-8870, $35 fee may apply.
Create your own pet first aid kit. View or download a list of recommended contents from Petfinder.com.
Here’s a list of several natural and seemingly healthy human foods that are harmful or even toxic to dogs.
Garlic & Onion: Though treated as a
health food and often taken in supplement form by humans, garlic (along
with its alliaceae cousins onions and leeks) is toxic-sometimes
deadly-for pets, with reactions ranging from stomach damage to acute
dermatitis to asthmatic attacks. Pets By Nature reports the story of a
Pennsylvania woman who lost her Newfoundland to garlic poisoning:
“Within two weeks of feeding a popular garlic supplement available at
most pet stores and over the Internet, her Newfoundland developed a
bleeding ulcer and perforated intestine.” The dog did not survive.
Grapes & Raisins: While not as toxic as members
of the onion family, consumption of grapes and raisins can cause
vomiting, dehydration and, in large quantities, kidney failure. The
exact toxin present in grapes is not known, but scientists have
established that both commercially and privately cultivated grapes, as
well as raisins, present a risk.
According to the American Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), avocado leaves, fruit,
seeds and bark contain a toxic substance called Persin, which can cause
vomiting, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal unpleasantness in dogs.
While a medium-sized dog would have to consume a substantial quantity
of avocado (picture a big bowl of guacamole) to become seriously ill,
even a little bit is enough to cause an upset tummy.
Macadamia Nuts: Not widely consumed outside of
Hawaii, macadamia nuts pose a stealth risk to canine health. The nuts
can cause macadamia nut toxicosis, resulting in soreness, stiffness,
and listlessness, according to Working Dog Magazine. The condition
usually passes in 48 hours, but can lead to shock in severe cases.
Nutmeg: This popular spice, commonly used to season
cakes, vegetables and even lasagna, should never be found on your dog’s
dinner plate. Nutmeg, which has mild hallucinogenic properties, can
cause seizures, tremors, central nervous system problems in dogs. In
severe cases, shock and death have been reported.