Subject: Tamiflu the drug for PARVO! I just tried it and it works!
I just had the opportunity to experiment for the first time with Tamiflu for the treatment of Parvo. The subject is an 8 week old redbone puppy who was diagnosed on Monday evening. She presented with vomiting (several times) and was quite weak and lethargic. She was given the first dose orally Monday night. Tuesday, at around 12 noon an IV catheter was placed and she was given supportive IV fluids, along with some IV antibiotics and anti-emetics for good measure. She never did vomit after the first Tamiflu dose, and she only had ONE minor blowout with diarrhea on Tuesday morning. By Wednesday morning, we decided to give her water and a small amount of science diet I/D (bland diet)to see if she could keep it down. She did! Her next BM came this evening and it was for the most part, very solid and not bloody. Within 36 hours of the first Tamiflu dose she was up and running around and was wanting to play. 48 hours from the first dose, she is almost back to her old self. I couldn't believe it. All ofthe studies I have read suggest that one can get away with subcutaneous fluids and oral antibiotics along with the Tamiflu. I chose not to do this with her only because I wasn't ready to experiment that much. But I am amazed at the super quick turn around she has made and am VERYencouraged by what I have seen with this drug.
Please feel free to cross post this information and let your vets know to check it out on VIN (veterinary information network). I truly believe that this drug will change the treatment protocol for parvo and will significantly reduce the financial burden that treating this awful virus places on rescue. The vet that started all of this was experimenting with shelter puppies, using the bare minimum in supportive care and reported a 100% cure rate with Tamiflu administration as opposed to a 25% cure rate with traditional therapies. He also reported a 2-3 day recovery for most of the puppies he treated. The trick is to start the Tamiflu as early as possible, as it inhibits the virus's ability to travel outside the GI tract and into other parts of the body (ie. organ systems). Puppies who die from parvo generally die from dehydration and sepsis. Tamiflu keeps the virus inside the GI tract so generalized sepsis is not an issue.
VERY EXCITING STUFF!
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Erika Dillingham Rescue Support Volunteer Gwinnett County Emergency Veterinary Technician
Interesting information! That would be great if it continues to show its effectiveness. I always hated seeing those poor little puppies go through such long treatment and recovery. Such a bad virus! I'm glad that there is a new treatment option.