Of course the thing with Parvo is dehydration. Luckily, as soon as she exhibited any signs of being sick, we took her straight to the vet. Otherwise she may not be with us still. I feel like she is over it now that it's been well over a week. She is only 9 months old now. If she is to ever carry pups, would the pups have a probability of having the virus or would they maybe benefit from her natural immunities?
Parvo is a virus. You are supposed to have your dogs vaccinated because it is fatal. Some symptoms are lack of appetite, vomitting and diarrhea. Usually the feces and vomit have a nasty, deadly smell that is unmistakable if you are at all familiar with the sickness. Eventually this leads to dehydration in the matter of a few days. Parvo is so powerful and so hard to beat once afflicted with it. We've had several suffer and die from it, and only two to live. Both of these we treated at home. Still, if I had the money I would have sent them to an animal hospital to increase their chances of survival. We got lucky with treating at home-very lucky, plus I think we just caught the sickness before it took over completely.
No, parvo can not be spread from mother to pups. It is contracted via feces. The dog has to come into contact somehow with infected feces. I'm surprised Jetta that you did not know this. You seem to know the sypmtoms and how dangerous parvo is. Since you say you have had several get the virus: "We've had several suffer and die from it, and only two to live." I would think that because of this you would have known how they get it to begin with.
Another thing I am extremely concerned about is the fact that you admit to having several dogs get parvo in the past. Why?? How long apart was each one? 2 months, 6 monts, 1 yr, 3 yrs...?
Jetta, your dog is still contagious, and you are carrying the virus on your shoes , slippers , hands, and it is in your home, and yard. This is part of the reason why the dog should be in the hospital, or at the very least isolated, with the strictest infection control in place. Bleach is the only agent that will kill the virus. Where were you keeping your dog? How many other dogs do you have, and where are they housed? Since your dog is still contagious, every effort must be made to stop her from interacting with them, and you must blast your whole house with bleach.Be prepared for your dog to have a relapse because you don't know how much of her intestinal lining has been eaten away. Good luck to you and your dog, big ((hugs)) for her.
Over the past 21 years of having dogs-I've seen enough of Parvo to know danger. It is some horrible stuff. I've been told that the virus will actually live in the ground. Bleaching my house and 15 acres of roaming ground does not even seem feasible although I agree that would be helpful in prevention. My other dogs have been vaccinated and are older dogs. And, under vet's advice - no new dogs for at least 6 months.
The pups would definitely benefit from the mother's immunity, but there is a time when the puppies have their first immunization shot, that the mother's immunity interferes with the vaccination. That is why it is so important to give the full regimen of vaccinations, and then once a month till 6 months old.