Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine has announced a new protocol for treating the deadly parvovirus that may give families, rescues and shelters a more affordable way to give affected dogs a chance at a healthy life. Currently the cost of treatment for parvo during an inpatient hospital stay can cost between $1,500 and $3,000 leaving many no other choice but to euthanize. The new protocol for at home treatment will only cost between $200 and $300 with similar outcomes to conventional treatment.
The announcement states, “The treatment relies on two drugs recently released by Pfizer Animal Health (which funded the CSU parvovirus study): Maropitant, a strong anti-nausea medication given under the skin once a day; and Convenia, an antibiotic given under the skin once, and lasting two weeks; as well as administration of fluids under the skin three times daily.
“Rather than being hospitalized, our research shows that puppies can be successfully treated with a protocol that can be replicated at home,” said Dr. Sullivan. “We still recommend inpatient care as the best practice, but in some cases that simply isn’t financially possible.”
While results of the study are still being compiled, Dr. Sullivan said that early numbers show an 85 percent survival rate for the outpatient group, compared to a 90 percent survival rate for the inpatient group. One patient was moved from the outpatient group to the inpatient group when its medical condition deteriorated.”
Dr. Sullivan also emphasized that educating the public and preventing the parvovirus through vaccinations is the best option of all. Puppies should receive their first vaccines between six and eight weeks of age, after weaning, then two boosters at three week intervals. Puppies are not fully protected until the rounds are finished and should be limited to exposure during that time.
For more information see the official announcement here or consult a veterinarian.
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