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Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), presents a case of a puppy with Parvovirus and explains symptoms, concerns, and treatment.

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Dee Taylor's picture

The most difficult thing I have ever accomplished as a Veterinary Assistant to date was taking care of 3 puppies infected with Parvo at the same time. It was an intense experience that still brings tears to my eyes. All 3 lived but it took a lot of effort, care and love.

Great video and what great care you are able to offer them at Dove! Wish I had had feeding tubes!

Megan Brashear's picture

THREE! Wow. That IS an amazing amount of work. We had a litter of rotties come in, about 8 weeks old, all of them vomiting with diarrhea, we were prepared for the worst. Turns out they only had coccidia, which still meant lots of cleaning and supportive care but not the isolation part of it. Congratulations on getting all of yours through!

Leilani Saad's picture

How do you guys feel about these gowns? I find them to be too thin and short, so we often use surgical gowns instead with our Parvo patients. These ones break barrier as soon as they become wet, whereas the surgical gowns are liquid resistant. Am I being too paranoid?

Megan Brashear's picture

Leilani, these gowns are not the greatest, and we will dispose of them when they get wet. They are fluid resistant, so if they get wet we have time to change without the fear of anything soaking through to our clothing. They are not ideal for bathing or dealing with a large quantity of liquid diarrhea, but it's rare that we are getting coated with diarrhea (hopefully...) and if we need to lift and carry a wet patient we will wrap the patient in potty pads before lifting and carrying to be safe. There is no such thing as too paranoid when dealing with parvo!

Julie  Wilmore's picture

At your practice do you take patients outside to potty? Maybe in an isolation yard?

Carolyn Tran's picture

Great question. We actually don't take parvo patients outside for potty breaks. Unlike lepto suspects who have urinary catheters in place, it isn’t possible to completely contain parvo-containing feces in a potty yard. Typically the patient is small and we change the bedding frequently enough there isn't a need to take them outside. If needed, we will use the isolation room floor as a place for these patients to urinate or defecate on, after we've covered the floor with potty pads. We keep the patient and soiled materials all in ISO therefore decreasing pathways of contamination and transmission.

I hope this helps.

Helen Johnson's picture

Very informative. I imagine it creates more work for the staff but I'm relieved to hear you do not take the pups outside for potty breaks if they've tested positive for parvo. Full isolation seems to be the best practice for containment.