Parvo Outbreak


March 2013. This person shows & breeds in the upper mid-west (Michagan/Ohio) area. I received the following from a friend up north. Passing it along as a headís up to be careful. Sorry if this is a duplicate; but worth sharing just in case you did not get this IMPORTANT information.

Please take extra care to avoid dog parks, pet smart, mingling with strangers dog on the street, etc. Please save the following treatment information to bring to your vet if your dog becomes sick at all. The only medication that helps is SULFAMETHOXAZOLE TRIMETHOPRIM (bactrin). The dosage is 2cc per puppy under 10 pounds (even newborns) followed by equal amounts of water or electrolytes. Adults 18 to 25 pounds get 7 cc followed by least equal fluids. This therapy may keep the animal alive long enough for an immune response to develop.

From our chat list (by permission): there is apparently a very serious Parvo outbreak going on. Dr. Chris Zink DVM, PHD is a well-known research veterinarian (and Norwich Terrier owner) at Johns Hopkins. Just wanted you to know and to try to minimize exposing your darling puppy to places where other dogs congregate like dog parks/shows/training classes. Please alert your veterinarian and let other puppy owners know.

Here is some good information:

Begin forwarded message:
Subject: Parvo Virus
Date: March 26, 2013 10:18:25 AM

Yes, there is a HUGE outbreak of parvo going on. We are getting dogs that are dead so fast that their parvo tests are still negative. This is a serious one, folks!
Also a fellow breeders told me that two Canadian handlers were showing at the Novi, Mich. shows and went home with a strange strain of Parvo. Killed Poodles and Afghans. And there were almost no signs. Dogs were dead within hours..not days. Virus Continues to Evolve Canine parvovirus continues to evolve, and it is possible that future variants may be altered in detection properties or vaccine susceptibility, but this has not been demonstrated to date. If unusual cases of canine parvovirus infection are suspected please contact the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. In the meantime, the appropriate precautions when CPV is diagnosed or suspected in a shelter are the same regardless of which strain of CPV is involved.