This was posted by my Rescue Group and thought to give everyone else some info regarding this possibly deadly condition-
As an dog rescuer of many years, I have saved literally hundreds of dogs from "parvo". That is because it isn't really parvo. It is campylobactur, which looks and smells like parvo, but actually kills much faster. It is also easily curable with 25 mg of Cephalexin per lb, twice a day until the diarrhea stops. As a vet recently admitted to me, the only Parvo test that is reliable in the least is the one that takes 2 weeks to get results back. Dogs who have been vaccinated for parvo will often test positive. Dogs have arrived literally squirting blood out their rear ends, and usually just one dose of the Cephalexin cures them. If they are immuno-compromised, it sometimes takes 3 or 4 doses (12 hours apart), as well as lactated ringers sub-q to keep them going. This works--yet vets will run up thousands of dollars of bills for clients and not save their dogs/puppies from "parvo", when they have nothing to lose by trying the Cephalexin. It is tragic to see dogs and puppies die when they can easily be saved. The show breeders are the ones who figured this out when they were literally losing entire kennels of over-vaccinated dogs to "parvo". When they decided that it might not be parvo, and started treating the dogs for campylobacter, the dogs survived and made "miraculous" recoveries. People I know whose dogs have gotten deathly ill with "parvo", had it confirmed at Alameda East that it was indeed Campylobacter and their dogs survived with the appropriate antibiotic. I have literally NEVER lost a dog or puppy to a GI bug, even those that tested positive for "parvo", and they recovered quickly with the Cephalexin.
You can buy Cephalexin and other antibiotics without a prescription as Fish Antibiotics at www.kvvet.com (that is where I buy supplies). The shipping is free for orders over $50, and they ship very quickly. The Fish Antibiotics are the same thing as human/dog antibiotics (I have used them on myself and didn't grow gills :-)
Any skeptics are free to argue, but it is crazy not to try the Cephalexin when it cannot hurt the dog, and can save the dog's life in a few hours. A rescue friend called me last year because her employee's 6 month old Lab puppy was dying of "parvo". She had been vaccinated for it as a young puppy, and was at the vet's office for 6 days. They were losing her. I explained to the owner about Campy and told her to insist that the vet add 25 mg/Cephalexin per lb ASAP. The vet literally screamed at the owner over the phone, but did as she requested. The puppy went home the next day, completely, miraculously cured. Interestingly, I find that the dogs who have been recently vaccinated for parvo are the most likely to become extremely ill with Campy.
To not try the Cephalexin is inexcusable, yet I have known vets to let the dog or puppy die, rather than risk their ego by trying the Cephalexin (don't ask me how that is a danger to their ego--I would think saving the animal's life would take priority).
Regards, C. Murphy
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