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Last edited at 3:59AM on 10/29/2011
Sadly yes. But healthy adult dogs that get parvo usually have an easier times fighting the disease than puppies and older dogs.
You need to take him to the Vet for some medical support (Sub Q fluids and antibiotic shots).
Parvo is a very deadly and contagious virus. It lives in the environment and on clothes (washing doesn't kill it) for up to a year. Do not go over to anyone's home that has an unvaccinated puppy (all three puppy shots), a weak older dog or anywhere there are puppies.
Parvo attacks the intestinal and stomach lining. It gives your dog bloody diarrhea, makes him vomit and not want to eat. The virus is shed in their stool and saliva. Feed him rice and lean hamburger (cooked) and make sure he keeps hydrated (Gatorade orange works best). You know how you feel when you have the flu? This is worse.
After 7 to 10 days he should start to feel better if he's going to pull through. After he does, you need to clean everything with a solution of bleach and water.
This was entirely avoidable. Keep your dogs vaccinated.
Most Distemper vaccinations include the parvo vaccine. This is why pups usually get parvo, because they haven't been vaccinated yet. If your dog is up to date with his vaccinations he shouldn't be in too much danger.