How Much Does a Parvo Treatment Cost?
Canine parvovirus can be devastating to any dog. While this disease cannot be spread to a human, it can be easily spread to other dogs, often causing fatal consequences. While a vaccine is on the market to help prevent this disease, thousands of cases still pop up to this day. Infected dogs will shed the virus through bodily waste fluids, making it easy to spread to other dogs in the area. This virus can live more months and is tough to kill. In fact, some studies have shown that this virus can stay on a surface for years. Parvo is a viral disease that attacks the lining of the stomach, and it can live anywhere.
How much is it?
- On average, visit alone to the vet can cost anywhere from $40 to $90. Procedures and tests will be performed to the dog and it can cost anywhere from $100 to $200. If hospitalization is required, IVs and injections will be necessary on a daily basis. This can cost upwards of $100 to $240 per day. On average, many dog owners have stated that it costs upwards of $800 to $2,300 to complete the process.
- One of the most commonly used procedures to treat parvo is the use of a medicine. For example, Parvaid is a medicine that helps sooth and heal the digestive system, stimulate the appetite, and calm the nervous system of your pet. Parvaid retails anywhere from $34 to $43. While home remedies will probably not work alone, it may be worth a shot. Medicine can cost anywhere from $25 to $125.
- There are home parvo treatments sold online and they involve using a kit for the treatment. This treatment can help treat parvo and is safe to be used for recently vaccinated dogs. These kits can run anywhere from $90 to $140.
- According to one DogForums.com thread, one member had paid upwards of $1,100 for the complete treatment of her dogs. This treatment took upwards of 10 days to complete.
What are the extra costs?
- Additional costs involve the visit to the vet office after recovery. Every visit can cost additional, depending on the number of visits required to the vet.
- The medicines you dog may need for a few weeks after the parvo treatment will cost extra.
- After having parvo, many dogs need to be on a special diet for a month or so. This food may cost more than your dog’s regular diet.
What is going to be included?
- There will be different inclusions depending on the treatment that you choose. Visiting the vet will include full diagnosis and recommendations per visit, while the medicine will provide a set of instructions on how to properly provide the medicine to your dog. Laboratory and fecal testing will confirm this disease.
- If confirmed, treatment will be started immediately. During the treatment process, the dog will be hooked up to an IV to help avoid dehydration. There is no specific drug on the market today that helps kill parvo. Because of this, the typical treatment involves propping up the pet’s organs until the immune response can attack the infection.
Tips to know:
- Common symptoms include diarrhea, no appetite, vomiting, dehydration and a fever.
- Most vets will tell you that your dog will have a 50/50 chance of surviving this disease.
- Puppies younger than one are the most at risk.
How can I save money?
- To save on costs, try visiting the vet and avoid self treatment. Although visiting the vet can cost you a bit more, the chances of your dog’s recovery will be much higher.
- While it may too late if the dog already has the virus, be sure to get your dog vaccinated to prevent this disease from getting to your dog.