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How To Lower Your Vet's Bill For Parvo Treatments - Part 1

Aug 5, 2008
Parvo (more formally known as Canine Parvovirus) is devastating, not only emotionally (mere words simply cannot do justice to how it feels to see your beloved dog healthy one moment, and incredibly sick the next, with vomit and blood-filled, foul-smelling diarrhea everywhere), but also financially.

From the moment you notice your dog is sick, the typical vet's costs associated with treating Parvo just keep adding up (and up).

To start with, you'll probably need to pay between $25 and $50 for each office visit, and there will be several.

Then, your vet will no doubt want to do take a fecal matter sample for an immediate, in-office test, or a blood sample to send away for a full work-up, or even both. These will cost you from $25 to $100, depending on the type of test. (Be warned, however, that these tests may not even be accurate - with the latest 2c strain, a dog that has Parvo may still end up testing negative.)

If it turns out your dog actually has Parvo, then you should expect a bill in the region of $500 to over $10,000, per dog. These figures include items such as overnight stays ($50 a night), blood transfusions ($200 a time), medications ($100 - $200), etc. (And your vet will only give your dog a 50% - 80% chance of survival.)

Finally, if the vet is unable to treat your dog successfully, you will often be presented with the option every pet owner dreads - the decision to have your dog put to sleep, which may cost you as much as $300.

So, all together, your vet's bill for Parvo treatment will be between $850 and $10,450 - and that's just for a single dog. (When one of your dogs is infected with Parvo, the chances of any others on the same property contracting the virus are very high, and as many people actually own two or more dogs, you can probably double these figures, at least.)

To put this in perspective, the average cost of owning a dog over its expected life span of 11 years is approximately $13,550, so you could spend up to 77% (i.e. more than three quarters) of this amount treating him for just one illness over a period of a week or less.

But, it doesn't have to be that way - you can both prevent Parvo and treat Parvo using safe, chemical-free products such as Parvaid, Life Cell Support and Vibactra Plus for a fraction of the cost of taking your dog to the vet's, and with a much higher chance of your dog surviving the Parvo virus (typically, 90% or better).

Parvo prevention usually starts when your dog is just a puppy, in the form of vaccinations.

The subject of Parvo vaccinations, and vaccinations in general, is much debated at the moment, and there are, of course, many advantages and disadvantages.

But perhaps the most serious downside, where Parvo is concerned, is that most current vaccines (excluding Continuum and PROGARD, which are made by Intervet) are ineffective against the latest 2c strain of this horrific virus.

This means that you need other solutions, because you cannot take it for granted that your dog is safe simply because he's had all of his shots. Since the beginning of 2007, there has been no shortage of stories in the press of fully-vaccinated dogs, both puppies and adults, being infected by and dying from Parvo.

If you want to know what these other solutions are, you'll need to look out for Part 2 of this article!
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We specialize in Home Parvo Treatment with our Parvaid Silver & Gold Value Packs, but we also offer a wide range of other safe, natural, chemical-free products to treat Feline Distemper, Canine Heartworms and many other common pet ailments.
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