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Parvovirus Infection in Ferrets

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Treatment

 

Because there is no “cure” for ADV, your veterinarian will only treat the symptoms associated with the disease. Symptomatic therapy, which will depend on the severity of the symptoms, may include fluid therapy to rehydrate the animal, diet modification to encourage appetite, and a reduction in environmental stressors. High-calorie dietary supplements are available to improve health, and antibiotics are typically prescribed to treat secondary infections to APV.

 

Living and Management

 

It is important to prevent the spread of ADV by isolating infected ferrets. If other ferrets live in the same space as the infected patient, the area needs to be sanitized. Be aware of anorexic patients; encourage them to eat and administer dietary supplements if necessary. Keep an eye out for secondary bacterial, parasitic, or viral infections, which may require additional treatment.

 

Prevention

 

There are no vaccines available to help prevent ADV. You should keep your pet away from ferrets suspected of infection. It is also advisable to keep your ferret out of crowded, unsanitary settings such as pet shops.

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