The Parvo-virus is a highly contagious viral disease that can kill a dog, mainly from the loss of fluids. There is a vaccine that can treat it, but the vaccine needs at least 3 months to take effect.
Now, a research company, Avianax, says it has developed another option, called Parvo-One. It includes two shots within 24 hours of testing positive for the virus…and within 12 hours of the first shot, the animal is drinking again.
Parvo-One uses antibodies from the yolk of a goose egg, and Avianax says it believes those same antibodies can treat 12 viruses, including rabies and avian flu.
Currently the USDA has granted an experimental license to Avianax, and the treatment has been tested on a variety of breeds in 50 dogs in seven states.
"It has been an absolute God send, it gives us hope and we had a liter of puppies that went through the treatment, and before we were lucky if any of those puppies would survive. We did have some survival rate and that was wonderful," says Circle of Friends Humane Society Executive Director, Arlette Moen.
The Parvo-One treatment will hit the market next year. Avianax officials say they hope these antibodies could be used someday in treating people too. The U.S. Army has already expressed an interest in using a similar anti-body technology for treating the hanta-virus.
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