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If you are a pet owner, you have heard of the deadly disease for dogs, parvovirus.  If your pet gets parvo, it can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 for treatment and even then there is no guarantee your pup will be okay.

To prevent this from happening to your pet, vaccinate your puppy at 6 to 8 weeks.  Two more follow up visits for booster shots are also required.

Parvo is an intestinal problem that ultimately kills puppies because it dehydrates them to death.  Because it is so expensive to treat parvo, not everyone can afford to do it.  In cases like these, often the veterinarian has no other choice but to euthanize the puppy.

The experts at James L. Voss Veterinary Treatment Hospital at Colorado State University have now come up with a more affordable alternative — home care.

If you are prepared to treat your sick puppy at home, this veterinary treatment hospital will provide you the right medicines to treat your pet.  Of course, you will need to be diligent when following their strict nursing instructions.  Home care includes giving your puppy fluids and medications under the skin and a special diet.  Additionally, you will have to monitor your pet every few hours.

This hospital is also conducting a study of a new treatment that may help improve recovery time in sick puppies.  All costs for hospitalization and treatment will be covered for puppies participating in the study.

Who Qualifies
Puppies diagnosed with canine parvo, based on ELISA snap test.  The puppy must be less than 6 months old, weigh more than 3 pounds, display clinical signs consistent with the parvo infection (anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea), never been vaccinated for parvo, and never received treatment for parvo prior to the study enrollment.


Parvo is a deadly disease unless puppies are aggressively treated.  Hospitalization costs for some pet owners is not an option, which leaves a puppy untreated.   A new treatment that can shorten the course of the disease and the severity, which would cut down the costs of treatment.

The James L. Voss Veterinary Treatment Hospital is investigating a biologic product that may help in the recovery of puppies affected with parvo.  Puppies will get standard care for parvo which includes IV fluids, antibiotics and anti-nausea medication.  Plus, puppies may receive an additional treatment (biologic product) that may speed up the recovery time.  The study will be done randomly, which means some puppies will receive the biologic product and some puppies will receive a placebo.

Pet owners have to agree to hospitalizing their puppy until the pup has recovered and is ready to go home.  All costs will be paid by the study, but owners will be required to pay the $125 examination fee and the cost for the ELISA snap test ($30).

Once the pup is released, dog owners must agree to bring their pup back in 30-days and 90-days for follow up tests at no cost to the owner.

If you are interested in enrolling and you have a puppy that meets the above criteria, call 970-297-5000.  Non-emergent questions can be emailed to