Canine parvovirus update: Can you save patients without that expensive hospital stay?

September 20, 2016
Justine Lee, DVM; DACVECC; DABT
Justine Lee, DVM; DACVECC; DABT

Dr. Lee received her BS in Animal Science in 1993 at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She obtained her DVM at Cornell University in 1997, followed by an internship at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. She received her DACVECC in 2003 at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lee is also the CEO and founder of VetGirl, a subscription-based podcast service offering RACE-approved continuing education to veterinary professionals. Dr. Lee has been published in numerous veterinary journals, including the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, the Journal of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care, and the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She has also published several veterinary book chapters, and has been aired on radio and television to promote preventative medicine, animal health, and the overall well-being of pets.

Veterinary criticalist and toxicologist Justine Lee discusses a new out-patient protocol for parvo puppies.

How often do you encounter veterinary clients who can't afford the several days of hospitalization needed to deliver life-saving measures to that sweet little puppy they just adopted, now found to have parvovirus? Since those first few days of intensive care are so vital to survival, it can put these clients in a heart-rending spot. Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT, says a new study shows that an out-patient treatment protocol designed by clinicians at Colorado State University, which she dubs "carvo," resulted in survival rates (80%) almost as high as hospitalized treatment (90%).

Click here for a link to Colorado State's proposed out-patient parvovirus treatment protocol.