Pearland Parvo Recovery Center is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides low-cost, high-quality treatment to dogs and puppies affected by Parvo.
Established in August of 2019, PPRC is dedicated to giving dogs affected with Parvo a second chance while reducing the impact of the virus on shelters and rescues. PPRC was established with the following objectives:
- To save Parvo-positive or Parvo-exposed dogs by administering treatment and medications under the guidance of a licensed veterinarian;
- To reduce the spread of Parvo in the community by providing a centralized, quarantined treatment option for shelters and rescues;
- To reduce the financial impact of Parvo treatment on shelters and rescues by providing a volunteer-based program that is able to treat parvo at a lower cost than in a traditional veterinary hospital setting;
- To work towards the eradication of Parvo by educating the community about Parvo prevention.
PPRC volunteers work under the direct guidance of a licensed veterinarian. Because Parvo is a virus, there is no cure. Instead, treatment is supportive and consists of alleviating symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, lethargy and dehydration until the virus runs its course. PPRC’s aggressive treatment protocol includes anti-emetics, antibiotics, fluids and other medications as needed to combat secondary infections. At PPRC’s quarantined facility, dogs and puppies infected with Parvo are closely monitored so that any deterioration in condition can be addressed immediately. In its first month of operation, PPRC treated 25 dogs and puppies.
Parvo is highly contagious and spread through nasal or oral contamination with virus-containing feces or contaminated surfaces such as kennels, bowls, toys, grass, shoes, clothing, etc. It is resistant to heat, cold, and humidity and can survive in the environment for long periods of time. PPRC effectively limits the transmission of Parvo by providing an isolated, quarantined facility for sick or exposed dogs and puppies. By minimizing their time in the shelter, PPRC reduces the risk of contagion to healthy animals and frees up desperately needed shelter space. PPRC also insures that all dogs and puppies in treatment are fully vaccinated before being discharged to prevent the further spread of Parvo in the community.
Because the PPRC is run by volunteers and focuses exclusively on the treatment of Parvo, it is able to offer an affordable treatment option to shelters and rescues. The cost of treating Parvo in a veterinary office can range from $1,500 to $6,000 per dog, with a median cost of $2,500. PPRC can provide treatment at a cost of approximately $350 per dog, depending on the severity of the illness.
PPRC is working to reduce the spread of Parvo through education with efforts directed at both the public and rescues. PPRC volunteers use public speaking engagements and social media to stress the importance of a regular vaccine schedule. PPRC also works with rescues and fosters to establish best practices to prevent the spread of the virus.