My puppy has Parvo, it's the 3rd day of having it. I took
her to the vet today where they gave her injections, stuff for
throwing up, the runs and antibiotics. She's still throwing up and I
am still giving her Gatorade every 30 minutes. Does it help that I am
giving her Gatorade even though 20 minutes later she is throwing it
MarQue from West Valley City, UT
If the pup is still responding and not getting any worse, by all
means keep feeding it the Gatorade. I would even try protein shakes
if the pup will allow it. You want to keep as much nutrition in him
as possible, because it gets worse before it gets better. Feed it
whatever it will drink, because it could come to a point where he
won't drink anything, and he'll need what he's already got in him.
Is this by chance a Rott? or a Pinscher? (11/26/2006)
I agree with mamanature on this one!
You would not give your child bleach or anything else without a
doctor's advice. It is the same with your puppy.
I am a vet nurse and speaking from experience some will make it
and some don't, but they need professional medical advice. Not home
remedies you wouldn't even try on yourself let alone a puppy a tenth
your size. Please see a vet.
"Post By mamanature (Guest Post) (10/26/2006)
Under no circumstance should you give this puppy bleach! Absolutely
not you should not treat this puppy on your own. If you do something
that is not proven you will live with the guilt of possible have done
worst damage and suffering.
I know you are having a tough time please take to vet or give the
puppy to someone who can take care of the bill for the
Of course bleach will work to kill the parvovirus. Isn't it also
proven to kill the AIDs virus? Could be mistaken on this one, but I
believe it is. Why then, don't we treat humans with bleach? Because
it's "toxic". Ever notice if you even inhale a lot of bleach it makes
you dizzy and stuff?
My mom breeds dogs and we've lost many puppies to Parvo, but we've
also saved a lot. Here's what we do:
night, and then a syringe full of water if they still aren't
skin helps hydrate them too. Don't put too much, or you could
For the syringes of water and formula, just go by your pet's
normal eating or drinking habits. My puppy is only a few months old,
and he's half Weiner dog and half Chihuahua. He and our Rottweiler
puppy got so sick we didn't think they'd make it. Our Rottweiler
didn't move for three days, and wouldn't eat or drink. We'd been
doing all of these except injecting water, Pepto, and formula. Now
that we've done that we can see a big difference. Those three contain
vitamins they need to live.
Just let your puppy know how much you love them. Let them know
there's a reason they're fighting to live. (01/26/2007)
Bleach: When I read the post it seems to me they were talking about
using the bleach to clean with outside, not give it to the dog.
Bleach is about the best cleaner around. It kills more bacteria and
virus's than just about anything else out there (even Hepatitis C and
AIDS). Bleach should always be used in a well ventilated area.
GSE: "Grapefruit Seed Extract" or the name-brand "Nutribiotic" is
an all natural product that you can buy at your Health food store.
GSE will kill just about any and all germs out there. (even MRSA) GSE
comes in a liquid and can be taken internally by humans (maybe dogs
too?). It is extremely concentrated and should "always" be diluted
when using on the skin, in the mouth, or when taken internally. (read
more information from the URL below)
For Humans: You can add a few drops of GSE to any shampoo to stop
scalp and skin infections. Use 1 drop mixed with toothpaste for
dental infections. Take internally as an antibiotic, kill germs in
water during emergencies, etc. Read below for GSE's many more uses.
"Citracidal" is the name of a more concentrated form of GSE.
Citracidal is a GSE cleaner. Citracidal is sold to hospitals as a
less toxic way to clean and kill germs on hospital surfaces. This
would be a much healthier way to clean than bleach and it would kill
just as many organisms as bleach.
Below is a web site that has all the information you will ever
need about GSE and Citracidal:
A bottle of GSE at your local Health Food Store should run you
Be extra careful if you have liver disease or Hep C as the GSE can
be a bit hard of the liver in large doses. It can be absorbed through
the skin, so use latex or rubber gloves when cleaning with it. As
with all "natural" products, just because it's "natural" doesn't make
it "harmless". (01/26/2007)
for more info about GSE:
I had two pups with parvo. The one that was kept at the vet on IV and
continuous antibiotic survived. The one I tried to treat at home did
not. I would never ever try to home treat a pup once it's begun
throwing up. If you add 20 drops of echinaecia/goldenseal tincture to
the mix every three hours it may help, but if the dog won't stop
throwing up, it belongs at the vet on IV. (03/29/2007)
The true factor not ever mentioned here is that parvo lives outside,
in the ground. The most common thing I hear is if one dog dies, they
get another and mysteriously these dogs are getting it also. Yes,
treat the yard, all dog dishes and the pet sleeping areas often, and
for at least a year before getting another sweet innocent puppy.
Tamiflu. I recommend it the instant you think you might have a dog
with parvo. It works much better if caught before symptoms develop.
If you have multiple dogs, get them all on Tamiflu immediately even
if there are no symptoms. The main thing is hydration. If you are not
able to be with your dog all day to force liquids, then you must go
to a vet. At the bare minimum, request your vet tap the pup with an
IV catheter and ask to administer the IV yourself.
Parvo is not for the weak of heart or weak of stomach. I am a pet
owner and foster home provider. I only recommend Tamiflu because my
vet recommended it. Thank God she did. (05/26/2007)
Our 9 week Rotti recently came down with parvo, we went to the vet to
verify, the fecal test was negative, but all of the symptoms were
there, we got amoxil, iv fluids and anti nausea meds, after the 2nd
day of treatment there was no improvement. We went online and
ordered Parvo Guard overnight delivery, and within 2 days of this
product and constant fluids, I'm glad to say he is finally up and
eating drinking on his own. (02/02/2008)
By George and Teresa
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I recently had the same problem. I gave my dogs Parents Choice
pediatric electrolytes, found in the baby section at your local
grocery, instead of Gatorade (Gatorade helps with hydration, but does
not replace the electrolytes lost in dogs from vomiting and
Just to be safe, we took our dog to the vet and it cost $150. If
you can't afford that, then see if you can pay it out, some vets will
let you. My dog was better within a day. The vet may have to put
fluids back in your dog and keep them over night.
Also some people give there dogs Pepto Bismol, which coats the
linen in the intestine that the virus attacks. That is what causes
the bleeding anyways, but too much Pepto could cause microtumors in
some dogs. If you use this method, use a low dosage and give it to
them before they eat and wait about 30 minutes.
Chicken noodle soup is usually the best thing to feed them because
chicken broth is full of nutrition, but you may have to use a
syringe. Don't over feed because the dogs intestines are sore and you
don't want your dog to constantly have diarrhea.
Also, every time they puke or poop, make sure you rehydrate them
with the Pedilyte because it also contains vitamins and other
minerals that your dog loses during vomiting and diarrhea. You can
only do this for a few days and if your dog has bleeding, you can
only do this for a day because otherwise your dog could die. Let me
explain, the virus is tearing away the protective lining and causing
them to bleed out and if too much blood is lost, more blood has to be
People, get your dog a veterinarian administered parvo shot. You
can call ahead of time and go pick it up. It is cheaper then having
to watch your pets suffer. It is painful to you and your dog.
No gatorade doesn't help. I went through this. I syringed Pedialyte
every 20 minutes. My vet wanted to put her down. I went against their
wishes and took her home and nursed her back. After a full 24 hrs of
pedialyte she came around a bit, but they need protein.
So what I did was bought Carnation Instant Breakfast, instead of
milk. I mixed with Pedialyte and syringed. On the third day she was
able to stand and was more alert. I then boiled rice and lean chicken
and fed her. She loved it.
I kept her on a bland diet for a week or so. She came around.
After Parvo she had green poop, so I took it to the vet to be
analyzed. She had Coccidia I was worried again. But the antibotic
cleared it up. Thank God. I hope this is helpful to you. Best of
luck. I hope your pups get well. (08/01/2008)
Here is an excellent webpage about treating parvo puppies at home:
When you pinch your puppies skin, it should go instantly back into
place like it does if you pinch the skin on your own arm. Check his
gums, they should be a nice dark pink. If his skin sticks for a
second or his gums aren't a nice dark pink, he is dehydrated.
The #1 reason parvo puppies vomit is from dehydration, so making
sure they are properly hydrated is especially important. You can
give 1/4 of the dose every 15 minutes, to help make it easier to keep
the fluid down or give him an enema.
We've used Parvaid to heal parvo puppies and it works excellently
and is really good at preventing puppies from getting parvo if used
Check the Wolfcreek Ranch site for retailers.
Hope your puppy gets better quickly. (10/24/2008)
Give her Pedialyte not Gatorade, because there are more electrolytes
in it than Gatorade. That is what she needs right now, and make her
drink it, give it to her as much as possible I saved my dog's life
she had it really bad. (10/28/2008)
Try Emertrol for vomiting you can buy it at the drug store. Try
chicken noodle soup in an eye dropper just the broth. Pedialyte in an
eye dropper. I had spent $2000 at a Vet and a Walgreen's Pharmacist
told me try the Pedialyte and it saved my dog. (12/01/2008)
Parvo is tough. And lots of people will have anecdotal advice. Bottom
line is that it is very deadly and all you can do is provide
supportive therapy and wait. If you catch it early, then better.
First, it's a virus, but as it attacks, then bacteria start wreaking
havoc on the intestinal system. Because the intestinal/digestive area
is so compromised, oral administrations just don't cut it. Ideally:
IV fluids, injected antibiotics, anti-nausea medication, and (due to
virus) Tamiflu (suspension) started early can have an impact (but
expensive, and now with Swine flu, almost entirely unavailable).
To provide calories and keep electrolytes in check, you should
also give sugar water or at least rub molasses on gums. Sub-Q fluids
can help, but often just isn't a sufficiently efficient way to
administer fluids (plus, very stressful to the animal). I've also
used enema-administered fluids containing antibiotics and Interferon
(be careful, don't use too much, hold there for a while to absorb). I
saved one pup after doing this, but entirely anecdotal.
Another anecdotal experience: Upon recognizing the tell-tale smell
of parvo in feces, presenting lack of appetite, watery stool, I
immediately re-vaccinated for parvo (modified live vaccine) and
started doxycycline (Fish-Biotic). We keep all this on hand. I had
just lost another pup to parvo a week earlier. We pull from a shelter
in which parvo/distemper thrive, but we like to pull the pups and
give them a chance by treating in a foster environment. We quarantine
in a separate room, and they are not allowed to go potty in any
We sanitize with bleach solution, then when better, they must
potty in a special area for a full month. We soak down the area
periodically with bleach-water hosing. If the animal survives for 5
days, you are basically over the hump. Some breeds are particularly
susceptible and it is far more deadly: Pits, Dobermans, and
Best of luck, but you will lose about 30% assuming you catch it
quickly and you do aggressive intervention, more with the more
susceptible breeds. Best wishes to all. (09/30/2009)
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