Ok, before the editors can place their "disclaimer" along with this post, I am going to place it here first. We full well understand NOT everyone is capable or has the knowledge we have behind us. So with this said, home treatment can be as expensive as vet treatment. Knowledge of animals is what helped us. Also, there are 2 forms of Parvo. We were lucky enough to be dealing with the intestinal type. If your dog develops the cardiac type, seek immediate vet help.
Editor's Note (the real one): Please discuss with a professional health care provider before starting this or any home treatment.
We have a pair of 7 month old Bull Dogs. Both had 1 set of shots. We received them as strays, so true age and health issues are truly unknown. Our male began showing signs and symptoms on Sept. 8th. On Sept. 11 we were told he had Parvo. On Sept 12, he received 1 anti-biotic shot and was sent home from a vet friend's home with orders to take him to the local vet hospital. Instead, we did our research and the following is what we did. This worked for us, I will not guarantee it will work in all cases.
Our first stop on our way home was the grocery store. We picked up Pedialyte, liquid infant anti-nausea medication, and Peptobismal. Every 30 minutes we gave him 10 cc of the Pedialyte. We also gave him 10 cc of Pedialyte with 5 cc of anti-nausea medicine.
The next morning, we made a run to town (we live in a vast farming community). First stop was more Pedialyte ($3.00 per bottle), rubber gloves ($5.00 per box), 1000mg MSM ($5.00 per bottle). The next stop was the health food store for 90 ppm colloidal silver ($20.00) - this item is a MUST, DO NOT skip it; Peppermint oil ($10.00), goldenseal root ($12.00), echinacea ($10.50), and Source of Life Gold Liquid vitamins ($16.00). All of these items are in liquid form. From there we went to the feed store and picked up antibiotic ($40.00) and needles. **Again DO NOT attempt this if you have never given an animal a shot before. My family are ranchers and so I was raised around this stuff.
Now, as our dog was throwing up we did an enema treatment. This is a must, and will get the medications into your dog without them throwing them right back out. Recipe to follow at the end. We did the enema 3 times the first day, 2 times the next day, and 1 the final day, only because he started eating and drinking on his own.
Our schedule basically consisted of:
Now our female was starting to show signs, so we started her on the treatment early and her signs are not nearly as severe as our male. It was more or less similar to depression. Honestly, if you are getting a new puppy, most of these items can be purchased and kept on hand just in case.
The enema recipe is as follows:
Mix all of this in a purchased enema bottle. We used disposable ones by emptying out the included solution, rinsing it out, and then using the bottle.
Make sure mixture is mixed well and MSM is dissolved, coat tip with some form of non-toxic lubricant and make sure back bone is straight. We discovered that it was best to lay our dog down, straighten back, and insert, talking the whole time. We then rubbed his belly afterwards and he thought he was getting lovies.
Anyways, this is what worked for us. We do NOT guarantee it. The medications in the enema are the same as what is in Parvaid. That is why we purchased them. We did not/could not afford to wait. As for food, we bought turkey with rice baby food and mixed it with baby rice cereal. When he took his first bite we knew we had conquered this deadly illness.
One more thing, if your dogs show sign of Parvo, do not give them their next round of vaccines. This will make things worse. This includes any and all dogs exposed. This comes straight from our vet friend.
By Ealasaid from Four Corners, NM
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By Michelle Marie W.11/03/2013
Thank you so much! I have a 7 month old Shephard mix. He came down with Parvo and, at the time, we couldn't afford the vet fees. I was beside myself but I started looking online and found this info. After 3 days, he is back to normal and healthy as ever! I can't thank you enough!
By Fernanda V.09/05/2013
Denise please tell me the name of the vet I think my puppy may have parvo and I don't have the funds for a vet. I also live in Pittsburg.
Would I be able to give my dog penicillin vs potassium?
Can I give my dog golden seal for paro?
By morgandferny 03/08/2012
Throwing up is really bad. Especially if the dog is already dehydrated. With a medicine dropper I gave my dog about 3 CC or ml. Of pedialight every half hour. The goal is to keep them from throwing up because they lose moisture.
When they do drink from the bowl don't let them drink too much because it could make them sick. I also gave spunkie. A mixture of peppermint and camomile tea and chicken broth for nutrition. He is doing much better, starting to look more like himself. Once he hasn't thrown up for 24 hours and shows improvement I was told by my vet friend to boil some chicken and rice and give him about a teaspoon at a time.
Just don't give up on your pet.. I make my Spunkie stay in bed and I carry him to the restroom so he can save his energy. All I know is once I started monitoring his fluids intake he stopped throwing up.
Don't feel bad if you can't afford to take your pet to the vet just make sure you are watching them at home. Spunkie went from not moving to waggling his tail and more like himself in a few day.
By Julann W.05/18/2011
My 11 month old yorkie has parvo. We hospitalized him for 5 days. The vet gave him an IV with fluids, an antibiotic, shots for nausea and pills for vomiting and diarrhea. I just brought him home today. He is eating a little something now. Not much just about a teaspoon full so far, but I am grateful to see his appetite slowly come back. He has not drank any water yet and I hear pedialite works well.
Please get you're dog to the vet, it will save your dogs life. If you can not afford it they have medications you can use at home like parvaide. Parvo can be treated and you're dog can live. I am proud to say my little yorkie, lil bear, is doing fairly well so far and is fighting hard against this deadly disease. I am keeping a close eye on him and giving him lots and lots of love and lots of prayer.
It cost about $500 dollars for 5 days at the hospital. Every penny was worth it. Parvo is very painful for the dog and for the owner to watch. Don't wait to treat them, get them help fast. God bless every one out there that is dealing with this right now. Your dog can make it, mine is.
My Puppy "Shorty" got Parvo we took her to the vet they gave her IV and all that stuff. she was doing better. Now she is just trying to walk around but you can see she is too weak to walk. She walks to the water bowl and just looks at it but doesn't drink any. We give her Pedialyte, the vet said 5ml every hour but it doesn't seem to work. Her gums are white. Just last night they where pink.
She goes to the corner of the room and tries to throw up but nothing comes out. I tried feeding her food but she wont take it. I gave her water and Pedialyte. She's been up for a while now and she won't lay down in one spot, she just stays up. I don't know if it's safe to let her walk around or what. Very sad to see my puppy like this and can't really do anything about it. I just hope she pulls through and makes it.
Can someone help?
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If your puppy has parvo, make it swallow raw eggs 3-4 times a day. You may have to force them down their throat, I know this sounds mean, but it is for their own good. The raw eggs provide them nutrition and they can't throw them up. It has worked for me and my family.
By Linda from KY
If you catch it early the home remedies will save you a lot of stress and money. If your puppy is very dehydrated you need IV fluids and if your puppy has the bloody diarrhea you need an antibiotic. The best bet is buy a parvo remedy and have it on hand for when your puppy starts showing symptoms. Even puppies and dogs with their shots can get parvo the severity will vary. FYI there is a parvo strain out right now infecting a lot of adult dogs. We are a cocker breeder and have seen more puppies survive parvo than die from it. (11/01/2007)
By Allen T.
He gave me 2 meds and 2 packs of electrolytes. I was also told to give him Gatorade or Pedialyte. After getting home, he took a turn for the worst the next day. I spent many hours researching home treatments. I came up on this website. I took advice from others and gave him Pepto orally (once or twice anally) and Gatorade anally. I would give him Gatorade orally too to keep his mouth from drying up.
In less then 12 hours he was back to his old self. He was back eating and drinking on his own. Even after he started eating on his own I still gave him some Pepto just to make sure his stomach was okay. I also gave him Gatorade anally. (04/18/2008)
I brought him back home Wednesday morning in hopes to get him better. I thank you for your post and homemade treatment, he finally stopped throwing up and had a large BM today after he had one egg. Not runny, but his so alert and doing good. I have him on antibiotics - Ampicillin 500mg 1 capsule twice daily for 7 days and anti-vomiting Metoclopramide 10mg 1 tablet by mouth every 8 hours until gone. Including IV fluids 1000 ml bag of Normosol-R multiple Electrolytes Injection type 1, USP. Give under the skin only 500ml every 12 hrs. You have to pull skin and form a pocket to give medication. Please have a vet explain the process before you do anything. So far so good. The egg works his still doing good. His drinking a little more and keeping things down. I got kisses today from my boy.
Cook rice and chicken boneless like stew, but bland. No salt or spices please, it will hurt the belly. Then give them some to eat, a few tsp every 1 to 2 hours. Thank you and good luck to everyone else out there. My boy is doing better today.
To get rid of the virus in your home you need to bleach everything, 1 cup bleach to 30 cups water. Yard is much harder, but I did add more bleach out side to kill the virus. I was told it could live in soil for years if not treated. God bless to all of you who have to suffer this terrible illness. (04/25/2008)
I didn't have any more money so I decided to bring her home and try my best to keep her alive. I gave her Pedialyte every 15 minutes by syringe plus I also gave her my daughter's antibiotic amoxicillin. My brother had also given me a med that brings up her sugar level and blood, it is called Nutri-cal. It really works. Now she is back eating and drinking plus she playing and jumping. God bless all and I hope this advice was helpful. (05/27/2008)
By EsmeraldaEditor's Note: While an antibiotic may be indicated for a dog with Parvo, giving the remainder of a family member's prescription is not a good alternative. When a child is given an antibiotic (or an adult for that matter) the protocol is to take "All" of the medication. There should not be any left to dose someone else or a sick dog. Not taking all of an antibiotic contributes to disease resistant strains of bacteria. Please get meds specifically for your dogs.
My four month old pit started showing signs of parvo with the vomiting and diarrhea. I treated him at home as soon as it started. I gave him Pepto and Pedialyte and Nutrical through a syringe (a medicine syringe) orally. He was back to his normal self within 2 days. I also bleached our yard thoroughly and shampooed the carpets 5-6 times. Neither of my dogs had been vaccinated. Vaccination is very important and I learned a huge lesson.
The vet charged $545 for my eight month old's stay, but it was worth it. She is now back to eating like a cow, and bouncing off the walls with energy, as is my four month old. Parvo can be treated at home, but you have to be totally diligent in your care of the dog, meaning to keep them hydrated with liquids, even if it means forcing them.
Let this be a lesson, vaccinate your pets. You can even buy vaccines online for a very cheap price and they ship them on ice, if you're comfortable with vaccinating them yourself. (06/05/2008)
People should 1) get their dogs vaccinated by a vet, 2) follow instructions from a vet, and 3) stop trying all these crazy ideas and just do what the trained experts recommend. Just for the record, vomiting animals should not have anything by mouth for at least 6 hours after the last vomiting. More fluids just further irritate an already irritated stomach and make it worse. (06/29/2008)
Please he was the most adorable and smart American Pit we have ever owned. This is not only in dedication to our little boy Rocky, but also a reminder to take extra precaution with your pets. (10/05/2008)
By David And Chelsea S
By Ali K.
Lots of information here: parvopuppy.com
or here: wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com
Here are some retail stores that carry it, so you can get it right away: /wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/retailers
We used it after the vet lost one of our parvo puppies and euthanized another. Someone e-mailed me about Parvaid and we drove 5 hours round trip to get it. It saved our remaining 5 puppies. We just didn't have $7200 to treat the other 5 with the vet whose success rate was extremely poor. Best wishes for a quick and easy recovery for your puppy. (10/24/2008)
By healthy pets
I just want to post a note about all of these so called homemade Parvo treatments. I had a litter of four puppies who I could not afford to treat for Parvo so I tried all of these stupid homemade remedies and watched as my poor puppies suffered and died one by one.
We finally got some help from our family members and we took our last remaining pup to the vet where she not only got fluids but antibiotics and other medications and I am happy to report that it is now 2 weeks later and she is a happy and healthy little girl.
I just want to let people out there know that it is a complete crock that all your vet does to treat Parvo is to give them fluids and feed them. There is so much more to it. Those people who think they "cured" Parvo with this stuff probably did not have puppies with Parvo. My veterinarian told me that most likely those puppies probably had Coccidia which can also have many of the same symptoms as Parvo. (11/02/2008)
Wellness visits, vaccination protocols and obtaining your pup from a reputable place such as the ASPCA or other animal shelter will prevent these tragedies. Buying a pup from a backyard breeder or accepting a pup from a free to a good home litter is asking for trouble. Your pup needs to have consecutive tests for internal parasites, have consecutive dewormings and be vaccinated intially at around 6-8 weeks of age for Distemper and Parvo and there after every 3-4 weeks until age 16-18 weeks.
There are programs such as Care Credit and VPI Pet Insurance to help defer the cost. Again, "don't you dare say" that Veterinarians are heartless, cold, money hungry, quacks. They know what is best and will offer their best, but yes it costs money. If you really feel this way, take a look in the mirror and ask your self why you didn't take the precautions necessary to prevent this from happening? Why didn't you educate yourself before bringing a puppy into the household? If you can't afford the shots, why are you surprised that the treatment is so extensive and expensive? An ounce of prevention is worth more that a ton of cure and yes, Parvo will overcome many of its victims.
I have been an animal nurse for 4 years and yes I have answered many questions and educated many owners on the dangers of puppy illnesses. I am currently treating a friend's dog for Parvo with the proper treatment, IV fluids, Antinausea drugs, triple acting antibiotics, sedatives and "no food by mouth". NEVER force anything down the throat of a nauseous or vomiting dog, it will cause stress, defeat the purpose of getting the nutrition or meds into them and may make the vomiting worse.
One last note, the main reason it is essential to have your pup in the hospital is to prevent further contamination of the home environment especially if there are other pets in the household. Clinics keep their patients clean, dry, monitored, and have isolation areas in which they keep the infective animals. "It has to run it's course". The smaller and younger the animal the more critical it is to have them hospitalized, they have a higher body water content than those of older animals plus they are more susceptible to secondary infection. (11/06/2008)
By SEUT Registered Vet Tech
Our 5 month old puppy came down with Parvo. I noticed initially that he was not eating or drinking for 2 days. Although I did not note him to have any stools, I was still concerned about the possibility of Parvo. I took him to the vet. He stayed in the hospital for 4 days on IVs and was given fluids for dehydration, antibiotics for secondary infection. It is necessary to note that the antibiotics are not for the virus. Antivirals only treat viruses.
Antibiotics treat the secondary infection related to the Parvo. The dogs do not drink, therefore they do not have enough fluids in their body. This is known as dehydration and will effect the kidneys. The virus breaks down the lining of the stomach and intestines. The normal bacteria from the intestines goes out into the surrounding areas and bloodstream (I believe). This causes bacteria to build up and consequently infection that is treated with the antibiotics.
Now, after the fourth day, he was still not eating. We decided to take him home to see if he would eat in his own environment. I gave him very tiny amounts of raw egg in a dropper. I gave him time (at least a half hour) to digest the egg. I also have him a few drops of water using the dropper. He seemed better the next day. I put water in the palm of my hand for him to lick at. I gave him tiny bits of science diet soft puppy food on my finger. It sticks to the roof of his mouth.
I waited at least a hour to see if he would vomit, but he did not. After the second day, he was eating small dog food pieces readily (by himself). I also gave him tiny drops of Pepto Bismol only once to coat his stomach on the first day. It is necessary to note that I did this as I thought he was not eating at the vet and I figured it was better he determine his own fate at home with his family. He is doing better. Just because someone is not able to afford treatment does not make them bad pet owners.
Your dogs love you for the love you give them. If you cannot afford treatment at the vet, make sure they are getting some water by mouth. The vet cautions against raw egg, but it does have protein. They suggest cooked pieces of chicken and rice. They also suggest cooked oatmeal. Bland foods that do not irritate the stomach and intestinal tracts. I am not a vet, but these are just suggestions. Something is better than nothing.
I should also say that there are nonprofit agencies that you may have in your area who may be able to help with the treatments. Please try to search in your areas. If the dog has an infection it will need antibiotics. If it is not drinking fluids and continues to vomit, it will need IV therapy to survive. Parvo can only be diagnosed through a test. Parvo is the one virus dogs should be vaccinated against. The vet suggests the dogs be vaccinated at 8-12 weeks, three vaccinations three weeks apart. The puppies lose their natural immunity from their mother along that time. If the puppy was obtained early at 6- 8 weeks, it most likely never got enough immunity and is at increased risk for this disease.
This disease can live outside for several months and is carried on the feet and shoes of animals or humans respectively. You or an animal can carry it to your home and you would never know. Also is the fact that it is in poop and vomit. If a dog sniffs or eats the poop it may contract the disease.
The feed stores carry these injections, but they may not be as good as what the vet carries, yet it may be better than nothing. Some persons immunize their pet themselves. It is not suggested, but may be better than nothing at all. (12/24/2008)
He was at death's door even after vet help. He had blood in his feces and could not keep anything down. I began by giving Pedialyte by the dropper and a spoonful of yogurt every two hours, even during the night, I set my clock to wake me up. I would carry him outside every hour during the day so he could "use the bathroom" if he needed to and before and after feeding over night. Needless to say I was exhausted.
My rational for the yogurt was that my doctor told me to feed my children yogurt during a stomach virus if they could tolerate it, because it helped to restore good bacteria to the lining of the intestine. I thought maybe that would work for the pup, too. I don't know if the yogurt helped, but it certainly did not harm.
On the third day, I was feeding him several spoonfuls of yogurt and introducing soft food. I also bleached everything that vomit or feces touched, even the yard. (After a few minutes I rinsed with water.) Again, I don't know if that helped, but my goal was to contain the virus as much as possible.
My children and I were excited when I took him outside and he "did a solid". Life is odd, I never thought that a pup passing solid feces would be so joyful, but it was. The pup is now two years old and a beautiful and loving dog. Good luck to everyone who reads this. I am now treating another dog with parvo. She is much bigger, so I am trying the eggs. I hope this works, she's such a good dog. (01/07/2009)
This vaccine does not give your puppy parvo. Your puppy can incubate the virus for for 7-10 days before breaking with it. (Just like us, we don't get the flu immediately from another person) Parvovirus can live in your environment for 6 "years". Any unvaccinated dog you bring into your environment for the next 6 years can contract the virus. Bleach will kill the virus on hard non-porous areas. Bleach will not work on your yard, it inactivates with dirt.
If your puppy is acting lethargic, not eating or drinking, vomiting or having diarrhea, take him to the vet immediately. Do not wait and see if he is going to get better, 1st symptom take him. Time is very important. Best treatment for parvo is hospitalization. Yes, this is expensive, but worth it. Parvo pups need constant care and attention. Dehydration is the biggest thing in pups with parvo, they are losing all their fluids by vomiting. Pedialyte by mouth "every" 15 minutes to help fight dehydration.
Amount depends on how big pup is (your vet can give you amounts). 'No food"! This includes raw eggs. I have been a tech for 8 years and I have never heard a vet say to give raw eggs. Your pup does need prescription antibiotics and prescription anti-nausea medicine. The antibiotics are for any secondary infection that may set up in the intestines, because they are so raw and irritated from the virus.
Go to your vet. If your vet doesn't offer at home treatment instruction, find one who does. If your parvo pup dies even after being hospitalized, it is not the vet's fault. Parvo is a very deadly virus. Vaccinate your dog. When they get over parvo, booster the vaccine, they can still get distemper and corona and others that the vaccine protects against. (02/16/2009)
My dog was diagnosed with parvo tonight and I can't afford to treat her at the vet, is there a home remedy that I can make for my dog?
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