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I have a puppy that is 10wks. today. Last night he started throwing up chunks of food, I didn't think anything of it, till this morning. He was still throwing up and it was getting runnier than at first. He is a little lethargic and has diarrhea and worms.

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I have seen parvo many times before so I know that is what it is. I can not afford a $500 vet bill, I know this is what it costs because a few years ago I had a dog that had parvo and I had him treated for it.

I am giving him electrolytes as well as oatmeal water to keep his blood sugar at a normal level, and Kaopectate for diarrhea. Are there any home remedies that really work? So far we made it through day 1.

By Crystal from Panama City, FL

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July 26, 20135 found this helpful
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Hi, I have a beautiful pit bull she is 9 months old I diagnosed her with parvo 4 days ago today. There is hope! I noticed Sasha had parvo on the 3rd day when she was at her worst she was vomiting yellow foam an was pooping puddles of dark brown reddish awful smelling diarrhea. She was so bad off she couldn't even stand up and was lying in her own feces and vomit. :( She was so depressed and has that mommy help me look so I helped her.

I could not afford the vet so I immediately searched and searched the internet an looked up hospital cures as well as home cures and did them all! Here's what I did I used fresh squeezed lemon juice, human amoxicillin (vet uses its sister penicillin), as well as a nausea pill for humans called Zofran (vet uses ondansteron generic for zofran) and lots of water and Pedialyte. I gave her 5ml of lemon juice in a child syringe twice daily, took the powder out of one 500 mg amoxicillin, and crushed one 8mg Zofran til it was powder mixed it with boiling hot water so it would dissolve an sucked it up with the syringe as well I did this 3 x daily.

You also have to be very positive around her and love on her if you believe there's hope she will too. If you don't believe neither will she and you don't want her to give up. Today is the 5th day and she is getting up and walking around and drinking water on her own. She is no longer having diarrhea nor is she lethargic. She is now peeing and a million times better then she was 2 days ago when I thought she was going to die. I definitely recommend this to everyone it will work and your dog will live. I will keep you posted as she improves. Have hope.

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January 1, 20160 found this helpful

I hope this isn't reccomerecommending mixing boiling water to an antibiotic!

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June 9, 20160 found this helpful

I have a little beautifull Pitt bull but he is sick I think he has parvo I don't know what to do I can not afford a bet he is so down he breaks my heart when he look at me

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June 11, 20160 found this helpful

What measurements did u use for the lemon juice 500 mil amox and zofran?

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July 5, 20160 found this helpful

Thank u soo much. I lost 2 of my three pups but flooded thevthird with antibiotics n pedialyte. He us a new pup. I am foerever greatful and wish i would have read this in time to save my other 2 babies.

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July 5, 20160 found this helpful

Did your dog survive ????

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April 18, 20110 found this helpful

Crystal, I've never had to deal with Parvo, but I don't think I would ever depend upon home remedies for the victims of such without the professional advice of an animal vet Doctor.

Ten weeks is such a tender age . . . please find a way to secure such advice from a professional before risking the puppy's life and well being: Your puppy is counting on your wisest choices for the long, happy, and healthy life he is hoping to share with you.

Please see a vet. Find one that can work with payment options to allow you and puppy the best chance for a long, happy life together. Good luck and best wishes for a long life with your dog pal!

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May 20, 20160 found this helpful

Get Pedialyte (probably in the baby aisle) Bottle the dog every four hours for a couple of days. Should be fine. Parvo dehydrates the dog. (Small baby bottle). I've done this on 2 separate dogs. It works. I got these instructions from a vet. The dogs are now immune.

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April 20, 20112 found this helpful

Health food store. Buy enough colloidal silver for 2 enemas. !0ppm or better strength. Germs are multiplying in the large bowel. An enema , half hour later another enema. This will absorb through intestines and keep killing the parvo germs. Keep your dog hydrated by whatever means. Electrolytes, chicken soup, gator aid even if you have to stay up all night and syringe into mouth.

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May 6, 20160 found this helpful

I saved my puppy with raw eggs and Pedialyte.  At the first signs of parvo I force fed my puppy a blended raw egg, I didn't use it but would recommend a medicine syringe, food injectables syringe without the needle or a turkey baster in a pinch or with larger dogs.  With my puppy, a Chiwenie, I adminstered 5cc(would probably use 5cc per pound on my labs) of Pedialeyte every thirty minutes, thats 48 doses a day, in-other words you will need help and copious amounts of caffiene.  The egg coates the stomach and prevents vomiting so the electrolytes can be absorbed in the intestines.  If vomiting recurrs adminster an egg.

Continue Pedialyte and eggs when needed (after vomiting) until dog/ pup becomes more responsive and is eating solid food. 

NOTE: as the animal becomes more healthy you may want to increase the time between doses by fifteen minutes.

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April 28, 20110 found this helpful

I also agree that it should be checked by a vet.I read an article about fleas and parvo that was very interesting to me.The fleas are killing us this year, even though I use Frontline. I think that I may try this on them http://www.wolfcreekranch.net/diatomaceous_earth.html.

Good Luck, Kathy, MS

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August 1, 20132 found this helpful

My 15 month old Pit bull started vomiting Thursday night Friday it became worse so my husband took him in to the Animal ER $450. later we were told it was most likely Parvo and it would be another $1200. to treat. We were given antibiotics and anti nausea.

We tried and tried to keep him hydrated but we lost him Monday morning. Tuesday our 4 &1/2 Month old Pitt bull Mercy starting showing symptoms. I have taken to sleeping on the sofa with her to give her 24 hour care I read that hydration is key and that its half cup of whatever you are using to hydrate per bowel movement (diarrhea).

She is vomiting in a bowl so I have taken to measuring that output and give her as much as she loses. We are using peppermint and chamomile tea with honey for stomach cramps as well as pedialyte mixed with activated charcoal. Earlier I was able to spoon feed her baby food. I am really glad that every one here has been supportive. It is very disheartening to read people saying things like "you shouldn't have a dog if you can't afford them" No one makes a conscious decision to do so. After holding my baby as he took his last breath I wouldn't wish this pain on anyone. I will keep you posted as to how well this turns out for Mercy. My prayers go out to anyone dealing with this

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May 26, 20160 found this helpful

I'm sooo sorry for your loss I have a 7 week old jackrussel pup I'm am going to try this treatment on my joy starting now thank you we just lost our Omar this Monday she was 9 month's old, never dealt with this before have, had dogs, all my life !!   

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August 13, 20131 found this helpful

Ok wow lots of good info here. Lets put the whole money issue aside for a moment any of you vetters ever ask your vet what percentage of parvo pups they actually save? If you did you would find it to be very low. The reason it is so low is because they just don't give the care and nutritional support a parvo puppy needs, parvo puppies need round the clock treatment for at least 3 days and we are talking every 30 minutes till eating and drinking on their own consistantly.

Vets either are not willing or not capable of doing this most will hook them up to fluids give antibiotics and check temps then there is no treatment overnight and a parvo pup left at the vet for the weekend is most certainly doomed to pass away. So regardless of homepathy or modern medicine at home treatment is a must to have the best chance of saving your pup.

The emergency tea is great and so is the parvo buster I bought it for my catahoula bulldog he was diagnosed with parvo, however I feel it was because he had been vaccinated 4 days before I took him to the vet. The reason I don't believe it was parvo is he only threw up once and had 3 diareahas. You see he tested positive because I had just injected him with the virus. Vets don't want us to know this for fear we might wise up to the whole vaccination scam.

He was at the vet for 4 days we were not allowed to see him and recieved very vague information on the treatment he was receiving (I have since changed vets). So I had a spirit led urge to take him home to finish treatment I purchased the parvo buster and made the tea. He came home on Friday. He would not have made it through the weekend as he was already very overhydrated puffy eyes, muzzel and very loose squishy skin. I cried he cried I prayed and we went home, he licked my tears the while way. We got home started the tea and waited for the pb to arrive.

It came Saturday around noon and we started it right away. I was so tired from being up all night treating my puppy but a red bull helped me so I could keep helping him. After 2 days of round the clock care he was hungry eagerly licking the babyfood, I had been rubbing on his gums. So I had a can of gastro from the vet, I have him a spoonfull with the treatment.

He made a full recovery I did finish the antibiotics the vet sent home (which upon researching had nothing to do with the treatment of parvo hmm) I never needed the nausa meds they sent and he is doing great all together I spent $1000 to save him but if I had known sooner it only would have cost less then half that for all the tea ingredients and the pb.

Pedialight is good if your dog isn't vomiting but if he is that can make it worse just stick to oatmeal water with maple syrup and emergency tea for hydration. Also there are alot of er teas out there they are good for the most part but stay away from those with garlic as they can make vomiting worse. Collidal silver is good too.

My favorite thing to insure great health in my animals is diatomacious earth google it its great I take it myself dogs and cats get it and its great in the litter box too. Impprtant things to know pale gums =dehydration cool paws =low nutients and fever =infection hope this helps someone.

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September 29, 20131 found this helpful

First of all the Vets who let people put their animal down because of vet fees, should not be in the animal medical business. How do you put that animal down without trying treatment because the owner cant afford the high cost for treatment.

Let me say this Keflex stomaxh nausea pill, flagel, and iv bag give twice day to keep from dehydration is what my vet sent home. For $300 with vet fees. And test im treating my pit at home...and making payments weekly to cheaha animal clinic oxford al..If your vet doesnt find a way to save tour animal and is worried about the upfront cost. That in reality all meds I was sent home with is at vet cost under 50 bucks and they markup meds to profit, and I cared for my pet at home the same as they would..and prefer to care for my pet.

So that $1,000 to 6,000 in care is BS and those money hungry no animal caring devils need to be put out of business. If after I'm done with treatment and this dont work or no more options available then we talk putting to sleep not before over a greedy dollar.

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July 17, 20160 found this helpful

I live in Wisconsin and couldn't afford to get the best meds for Duke, a day later Duke was getting worse so I called WVRC back. I was told I had to pay $2000 up front for him to stay and get treatment and if my check bounced they would come after me. Mind you I paid them $390 the day before (confused by that statement seeing the I have never been there or ever given them a check before) this place is called WVRC in Mount pleasant, WI. I'm so sad today Duke died yesterday and I really do miss him. Love u Dule u will never be forgotten.

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September 11, 20160 found this helpful

Two days ago my dog is showing signs of parvo if you have any adviceplease let me know he's only 8wks I'm not ready to let him go

I've been giving him pepto Pedialyte and water through a syringe a baby syringe

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October 19, 20130 found this helpful

My four month old pitbull contracted parvo about 4 days ago. Last night I researched how to care for her at home because I can't afford the vet care.

she wasn't eating, her stomach sunk is sunken in, she was vomiting and had bloody feces. I felt she was on her deathbed. So I followed some advice and gave her pedialyte and chicken broth last night.

This morning she actually wagged her tail and showed some energy and strength.

Today I did the same thing, two syringe fulls of pedialyte and chicken broth. But she is drinking water on her own and surprisingly she ate some turkey this morning then a bit of wet food and hasn't thrown it up.

I'm wondering if I should invest in this colloidal silver or charcoal tabs since she is already drinking on her own and slowly starting to eat.

Any advice?

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November 22, 20140 found this helpful

I just wanted to add; I have had several puppies that had parvo tried many different things to save them some succesful and some not. The Pit I have now who was saved from parvo by the vet. The vet told me what saved her was somehow I kept her hydrated and believe me, it is key for the survival of any pup with parvo! Because once they have it, it is there till it runs its course. Actually it is not the virus that kills them, it's what it does while it lives inside them. All the vet can really do is try and keep them hydrated via an IV. I don't mean to carry on anyway. I have tried everything to try and make the dog drink water.

It is going to sound strange, but it works and that's what matters. Try pouring small amounts of water in your palm and offer it to them as much and as often as they want. I have also tried this on other puppies that had parvo and it worked every time. Good luck and remember it is in the best interest of the pup to get him into the vet at least for a check up. I give my own vaccines. I make sure as soon as pups leave mom to give the first set of parvo vaccines and another in 2 weeks. I have yet to have any parvo problems. It is recomended to give more, but I haven't.

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February 1, 20150 found this helpful

My 1 year old Pit Bull caught parvo and I've been devastated. I took her to the hospital and they gave her an IV with antibiotics and didn't explain anything to me. This is the first dog I've ever owned and I refuse to give up. I've been home with her dripping her mouth every hour and she lost so much weight.

The next day after the hospital, she was worse and on the brink of death. I did some research and basically it's a virus and harms the intestines the worse, among other things, but that is the main concern. IgG or Immunoglobulin-g which is naturally produced in goat colostrum (or the first milk produced by the goat after giving birth), it's rich in protein, energy, vitamins, minerals, and iron. It contains antibodies that eliminate fecal matter in the digestive track. Antibodies are large protein molecules that can only cross the intestinal wall and enter the bloodstream. It rebuilds the immune system and helps protect from disease pathogens.

Well long story short, I was desperate so I drove to a goat farm where the people were kind enough to give me 2 pints. My dog could barely open her eyes at this point and wouldn't move any more. I began dripping it into her mouth with a straw until the first pint was finished.

It took about 6 hours. Her eyes opened and life came back into her. I call it liquid miracle. The next day she chugged the whole pint in 1 shot out the bowl. It's like she knew that's what saved her. Then she was back to normal running around, she never threw it up.

This is her tenth day with parvo she's a little down today and I have no more colostrum. I'm going to go try to get some artificial colostrum from the store that has IgG and see if it can compare. I'm not a medical expert just a dog lover and I hope someone can find this useful.

We can't all afford $5000 vet bill, plus my dog has separation anxiety. Its best not to stress them, comfort them, keep them hydrated (Pedialyte and Tamiflu work good). My dog was on her last breath and bounced back so don't ever give up. Keep hope so they keep hope. God Bless.

Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions. eman.almeraisi AT gmail.com

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June 14, 20150 found this helpful

I have very dear neighbors who run a dairy goat farm, and they've saved many an animal with goat's milk. Because of them we've been able to save quite a few ourselves, including a dog, dumped kittens, and runt bunnies. It's truly wonderful stuff!

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June 14, 20150 found this helpful

***If you should decide to seek out goat's milk and you are going to get it from a farm, PLEASE tell the farmer you are fighting Parvo. They will most certainly want to meet you somewhere, rather than risking importing it to their own place. Farmers work so very hard, and they don't need unnecessary extra labor and possible financial loss because they are trying to do someone a good turn.

I hope your pup makes it-take care!

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September 14, 20150 found this helpful

I have a 12week old Pitt he is currently surviving parvo I did have the money to keep him at the vet started administering pedialite with a syringe n eggs

I tblsp pediatlite n 2 tablespoons of raw egg whipped up every 4 hours and 5ml of pepto Bismal 3 times a day depending on weight the dosage after 1 day my dog had life in him again do this for 2day if vomiting has stopped introduce plain boiled chicken and rice only about 2 tablespoons though you don't want them full just enough to keep them alive! if dog vomits back to eggs and pedialite. Give ice cubes so they can lick on them! Do not give up!!!

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September 23, 20150 found this helpful

Ive heard just try keep them hydrated give them goats milk and a raw egg! Pedialyte works really well because it has a somewhat sugar taste! One of the things that worry's me is they could get respitory problems and organ failure! They might require some antibiotics! But not all parvo cases are the same!

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November 10, 20150 found this helpful

Our success story...Constant care for days!! I made it thru this horrible experience with my parents dog ,"Rascal" chihuahua puppy. He was 8 wks old when they got him and he weighed 4 lbs 2 days later he was so sick, vet confirmed it was parvo but they couldn't afford the bill and my mom was scheduled for back surgery in just a couple of days so we decided we were going to try everything we could. The first night of it not knowing how bad it was going to get my parents went to bed as usual and had set their alarm to get up in like 3-4 hrs to check on him and they couldn't find him, finally they found him curled up underneath their couch, he was cold to touch they feared they had already lost him but truth be known now we think he really just was ready to give up and that he meant to die under there. From that moment on we realized how life threatening this was becoming. We did not leave him alone more than just a few minutes at a time and by alone I mean in the room by himself, we kept talking to him and telling him what a good boy he was and I do believe with all the other tactics this kept him fighting. We got a syringe and every 15-20 minutes we gave him water, or pedialite. Yes he would immediately almost throw it back up, Zofran was the stomach medicine my mom takes so we gave him not even a quarter of it, again he started at this @ 4 lbs., about every 8 hrs. Every hour we gave him a syringe of chicken broth, alternating in with water and pedialite, again keeping this going about every 20 minutes, sometimes we could get 2 ml in him and sometimes up to 4. No he did not want anything, we had to hold his mouth open to get syringe in. They had gotten some kind of protein paste that you do daily that we did trying to get some kind of nutrients in and about every 6-8 hrs or so we rubbed some honey in his mouth for sugar. Also layed him on a heating pad with a towel over it on a low setting to keep him warm for first few days. Kinda had to use our best judgment on what when and how often, but I can tell you that this combination of Zofran, water, pedialite, chicken broth, and honey slowly but surely after about 3 hard days and nights of this, he was still hanging on, he was so weak he couldn't hardly get up, he was so dehydrated at one point when we held his mouth open his little lip would stay up. We kept a sheet of paper and wrote down, when we gave him what and how long it stayed in him without coming out one end or the other. The runs went away before the vomiting did. By writing this down we noticed that after those 3 days of fighting, still continuing our routine, he was starting to go longer and longer between throwing up. We learned to look at his gums to judge the dehydration and see how aggressive we needed to be, at one time they were completely white, but by day 4 they started to get a little more pink. As they got pink and the vomiting slowed down, we tried to go longer without giving the Zofran quarter because it was making him so sleepy we couldn't tell if he was regaining any energy. By day 5 & 6 he was coming to the water bowl by himself but only occasionally so we still continued the routine again just having to use our best judgment and how often he was peeing which he was finally doing again after being able to digest some of the things we'd been giving him. By day 7 he was a little more lively, now only 1 pound, we tried everything to get him to eat but seemed like there was nothing he was interested in. A friend of mine put me in touch with a lady who works with our local humane society and I told her what we had been thru and it was just really going to break my heart if we lost him especially now... he was on day seven and my mom was just getting home after spending 3 days in hospital with her surgery....my dad and I took turns staying with him and doing our routine while she was gone. Oh & to tell you how persistent and urgent it was to keep him hydrated the morning he took her, I got up and made it to their house after they'd been gone for a few minutes just to give him his syringe of pedialite, came back home, took my kids to school, and went back for the day, he was in such bad shape we were afraid to even let 2 hrs go by without keeping something in him even if it didn't stay long. But anyway that lady told me that sometimes the smell of cat food would trigger their appetite, so we tried and nothing. She then told me sometimes they would eat a scrambled egg, so I fixed one and he smelled of it but did not want to eat it, about 15 minutes later I was so disappointed that didn't seem to work either, I was eating a McChicken from McDonalds and I took a small piece of it over to let him smell of it and he wanted it, and he wanted more of it!! Finally and the final bit of good news, after getting some things in his belly, he was able to have a normal bowel movement which we were worried about because the parvo virus can destroy their insides. Now I am happy to say he is now 10 months old and he weighs 14 lbs. I have never witnessed such a terrible germ in my life, it was almost like fighting a losing battle we felt several times. Thankful he made it, knowing how hard it was to keep him alive, but we still feel bad now because where we opened his little mouth and stuck that syringe in so many times, he has a place on his mouth that it left, just tiny but still makes us feel bad wondering if we hurt him any while saving him. We heard and read so many things about stuff you could buy off the internet, and other things people had tried, but our combination slowly but surely worked but above all I believe if wouldn't have if we had not been so aggressive with it and kept loving, holding, and talking to him that he would've give up on his own!! My heart hurts for anyone going thru this and I pray I never do again because it was one of the worst weeks of my life but I thank goodness he made it!!!

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