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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
When caring for a pet with parvo, many owners would like to know the average recovery time for an infected pup. This is a guide about recovery time for dog with parvo.
I found online a herbal medication for parvo, It's called Parvaid.
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My puppy Benson has parvo. We took him to the vet who gave us IV bags and the shots for a 3 day period. So far he has had all 6 shots, he doesn't like us using the IV bag on him anymore. He is active again, drinks water, and wags his tail and licks us again, but for some reason I can't get him interested in food.
Since the puppy is up an active here is some foods you can try.
My 5 month old, 25lb puppy has parvo. She received her parvo antibiotic shots yesterday plus I'm giving her antibiotics every 12 hours. She has not vomited since yesterday morning. Is it OK to feed her kibble? She started showing symptoms two days ago. She is constipated and hasn't pooped in 2 days. But she is fully alert and pretty energetic today. She can drink water on her own. I didn't feed her for 24 hours. I have only been giving her Gatorade every two hours. She ate 1.5 cups of kibble today is that safe?
The vet should have given you a diet plan for her to follow. If she is constipated, that can cause further troubles so make sure she gets plenty of fluids to help off set it.
If my 2 month old puppy has parvo, could I give him his 1st shots or do I wait til after parvo treatment?
By Shae M. from Stockton, CA
Please, please be aware that parvo in puppies is very, very dangerous. Parvo can kill your puppy within hours and its a painful death. No shots til 6 months of age. Once it contracts parvo its to late for shot. please, please get your dog to a vet. ASAP
You cant give parvo vaccinations to a dog who has a parvo infection.
My 6 month puppy has parvo and I don't have the money to take him to the vet. I don't know how to treat for him at home, does anyone have any tips that they can give me on how to care for him?
It is very difficult to treat a puppy with parvo at home with no help from a veterinarian. Even if you have the medicine they need they vomit a lot and cant benefit from it. They get an injection at the Vet. Many Vets will give your dog the shot they need and let you take them home and care for them. This way is less expensive and gives the puppy a chance. You may get lucky and your puppy may have a light case and pull through. But your odds are not good and I would find a way to see a Vet. asap.
My 9 month old Rotti is on day 6 with parvo and treatment. Last night and today he just wants to sleep; is that normal?
Just like people, some animals can react to treatment faster than others and some slower. Continue to monitor for vomiting/diarrhea and weakness. If the puppy seems extremely lethargic (worse than you have seen so far), go back in to see the vet as soon as you can. It is not abnormal for them to be somewhat tired while they are fighting this off.
My puppy has been diagnosed and tested for parvo today. Before I took her to the vet she was vomiting and had diarrhea. The vet supplied a syringe to force liquids into her every half hour, she also gave my puppy 2 injections. She told me if the vomiting continued to take her back. But since being at the vet she hasn't vomited or had diarrhea. She has been walking around to her water bowl staring at her water as if she wants to drink, but won't. Are these good signs she is getting better?
She is improving and moving around. It is a good sign that she is no longer throwing up. You'll need to encourage her to drink. She might want to drink right away because she was throwing up. In this case use the syringe and give her water. Wait till she no longer has diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours and try to feed her a tablespoon or two of cooked pasta to start off with.
I got a 2 month old male Siberian Husky on Saturday and he was fine until he started showing signs of parvo, due to lethargy and not acting the same. I took him to the vet and they confirmed it was parvo. I had the right medicine and they just gave me nausea medicine. It's Friday now and he is drinking water and his throw up isn't bloody at all, it is clear like water with phlegm like stuff. He still has green/rusty colored diarrhea. When will my puppy be fine or start eating chicken with rice?
The dog needs to be kept hydrated now and his medicine given to him only. Once he has stopped pooping greenish colored poop for at least 24 hours you can't feed him at all. You should monitor him closely an later on start him on a small bland diet to start off. But wait until he is no longer pooping green to do this one.
My puppy has parvo. We went to the vet and got the IV and the antibiotics. My question is what process will I be going through with her? Will she be throwing up often? What can I do to help her though this? Today is the 3rd day of her sickness. I gave her the nausea medicine this morning, but she's throwing up close to every hour now. Also she has only gone number 2 once today and it was a bit runny. Should I be worried that she is not going? She has also gone pee once too.
The first 72 to 96 hours are the worst for the dog. Basically, all you can do is keep her on the IV, make sure she has fluids, give her the medication and make her comfortable. You should start to see a change in your dog around the 4th day.
Until the dog has stopped vomiting and having running stools it is best to keep them on liquids only. After you see the dog has stopped vomiting you can start her on 1 to 2 tablespoons of a bland diet. This is cooked white rice or even some cook pasta. Keep giving her plenty of fluids and make sure she is drinking some water. If you don't see a change by the 4th day, I'd call the vet and see if you need to take her back in for another shot. Just keep a close eye on her and monitor how often she is drinking.
My 2 month old puppy has the parvo virus. Today is the 3rd day and she doesn't want to eat and doesn't want to drink water. I took her to the vet and the first day she was injected with fluids, Cerenia and famotidine. She did well the first day, she ate a little bit and drank water. But the second day I took her, they did the same treatment, but she hasn't been eating/drinking since then. And she started to vomit clear fluid. What should I do?
You need to take her back to the vet immediately. Normally many vets will send home a bag filled IV fluids for the dog that you are to give them.
Since your dog is vomiting now it is important that you take them back to the vet immediately. Most vets will or should keep the dog for a day or two to give them IV fluids to help the dog so it won't dehydrate.
2 weeks a got we got our new dog and was told she was utd on her shots. This Tuesday she started getting sick, on Friday I realized it was parvo. She was rushed to the vet and he told me to put her to sleep. I wanted to give her a chance, so the vet put fluid under her skin, gave her antibiotics and steroids.
Saturday she was really bad and I thought she was going to die, but Sunday she looked great. She was active, walking around, and playing with the kids. There was no vomiting or bloody diarrhea. She's has been drinking since we got back from the vet so that wasn't an issue. Now we can't get her to eat anything. We tried Pedialyte and she throws up. The vet said to try Gatorade, same thing. We have tried baby food, chicken, rice, wet dog food, dog treats, and mashed potatoes. She will not eat. What can I do? I'm afraid she's going to starve to death. She is a Shih Tzu possibly a mix. Please help.
She is still recovering from Parvo, and it can take up to 5 days for them to start eating again. It is not a good idea to force her to eat. She seems to be doing better and right now you need to keep her hydrated and make sure she is getting plenty of fluids.
If she doesn't like the liquids you are giving her, try just plain water. When my dog had Parvo, he did not eat for 5 days. When he started to eat again, it was a bland diet of basically rice or pasta. He finally started to eat his food again after 7 days. In the beginning, it is hard to make them eat again because they are afraid to vomit again.
You can try feeding her by hand and see if she will lick off your fingers. This is a start. You can also try to make some liquid food for her and use a syringe to feed her. Don't give her too much just a tiny bit at a time.
I have two dogs with parvo. They're about 6 months old. I've been to the vet, just yesterday, and got antibiotics and IV injection for only one. The one who did not get the injection has been really uncoordinated today, but is drinking a lot of water now. He's really tired. Does he have a chance to get better?
Normally if two dogs have parvo t he vet would treat them the same. I am a bit surprised that only one of them had a shot and IV. However, what you need to do is keep a close eye on the dog. If you see the dog starting to vomit after drinking or having the runs, get him to the vet immediately. Don't wait. This is not a good sign at all.
Normally, when a dog is sick, they will sleep a lot and not move around much at all. As long as the dogs are vomiting or have the runs, you can't feed them. Once the vomiting stops, you can start to feed them really small amount of plain cooked pasta or white rice.
My dog was diagnosed with parvo yesterday, but he is walking around and drinking water. He is still is throwing up, has diarrhea, and he keeps groaning. What can do to reduce his pain?
Let him rest. He is drinking, so that is good. No food until he has stopped vomiting and having diarrhea for 24 hours. Parvo can last a few weeks, so be patient.
We just found out today that our 15 month old pup has parvo. She is on her 3rd day, she has been drinking water, but was throwing up until this morning off and on. The throw up didn't start smelling bad until today. She went to the vet and got a shot of antibiotics and nausea meds and also has a week's worth of antibiotics. She is 160lbs, I'm wondering how much water she should be drinking. I got her some Pedialyte as well.
The doc said she should be feeling better by tomorrow. She is drinking on her own here and there. She is still is getting excited when we talk to her and the kids walk in the door. She usually drinks a lot of water. I just want to make sure she is getting the max amount of water she should for her size. My question is how much and how often should she be drinking?
I am sorry your pup and your family is having to deal with this terrible virus but it sounds like you took your little girl to the vet in time to save her.
Here is a site that is very but has answers for almost any question concerning Parvo.
I have a 4 month old puppy who is recovering from parvo. How long do I keep her away from other dogs in the house?
Help. I have 4.5 mo old standard Poodle pup with Parvo. I have been to vet twice. I am giving her 1/2 bag of IV fluids under the skin, an antibiotic shot every 12 hrs, and an anti nausea shot every 24 hrs.
On the second visit to the vet we added generic flagyl and Pepcid, half tab every 12 hrs. The first vet visit was Wednesday 12/1/10 and then again on Friday 12/3/10.
She was 27 lbs pre-parvo and has not eaten or had anything to drink for 2 full days. She is not vomiting, but has awful diarrhea. On the second day, for half of the day she was drinking water and eating.
Also, the breeder gave her a parvo vaccination just a few days prior to Wednesday (day 1). Please help me, help her get better. We love her and feel helpless. Thank you! Posting Sat 12/4/2010.
By Kathy from Phoenix, AZ
Hi, I honestly think, from your description that you are doing all you can. I also understand that it is persistent vomiting that usually causes the biggest danger. It causes dehydration and can put a strain on the dog's heart. But it seems you have these issues under control so although the poor pup will be feeling very sorry for it's self right now in a few days it will probably pick up very quickly. My dog survived when all I had was a box of medicinal glucose, boiled water and sleep deprivation, and she lived to 14! But if you get very worried go back to the vet.
If she starts feeling like eating, give her nothing but boiled chicken and water until she is well. Also take her back to the vet and ask for pain meds. Look up the dosage for benadryl for your dog by weight. It will probably sedate her.
Kathy, I just read your post and it sounded just like a situation that my family was in several years ago. Our new pup vomited on the car ride home from the breeder, (we thought she was just car sick), turns out that was her parvo vaccine that had just been given to her. (Breeder offered another pup, but really, we had already fallen in love with her.)
So far the treatment your dog is receiving is very similar to what ours was except the vet kept her hosp instead of at home. However, the IV fluids and meds were the reason for that, I think. It was one of the most difficult things I've ever gone through as a pet owner so my heart goes out to you. Our vet had advised to try to feed her anything to get something in her. Ideally that would be boiled chicken and/or rice, but try anything, even baby food on your finger into Puppie's mouth, a little at a time as you don't want to get too much in there at one time if she isn't good with swallowing right now.
Also I remember that at some point it was just a waiting period, that's the time for just spending time lying with her and loving and praying. Mine almost died on my birthday, and at some point soon there after she just started to slowly feel a little better and progressed fwd from there. I think we stuck with the chicken and rice for some time after due to being gentle on tummy and just being so completely empty. The disease is extremely contagious and I hope there are no other dogs that have contacted with her or your yard. Yes, your yard. We had to bleach the entire yard as the virus lives in the grass for some time. Put the bleach in one of those garden sprayer things, and go to town. A dead lawn is worth never having to go through this again for you or any one else. I'll be praying for you and wish you and your puppy the best outcome possible. There is never a good time for a person or animal to be this sick, and if you have young kids it is especially hard. You will have to be so very strong. And, yes, you are doing everything you possibly can.
My cats are getting ill this way. I thought only dogs could get parvo virus. I had to give two of my cats to the vet yesterday for this condition because the cats could not keep their medicines in their stomachs and their fevers were persisting around 105.6 even though one of them had two injections of antibiotic. Did your pup make it? If the medicine you give them is strong enough, the dosings would be better given every 8 hours.
I give my cats medicines here every 6 - 8 hours depending on how ill they are. Some of my cats made it at home and are up and running again, thinner, but wiser! Each cat were clearly critically ill for several days during this awful illness and although they seemed to feel better here and there and even were able to eat a little, they stayed in bed for 5 - 7 days before returning to regular activity level. I give them any of 3 antibiotics, reglan or tagamet (cimetidine) plus an electrolyte liquid mixed with a little honey and bottled water. Vitamins are also necessary. The lucky cats get to stay home. I had several successes, The others the vet got, and then they moved to new homes.
The photo I have is of my young tomcat, Cappucino, who had to go into intensive care for 6 days. He now lives with someone I approve of with his brother Frenchy with the same critical illness. They are happy today and enjoying a Christmas with a little tree of their own with cat toys for decorations.
My Chihuahua was recently diagnosed with parvo. The vet gave him some fluids and antibiotics, also a prescription for me to give him, but he still will not eat or drink is it still too soon or what?
My puppy has not been eating in 2 days. After he drinks water he automatically throws up white foam. He has watery diarrhea. He itches a lot. And he sleeps a lot. I think he has parvo, but I don't have any money to go to the vet. I just don't know what to do?