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Caring for a Puppy With Parvo

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It is important to consult your veterinarian about your puppy's health concerns. This guide is about caring for a puppy with parvo.
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September 17, 2010

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.

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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.

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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:

  • First Day: Pedialyte and silver in between enemas. Antibiotic shot in the morning (only one per day).

  • Second Day: Rotate Pedialyte and Pedialyte with silver between enemas. Antibiotic shot.

  • Third Day: He was drinking on his own, so there was no need for Pedialyte.

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.

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The enema recipe is as follows:

Ingredients:

  • 2 (1000mg) MSM capsules, empty capsules to dissolve powder
  • 6 drops goldenseal
  • 6 drops echinacea
  • 4 drops peppermint oil
  • 1 - 2 cc colloidal silver (this is a must, do not skip)
  • 4 cc anti-nausea liquid
  • 4 cc Peptobismal
  • 5 cc Liquid Gold
  • 60 cc Pedialyte

Directions:

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.

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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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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

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.

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January 11, 2010

I found online a herbal medication for parvo, It's called Parvaid.

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October 8, 2017

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.

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It's been awhile since he's eaten, 3 days to be exact and it's worrying me. I've tried rice, baby food, and just creamy stuff so it's easy to go down. Anyone know anything that he might be interested in or a trick to ease him into eating again?

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October 9, 20170 found this helpful
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Since the puppy is up an active here is some foods you can try.

  1. It is recommended to give ice chips to the dog if he is still vomiting.
  2. Otherwise, start the dog on a bland diet. You can make this yourself at home. You will need 1 1/2 cups of creamed cottage cheese, 1 large hard boil egg, chopped, and 2 cups of cooked cream of wheet or rice. You can also use 2 cups of cooked white rice. Not instant rice.
  3. Now you will feed the dog 4 times a day with this bland diet. You will only give him 1 to 2 tablesppons of the bland diet at a time.
  4. If the dog starts to vomit again, you will stop feeding him the bland diet and go back to only feeding him ice cup chips.
  5. After each feeding make sure he drink or you give him 1/4 cup of water.
  6. Continue this for 2 to 3 days.
  7. If the dog is doing good then you can start to mix a small amount of his dog food with the bland food.
  8. He should start eating again after 6 to 8 days.
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January 8, 2018

My 7 month old puppy was diagnosed with parvo. The first 24 hours I gave her Pedialyte and chicken broth every hour on the hour. She does not have diarrhea and she is not vomiting. She was eating and drinking on her own the first night after a few hours of giving her Pedialyte. Now she has stopped eating again. And she hates the syringe. I am exhausted. After the first 24 hours how often should I feed her using the syringe? Still every hour or what is recommended?

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January 8, 20181 found this helpful
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Since she is not vomiting and doesn't have diarrhea, that is good. She needs to drink and be hydrated. Call the vet if you have concerns.

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January 8, 20181 found this helpful
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As long as the dog isn't vomiting this is a good sign. I'd try and see if she will drink a little water on her own. I know every hour on the hour is a lot of work. If you are really concerned there is another solution to this. You can try asking the vet to put an IV in and get some bags of liquid to feed her in the IV. Normally, if the dog is really sick this is how they start the treatment. Otherwise, I'd try to get her to drink on her own. Other than these two solutions there isn't much else you can do at the moment.

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December 5, 2017

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?

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December 5, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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February 24, 20140 found this helpful

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

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February 26, 20140 found this helpful
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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

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February 26, 20140 found this helpful
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You cant give parvo vaccinations to a dog who has a parvo infection.

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February 20, 2018

I guess I'm just a paranoid dog owner who needs some questions answered. I have a black Russian terrier puppy who is about 5 months old. Since I just got him his vaccinations weren't started so I did start his course right away, but right after his first vaccination he became lethargic and ate less than he usually did.

Right away I knew something was wrong so I took him to the vet and sure enough it was what I feared most, parvo. I started with supportive meds right away and the vet gave him a daily dose of one 250 ml IV fluids and anti nausea shots. We're still pulling through this even though it is his eighth day and he is showing signs of improvement.

On a side note I would like to say he did not puke blood, but instead clear liquid and he had brown diarrhea with a foul smell. I just wanted to know your opinions on this. He also ate some doggy kibble yesterday. I do have other dogs, but they have been through this ordeal and having strong immune systems; they recovered within two days. I should also note that since I live in Peshawar, Pakistan there isn't any proper type of hospitalization and the vet recommended I take him home.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 31, 2018

What kind of steady care do I need to give my puppy with parvo? I took him to the vet on Monday and he was tested positive with it. Ever since then I have given his meds on time and have given him Pedialyte through a syringe every hour. Is this enough or can I do something better?

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January 31, 20180 found this helpful
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Basically, that is all you can do. Keep the dog hydrated and make sure he is getting his meds on time. Try to encourage him to drink on his own, but if he refuses, keep giving him liquids with the syringe.

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February 1, 20180 found this helpful
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As long as you are following the vet's instructions, you are on the right track. Even with the best of care, some dogs don't make it. Hopefully yours will.

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December 19, 2017

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?

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December 21, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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October 1, 2017

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?

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October 10, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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February 2, 2018

My dog Penny has been suffering from the parvovirus for almost 3 days. We have taken her to the vet and they said she's gonna be fine, but by looking at her I don't think she's fine enough by getting treatment too. She's not eating anything; what shall I do? For keeping her hydrated what shall I do?

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December 3, 2017

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?

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December 3, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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December 3, 2017

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?

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December 3, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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November 6, 2017

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.

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November 7, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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October 18, 2017

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?

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October 18, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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February 9, 2018

My 8 month old puppy was diagnosed Wednesday with parvo. He didn't have any vomiting and little diarrhea. Last night he started having excess saliva and then gets sick. It is yellow and slimy. He did it again this morning. We are giving him antibiotics and fluids under his skin at home. What should we do?

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February 9, 20180 found this helpful
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This can happen with some dogs because of the liquids you are injecting under the skin. This can cause the thick saliva in his throat that he can spit out. The dog is just like us if we take antibiotics on an empty stomach it can cause this type of reaction. You need to keep an eye on him and if he keeps throwing up the yellow looking saliva I would take him back to the vet. He could be having an issue with the antibiotics.

Please note none of our vets on here and we can only give you advice on what we know. If you have any real concerns it is best to call your vet and talk with them. This could actually save your dog's life.

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January 14, 2018

My dog is a German Shepherd. He is suffering from the parvovirus. I have started his treatment. Please tell me, will he survive? He has survived 1 day.

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January 15, 20180 found this helpful
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The parvo virus is a really serious disease. It will be touch and go for about a week. You should start to see improvement within a couple of days.

Your dog may wag his tail when he sees you but he will still be weak. He will show little signs of improvement as long as he is responding to the treatment, he should be fine.

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December 27, 2017

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.

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December 27, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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November 29, 2017

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?

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December 1, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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