My puppy has Parvo, it's the 3rd day of having it. I took her to the vet today where they gave her injections, stuff for throwing up, the runs and antibiotics. She's still throwing up and I am still giving her Gatorade every 30 minutes. Does it help that I am giving her Gatorade even though 20 minutes later she is throwing it back up?
MarQue from West Valley City, UT
If the pup is still responding and not getting any worse, by all means keep feeding it the Gatorade. I would even try protein shakes if the pup will allow it. You want to keep as much nutrition in him as possible, because it gets worse before it gets better. Feed it whatever it will drink, because it could come to a point where he won't drink anything, and he'll need what he's already got in him.
Is this by chance a Rott? or a Pinscher? (11/26/2006)
I agree with mamanature on this one!
You would not give your child bleach or anything else without a doctor's advice. It is the same with your puppy.
I am a vet nurse and speaking from experience some will make it and some don't, but they need professional medical advice. Not home remedies you wouldn't even try on yourself let alone a puppy a tenth your size. Please see a vet.
"Post By mamanature (Guest Post) (10/26/2006)
Under no circumstance should you give this puppy bleach! Absolutely not you should not treat this puppy on your own. If you do something that is not proven you will live with the guilt of possible have done worst damage and suffering.
I know you are having a tough time please take to vet or give the puppy to someone who can take care of the bill for the vet." (12/20/2006)
Of course bleach will work to kill the parvovirus. Isn't it also proven to kill the AIDs virus? Could be mistaken on this one, but I believe it is. Why then, don't we treat humans with bleach? Because it's "toxic". Ever notice if you even inhale a lot of bleach it makes you dizzy and stuff?
My mom breeds dogs and we've lost many puppies to Parvo, but we've also saved a lot. Here's what we do:
For the syringes of water and formula, just go by your pet's normal eating or drinking habits. My puppy is only a few months old, and he's half Weiner dog and half Chihuahua. He and our Rottweiler puppy got so sick we didn't think they'd make it. Our Rottweiler didn't move for three days, and wouldn't eat or drink. We'd been doing all of these except injecting water, Pepto, and formula. Now that we've done that we can see a big difference. Those three contain vitamins they need to live.
Just let your puppy know how much you love them. Let them know there's a reason they're fighting to live. (01/26/2007)
Bleach: When I read the post it seems to me they were talking about using the bleach to clean with outside, not give it to the dog. Bleach is about the best cleaner around. It kills more bacteria and virus's than just about anything else out there (even Hepatitis C and AIDS). Bleach should always be used in a well ventilated area.
GSE: "Grapefruit Seed Extract" or the name-brand "Nutribiotic" is an all natural product that you can buy at your Health food store. GSE will kill just about any and all germs out there. (even MRSA) GSE comes in a liquid and can be taken internally by humans (maybe dogs too?). It is extremely concentrated and should "always" be diluted when using on the skin, in the mouth, or when taken internally. (read more information from the URL below)
For Humans: You can add a few drops of GSE to any shampoo to stop scalp and skin infections. Use 1 drop mixed with toothpaste for dental infections. Take internally as an antibiotic, kill germs in water during emergencies, etc. Read below for GSE's many more uses.
"Citracidal" is the name of a more concentrated form of GSE. Citracidal is a GSE cleaner. Citracidal is sold to hospitals as a less toxic way to clean and kill germs on hospital surfaces. This would be a much healthier way to clean than bleach and it would kill just as many organisms as bleach.
Below is a web site that has all the information you will ever need about GSE and Citracidal:
A bottle of GSE at your local Health Food Store should run you about $12.
Be extra careful if you have liver disease or Hep C as the GSE can be a bit hard of the liver in large doses. It can be absorbed through the skin, so use latex or rubber gloves when cleaning with it. As with all "natural" products, just because it's "natural" doesn't make it "harmless". (01/26/2007)
for more info about GSE:
I had two pups with parvo. The one that was kept at the vet on IV and continuous antibiotic survived. The one I tried to treat at home did not. I would never ever try to home treat a pup once it's begun throwing up. If you add 20 drops of echinaecia/goldenseal tincture to the mix every three hours it may help, but if the dog won't stop throwing up, it belongs at the vet on IV. (03/29/2007)
The true factor not ever mentioned here is that parvo lives outside, in the ground. The most common thing I hear is if one dog dies, they get another and mysteriously these dogs are getting it also. Yes, treat the yard, all dog dishes and the pet sleeping areas often, and for at least a year before getting another sweet innocent puppy. Please? (03/30/2007)
Tamiflu. I recommend it the instant you think you might have a dog with parvo. It works much better if caught before symptoms develop. If you have multiple dogs, get them all on Tamiflu immediately even if there are no symptoms. The main thing is hydration. If you are not able to be with your dog all day to force liquids, then you must go to a vet. At the bare minimum, request your vet tap the pup with an IV catheter and ask to administer the IV yourself.
Parvo is not for the weak of heart or weak of stomach. I am a pet owner and foster home provider. I only recommend Tamiflu because my vet recommended it. Thank God she did. (05/26/2007)
Our 9 week Rotti recently came down with parvo, we went to the vet to verify, the fecal test was negative, but all of the symptoms were there, we got amoxil, iv fluids and anti nausea meds, after the 2nd day of treatment there was no improvement. We went online and ordered Parvo Guard overnight delivery, and within 2 days of this product and constant fluids, I'm glad to say he is finally up and eating drinking on his own. (02/02/2008)
By George and Teresa
I recently had the same problem. I gave my dogs Parents Choice pediatric electrolytes, found in the baby section at your local grocery, instead of Gatorade (Gatorade helps with hydration, but does not replace the electrolytes lost in dogs from vomiting and diarrhea).
Just to be safe, we took our dog to the vet and it cost $150. If you can't afford that, then see if you can pay it out, some vets will let you. My dog was better within a day. The vet may have to put fluids back in your dog and keep them over night.
Also some people give there dogs Pepto Bismol, which coats the linen in the intestine that the virus attacks. That is what causes the bleeding anyways, but too much Pepto could cause microtumors in some dogs. If you use this method, use a low dosage and give it to them before they eat and wait about 30 minutes.
Chicken noodle soup is usually the best thing to feed them because chicken broth is full of nutrition, but you may have to use a syringe. Don't over feed because the dogs intestines are sore and you don't want your dog to constantly have diarrhea.
Also, every time they puke or poop, make sure you rehydrate them with the Pedilyte because it also contains vitamins and other minerals that your dog loses during vomiting and diarrhea. You can only do this for a few days and if your dog has bleeding, you can only do this for a day because otherwise your dog could die. Let me explain, the virus is tearing away the protective lining and causing them to bleed out and if too much blood is lost, more blood has to be replaced.
People, get your dog a veterinarian administered parvo shot. You can call ahead of time and go pick it up. It is cheaper then having to watch your pets suffer. It is painful to you and your dog. (04/24/2008)
No gatorade doesn't help. I went through this. I syringed Pedialyte every 20 minutes. My vet wanted to put her down. I went against their wishes and took her home and nursed her back. After a full 24 hrs of pedialyte she came around a bit, but they need protein.
So what I did was bought Carnation Instant Breakfast, instead of milk. I mixed with Pedialyte and syringed. On the third day she was able to stand and was more alert. I then boiled rice and lean chicken and fed her. She loved it.
I kept her on a bland diet for a week or so. She came around. After Parvo she had green poop, so I took it to the vet to be analyzed. She had Coccidia I was worried again. But the antibotic cleared it up. Thank God. I hope this is helpful to you. Best of luck. I hope your pups get well. (08/01/2008)
Here is an excellent webpage about treating parvo puppies at home: wolfcreekranch.net
When you pinch your puppies skin, it should go instantly back into place like it does if you pinch the skin on your own arm. Check his gums, they should be a nice dark pink. If his skin sticks for a second or his gums aren't a nice dark pink, he is dehydrated.
The #1 reason parvo puppies vomit is from dehydration, so making sure they are properly hydrated is especially important. You can give 1/4 of the dose every 15 minutes, to help make it easier to keep the fluid down or give him an enema.
We've used Parvaid to heal parvo puppies and it works excellently and is really good at preventing puppies from getting parvo if used preventatively. Check the Wolfcreek Ranch site for retailers.
Hope your puppy gets better quickly. (10/24/2008)
By healthy pets
Give her Pedialyte not Gatorade, because there are more electrolytes in it than Gatorade. That is what she needs right now, and make her drink it, give it to her as much as possible I saved my dog's life she had it really bad. (10/28/2008)
Try Emertrol for vomiting you can buy it at the drug store. Try chicken noodle soup in an eye dropper just the broth. Pedialyte in an eye dropper. I had spent $2000 at a Vet and a Walgreen's Pharmacist told me try the Pedialyte and it saved my dog. (12/01/2008)
Parvo is tough. And lots of people will have anecdotal advice. Bottom line is that it is very deadly and all you can do is provide supportive therapy and wait. If you catch it early, then better. First, it's a virus, but as it attacks, then bacteria start wreaking havoc on the intestinal system. Because the intestinal/digestive area is so compromised, oral administrations just don't cut it. Ideally: IV fluids, injected antibiotics, anti-nausea medication, and (due to virus) Tamiflu (suspension) started early can have an impact (but expensive, and now with Swine flu, almost entirely unavailable).
To provide calories and keep electrolytes in check, you should also give sugar water or at least rub molasses on gums. Sub-Q fluids can help, but often just isn't a sufficiently efficient way to administer fluids (plus, very stressful to the animal). I've also used enema-administered fluids containing antibiotics and Interferon (be careful, don't use too much, hold there for a while to absorb). I saved one pup after doing this, but entirely anecdotal.
Another anecdotal experience: Upon recognizing the tell-tale smell of parvo in feces, presenting lack of appetite, watery stool, I immediately re-vaccinated for parvo (modified live vaccine) and started doxycycline (Fish-Biotic). We keep all this on hand. I had just lost another pup to parvo a week earlier. We pull from a shelter in which parvo/distemper thrive, but we like to pull the pups and give them a chance by treating in a foster environment. We quarantine in a separate room, and they are not allowed to go potty in any common areas.
We sanitize with bleach solution, then when better, they must potty in a special area for a full month. We soak down the area periodically with bleach-water hosing. If the animal survives for 5 days, you are basically over the hump. Some breeds are particularly susceptible and it is far more deadly: Pits, Dobermans, and Rottweilers.
Best of luck, but you will lose about 30% assuming you catch it quickly and you do aggressive intervention, more with the more susceptible breeds. Best wishes to all. (09/30/2009)
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