Treating a Dog With Parvo at Home

My 45 pound, 18 month old female Pit Bull was vaccinated at 6 weeks and 9 weeks, but I did not go back for a third. She got parvo and we started seeing signs 5 days ago, this was Sunday a day outside of vet hours. We took her to the vet on Monday and she was tested positive for parvo.


We are giving her IV fluids, a shot for nausea and stomach issues, a pill for diarrhea every 12 hours as directed by the vet. However it is now day 4 of meds and she still is weak and doesn't want to eat. She is given small amounts of water every 30 minutes or so as to not dry out her mouth. I tried a whole bowl yesterday, excited she wanted to drink, but it backfired and she vomited. So now she only gets small amounts of water every hour. We just got some clear Pedialyte and will be giving that every 15 minutes for a few hours and then every hour. I have chicken broth, cottage cheese, and white rice ready when she is. It has been 5 days and she has not eaten. If you have any ideas please help! Thank you.

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July 19, 20180 found this helpful

Will send up lots of prayers for you and your pup. Following the vet's to a T is the best advice I can give. If she gets worse, it may be best to have the vet see her again, if nothing more than for peace of mind.


Keep doing what you are doing and keep thinking positive and telling her how much you love her. Prayers for speedy recovery!!!

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July 19, 20180 found this helpful

As long as she is drinking little bits, that is good. Be patient and follow tne vets advice

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July 20, 20180 found this helpful

Try not to beat yourself up over not getting that third shot as we all let things slip by sometimes that have bad consequences and your love is certainly showing through your care and concern for your baby.

  • It seems that you are doing everything possible for your baby and I feel sure there is a lot of "hugging" going on in the meantime and believe it or not, many vets say that is the most important thing you can do - show your love and concern to the pup while you are giving them their water and cleaning up behind them and their surroundings whenever necessary.
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  • Some say to keep them warm (not hot) in between water sessions.
  • There is a lot of information about Parvo on the Internet but as long as you are keeping in touch with your vet, especially if anything changes, then you are probably doing all you can do.
  • But you may need to check on how to clean up after your puppy gets well so you can eliminate all traces of this terrible virus. Your puppy will be immune but any unprotected "visitor" could pick it up in your house or yard.
  • If you feel like reading, here is one link to review.
  • This is a long "read" but there are sections to check that may apply to you and your pup.
  • We all feel sad to hear about any puppy with Parvo and truly wish for a full recovery.
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