The biggest needs in parvo treatment: fluid and electrolyte replacement, and medication to control diarrhea and vomiting.

Home Remedy for Parvo

By isak, June 21, 2009

labIllustration 233x300 Home Remedy for ParvoCanine Parvovirus (“parvo”) attacks rapidly reproducing cells — such as those that line the gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow, lymph nodes and heart.

Parvo is highly contagious and is transmitted from dog to dog via contaminated droplets and feces. It can be carried on the dog’s hair and feet, as well as on contaminated cages, shoes and other objects. Dogs of all ages can be affected, but the highest rate of death occurs in puppies less than five months of age.


1. Diarrhea Syndrome (Enteritis)
After an incubation period of 7-14 days, the first signs of parvo are severe depression with loss of appetite, followed by vomiting. The dog will appear to be in extreme pain with a tucked-up abdomen. Within 24-hours, a high fever develops (up to 106 degrees F) and profuse diarrhea that is frequently bloody. Mouth inflammation can also occur. Almost no other canine disease exhibits these symptoms.

2. Cardiac Syndrome (Myocarditis)
This form of canine parvo affects the heart muscle, especially in puppies less than 3 months of age. Puppies with this form stop nursing, cry out and gasp for air. Death can occur suddenly or in a few days. Puppies that recover will sometimes develop a chronic form of congestive heart failure that leads to death in weeks or months.

The success of treatment for parvo depends on the form and the severity of the CPV infection as well as the age of the dog. In puppies that are between 6- and 20-weeks of age, there is a 1-4 week interval when they are most vulnerable despite being vaccinated. This is because the maternal antibodies they received through their mother’s milk are declining and therefore no longer protective but still interfere with the vaccine.

Dogs that recover from parvo are immune to the disease.
To follow is a home remedy I stumbled on for treating canine parvo on the internet and wanted to reprint it in case anyone may need it. It addresses the biggest needs in a treatment: fluid and electrolyte replacement, and medication to control diarrhea and vomiting.

This is an extremely hardy virus. It resists most household cleaners. The best disinfectant is Clorox (one part bleach to 30 parts water).

My puppy had Parvo, he was only 8 weeks old, and just a few pounds. I took him to the vet and realized that it would be anywhere from 600-1500 dollars to cure him, even then he may not survive. So I looked up puppy parvo on for any alternatives, I found many things that people had tried, and they said it worked, so I chose the raw eggs, children’s Pedialite, and children’s pepto method. What you will need is the following;

* Eggs (enough to last several days)
* Children’s Pepto
* Instant rice
* Hamburger
* Children’s Pedialite (or Gatorade will work also)
* A Syringe for feeding
* You might also want to get puppy training pads or newspaper

First take your dog and place him in a sterile dog cage, with the puppy pad or news paper covering the bottom because there will be lots of throw up and lots of diarrhea. Then sterilize your whole home. I used a spray found in the pet area of WalMart, its called “Odo Ban.” It also smells really good. Then used bleach [1 part bleach to 30 parts water] on all hard floors and dog cage. After everything is clean, DO NOT let your puppy out of his/her cage until he is completely healed.

Then I took a raw egg and blended it with a fork and put it in the Syringe and force fed him. I gave him 2 tablespoons of egg and 1 tablespoon of Pedialite every 4 hours for 3 days. I also gave him the children’s pill form of Pepto 3 times a day. I cut the pill in half and put it at the back of his throat. The serving size for your puppy may be greater depending on his size. I did this for about 3 days and until he was a lot more play full, and until his diarrhea was gone. (I also changed his pad every time he went potty and sterilized his cage every time to keep the parvo contained.)

After the 3 days was up I boiled instant rice and ground up hamburger and fed him 1/4 of a cup every four hours. (try this one time and wait to see if he can hold down the solid food. If its thrown back up, go back to eggs and pedielite for 2 more days. Then try it again.) After the first day of giving them the rice (and the puppy kept it down), try soft dog food the next day. If they keep that down, then you’re good to go, give them a sterile bath and they are now free to run around and play.

Why this works
This method works because puppy’s die from being dehydrated, not from the sickness itself, the key is keeping them from throwing up and healthy while the sickness goes away. They need lots of electrolytes. The Raw eggs for Nutrition, and pepto to keep there tummy’s calm. It worked for my little boy, and I hope it works for you. He is now the happiest little thing. Don’t forget to follow up with another vet visit to make sure all is well. Keep them in the house and off the outside ground for at least a week more just so you wont spread the sickness to any other dogs. Good luck i hope this helps you icon smile Home Remedy for Parvo Jessica F.

P.S. My puppy is about 3 pounds, so there might me a slight change in feeding, Be sure not to over feed, were not trying to make them full, just enough to keep them alive.

Tip Source: Thrifty Fun website.


A reader sent a tip suggesting that Tamiflu can be used to treat Parvo. From what I read, she is correct. Here’s more info about using Tamiflu to treat Parvo.

Note: Also read through the comments below. Several people have shared what has worked for them.


  1. Destiny says:

    My puppy who can’t be more than 4-6 months old just got diagnosed with Parvo. Seeing as we didn’t have the money to hospitalize her we’re doing the home treatment. The vet gave her injections and sent us home with an IV bag (she only had 10% of the fluids she was supposed to have) and several different pills. They told us only about 20% live on home treatments. I’m very worried. We’ve been force feeding her baby food (second stage) and water and Pedia lite. This morning (she was rushed to the er last night where she was diagnosed) she got up and drank water on her own. We have the puppy pads however she only had bloody diarrhea once since we’ve been home. Her breathing is very heavy and corse. My boyfriend says that colostrum would help (bovine breast milk) and I read what everyone said about the eggs and medicine. I’m just worried about doing something the vet didn’t tell me to do. But I want my baby to live at all costs if possible.

    • isak says:

      Labored, heavy breathing is concerning. I think you should call your vet and get their input. It might be okay, but you should ask.

  2. tennille says:

    Sadly..ozzy passed away a day after my last post..he seemed like he was taking a step forward..but when I checked him Tuesday morning he was limp and breathing heavy and didnt acknowledge me…I gave him extra kisses before I left for work because I just had as feeling..sure enough within an hour my boyfriend called me to tell me he passed away.

  3. IrmaSU says:

    My Old english sheep dog, Max was diagnosed with Parvo last friday. I was told the best thing to do was hospitalize him that day but the bill started at $900 and could go up to $1800. That was not an option for my family so they sent us home with some antibiotic and nautia meds. He didn’t seem so bad on saturday but on Sunday he was EXTREMELY sick, weak, vomitting, diareah, almost dead. he lost so much weight my little guy was REALLY bad.

    On monday I called the vet and asked what my options were. They said to hospitalize him but again, that financially was not an option. I got on the internet and continued my research. I had already done the special tea and tried giving him that but it did not stay in him. I read this article and it gave me hope! I got everything ready and dedicated myself to my puppy for 3 straight days!

    Since he wasn’t keeping much down I gave him gatorade thru his backend 3 times per day, I got him in his dog crate and stopped letting him roam the back yard, I would give him anti nautia and imodium every 3 hours and I AM SO EXCITED TO SAY….My puppy is doing great and so full of energy, eating and drinking and gaining weight quickly today…only 7 days later!!!

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! You helped save my little guy!!!

  4. shere says:

    After reading this and the comments I had decided to try it out since it was going to cost me over $4000 for my baby girl zuree to be at a 24 hour hospital. Just after 24 hours she has stared eating food on her own (but a little at a time). The vet gave her 2 shots to clean everything out and some fliuds. I was afraid something might happen to her but you guys gave me hope that my baby would be ok. Now she is jumping onto my bed, trying to play with my other dog, and just being her old self. I am a relieved and proud mama right now. I don’t know what I would of done without her and without all of your comments and suggestions. Thank you so much!!!!!!

    • isak says:

      So happy about your news that Zuree is rebounding! I’m glad we could help you guys. Now go hug that girl for us!

      ps… Any idea what the shots were?

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