Lab Face

Home Remedy for Parvo

By isak, June 21, 2009

Canine 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.

Dogs that develop parvo will show symptoms 3-10 days after being exposed. Symptoms include: vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea (usually bloody), and fever.

The biggest needs in parvo treatment are fluid and electrolyte replacement so the dog stays hydrated, and medication to control diarrhea and vomiting. Diarrhea and vomiting can quickly dehydrate a dog.


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 :) 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.


If you read through the comments below, you will see a testimonial from Angelica about a product she bought and used on her chihuahua/dachshund mix. And it worked for her! It’s called Parv-gone. I am not familiar with this product. If you are, let us know how it worked for you.

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


  1. Alex says:

    My 6 to 7 week old lab pup got her first shots from the breeder Monday afternoon . I picked up some litter mates on Monday evening as well, they are fine. I picked her and her brother up Thursday. Only she is sick. Her temp is exactly 100 degrees. She can’t keep down any fluids. I’m giving her rice that I boiled with chicken broth half an hour after I give her half a pepto pill and she can keep that down, unless I give her any fluids with it. Her poop is not diarrhea. It’s black and tarry. She also has a gooey cough. Another shot that they got was bordetella, but that was about 1 1/2 weeks ago. The breeder didn’t notice anything was wrong with her. It’s the weekend, and I don’t want to take her into emergency room vet if I don’t to. Any ideas what this is or suggestions on what I should do? I’ll take her if you think she needs it!



    • isak says:

      Her temperature is a tad low. It’s generally 101-102.5. The vomiting could be a reaction to the vaccination. However, you should watch her poop. Black and tarry can indicate bleeding in her digestive tract. The rice and chicken broth is a good idea.

      I’m not sure what you mean by a gooey cough.

      Try to keep her someplace quiet. She may not want to be completely alone. In that case, maybe she will be okay in a kennel crate near her litter mates? Keep an eye on her poop to see if it begins to return to normal and see if she will take some liquids, maybe even a bit of crushed up (small pieces) ice.

      It’s fairly common for puppies to feel a bit off after vaccinations and this occurs because the young body has just had a highly immune-reactive, live virus injected into it. Her body is trying to fight this virus. This could last 2-3 days. However, if she doesn’t seem to improve or her poop continues to be black and tarry, you should get her checked out.

  2. Lacy says:

    I have a little over 4 month old puppy, he’s lacking energy, losing weight and not eating but he’s drinking fine. His poop isn’t bloody. He had white chunks in his poop, and it’s diarrhea. His Temperature is 102.7 F .
    We just gave him a ‘Spectra 10’ Shot which includes the Parvo vaccine in it, and we’re starting him on pedialite. I’m stuck between the Parvo virus and the sign of Worms, the only difference is there is no cough. Any help?

    Also, We couldn’t find any CLEAR pedialite and got a orange kind instead, will it still have the same benefits ? And instead of hamburger can i heat up/boil some canned chicken and mix that with some rice and feed it to him?

    • isak says:

      How was he before the shot? Maybe he is reacting to it? This general malaise after vaccination is fairly common and occurs because the young body has just had a highly immune-reactive, live virus injected into it (along with other reactive additives, called adjuvants, which enhance the immune response). His body is busily trying to fight this off. As occurs with any infection that the body is fighting (think of yourself with the flu), it is not uncommon for puppies to feel off-colour and lethargic, go off their food and even get a fever following immunization. This could go on for 2-3 days.

      Separately, if he is drinking but not eating is it possible he got into something when you weren’t looking (as puppies do)? Maybe that’s what the white chunks were? Any idea what the white chunks are? Soft or hard? Could one still be stuck inside him?

      The orange pedialyte is fine. Some dogs aren’t especially keen on orange flavor, but if you have any problems with it, you can give it to him via an oral syringe. If the canned chicken is cooked, there is no need to boil it. You might rinse it off to remove any excess grease so that what he finally gets is as bland as possible.

  3. Madison says:

    I’m currently fostering a puppy who was fine the first day but they think his vaccinations he got the day he came to us may have sparked parvo because now he tests positive for it. The vet sent him home for treatment and has him taking 1 enrofloxacin once daily and 2 cc of flagyl once daily. He just started pooping blood and I’ve heard that’s a good and is the parvo passing. Is that true or does he need to go back to the vet?

    • isak says:

      Pooping blood can a symptom of parvo. Are his poops solid vs diarrhea? I think it would be good to call the vet clinic, update them on this change and get their input. Parvo can be pretty tough on puppies, so while you are ahead of the curve on his treatment, I think getting their input would be valuable.

      A dog can be exposed to parvo and not show any symptoms for 3-10 days.

  4. Ella Andora says:

    Hi may I ask what do you recommend for my dog. Medicines??

    • isak says:

      Recommend for what? Parvo? If so, my best recommendation is to have you read through the post and the comments to see what has worked for people. The most important thing is keeping your dog hydrated, then working on the diarrhea and vomiting and getting food into your dog. This will take time and constant attention from you for a few days, but don’t give up.

  5. Kyle says:

    My dog was saved from these helpful tips. Pedialite,pepsid Ac, baby tylonal and baby food. Thank you all for giving me hope. I spent 36 hrs straight pumping fluids in my dog. It’s hard d but not impossible.

  6. Itzel says:

    Hey I need help! So my 4month old puppies ate some others dog poop yesturday! (I didn’t even know about it til my baby brother told me today). Today I noticed a weird smell in his poop . Is this a sign of parvo ??? I don’t have the money right now to take him to the vet ! Last time I went they charged me like 300 dollars on just one visit

  7. Traylor says:

    When she was having seizure her face was twiching and her legs were shaking and her mouth looked like she was chattering

  8. Traylor says:

    The seizures only last a minute and she grindes her teeth i gave her a drop of baby tylenol and some tuna and oil…but before that she was trying to get up and move so i hope it i caught what ever it before she gets worse…and vets around wont help me since i aint got hundreds of dollars

  9. Stefannie says:

    Hi i lost my baby girl yorkie today due to Parvo, she was 7 months. i have my boy who also 7 months and 4 punds im so scared to loose him too he have not show any sign or symptoms. Any help or advised please.


    • isak says:

      Keep a close eye on him. They can contract the virus several days before showing any symptoms. Hydration is the biggest issue. Have your vet test him for parvo and perhaps he can prescribed drugs that will help.

      You also need to clean your house and yard thoroughly as this is an extremely hardy virus. It resists most household cleaners. The best disinfectant is Clorox (one part bleach to 30 parts water).

  10. Traylor says:

    I have to puppies one is full blooded chihuwu or how ever you spell it and the other half shitsu and chihuwu and the mixed one was throwing up light brown stuff and had dark drown diarrhea but hes fine now but my full blooded is not she has diarrhea and i think shes having siezers

    • isak says:

      Seizures? Why do you think she’s having a seizure? What did she do?

      Monitor her through the night. Write down when they occur and how long they last. Then contact your vet in the morning. If it’s seizures, there are meds that can help. I’ve even heard that pet cannabis can help.

      If she has a seizure that lasts more than a few minutes, you should go to an emergency clinic. Seizures are very physically exhausting to a dog and can cause serious problems if they don’t pass in a few minutes.

  11. devon says:

    My puppy is 1 and a half n he’d had all his shots but I think he has parvo no vomiting just bloody diarrhea I gave him amoxcillon way else can I do

    • isak says:

      Is he eating? Is he drinking water? How’s he acting? Any vomiting?

      Keeping him hydrated is the most important thing. You may give him some plain yogurt or powdered acidophyllus to soothe his stomach.

  12. Crystal says:

    I just got an 8 week old French poodle 3 days ago when I bought him the breeder gave him his first parvo shot. I brought him straight home and he was fine until the evening he started to vomit about twice the first night, then started loosing his appetite. The next morning I woke up and took him to the vet she gave me amoxicillin to control the vomiting, I’ve been giving him the recommended dose and keeping him hydrated with a syringe with water but he’s still very limp has visited 3 more times but very light soft stool. What do you recommend?

    • isak says:

      What you are seeing may be a reaction to the parvo shot. It can cause a loss of appetite and soft, light-colored stool as well as make him lethargic. I’m not sure why the vet administered amoxicillin, an antibiotic, because that, too, can cause stomach upset.

      I think you are doing the right thing keeping him hydrated. You could try some baby food — Gerber makes a 2nd level chicken which has NO ONIONS in it — and mix some plain yogurt in it or stir in some acidopyllus (comes in capsules and sold where vitamins are sold). The yogurt/acidophyllus puts good bacteria back into the digestive system and will help his stools.

      Congrats on your new baby and best to you both.

What do you think?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *