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.

TWO MAIN SYNDROMES OF PARVO:

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 Google.com 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

Directions
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.

UPDATE!

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.

TESTIMONIAL FOR NEW PRODUCT

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.

OTHER PRODUCTS

The following products have been suggested by readers.

PetAlive Parvo-K for Dogs for Canine Parvo Virus

  • Immunizes your dog against parvovirus and helps protect against it
  • Reduces symptoms of Parvo including fever and diarrhea and vomiting
  • Is a 100 percent natural blend of herbal and homeopathic ingredients/li>

Amber Technology Paxxin Digestive & Immune Support for Dogs

  • Soothe and heal the digestive system
  • Stimulate appetite
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Lubricates, soothes, and protects internal mucous membranes

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

726 Comments

  1. Ashley says:

    My 8 month old Yogi who is a Lab and Airedale mix unforyunalty has parvo, we found out Thursday May 11th and the line on his test was very faint so we caught it right before he even had signs. Yesterday was the first day he started showing signs which is the loss of appetite and super super low on energy. The day we found out he had parvo we started doing the at home treatment which was the IV with fluids every 12 hours and we were giving him 2 shots a day another shot every 12 hours for four days, today was the last day with the shots we are now giving him Proviable which is a probiotic to help with his insides and to firm his poop. He has not vomited once and he does have diarrhea but there is no sign of blood it’s not even really a dark color at all. I guess what I wanna know is if we caught it very early is there a high chance of him beating this what is the average recovery time with parvo? and also is it good to let him sleep? He is sleeping all the time.

    • isak says:

      Yes, I think your baby has a great chance of beating the parvo. Kudos that you caught it early and have a schedule for treating him. It can take a week or more to get past the worse of it, then another week or two to rebuild strength and stamina. Much like when you have the flu and don’t feel very energetic as your body fights the virus, your pup doesn’t feel very energetic. It is good that he rest right now and save his energy. It is often recommended that a dog with parvo be kept quiet while their body rebuilds. Parvo is a tough virus. Best to you both!

  2. Jennifer says:

    My puppy has parvo. She started off all of a sudden not wanting to eat or drink anything. I have a boxer and her name is Lady and she is 5 months old. I took her to the vet and they sent me home with an IV and 3 shots of antibiotics. That cost me a fortune but I knew I needed it because I have dealt with parvo years before and other dogs have died from it. So I was super scared, I couldn’t lose my puppy. After the third day she was so weak didn’t even care that we were poking her with a big needle. 🙁 I did a bunch of research online and started giving her Pepto and Pedialyte, which is what I believe helped her to live! I had to force it down her throat with a syringe but it was worth it. The next day she was licking my face which was a sign that she was feeling better. The key is to keep your dog hydrated! Every hour I was giving her some pedialyte and pepto. The day after that I went and got her #2 baby food, chicken noodle. I gave her about a tablespoon and waited a few hours to make sure she didn’t throw it back up and she didn’t. So I was in the clear and gave her a little more. I am so happy we made it through this. I love her so much. Yesterday I boiled some lean hamburger meat and she chowed. I am going to slowly introduce her dog food back to her I just know that I am not in the clear yet so I want to be super cautious. I also disinfected the whole house with CLOROX and I threw all her chew toys away. So far so good no throw up and her diarrhea is gone. I do think I caught it super early as well because she was not bleeding when she had a runny bowel. I told my self I would write a review if we made it through this so I can maybe give other people some hope. My advice please keep your dog hydrated!

  3. Concy says:

    My puppy is fighting Parvo I’m so devastated .hope she makes it been taking her to the vet for treatment she’s still going but don’t see much change . Worried would love to try the raw eggs too

    • isak says:

      Parvo is hard on the young ones because they don’t have a strong immune system yet. It’s kind of like when you get the flu or a cold, but it’s worse. It takes time to get through it. So just keep at it. Hopefully at any minute she will turn the corner and start to feel better. Keep her hydrated. Good luck!

  4. Kandyce says:

    I can actually say he’s doing better today. It’s no over, but he’s getting there. He wanted to eat regular puppy food, but I think I’m try some raw egg, and the some baby food. And see if he holds it down. Fingers crossed.

  5. Kandyce says:

    No they would not give us the stuff to do it at home. I took it upon myself to this by myself with a syringe. I don’t have the saline, but I am giving him the pedialyte. Every hour about a tsp. I tried chicken broth but no go. I tried a raw egg also no go. So I’ll keep trying the pedialyte for now.

    • isak says:

      Just keep trying and don’t get discouraged. You might try Gerber Step 2 baby food in his syringe with a little pedialyte for the protein.

  6. Kandyce says:

    Hello, I have a 9 week old German Shepard/ husky mix and he was diagnosed to parvo about 3 days ago, he was getting the bag under the skin and shots at the vet, but it got too expensive for me. So I have been trying the Peptobismo and pet alive part-k along with pedialyte. But he keeps vomiting. He also has round worms.

    • isak says:

      Did the vet send you home with the bag of liquids so you could do it yourself? See the next comment below from Kristen who has just come through this with two dogs. This is what she did:

      Our vet told us 100ml of saline every 12 hours, plus pedialyte every couple of hours. We also gave him a teaspoon (in a baby syringe) of pepto every 12 hours because we were given pills for nausea and diarrhea and NOTHING we tried would get them down his throat. Along with the meds and hydration, we mixed meat baby food (Gerber turkey and chicken) with water and chicken broth and fed that to him with the baby syringe as well.

      The benefit of the liquids under the skin is that you are able to keep your puppy hydrated by bypassing his stomach. You are administering liquids straight to his organs which, without liquid, can go into failure. It’s fairly simple to do at home and should cost about $35-45. Otherwise you need to administer liquids orally. A good general guideline is that a healthy dog should drink between ½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. If your puppy is vomiting and has diarrhea, the amount of liquids increases because of the loss. It’s worth the $$ to administer the liquids under the skin.

      I would wait until he is stabilized more before de-worming him. His system needs to handle one thing at a time. This virus will take some time to get through and your puppy may look terrible and thin, but don’t give up on him. You are his best chance to pull through this.

  7. Kristen says:

    Just a quick update: it seems both Oscar and Toby are through it! They’ve started eating normally again, and I’ve been supplementing their usual food with some high fat/protein food to re-gain any weight loss.

    For those saying the vet gave you a 50% change, please remember they have to give you worst-case scenario. Oscar was given 50% and it seemed bad for several days, but he started picking up. Just, whatever you do, stick with the hydration and medication!

    Our vet told us 100ml of saline every 12 hours, plus pedialyte every couple of hours. We also gave him a teaspoon (in a baby syringe) of pepto every 12 hours because we were given pills for nausea and diarrhea and NOTHING we tried would get them down his throat. Along with the meds and hydration, we mixed meat baby food (turkey and chicken) with water and chicken broth and fed that to him with the baby syringe as well.

    The next thing to remember, for the next 6 months to a year, you can’t take your dog to any place where a puppy or immune compromised dog may be (dog park, beach, etc…) and the vet may also ask you to keep them out of the office. Spray the part of the yard where you walk them with bleach water, and make sure to mop your hard surfaces with bleach water and use lysol on fabrics. There’s an amazing product we’ve used forever for cleaning called Odo-ban (you can buy on Amazon or at the Home Depot in a gallon bottle) that you can put in your laundry and it won’t harm your cloths. I’ve added it in with any towels we used during their illness as well as any clothes we wore while taking care of them.

  8. Sam Z says:

    Hi. I have a mini poodle that i got from a breeder last april 28. He was very depressed, looking so dehydrated and very malnourished (i can feel all his bones in his body). He was still able to drink and eat a little bit but day after, he started vomiting and got more lethargic. He had the usual symptoms : foamy mouth, sticky vomit, diarrhea, and lethargy. We decided to bring him to the vet after he vomited coffee ground color (i’m a nurse so I was assuming this is blood). And he got positive with parvo. We can’t afford hospital treatment so we decided to take home our baby with the kit they gave us. We got normosol IV bag – direction was to give every 24 hours 20ml SQ. However i am giving it every 12 hours just because I think it’s not enough and I don’t think it’s aggressive enough. I got metronidazole antibiotic and cerenia for nausea. So far he only had 3-4 vomiting the whole day and I was supplementing it with pedialite +water+ activated charcoal combo. He isn’t making any improvements but I’m staying positive. I tried to give him some food but he refuses everything. I’m trying to maintain his Fluid according to his weight (he is only 2.15 lbs) and Although the vet said he has less than 50% chance of survival i’m still keeping my hopes up. I’m just worried because he’s skin and bones and he’s not eating. However I’ve been keeping my goal to keep hydration first. This page is very helpful as every pet is different and I am glad hearing different people’s way of managing parvo.

    • isak says:

      50% chance is better than 25%. Go for it! The thought that a breeder is selling puppies infected with parvo is a nightmare. Imagine all the puppies that will suffer and the hearts that will be broken.

      I think the sub-q liquids every 12 hours is a better route. You are reducing the amount to 10ml then? Because you are giving sub-q liquids perhaps you could exchange the pedialite and even much of the water in your pedialite + water + activated charcoal combo with Gerber #2 chicken baby food. It would provide him with some protein and is runny enough to be administered via oral syringe.

      Parvo is a tough virus and obviously this breeder does not vaccinate against the virus, so your puppy has no immunity to it. He will likely look worse before he looks better and you may not see improvement for several days or a week, but don’t give up. His stomach feels awful, so he doesn’t want to eat. The sub-q liquids are hydrating his organs. All you can do right now is maintain the schedule for care you have him on and keep hoping. Keep us posted. We’re rooting for you both!

  9. Kristen says:

    Well, Oscar, the puppy, is now eating and drinking. I feel we’ve turned the corner with him and now we just need to get him to gain his weight back.

    I’m curious, as I can’t find a solid answer on Google, can a healthy, adult dog get a mild case of parvo? My 3 year old had one diarrhea case, and has vomited a couple of times, but is still drinking water and staying hydrated. We started him on an antibiotic and pepto. I’ve also been feeding him baby food mixed with chicken broth and pedialyte.

    Also, I spent the $35 and got Paxxin from Amber Technology. I don’t know if it’s the miracle that everyone claims, but I feel it’s one of the few things they both kept down.

    • isak says:

      Congrats to Oscar! Truly wonderful news!

      As for the results you had with your 3 year old, it could have been a combination of things, but don’t let your guard down just yet. The normal incubation period (time from exposure to the virus to the time when signs of disease appear) is from 7-14 days.

      Given that you were already treating Oscar for the virus by cleaning the house and bedding, that may have been a contributing factor. Also, the 3 year old also has a more developed/experienced immune system and, if he had his vaccinations as a puppy, they should have included vaccine for parvo. Further, because you have been through this once, you are hyper vigilant and are able to spot a problem sooner than later.

      Thanks for the update and your input on the Paxxin.

  10. Manuel Sanchez says:

    My dog had largo.but I had no cash at the time .so I got to doing a lot of research and what I did I got some amoxicillin and and have him one a day followed by 2tablespoons of pepto and a cup of Pedialyte every two hours and it was magic

  11. Kristen says:

    Well, we couldn’t get Oscar (lab/chow I wrote about last night) to really ingest the eggs, so I went and bought some meat paste baby foods today (chicken, beef, and turkey). He actually took in 3 teaspoons of turkey baby food and I was excited… and then he threw up an hour later. I don’t think the anti-nausea meds the vet gave are helping. I gave him a small dose of pepto and will be trying again once it has time to take effect.

    I was also told by a friend who works and fosters with a rescue to try cream cheese. Some dogs will eat that when they won’t eat anything else.

    • isak says:

      The baby food is great. I always keep some on hand — usually for a finicky cat. I use Gerber #2 because it contains no onions. Just meat and water. Cream cheese is a new one to me. Thanks for the tip.

      Something that almost always works for me is Friskies Turkey & Giblets cat food. Don’t know why, but they love it. I have used it on occasion, too.

      The pepto bismol should work faster than the pills, so can get a hold before he might throw it up.

  12. Sabrina says:

    My puppy was also diagnosed with Parvovirus on Friday. I also went the at home route, and have given her raw egg via mouth syringe, but I it seems she is worse. She has not had much vomit and only 2 loose stools but not diarrhea. She currently has a foamy mouth and the shakes. Please, what can I do?

    • isak says:

      A dog diagnosed with parvo will often look worse before they get better. It’s a tough virus on puppies because they often had no had the time to develop their immune system. The foamy mouth in this case could be a result of the illness, an upset stomach or even the stress of the virus. The best thing to do is to create a schedule for her care and stick to it. If you decide to feed her something every two hours, feed every two hours — not in a half hour because she looks hungry. Be consistent. I say this because often a puppy will look worse — and sometimes a lot worse — before they look better and, in panic, owners will start to overreact. It’s natural, but having a schedule helps you stay focused.

      You can also check any symptoms you are seeing with your vet. Call them. Did they send you home with meds to help?

  13. Kristen says:

    Our lab/chow puppy was diagnosed with parvo yesterday. Our vet gave us saline to do sub-q every 12 hours, plus anti diarrhea and anti nausea tabs. I’m curious if anyone has followed the above (pepto, eggs, pedialyte) along with vet protocol, or instead of. I’m not sure if I should overload him with pepto and the other meds. Help?

    • isak says:

      I’m so sorry to hear your news.

      I would hold off on the pepto bismol to see if the anti-nausea drugs the vet gave you will work. And the sub-q saline replaces the pedialyte. It’s certainly the best option for keeping your pup hydrated because it bypasses his upset stomach and delivers the liquid straight to his organs. There should be a lot less loss of liquids that way. The eggs are a suggestion for getting nutrition into your pup because they can be administered via an oral syringe if he won’t eat on his own. They are a good source of protein. Some dogs like them, some don’t.

      This virus will take several days to pass. Your pup may look absolutely miserable and may lose some weight, but don’t give up. Create a schedule for his meds, liquid and food and keep at it. You may need to make food changes and he may refuse food if his stomach is upset, but just stick with it.

      Keep us posted and let us know what works for you. Good luck.

  14. Randy Agustin says:

    UPDATE: My pup lost the fight. Thank you for this page.

    • isak says:

      I am so sorry. It’s incredible how much it hurts to lose someone who has never spoken a word to us and only ever had unconditional love for us.

      Be sure to clean everything in your house. If this was parvo, it can live in the environment for six months to one year according to Utah Veterinary Clinics. So it could still be there if you bring a new puppy home.

      Hugs to you.

  15. Randy Agustin says:

    hi. my 2mos old + goberian suddenly stopped eating. He has also vomited saliva and has white foamy stuff. Recently he has bloody watery stool. Im trying the home remedy posted here. Wish me luck.

    • isak says:

      Goberian — that’s a new one to me. I had to look it up. Good looking dog!

      Definitely sending you both best wishes. Read through the comments as some people have offered ideas that they have tried. Make sure he stays hydrated. A healthy dog should drink between ½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. More if he is vomiting and has diarrhea. Figure out how much he should have based on his weight, then divide it up and give it to him throughout the day.

      However, the watery part of the stool has me wondering if it might not be parvo, but maybe something like colitis. The link goes into the symptoms and causes of colitis and tells you when you need to see a vet for it. Good luck and let us know how things work out.

  16. Randy says:

    UPDATE: So his shot was just the first of 4 for parvo no other vaccines besides his deworm treatment. he is now done with his deworm treatment. Still showing signs of parvo vomit is clear and getting foamy bowel movements are very runny and clear with bits of white no bad sour smell but does have a wired smell to it. we have been forcing 3mls pepto and 3mls of raw egg every 4 hrs and 6mls of pediolite every hour. his ribs spine and hip bones are showing. yesterday morning he woke up very chipper and was wagging his tail and playing with our yr old german sheperd(she has be vaccinated and shows no signs what so ever) but afternoon and today back to these haunting signs that we are possibly going to lose him. is there more we can do before i put myself in a little debt and rush him to a vet.

    • isak says:

      Because the vaccine is a modified “live” virus, he may be feeling down because of the way his system is reacting to it. His vomit might be foamy if he is drinking water too quickly or ate something that disagreed with him, such as grass or an inedible substance. Or maybe it’s the egg and pedialyte. How long after he eats does he vomit?

      The bits of white in his bowel movements could be dead worms or it could be something he ate. Did you check them out? Some canned food contains hard white bits.

      It would not surprise me that his ribs and spine are showing if he is not eating. Egg and pedialyte is hardly much for putting on weight and puppies can lose weight quickly. Will he not eat on his own? Have you tried canned cat food?

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