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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.

613 Comments

  1. Caitlin says:

    Hello my 5 month old fluffy powderpuff has been in the vet for a week and has been diagnosed with parvovirus and has shown all the brutal symptoms we have other pups in the pass who have had parvovirus and that have died and they still haven’t heeled him and I’ve been praying that Lincoln will beet this but I want to know if this remedy will work because the vet is releasing him tomorrow and ylthey said mabey he’s just mostly depressed so please give me feed back if this egg remedy works

    • isak says:

      Do they feel that he is doing better as a reason to suggest he is just depressed? Dogs sometimes do heal faster at home. Before you bring him home, make sure you have cleaned up the house with the bleach and water solution mentioned in the post including his bedding, toys and areas he frequents as the virus can remain active for some time. Once a dog overcomes parvo, it is generally believed they will be immune for life, but given his young age and given that he was diagnosed just a week ago, you need to be sure that his environment is a clean as possible.

      The big thing is keeping him hydrated. Perhaps your vet will send him home with a bag of fluids that you can administer just under his skin. This by-passes his stomach and delivers fluid straight to his organs. Second is getting food into him. Perhaps the vet will send you home with anti-nausea meds to help with that. Once those two problems are handled, find something he will eat and that he can hold down and feed him that in several small amounts throughout the day. You can reduce these and increase the size of the portions as he allows.

      Some dogs do well with the egg remedy and some don’t especially like it. It just depends on your fluffy powderpuff. This is a rough virus, so just don’t give up. Set yourself a schedule for care and stick with it 24/7. And best to you both!

  2. Tracy G Wyatt says:

    Please help i have a two year old Chihuahua two days ago she started having really bad diarrhea it started off yellow then later that night she started vomiting brown she stopped throwing up last night her diarrhea was really bad with lots of blood so i gave her her first shots afew hours later it was a miracle she was playing eating and drinking with little diarrhea. Now the diarrhea is back now its orange and smells like fish she wont play and is whining i dont know what to do

    • isak says:

      The original vomiting and diarrhea may have been from something she ate that did not agree with her. The current diarrhea could be the end of the original problem, but has been altered by the vaccines. Some dogs will experience a change in their bowels from vaccines. However, keep your eye on her in case her symptoms continue.

      Were the shots you gave for parvo or just general vaccines? If you suspect parvo, vaccinating for parvo is not recommended because some vaccines contain a “live modified virus”. That means that the parvo virus they contain is alive, but has been rendered incapable of causing clinical disease. The purpose of giving a vaccine is to stimulate the pup’s immune system to produce antibodies against the virus. However, it causes the body to work extra to fight this virus in addition to whatever is already going on.

      Make sure she is drinking water. And if she is eating, add some plain canned pumpkin to her food to firm up her stools.

  3. Valerie says:

    Thank Issac for replying.. we administer some antibiotics injectables and anti nausea shots today/ dec 2 in the evening.. Jack the Maltese pooped with blood for the first time afterwards and also experiences crying (without being touch).. but now he is able to stand to change sleeping position.. are we too late already? The cry is jack is horrible and our hearts break and hurt… what do you think?

    • isak says:

      No, I don’t think you are too late. Just stick with it. This takes time.

      I’m not sure what the cry is. Does it occur randomly? Could it be because he doesn’t feel good and not pain-related? I know how a cry like that can go right through you, especially when you don’t understand. If it continues, your vet may be able to suggest a pain reliever that will work with the meds he is on.

      Good luck and hang in there.

  4. Monica Moreno says:

    A stray walked up to my house..cute chihuahua. I asked my neighbors. Nobody’s dog took him in and within 24 hrs full parvo symptoms. Live on a budget so your website is very helpful since i cant afford a vet right now. I hope this little puppy makes it. Thanks for your website. Day 1 down

    • isak says:

      KUDOS to you for you for giving him a chance at a good life. Just be diligent and don’t give up on him. Best to you both.

  5. Valerie says:

    Jack appearance changed so dramatically in weight lost.. his gums are pale color almost whitish.. he is not vomiting/ diarrhea with blood but yellowish and full of mucus transparent substance..

    • isak says:

      Keep doing what you are doing. This is a rough virus, especially on the young ones who have little immunity at that age, and can take some time to pass. Sometimes it can look pretty bleak, but improvement — even the smallest — may be just a couple hours away. The road back to health can be slow; don’t give up on him. The yellow is his stomach bile and the mucous occurs naturally to protect the stomach from digestive acids. Sounds like a good sign. He feels like crap, so he will be quite lethargic. That’s okay because it forces him to remain quiet. Make sure he stays hydrated. The iv is perfect for this because it bypasses his stomach and administers liquid directly to his organs. This can make a big difference. The white gums is likely from the vomiting and diarrhea and should pass as he becomes more hydrated.

  6. Valerie says:

    Hi! I’m helping my sister with her newly adopted almost 2 months old Maltese.. here is the history; 26 Nov – vaccination (1st)
    28 Nov – start ng cough, vet diagnos “might me distemper”.. jack is hook with a IV 7cc/60 SE seconds, every 12 hours- cefalixine, b-complex, cough medicine, and motocloprarimide hydrochloride..

    3 Dec – We seek advice to another vet (since jack is not responding to the medics and non stop vomiting and diarrhea after having force food in a syringe).. thevet confirmed it to be Parvo not distemper.. currently jack is non stop vomiting and diarrhea, he won’t hold food down every feeding.. I’m trying now your treatment.. jack is able to stand up for a few seconds but during pee and poop he won’t stand up.. I don’t know and in rush of emotions if I’m too late and if my puppy is suffering too much since diagnose was late.. he is stil hook up in an IV.. any advice? Thank you..

  7. Jinky Sansano says:

    my dogs are already taking paxxin and vibactra plus but still not doing well. They started to show signs and symptoms since November 27. We started giving paxxin yesterday but still they are lethargic and almost vomiting. they also have bloody diarrhea. What should I do? we already lost 7 dogs and I’m scared that we may also lost the two of them. Can someone help me on what should I do to save them? We are already giving them electrolye, water through enema because they are always vomiting. they always vomit everytime we give them something to drink. I need your opinions on how to treat my dogs. 🙁

    • isak says:

      You didn’t mention a size or age, so these are broad comments. You want to keep them hydrated first and foremost. A dog should drink between ½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day — without vomiting and diarrhea. Have you figured that into the quantity of liquids you are administering to them? You also want to keep them in an area that has been thoroughly cleaned with a solution of bleach and water. Maybe a room that has been cleaned. It should be fairly easy if they are lethargic. If you have already lost 7 dogs, it is possible that the yard is causing re-infection if it has not been treated. Parvo can survive in the soil for some time. Is there an un-infected yard they can use?

      Next you want to work on the nausea. Your vet can prescribe anti-nausea drugs. Also, the Paxxin is said to help with it. Pepto Bismol may help, too. If they throw it up, try it again in a few hours.

      Parvo takes time, patience and diligence to get through. Keep doing what you are doing. Follow a schedule where you are providing food and liquid every couple hours. Make sure you are giving them plenty of liquids.

      Best to you all!

  8. Alex says:

    So my dog is about 10 months almost full size pitbull yesterday night I noticed he didn’t want to eat today I found him laying down really weak and didn’t want to eat all he would do is drink water but after he drinks water he trows up I try giving him pedialite and mediceine in a sirange but it’s super hard since he’s a really big dog what should I do

    • isak says:

      Given his age, he could have eaten something he shouldn’t have and it is upsetting his stomach. Because you posted this on the parvo post, has he been around any other dogs that may have parvo? How long have you had him? You can give him some pepto bismol (1 tablespoon per 15 lbs every 6 hours) to coat his stomach. If this doesn’t help and he continues to vomit, not drink water and starts to have diarrhea, you should see your vet as he could quickly dehydrate and that is a big deal. In general, a dog should drink between ½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day — without vomiting and diarrhea.

  9. Thomas says:

    I have a puppy pit, he’s about 6-7 months, I recently changed his food from ol’roy to Beneful. The first few days, I noticed no changes, then one day he decided not to eat, the day after he had diarrhea. Although he started eating, it wasn’t much, he is still active, he is still eating and drinking, yet he still has diarrhea, he has thrown up once today, he hasn’t lost any weight nor does he appear to be weak. Could my boy still have patti?

    • isak says:

      I didn’t understand your last question — can your boy still have “patti”? For the diarrhea, try adding some plain canned pumpkin to his food. This should firm up his stools. If he had an upset stomach, he would probably not want to eat. Did you change his food quickly or did you make the switch gradually by mixing some of the old food with the new food? Some dogs will react with diarrhea if it was a quick switch. However, given his young age, he could have also eaten something when no one was watching and it upset his stomach. If he is active and hasn’t lost any weight, it may well be something that will pass in a few days. Is he also still drinking water?

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