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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.


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. hester says:

    Hallo. We adopted a little beagle puppy as my 3 sons begged us for years since we moved to China. We didn’t want a pet during our expat life. 2 Days ago we went to a pet shop and my sons fell in love with a little beagle and named her Chappie. She was very energetic and when we got home she ate pellets as if she was never fed before. Yesterday she started with diarrhea and vomiting. She also has a cough. Today I took her to the vet and it appears that the pet shop sold us a very sick puppy. She has 3 diseases. CPV, CDV and CCV. She is only 2 months old and we can not afford treatment at the hospital. The vet told me she has only 10% chance of living and even if she gets treatment it is 50%. I didn’t give up hope, because she is still drinking water. My boys are devastated. So now I had to start somewhere and started with your suggested plan. It is really sad. The vet told me that the puppy probably had a lot of energy on the day we bought her because she was given a energy gel shot because the seller knew she was sick. Once the shot wore off, her symptoms started showing. I just thought it was the change in her environment and food. It is not about going back to the shop and ask for another dog or a refund, it is about a puppy that already got a name and a home.

    • isak says:

      It is so sad to think how many sick puppies that shop has probably placed. It’s despicable to think they shoot them up with energy gel to deceive people. Fortunately this wee one has you.

      Hydration is the first priority. A general guideline is that a healthy dog should drink between ½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. In this case, you might use pedialyte for the electrolytes it contains. Or even a low salt broth. Perhaps the vet can load her up with some fluids and provide some meds — even anti-nausea meds. Some vets will send you home with iv liquids that you can administer under the skin.

      This virus is hard on puppies because they have not built up an immune system yet, but be diligent. Create a routine and stick with it, 24/7. This will take several days, maybe even a week. When she shows signs of improvement, don’t stop your routine. Keep it going a few more days.

      My best to Chappie and your family.

  2. Pat Bagano says:

    My Puppy,her name is Blogger was tested positive for parvo this afternoon. Tests don’t lie so, here I am scavenging the internet for something. The vet put her on IV and allowed me to take her home.

    Nonetheless, I noticed after an hour that the IV started not to work, she still have energy to keep on biting it off. I will have it reinserted tomorrow. Right now I am just hoping that my 50% chance of keeping her alive grow to about 60% by tomorrow and then take it from here.

    Since there is no IV, my only way to hydrate her is what you suggested above. I am hoping it works + the prescribed meds.

    I can sense she is starting to hate me because I keep on bothering her.

    • isak says:

      Well, if she is starting to hate you, then she has good energy! 🙂

      Stick with it and stick with Blogger. It sounds like you may have caught this early, but it is still tough on puppies because they don’t have a strong immune system yet. So develop a routine and stick with it — even after you think she is feeling better. This way she knows what to expect and will hate you less. They thrive on routine.

      Best to you both!

  3. Hannah says:

    I recently had a puppy die from parvo. I noticed that her gums were really pale along with her tounge before she died. Her playmate has had her shots but was exposed to the virus. Now her gums are pale along with her tounge but so far her stool is still solid but a little mushy. She’s eating her dog food, treats, and fruit and drinking water but her white in her eyes are turning brownish. I was curious about your thoughts of the symptoms. Which when she lays down her nose gets hot and dry but its done that ever since I got her weeks before the other puppy that is now deceased.

    • isak says:

      The dry nose can be a normal state. A dog’s nose is not always cold and moist, especially while they are sleeping. The brown in the whites of the eyes is also not necessarily anything to be worried about. It’s often pigment spilling over. Does she have brown eyes?

      Pale tongue and gums is concerning and may be a sign of a weakened body condition. This color is seen in animals with anemia, leukemia, blood pressure problems, loss of blood, edema (fluid retention), generalized weakness, gastric system malfunction/GI issues, lung weakness, malnutrition, and lethargy. Given that you say she is eating and drinking as normal, I would consider that she might be anemic. Does she have fleas? These can cause anemia. And if she has them badly enough or long enough and she is a small dog that can cause a loss of blood from them feeding on her.

      It would be a good idea to have your vet take a look at her.

  4. Rein says:

    My husky dog died yesterday and the vet said its parvo and it took only one day. Now im very scared for 3 dogs got the virus too. I always disenfect my place with clorox but cannot rid off the virus. One of my dogs loss appetite now, vomitting and bloody diarhea which is smelly i took him to the house with a dextrose but still he doesnt want to eat. So i separate the two dogs in the case the other dog now shows symptoms again he doesnt want to eat. can i force them to feed?i want to save the life of my 3 dogs because i already lose one which is my favorite. Untill now we didnt sleep and its very expensive all the medicines.

    • isak says:

      I am so sorry for your loss. Parvo is a nasty disease.

      You can buy an oral syringe — it’s a syringe without a needle on it — and force feed them that way. Because of the vomiting and diarrhea, they could dehydrate quickly, so it is very important to give them liquids. And you need to do this every hour or so using the oral syringe.

      Read through the comments on this post as well because many people have offered things that have worked for them. Stay diligent even after things look like they are getting better. This can take several days.

      Good luck and hugs to you.

  5. Chris Germany says:

    I’m going to try your process right now. 2 yr old cane Corso. Hasn’t eaten for 2 days. Has started drinking water again. Had all the other symptoms.

  6. Dea says:

    I wish I found your article a week ago. Could’ve saved my pups. 3 puppies and their mum passed 2 days ago. I’m going to share this cause it might save some pups out there.

    • isak says:

      I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the heartache you have endured.

      Be sure you thoroughly clean your home and yard if you plan on getting another dog. Parvo can survive for months otherwise.

      Hugs to you.

  7. Jenny says:

    I just wanted to thank you. This post saved my Dogs life. I followed your instructions on treating parvo at home.. it’s been 5 days and my 1 year old American Boxer baby is finally up, eating and drinking on his own. He’s even in better spirits. Playing with the kids ect. I’m still giving him electrolytes and pepto just to be safe, though he hasn’t thrown up in 38 hours. Again. Thank you so much.

    • isak says:

      Thanks much for letting us know. And yes, keep treating him for a bit longer as you have been doing just to be sure he is out of the woods. I am so happy for you both!

  8. jonah says:

    Hi my 8 weeks dog is suffering from cough and diarrhea and she doesnt like to eat. Her poop has blood. Is this parvo? I gave here water every 30 mins. What else should i do? Please help me ?

    • isak says:

      Cough? Has she eaten something that is caught in her throat?

      How much blood is in her poop? Any vomiting? IS she eating? What is her level of activity? Can you get her to your vet to be tested? Given her young age, time is very important if it is parvo.

  9. Alisha says:

    I did deworm her when i got her and ive also checked in her poop for worms. Didnt have any signs of worms that i could see. After i wrote my post last night about a half hour 45 mins later she did throw up the chicken tenders that she did eat. Today shes seems to have a little more energy then the last two days. She still isnt really eating for doggy food tho still drinking water going to go get the canned pumpkin and see if that helps her any. Ive been waiting for her to poop again to see if it will be the same as yesterday but she hasnt went yet im keeping a eye on her 24/7 tho this is really scary?

    • isak says:

      It’s not quite sounding like parvo to me. I am hopeful it is just puppy-ness: eating something she shouldn’t have. You have a great eye for detail. That’s very helpful.

  10. Alisha says:

    please help!!! My puppy hasnt been acting herself the last two days shes been just laying around the house not really playing much she does get up and see whats going on if she hears the door open. This morning when i woke up she had diarrhea no blood and i could see that she ate some grass. I tried to give her her dog food and she didnt eat so i tried a treat with no luck so i went and got a 5in1 shot from the store and gave her that right away trying to do my best to help her feel better. She hasnt vomited yet just the diarrhea and laying around not being her puppy self. My question is could i have caught it in time if it was parvo or should i treat it like its parvo??? She is still drinking water on her own and tonight when i got home from work she did eat about two chicken tenders by herself and drank some more water so it seems like shes still kinda eating. I just dont know what to do i hate seeing my baby not being herself. Thank you for any and all advice…

    • isak says:

      Puppies tend to eat things that they shouldn’t, so it could be that she ate something when no one was looking. Eating grass is an indication that she has an upset stomach and an upset stomach can lead to diarrhea. Beyond eating something she shouldn’t have, it could also be worms. Has she been de-wormed? It’s common for puppies to have worms and these can cause stomach upset.

      Sometimes vaccinations can cause a dog to seem a bit lethargic.

      So for now, you can give her some plain canned pumpkin (make sure it doesn’t have spices in it) and some plain yogurt (not flavored). These will settle her stomach a bit and bulk up her stools.

      As a note, vaccinating her will not protect her from parvo immediately. She needs time to build up her immune system to the virus.

  11. Carl Navarro says:

    Hi. Good eve from the philippines. My chow mix daschsund pup 4 month old is showing some symptoms of parvo virus. He started vomiting since yesterday until now and his nose is starting to dry also he is becoming lethargic. This morning I tried to search google and it says that first give him ice cubes let him lick it for it will rehydrate him and I just did up to this now. I searched other suggestions for home remedy since the vet I visited just this afternoon was not there until I found this site. I bought everything that has been said above; i bought the pedialyte, raw eggs and Diatabs (loperamide). I did all the things above. I also freeze some gatorade to lick it for him. Ireally do hope this will works as yours.

    • isak says:

      Chow Dachshund… that must be a cute mix. You didn’t mention whether your pup has diarrhea. That is a very common symptom. So maybe your pup is feeling the effects of something else or you have caught this early.

      Has your pup been de-wormed? Worms are common in puppies and can cause vomiting and lethargy. Both of these can cause his dry nose, too. So keep him hydrated, but consider de-worming him if you haven’t.

  12. Steph says:

    Love all this info! My dog recently came in contact with his brother that has parvo. My dog recently was attracted by a large husky dog as well leaving five wound on his butt. He is almost 5mo, took him to the vet the vet said give him tamaflu but it cost $170. Instead she gave him a shot of antibiotics for his wounds, anti throw up meds, stuff to keep good belly culture, pain meds. I can’t afford to treat him, up until last night he was fine but then of course he threw up once then hasn’t left the couch since and he has no energy. He does not have bloody poop but almost liquid poop. I have given him pedialyte, raw egg, and some pumpkin. I’m not sure if he is sick from the parvo or the dog attack. I am hoping he can pull through, any suggestions at all? Please help! How much of what should I give him and how often, he weighs 20lbs.

    • isak says:

      Wow, I had no idea Tamaflu was so expensive! With parvo comes vomiting and diarrhea, so the most important thing is keeping him hydrated. It sounds like the meds the vet gave are doing their job, so you need to keep him hydrated and hopefully find something he will continue to eat as he works through this. People have left suggestions for what has worked for them in the comments, so scroll through those, too.

      I’m not sure how long ago your pup was attacked, but it often leaves a young dog feeling kind of lethargic. They can be afraid as well as being sore. It’s a big scare for them. The parvo could also be contributing.

      Parvo requires 24/7 diligence on your part for a week, maybe more. But don’t give up. You can both get through this.

  13. Rae says:

    My puppy was just tested positive yesterday with parvo.I took him to the vet yesterday & they just want to much money that I really can’t afford right now.I am keeping him hyrdated with Pedialyte & water & he’s actually been drinking the water on his own.But he’s starting to poop a lot of blood,any suggestions on what I can do to help him? I hate to see him like this.

    • isak says:

      Did your vet prescribe ANY meds for him? Is he eating? What you are seeing is a common symptom of parvo and you have to get through it. Parvo is harder on puppies because they have not developed their immune systems yet. So you will have to be diligent: keep him hydrated, try to get food in him and keep his area clean. This can take a week, but once he comes through it, he may have a resistance to this illness that will last a lifetime.

      Try to soothe his stomach, too. Read through the comments on this post because many people have offered some great suggestions based on their experience. And remain diligent 24/7. His life depends on that.

  14. Akil says:

    Friends pls help my little pug puppy which is two month old from parvo..
    Give me the best pls..

    • isak says:

      We are sending you and your puppy our prayers. Keep your pup hydrated with liquids and look through the comments on this page as well as the post itself for things that may help you two.

      Best to you both and don’t give up.

  15. Glydel Joy S. Dupa says:

    Hello. Good evening. My puppy has been showing signs of parvo. Can I use kremil S instead of children pepto? I don’t think its available here in the Philippines. Please reply if possible. Thank you.

    • isak says:

      I’m not familiar with Kremil S, but from what I have read online, it doesn’t seem to work on diarrhea? Do you have Kaopectate (or decussate) where you are? You are looking for a product with bismuth salicylic acid which may have some antibacterial properties. Or Imodium (loperamide)?

  16. Sarah says:

    Hello. I have 2 pitbulls pups about 8 mths that were vaccinated for parvo and are only out in our gangway which other dogs do have access to but rarely have I found other feces in my grass although my boys do sniff certain areas longer than we like we are ALWAYS out with them with leashes so can contain where they go and sniff. I’m not sure if one has parvo but is showing symptoms. They’re very energetic and one (junior) is extremely lethargic and has had diarrhea and vommitting all day today but his brother is fine and they share a kennel so are always close contact. Now he is still eating and the last bowl of water I gave him he was able to keep down but is so out of it not even raising his head or wagging his tail for us. I’m scared. My son prayed to the puppy God for him. Unfortunately our vet is asking a lot just for a check up and the parvo test. And we are in between pay checks right now. I’m just wondering how long is safe to keep him home and hydrated before taking him in. Also, as he obviously has a stomach issue should I switch to white rice and boiled chicken regardless? I’ve never owned pets and don’t know anyone that has gone through this so any advice would help. Thanks

    • isak says:

      Obviously, if your puppy has parvo, the sooner the vet sees him, the better. Has he been de-wormed? Worms are common in puppies and can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

      The white rice and boiled chicken is a good idea. You could also add some plain canned pumpkin (no spices) and/or some plain yogurt to his food 2-3 times a day. The pumpkin will add bulk to his stools and the yogurt will put good bacteria to his stomach. If he does not improve in another day, you should see your vet.

      Make sure he drinks water. Keeping him hydrated is very important.

      Good luck.

  17. Sonja says:

    Hi. I actually used Parv gone myself and it really does work. Within 24 hours my dog was eating again and running around playing after receiving the medicine. The only problem is the company is located in AZ and the cost of shipping plus the medicine came to about $170.00 with majority of the cost going towards shipping. The good thing is if you post a video/pictures of before and after treatment they will refund your money back for the medicine, but again the overnight shipping is expensive, but worth it if you want to save your dog.

  18. Cèci says:

    Hi, is there any other home remedy for diarrhea? My place doesn’t seem to have children’s pepto. It’s been two days since my dog started to poop yellowish liquid and there’s an inflammation between her vulva and her anus (swollen butt) I don’t know if its an irritation or infection or what.

    • isak says:

      The inflammation could be from diarrhea getting on her and she is not cleaning it off? It should be watched and if it continues, you should have your vet check it out. In the meanwhile, you could apply some Neosporin or even vaseline to the area to protect it.

      For the diarrhea, add some plain canned pumpkin to her food. This adds fiber and should help bulk up her stools. Also some plain yogurt. This puts good bacteria in her gut.

  19. James says:

    Is there any other cure for parvo we don’t have all that stuff

    • isak says:

      There are several options mentioned throughout this post and the comments. The most important thing is keeping your dog hydrated 24/7. 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 dog weighs 20 pounds, for example, he’d need between 10 and 20 ounces of water on a daily basis in order to stay hydrated.

      You can also try hydrating your pet by giving them coconut water or coconut juice (found at most grocery stores or health food stores).
      Give 5 cc every 2 hours for small dogs and cats
      Give 10cc every 2 hours for medium size dogs
      Give 20 cc every 2 hours for larger dogs
      Give 40 cc every 2 hours for giant breeds

      You can also offer him/her ice chips instead. Ice chips will help to keep your dog from becoming dehydrated, and they are better than gulping down water — which may cause his stomach to revolt, bringing the water right back up.

      Next you want to try to relieve the vomiting. A vet can give you meds for this. This helps because your dog needs hydration, but sometimes the hydration can trigger vomiting. The meds from the vet reduce the stomach spasms that generate the vomiting reflex. Here are some other options you might try:

      1. Baking soda water – Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to ½ cup of water. Give a little bit (tiny sips) of this mixture every 2 hours. When the vomiting stops, follow this up with a little bit of ginger tea (listed below).
      2. Acidophilus – Give your dog or cat acidophilus capsules mixed with water, or a small amount of live cultured yogurt or kefir (see dose instructions below). Give yogurt once every hour (up to three times) after the vomiting has ceased.
      1 -2 teaspoons for a cat or small dog
      1 -2 tablespoons for medium sized dogs
      2-4 tablespoons for large dogs
      3. Pepto-Bismol – For dogs only. This is toxic to cats! Give the following dosages after vomiting subsides, every 8 hours for one day only. If vomiting or diarrhea persists, see your vet.
      ¼ tab for small dogs
      ½ tab for medium size dogs
      1 tab for large dogs

      If your dog is currently eating, feed him/her a mixture of ¼ cup of boiled meat (hamburger or chicken) per 1 cup of white rice. Feed three times a day in small portions.
      Give 1 -2 tablespoons every 3-4 hours for small dogs (10 to 20 lbs.)
      Give ½ cup every 3-4 hours for medium size dogs (25 to 40 lbs.)
      Give 1 cup every 3-4 hours for large dogs (above 40 lbs.)

      Be diligent. This will take several days, maybe even a week to get through.

  20. Vanessa says:

    Please tell me that this really works! Our vets want R8 000.00 before they will treat! That’s like asking you for $8 000.00!
    I’ve had Max our 7 month Pek on this now for 2 days, he’s on day 3 of the disease, he’s has a shot from the vet.
    Zoey our 8 month Jack for 2 days, she is on day 2 of the disease with vomit and diarrhea
    Sophie’s her sister is on day 1 of the treatment and disease.
    ALL the vets we’ve phoned Only have doom and gloom and all state that they won’t make it.
    I believe that GOD has healed my pups even though my own stupidity has lead them down this path.
    Please tell me that they Will live
    Thank you All for your words of hope.

    • isak says:

      This condition is really hard on young pups because they have not developed their immune system yet. But remain diligent, be sure your babies are hydrated 24/7 and try to get some food in them, too. This will take at least a week of your time, so don’t let your guard down just because you think you see an improvement.

      Your vet should be able to give you meds to help with the vomiting, so that would lessen the hydration they lose through vomiting. But stick with it and clean their environment.

  21. Tiff says:

    What do I do when I get to the bloody diarrhea

    • isak says:

      If this is positively parvo, you want to keep your dog hydrated and address the diarrhea. Your vet can give you meds for the diarrhea. Then start working on food your dog can keep down. This will also help with the diarrhea.

  22. Zoila Vaca says:

    Hi. My dog is about 10 weeks old and is exhibiting symptoms of parvo. She cries, can stand on her own, has tar colored diahrrea & won’t eat. She drinks with the syringe but only for a short while. She’s in a lot of pain I can tell. I got her from someone at 7 weeks and she has not been vaccinated. Her gums are also very very white. I’m sad. And scared. My kids love her & to hear her in pain hurts. Since she is so young, will this help her? I have been giving her water & carnation milk. I just tried to give her the egg but she refuses to swallow right now. Please respond.

    • isak says:

      You did not mention vomiting. Is she vomiting also? Can she or can’t she stand on her own. You said she CAN stand on her own, but I am wondering if that’s what you meant.

      The white gums indicates anemia which could be from a few different things. But first, you need to get some food in her. If she will not eat on her own, you will need to give her something with a syringe. Try Chicken and Gravy Gerber baby food #2. It is ONLY chicken and water, no other spices. Mix in some plain yogurt and a little plain canned pumpkin (the kind WITHOUT spices). The yogurt will put good bacteria in her gut and the pumpkin should help with the diarrhea.

      If you have a blender, you might be able to cook your own chicken in water, then blend it enough to pass it through a syringe.

      You didn’t say how much she weighs, but you want to get at least 1/4-1/2 cup of this mixture in her every day. So mix the baby food, yogurt & pumpkin together, then give it to her with the syringe every two hours at an amount that will give her 1/4-1/2 cup per day. Also give her water or pedialyte every two hours between feeding times.

      If she has not been vaccinated yet, then she has maybe not been de-wormed yet? Worms might be the cause for what you are seeing. Is her belly kind of full and round? It is common for puppies to have worms, so you want to buy a broad spectrum wormer.

      If you cannot get her to hold down food and liquids, you need to get her to a vet.

  23. K says:

    Who is the artist of the illustration at the top of the page!? Does anyone know?

  24. Matt and cassy says:

    My boxer mix just started vomiting and not eating or drinking yesterday. Took him to the vet today and it is indeed parvo. Can’t afford the treatment from the vet so we decided to try these (listed above) treatments. He is about 8 months and weighs 27lbs. Already started the pedialite and will be starting the egg method soon.
    He hasn’t vomited or diarrhea today, instead was a few hard pellets. Vet said he has a chance since we acted quickly to his vomiting. Any other advice that we could use? Really don’t want to lose him. Also what can we do to disinfect our yard?

    • isak says:

      Stick with whatever course of action you take for several days after he seems to feel better just to give him the best opportunity to get this behind him.

      As for the yard… Parvo virus may survive for several months under certain conditions. Sunlight and low humidity (arid) will inactivate the virus quicker than cool, moist, shady conditions.

      You’ll want to pick up all the feces and disinfect the contaminated areas where there are chances the Parvo virus may be thriving. The only product that seems to be effective in killing the virus is bleach. Disinfecting is accomplished by using diluted bleach and water in an exact ratio of 1:30, one part bleach in 30 parts water. In order to work, the bleach mixture should be left in contact with contaminated surfaces for at least 10 minutes.

      Of course, if used on grass, the grass will likely die (as well as good and bad bugs), but it’s ultimately better than having the virus thrive on it. Also disinfect your shoes, clothes and anything else coming from the outdoors.

      You can also check with your vet about suggestions for disinfecting your yard.

      Generally a dog that survives parvo will not be easily re-infected, however getting him vaccinated once he is stronger will be helpful, too.

  25. Jerome says:

    Hi there. I have a 6 month-old Husky and is currently suffering from this type of virus. This is my first time to own a dog and I’m really worried about him. I already brought him to the vet and he’s been given meds. He’s on his 2nd day now and I’m not sure if it’s still normal that he really don’t wanna eat. We’re giving him some kind of dextrose water to make sure he won’t be dehydrated. He keeps on vomiting and according to the vet it’s normal. There was some kind of phlegm and and he has cough too. He is just staying in our house and we haven’t receive info from the vet if he needs to be taken to the hospital. Im not sure if it is okay for him to just stay in the house. I’m pretty sure if I’m going to bring him back to the hospital for confinement, it’ll cost me a lot. I really dont know what to do and I hope he gets better soon. I can’t loose him. 🙁 Hope I can get additional info from you guys. Thanks a lot. God bless.

    • isak says:

      It takes a while for a dog to get through parvo. It’s harder on the younger and older dogs because their immune system is not as strong as dogs in their prime. So stick with it. This will take days and maybe even a week.

      Did your vet prescribe any anti-vomiting meds? They usually do. If not, ask for some.

      Find one of the options on this page and stick with it. Because of the vomiting and diarrhea, he is losing lots of fluids, so keeping him hydrated is the most important thing you can do right now. 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 dog weighs 20 pounds, for example, he’d need between 10 and 20 ounces of water on a daily basis in order to stay hydrated. So set yourself a schedule and give him “x” amount of water every 1-2 hours 24/7. If you cannot hydrate him overnight, be sure you have met your quota before bedtime.

      Also clean your house and keep the dog’s bedding fresh right now. Good luck and just be diligent.

  26. Aileen Catzim says:

    My 9 week old boxer has sympotoms of parvo tht started yesterday morning and last nighy i stumbled on ur remedies, so i started to hit her up w the raw eggs every 4 hrs and 2 syringes of water and the liquid form of pepto cuz they were out 9f the tablets. She stipped eating and drinking last night so i decided to do tamiflu in some sobe life water but i felt it wasnt helping and i gave her a higher dose of tamiflu in honey. She had diarrhea tht started yesterday evening, but is wasnt to bad meaning not alot and just traces of blood. Around 4:30 am we took her outside she refused to use the bathroom in her kennel, this time her stool was very black but not alot of diarrhea. Again my husband and i have not slept ive been sitting w her on her bed or next to her kennel. Around 10:30 a.m she walked again kind u we bleach outside thearea she uses since i do love dogs and would hate for any neighbors to go through this, anyways she decided she would drink from her bowl so i figured maybe she will eat so i boiled chicken and she did eat it but a few minutes later it cane back up so i gave her mm ore water… she hadnt vomited since yesterday morning so i figured she was good… but she does keep the pepto, eggs and water down so ill keep tht up. She has not had any diarrhea since 4:30 this morning, so im not sure if i should be worried about tht??? I dont want to lose her since she is so oobed and she is a therapy pup for my autistic son so its pretty plan nj ong on having all the carpets done this week sinve we will be out of town. Im wondering if by monday she is better will it be ok to take her w us i dont feel comfortable leaving her??? At times she is playful and then she just sleeps when she wants to go to the bathroom she cries if she is in the cage… i also noticed tht she is urinating alot at one time. Is tht normal??? Sorry its long but im so stressed we have already lost a service dog once not to parvo but its the loss thts hard to deal w.

    • isak says:

      Sounds like what you are doing is making things better, but don’t let your guard down yet. Keep doing what you are doing for several days AFTER she seems completely fine.

      The very black stool could be a result of the pepto. It does that to dogs’ poop.

      Has she been de-wormed? Was she recently vaccinated? Either of these things can also cause the symptoms you mentioned.

      If it is in fact parvo, taking her with you on a trip places other dogs at risk of contracting parvo. Parvo is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s poop. The virus can live in the environment for months, and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors. Any chance you can get her to the vet before you leave to get a diagnosis for what’s going on? It may not be parvo.

  27. Miara says:

    Umm hello I decided to comment because a week ago I started to notice my dog acting sluggish and wouldn’t drink his water he use to be outside in his dog kennel so I told my dad and he said to bring him in the house . So I did and that was a day ago so at first he would eat then he stopped so I became worried so last night at dinner my dad looked at him and said he might have Palvo so I started to cry so I was wondering if this works for big breeds of dogs my dog is almost a year please respond if possible

    • isak says:

      Many people have had good luck with these treatments. Is there another dog in the area that has parvo that your dog could have contracted it from? Has you dog been de-wormed? This can cause some of the symptoms you mentioned, too.

      If it is parvo, the biggest thing is keeping him hydrated because if he is vomiting and has diarrhea and is not drinking water, he is quickly losing hydration. You will need to do this 24/7 for several days. So get yourself an oral syringe and hydrate him every couple hours with water, pedialyte or even watered-down gatorade. If you have a feed store nearby, they sell oral syringes for goats and cows and such that are bigger than the dog ones. It’s easier to hydrate them with the larger syringes because it holds more.

      If you have to give him liquids via an oral syringe, consider how much you are giving him. The average dog needs between half an ounce to one ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. If your dog weighs 20 pounds, for example, he’d need between 10 and 20 ounces of water on a daily basis in order to stay hydrated. This is done throughout the day. It’s easy to give too little and you don’t want to.

      As for eating, you might try feeding him something different. At my house, when all else fails, my dogs will generally eat canned cat food. One of the favorites is Friskies Turkey flavored food. If he starts to throw up, you can try rice and chicken that you cook for him.

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