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.

Are Some Dog Breeds More Susceptible?

According to The Merck Veterinary Manual, 8th ed., it appears that some breeds, most notably the Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherds, Pit Bulls, and Labrador Retrievers are at an increased risk for this disease. Conversely, Toy Poodles and Cockers appear to be at a reduced risk for contracting this disease. It is important to remember, however, that any breed can get Parvovirus.

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.

How is Parvo Treated?

There is no treatment specifically for the Parvovirus at this time. Treatment is supportive care, which includes any or all of the following:

  • Oral electrolyte fluids (ex: Pedialyte) – if the case is mild and the animal isn’t vomiting
  • Subcutaneous (SQ) or intravenous (IV) fluids to maintain hydration to counter the extreme fluid losses from vomiting and diarrhea that are so typical with this disease. Many vets will provide this so you can administer this at home. It hydrates by bypassing the stomach.
  • Anti-vomiting/nausea medications – to prevent further damage from vomiting and to keep the patient comfortable as possible.
  • Antibiotics – because the virus has potential to slough the intestinal tract, antibiotics help protect against secondary infection.
  • Blood or Plasma transfusions – to replace protein loss, provide antibodies, help with anemia.

For some perspective: a healthy dog drinks about 1/2 to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. So a 10 lb dog would normally drink about 1 cup of water each day. If your pup has vomiting and diarrhea, the amount increases to make up for the loss.

Is There a Home Remedy?

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.

TAMIFLU FOR PARVO

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

Companion™ Disinfectant Wipes effectively kills 99% of bacteria, virus, fungi including parvovirus, feline calicivirus, rotavirus, adenovirus type 2, hepatitis B virus and more.

  • Clean and disinfect in one step
  • Kills 99% of germs
  • Effective against parvovirus
  • Controls odors
  • Ready to use

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

913 Comments

  1. Andrew J Sutton says:

    tamiflu is rx only will theraflu work also gonna try it im doing all i can hopefully this helps

    • isak says:

      NO, you should not use Theraflu. It contains Acetaminophen. Read this about Theraflu. Also, you want to set up a simple schedule. If you give your dog anything and everything you have, you can make him sick from the various meds. So keep it simple and consistent. Keep him hydrated regularly and try to get some protein-based food in him.

  2. Andrew J. Sutton says:

    I have started a gofundme acct…the link is…Hi everyone, please click here to support my GoFundMe campaign, Dog w/ Parvo:
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/dog-w-parvo.. before its too late im hoping to get him to the vet and need any and all help i can get please anything helps.. Thank You Andrew and Qayn Sutton.

    or else they will be euthinizing him. Please help me save my best friend and sole companion.

  3. Andrew J. Sutton says:

    need to talk to someone with knowledge preferably one who wrote this colomn..i have a 15 month blue nose pit..hes my therapy doh and due to someone else negeligence hes co tracted this virus…ive seen many dogs pass from it so im hoping this will work to save my loyalist and most bestest friend… i have questions i need help with money is an issue and i have no one but this article to help me…Andrew J. Sutton…

    • isak says:

      Hey Andrew. I’m so sorry to hear about your best buddy. The most important thing is keeping him hydrated. Parvo causes vomiting and diarrhea which depletes a dog of hydration. This can lead to serious organ problems. If you have/can find a veterinarian who will let you hydrate via sub-q fluids (iv) at home, that would be great. There are vets who will do that. Sub-q injection administers fluids under the skin bypassing the stomach but still hydrating the organs. Because it is under the skin, this liquid is not thrown up.

      Make a schedule for feeding and hydrating… and stick to it no matter what because you do not know when your pup will turn the corner and start improving. Like any virus, it has to run its course, so bear that in mind and stay your course. Give him some fluids one hour, then some food the next hour. Do this in small amounts to see how well he keeps it down. You can space these out further once he starts holding it down.

      In general, most dogs need about an ounce of fluids per pound of body weight per day. So a 30 lb dog would need about 30 ounces a day. If he vomits this water or has diarrhea, this amount increases. Starting with what you know he needs, divide the amount by how many times a day you will administer ithe fluids — this is assuming you are administering the fluids via an oral syringe placed in his mouth and not sub-q. Alternate between liquids and food.

      Read through the comments on this post, too. Sometimes people share what has worked for them.

      Stick with your schedule no matter how your pup looks. Often they will look worse before they look better, so don’t give up.

  4. Diane says:

    Hello i came by this site thanks for the info, can u pls mention how many times a day can i give raw egg ? and if i use electrolytes how much should i give to an 8 weeks old puppy a day ? thank you.

    • isak says:

      The volume of liquids is based on weight. Most dogs need about an ounce of fluids per pound of body weight per day, so an 10-pound dog needs about 10 ounces of fluids a day. If that same 10-pound dog is vomiting and has diarrhea, that amount would increase to accommodate for the loss. But the initial 10 ounces would be the target. This should be spread out over the day in small amounts as small amounts may be less likely to be thrown back up.

      Eggs. Many dogs do not like the raw eggs and some people worry these days about the possibility of salmonella in “dirty” eggs, so proceed with that in mind. That said, given your pups young age, I would think one at day over the course of the day.

      Good luck. Create a schedule — liquids this hour, some food the next hour, then liquids, etc. — and stick to it no matter what because dogs with parvo can look pretty rough before they turn that corner and start to feel better. Like most viruses, this can take a week to run its course before you see a change. But your wee one is certainly worth it.

  5. Vicki goodman says:

    Please I need some advise asap. I have an 8-9 week old puppy. She was a stray. We got her about 10 days ago, she was happy and playful, but last week on friday we took her to the vet and she tested positive. She didnt have the bloody diarrhea she was just throwing up but not blood just a yellow bile looking stuff.Well the vet kept her here it is sunday and she is still un responsive to the vets procedures on this disease. She is so weak. Should i bring her home and try this remedy on her or is it already to late. Please somebody I need help my puppy needs help. Thank you

    • isak says:

      I would bring her home. A dog can often be unresponsive for a week as the virus runs its course. Think of the flu or a cold — they don’t pass in a couple days. Plan a schedule and stick to it no matter what or how she looks because they often look worse before they look better. Maybe your vet will send you home with fluids you can administer under her skin. These bypass the stomach and directly hydrate her organs, so this is a good option. It’s what they do. So feed and hydrate her on a regular schedule all day and all night if you can. She can get through this.

  6. Pa says:

    Hello! My puppy (about to turn 1 yr this month) have parvo and been hospitalized since Friday (it is now Monday evening) the vets are telling me to consider putting him to sleep, but I dont want too…I am picking him up tomorrow and I will try the egg & pedialyte. I saw about Pepto, does that really work? Also I’ve seen some comments about baby food? What kind of baby foods? Someone please help me.

    • isak says:

      Hydration is the most important thing. If your puppy will not drink on his own, ask the vet if he/she can instruct you on giving sub-q fluids yourself. This is administered just under the skin via a syringe and bypasses the stomach yet hydrates the organs. This is likely what they are doing at the clinic. Many vets are fine with letting you do this at home and will provide you with the fluids and the kit you need. You can find videos online to see how it is done. It’s not hard.

      Hopefully, they will send you home with some anti-nausea meds, too. These can help.

      You need to develop a schedule for feeding and hydrating — maybe every hour, maybe every two hours depending on your pup — and STICK TO IT no matter how things seem. That is very important. A dog with parvo can look pretty bad just before it turns the corner and starts to feel better. So sticking to a schedule keeps you focused on the work and not on your pup.

      The baby food must not contain onions. Gerber makes a Chicken and Gravy, Step 2 (2nd Food) also called Sitter. It is just chicken and water, no onions.

      Pepto does help some dogs better than others. But introduce things slowly. Don’t give him a bunch of new stuff all at once. Do it in steps and slowly. If your pup’s stomach is upset, he will likely not want to eat on his own, so you will need to force feed him in small amounts. Small amounts will have a better chance of staying down than large amounts at one time. Force feeding will require an oral syringe (a syringe with no needle). The vet should provide that for you.

      Pedialyte is also good because it contains extra electrolytes that regular water doesn’t have. You could alternate the food and pedialyte per your schedule.

      Good luck. And don’t give up on him.

  7. Alicia says:

    My 12 week old puppy was fine as of last night. We woke up tbis morning to him acting very down like he didnt feel good. Dry nose, warm ears, and diarrhea. We started giving him electrolyte solution via the mouth with a syringe because he would not eat or drink. By the end of the day he had like a mucus stool with just a tiny hint of blood and had vomited a few times. So I gave him a half of a children’s pepto pill. He is now up running around and playing, drinking water from his bowl acting as if this didnt happen. The only thing missing still is he wont take food yet but is showing interest in it. Stiffing, licking.. He went tinkle about 20 minutes after the pill. But no diarrhea and vomitting going on an hour and half now and hes just as normal as can be. I will continue to do as I have been. But… Could this even be the Parvo virus? The way hes up amd doing so well I just dont know

    • isak says:

      It could be, but given his young age and his quick rebound, it sounds like he may have eaten something that did not agree with him. The mucous that you saw occurs naturally as a protection in the digestive tract against stomach acids. It’s not usually obvious unless there is a digestive upset where a more than usual amount is excreted. The tiny hint of blood would not be unusual if his digestion was distressed. But keep an eye on him and his bowel movements just to be sure.

  8. Stephanie says:

    How do I know if my puppy is getting anything from the raw egg if she keeps throwing up right after I give it to her? She goes to drink water on her own (I put pedialyte instead of regular water) but she’s very lethargic and groans from discomfort I’m assuming. I’m giving her half of the pepto pill as well. I feel like she throws up all the egg I feed her.

    • isak says:

      If she vomits immediately after eating, there is a good chance she is not getting anything from the egg. If she is drinking somewhat on her own, you may try giving her some unsalted chicken broth (make sure it doesn’t contain ominous or garlic) in a separate bowl.

      If she is small enough (because a small dog won’t eat as much as a larger dog), you could see if she will eat Gerber’s Baby 2 Chicken and Gravy — the ingredients are only chicken and water.

      That she is drinking on her own is a good sign as dehydration is one of the most concerning parts of parvo. This virus takes time to get through. Imagine having a very bad flu with vomiting and diarrhea that lasts for a week or so. Stick with her.

  9. Valerie R says:

    My 1 year old Blue pit bull “Blu” passed away Tuesday from this and now our sweet 10 week old Blue pit “Gemma Emma” (Blu’s sister from a different litter) has it. The day Blu was sick we started force feeding Gemma raw eggs, pepto, antibiotics (i had left over adult stregnth) and pedialyte. She wouldnt eat at first but came around and was acting normal. Yesterday morning she was still acting normal but by the time i got home from work yesterday evening she wasnt doing well at all. I went to walmart and bought more of everything but also picked up a box of vitamin C packets (for immune system) 1000mg vitamin c so i mixed it with the pedialyte. She is still swallowing (which by time i caught it Blu had stopped swallowing and rejected anything) so thats a good sign but we gave her the last treatment at 1045pm i set an alarm to do it agaun at 1 and slept through. My daughter woke me up at 2 and there was bloody poop and vomit everywhere inside and outside her cage. My daughter bathed her and cleaned the cage while i watched more videos and this lady said to get the probiotics digestive and immune health capsules and mix the powder with the pedialyte and give it rectally. I jumped in the car at 230am and went on a mission for probiotics (again at walmart) got home and gave it to her [rectally]. (The lady said give it once wait 3 hours and give it again) I felt really bad for violating her and she seemed upset too. I set an alarm for 6 to do it again but again slept through the alarm and got up at 7 and NO POOP NO VOMIT!!!! So i gave her a syringe of pedialyte with antibiotics and then 2 more probiotics and pedialyte (rectally) jist got off the phone with my daughter and she is still not acting herself but she is wagging her tail, keeping everything down and not vomitting or having diarrhea any more. I will update as soon as i get home and see how she is doing.

    • isak says:

      I am so sorry to hear about Blu.

      The most important thing to do right now is create a schedule for liquids/feedings and stick to it not matter how she looks. At this point, giving her fluids every hour or two is very important. As a rule of thumb, dogs should drink approximately one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. When there is vomiting and diarrhea in the mix, the amount needed increases significantly. Without liquids, her organs could fail. This virus can take a week or longer to get through. So again, create a schedule and stick to it… even if she looks like she is doing better. Stick to the schedule past the point you think she is okay.

      Also clean the house and her bedding thoroughly, even your shoes. Do you know where the virus came from?

      Good luck. It sounds like your daughter is a great help. I’m glad she’s there for you and Gemme Emma.

  10. Elizabeth Jackson says:

    The remedy for the ground hamburger is that raw or cooked?

    • isak says:

      Cooked, then dry off as much of the fat as possible. Maybe drain it on a paper towel and pat it dry with another paper towel. Good luck. The most important thing is to create a schedule and stick to it no matter what. You never know when your pet will turn the corner and start to rebound.

  11. Chelsea says:

    Oh I forgot I have give the mixture every 30 minutes for 5 hours then every hour for 2 days she seems to be doing a little better wagging her tail she also has not ate in 3 days and her vomit smells really bad it was clear with white mucus stuff in it now it is green and yellow also black from the charcoal I will keep y’all posted

    • isak says:

      Sounds like you have a plan! Just stick to it no matter what because sometimes it gets worse before it gets better. Don’t give up.

      Our best to your baby girl.

  12. Chelsea says:

    Good evening I have a 10month old red nose pit she caught parvo from our apartments the managers dog had it and died she has been vomiting all day non stop no pop at all today I am trying everything I can to help her I give her charcoal apple cider vinegar and pedialite every 30 minutes along with pepto as needed about every 2 hr and I SubQ an Iv fluid shot every hour of 6 to 12 MLs I feel awful for having to consistently sticking her with a needle but we have to save our baby girl Bella I PRAY TO GOD he saves her I will post back after we beat this cause she is a fighter and I know she will make it

  13. Kaitlynn Hocutt says:

    Hi guys. Im on day 6 of at home treating my 3 month old for parvo. She had her first set of shots and still caught this nasty stuff. I never knew anything about parvo. I was taught if your dog got parvo you might as well put it down. Ive had 2 dogs die from parvo and i wasnt letting it happen to this baby! We took her to the vet and just for the parvo test it was a $100 visit. Im a mother of 3 and cannot afford what this vet was going to charge to save her life. So i started researching and actually came across this page and read alot of everyone’s comments. Thank you ALL! from me researching, and reading comments my dog is almost back to normal! Shes not eating on her own yet but she has been going and drinking water. I work a 8 hour job. So ive been getting up before i get my kids up for school, cleaning and replacing her puppy pads, giving her Pedialyte, pepto, a raw egg, puppy milk, and baby food in a syringe. 4 times a day ive been doing this. And its working! I just cant believe it. I hope everyone has a success story like i do!

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