Adrienne is a certified dog trainer and former veterinarian assistant who partners with some of the best veterinarians worldwide.
Why Parvo Immunization Is Important
Parvovirus: this potentially fatal virus, affecting young dogs and especially puppies, is hard to deal with, so protecting puppies from this disease by vaccinating them is extremely important.
Puppies as small as six weeks old can be vaccinated against Parvo every 3-4 weeks until they have completed the series up to when they are 14-18 weeks old.
It is important that owners realize that puppies are not fully immunized until a few weeks after they have completed the entire series.
Is Your Home or Yard Infected With Parvovirus?
If Parvo has already struck an area and owners are concerned about adding a second puppy to a home, many precautionary measures will need to be taken. Often owners lose a puppy to Parvo and then make the mistake of adopting another and exposing that puppy to the Parvo virus that is still present in the environment.
Facts About Parvo
- Parvo may live in the environment for up to 7 months.
- Parvovirus is a very hardy virus that thrives in homes and yards, even in freezing temperatures.
- Parvo indeed is very resistant to household chemicals, which do not work to kill the virus.
- The virus is shed in feces so all areas where feces were present are considered contaminated. The virus is shed in enormous amounts, just think that an ounce of stool from an infected dog may produce up 35 million viral particles!
- The virus can be easily transported by the dog's paws around the home, but also it may be found on the owner's shoes, clothes etc. Even a car's tires can transport the virus if they were in contact with contaminated stool. So attempting to remove the Parvovirus from a dog's environment is a tough battle and it is almost impossible to fight because it could be virtually everywhere.
- While there are products that can kill the virus it is a very difficult task to disinfect everything and everywhere.
How long does the Parvovirus live?
According to Marvistavet: ''Indoors, the virus loses its infectivity within one month" while outdoors,''freezing is completely protective to the virus. If the outdoors is contaminated and is frozen, one must wait for it to thaw out before safely introducing a new puppy. Shaded areas should be considered contaminated for seven months whereas areas with good sunlight exposure should be considered contaminated for five months.'' Of course, it never hurts to err on the side of caution and wait longer before adding a new puppy.
How to Clean Parvovirus From Your Home and Yard
So what should owners do if they have other puppies living in a Parvo-contaminated area? There is really not much more than can be done than picking up all the feces and disinfecting any possibly contaminated areas. The only product to seem to be effective in killing the virus is bleach.
- Disinfection is accomplished by using bleach diluted with water in an exact ratio of 1:30, one part bleach to 30 parts water.
- To work, the bleach mixture should be left in contact with contaminated surfaces for at least 10 minutes.
Of course, if bleach is used on grass, the grass will die. Ultimately, this may be better than the alternative (exposing a puppy).
Of course, bleach cannot be used on couches or carpets, as it will ruin fabric. For this reason, all bedding, bowls, blankets, and toys that may be contaminated by the virus are better off tossed.
How to Reduce Your Puppy's Exposure to Parvo
Puppies should not be introduced to homes where there is a history of Parvo until at least a month has passed or at least 7 months have passed for contaminated yards.
Avoiding the outdoors, where there may be feces contaminated with Parvo, is key. Disinfecting shoes, clothes, and anything coming from the outdoors is crucial. However, the virus can be found just about everywhere—at the dog park, at the vet's office waiting room, in yards, etc. Therefore, puppies should have limited exposure to other puppies and places frequented by puppies until they are fully vaccinated against Parvo.
The good news is that according to PetSide.com once a puppy is infected by Parvo, it is immune to the virus for at least 20 months and sometimes for life.
Other Ways to Prevent Parvovirus Exposure
While avoiding the Parvo virus may sound like an arduous task, being prepared for the worst would be savvy. Know how to recognize the symptoms of Parvo and report to your vet immediately should your puppy start exhibiting any of them. The faster the diagnosis, the better the prognosis.
It would be helpful to keep handy a special product produced by Amber Technology known as Parvaid. This product is a natural remedy with good reviews especially when given at the first signs of Parvo.
Parvo is a very scary disease. Protecting your puppy from it may appear like a very arduous task. Focus on disinfecting the puppy's living quarters carefully if the home has a history of other dogs affected by Parvo and learn more about this disease. Knowledge is power and it is like winning already half the battle. Please be responsible and vaccinate your puppy against infectious disease.
Disclaimer: this article is not to be used as a substitute for veterinary advice. Also, this article may not be up-to-date with the latest products and methods to eradicate parvo. If your puppy or dog has parvo consult with your vet and inquire about the latest products and techniques to kill the virus.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Questions & Answers
Question: If a puppy gets parvo and survives, will he forever carry the virus?
Answer: Puppies who have contracted parvo will typically shed the virus for about two weeks after they stop showing symptoms; but since there may be some variability in this, it's best to consider them contagious for 4-6 weeks just to play it safe.
However, consider that the virus once shed can survive quite for a long time (several months for even up to a year or slightly more) therefore, it is important that feces are removed, and infected areas are sprayed down with a bleach solution as mentioned in the article.
Puppies who have contracted parvo will not remain carriers for life, but yes, they can shed the virus in the environment during the "shedding" period" and therefore once out there (unless removed by a bleach solution) it can survive for many months and pose a danger to other susceptible puppies.
Question: What cleaning products should I use to clean parvovirus?
Answer: Are you planning to add another dog to your home? The safest option is to get an older dog that is current on their vaccines. If you are planning to get another puppy, things may be risky if your home isn't properly disinfected. It's not worth the risk in my opinion.
Bleach is the standard product to kill parvo from hard surfaces like counters or floors. It's used in a ratio of 1 to 30 parts water. This solution may ruin carpets, couches, and upholstery. Steam cleaning may be needed for those surfaces.
The big problem though is that if you touched a sick pup there are risks that you may have had the virus on your hands and then you spread it to doorknobs, light switches, drawer handles, etc. Also if you stepped on stools with the virus, the virus could have been spread to other areas. It's close to impossible to clean every inch of the house that may be contaminated.
Question: What can I use on my furniture and carpet to kill the parvo virus?
Answer: According to Veterinary Partner, bleach diluted as one part bleach to 30 parts water should be used to clean bowls, floors, surfaces, toys, bedding, and anything potentially contaminated that is colorfast or that you do not mind potential color changes. Allow at least 10 minutes of contact to kill the virus. Steam cleaning the carpets/furniture with the solution will kill the virus, but it may bleach them. Things get tricky though as the virus can hide between carpet fibers if not soaked well. You can try calling several brands of parvocide products and asking whether their products are safe to use on carpet. If you are getting another puppy, risks are lowered if you get an older puppy (over 16 weeks) who has completed the vaccination series and then wait at least one month before introducing to your home. Things can get risky though if you have a yard that also needs to be disinfected.
Question: Can a child contract parvo from a dog?
Answer: Parvo fortunately cannot be transfered to humans-including children and even babies. The Parvo Virus found in dogs is strictly a disease that affects puppies and dogs. Now, children do get a form of parvo virus known as Parvo B19, that causes "Fifth disease" but it is a different condition from the dog parvo virus affecting dogs so they shouldn't be confused with one another.
Question: I plan to visit a litter of puppies, and have walked in parks where dogs have been. I'm not aware of any parvo outbreaks in the area, but should I try to disinfect my shoes before visiting?
Answer: A reputable breeder asks that shoes are left outside when visiting puppies so to prevent disease.
Question: I have a full grown female pitbull that is having extreme diarrhea. She won't eat her food, but will drink Gatorade. I know the Gatorade will give her nutrients that were lost during excessive diarrhea. Could my dog have Parvo?
Answer: Parvo is not as common in adult dogs as it is in puppies. Is your dog's parvo vaccination up-to-date? Parvo is a core vaccine so if your dog is current on her vaccinations, most likely you have her covered (albeit some rare exceptions to the rule). If your dog has never been vaccinated for parvo before or she is not current, then that may be a different story.
Many more common issues can cause the symptoms you are seeing. For instance, dietary indiscretion, inflammatory bowel disease, a bacterial infection, giardia, coccidiosis, etc. I would suggest you see your vet for proper diagnosis and treatment and don't forget to bring a stool sample to your vet.
Question: My neighbor's dog has parvo. What should we do to protect our puppy and dog?
Answer: If both of your dogs are current on their parvo vaccines (and the puppy has completed all his booster shots) and do not go to your neighbor's home/yard or play with any other dogs they might have, the chances of contracting the disease should be rather low. Parvo is not airborne and usually is transmitted from dog to dog when one dog ends up ingesting the virus through another dog's feces or the ground where the dog may have defecated in the past. Another risk is "fomites" things that can carry the virus around such as shoes that may have collected the sick dog's poop, mice walking from the neighbor's yard to yours, your dog licking their paws after walking in areas where the sick dog has defecated, etc. It is believed that parvo can live in yards for at least up to a year even once the feces of the sick dog are no longer visible. To be extra careful, you may wish to use a 10% dilute bleach solution to clean up any areas where your dogs are walked and where this sick dog may have walked. Also, I would avoid contact with the neighbor if your dogs aren't vaccinated though they are at risk for contagion especially the puppy. If any of your dogs are on steroids or undergoing chemotherapy, this can further lower their immunity, making them more at risk.
Question: Can you give the dog the parvo shot and will the parvo go away?
Answer: Unfortunately, no, the parvo won't go away. If your puppy is already showing symptoms of parvo, then vaccination at that point is not going to help. The reason for this is how the parvo vaccination works. It takes a series of vaccinations to trigger the immune response and even after completing the series, consider that it takes about 7 days for the vaccination to be effective. On top of this, veterinarians won't vaccinate a sick dog. Vaccines are labeled for use in “healthy dogs only.”
Question: Can cats carry the parvovirus?
Answer: No, cats do not carry parvo, no more than a person does, in the sense that cats do not get parvo and therefore cannot pass it directly. However, it may be possible for a cat to carry inside the home the virus on its feet or fur just as humans can bring it in on shoes and clothing.
Question: Can you feed a puppy bleach water to cure parvovirus?
Answer: It is very dangerous to feed bleach to dogs, even if watered down. Indeed, at the veterinary hospital I worked at, we saw several times dogs with severe gastric ulcers because these dogs managed to drink bleach water from a bucket and used to mop floors. In a high concentration, bleach can even kill a dog. On top of that, it won't treat the parvo. There is no treatment for parvo as it is a viral infection. All that can be done is provide supportive care with antibiotics by the vet and IV fluids.
Question: I live in an apartment building and my neighbor's puppy died today from parvo. Should I be worried about taking my dog out to go potty, he's around three years old and he was an abandoned dog. I had him fixed microchip and some shots but can't remember if he got the parvo one should I be worried?
Answer: Parvo is a disease mostly affecting puppies. In general, most dogs who contract parvo are younger then 1 year of age though dogs older then one can still get the virus. Dogs that are around three years of age can become infected with parvo, especially if they have never had any vaccines to protect them against Parvo.
The good thing is that, if you are unsure whether your dog got vaccinated against parvo, you can give your vet a quick call and they should be able to tell you. When your dog was vaccinated, they keep it on record along with other info such as lot numbers, batch and when it expires. The parvo shot is a core vaccine and one of the most frequently given, most likely if your dog received shots it was included, but always best to check to play it safe.
Question: How do you prevent a dog from getting parvo?
Answer: By vaccinating your puppy and keeping your puppy safe from direct exposure (feces, dirt, contaminated surfaces) or indirect exposure (fomites like shoes, clothing, car tires) until he has completed the whole series of shots and the vet gives the OK (it takes several days for the last booster to take effect) to take the puppy in places where dogs tend to aggregate. Follow your vet's advice on how to prevent parvo in puppies.
Chrissy on August 31, 2020:
So I been helping my neighbors take care of there pups witch came down with parvo 2 weeks ago there on meds but Friday they will be ready to go to there forever homes if I take one will my 2 year old dog be ok and not catch it the pups r good there eating drinking and playing typical pup behavior I’m just worried about my dog I have now
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 06, 2020:
The incubation period for parvo, meaning the time it takes for the dog to contract it and show signs, is typically three to seven days for most dogs. So it can be possible this dog contracted it from the yard, although it would difficult to prove.
Rene Nelson on February 05, 2020:
We took in a stray dog and we found out it has parvo only been here for about five days three months ago we had a puppy die from parvo what are the chances that the stray could have caught the virus from our yard
Ba Harvey on October 23, 2019:
My puppy is thankfully just recovering from parvo. The essencial oil Frankinscence really helped. I put a drop on my wrist and he sniffed a bit. Or I left the bottle open for him to sniff if he wanted. Also coloidal silver 5 drops 3 times per day. Okinawa from the Health factory helped with the minerals. Happy healing to your doggie.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 08, 2019:
Yes, of course. Our vets vaccinated adult dogs all the time.
Jodi on August 05, 2019:
Can an adult dog get the parvo vaccine?
ajamalahmed on November 21, 2018:
I recently Lost My German Shepherd Puppie Due to Pravo Virus(according to Vet Doc.) Now im deciding to bought a new one but before that i want to ask some question.
In this Modern Technology world why there is now cure for that virus?
If the u bought the new pupp how can i check that the pupp is vaccinated well.?
is ther any vaccine who cure that virus?name of vaccine.
Nick waller on June 22, 2018:
My dog caught Parvo and survived I had to push pennicilen down his throat every 8hrs and shoot pedia light down his throat every 2-3 hrs and he survive his is 8 yrs old now and you gotta keep them away from other dogs or they will get it too it's about a 2wks process of consistency and no matter how small your dog get just keep the process up cause ducking with Parvo yo dog gonna get real thin just keep them hydrated and and pennicilen every 8hrs
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 25, 2018:
So sorry for your loss Kayla.
Kayla Newman on January 15, 2018:
My grandmas 4 month old docshound/ husky mix breed just died this morning at 6 am,Monday January 15 2018 she got up this morning after giving him 100 oz of saline/fluid last night he was playing and chasing cats Saturday and them he was all down in the dumps yesterday and today he died.........SADLY with NO warning we thought he would be fine since we were treating him just as the nurse had told us to....but I guess him not suffering anymore and him dying here at home was better than watching the veterinarians put him down straight in front of us...... soooo...it’s better now .... he’s in a better place now ..... he was sooooooo loved....he still is and soooo badly missed........ thank you sooooo much for reading this....bless you ALL❤️
carollynn on November 15, 2017:
a puppy died of parvo at my dogs daycare.my dog is five years old and has been up to date on all his shots. is my dog safe there.
Jessica on September 23, 2017:
I just had my 9 week old puppy die from this awful disease. I only have her 6 days. I noticed when we got home that day she wasn't eating.
we thought it maybe cause she was upset from leaving her mother at the time she was still drinking water from her bowl.
the next day she still wasn't eating her food so I tried giving her some ham to eat and she ate it, so I thought she didn't like her food. So we gave her little bits at a time and she ate it up. we went to bed everything was fine. Monday morning she was drinking her water using her puppy pad and playing with the kids. I got my kids ready for school put her in her crate and took them to their bus stop. when i got back 15 mins later she was acting different she wasn't playful anymore. so i let her sleep. but then she wasn't drinking and and turned away from the food i offered her. I called the vet and they told me to give her water and give her 24 hrs to see if she gets better. So I started giving her water every hour. i messaged the people i got her from but they didn't answer me. I only left her to go get my kids off the bus. soon as my husband got home. we took her to our vets he said it was just a bug and gave me some medicine and gave her a iv to help hydrate her. i took her home and did what they told me i set an alarm to get up to water her. I would force her to eat some wet dog food they gave me. the next morning she wasn't doing any better so i called back and took her back in the vet then sent me to a er vet clinic where she was diagnosed with parvo. The people I got her from finally called me back then I told them they gave me a sick puppy and they told me the rest of the litter is fine. they are sorry for this but it wasn't from them. he then told me to give her Gatorade and pep-to. I bought some unflavored Pedialyte and gave her pep-to. and again I was up with her all night. then next morning she seemed to be getting a bit better her gums here pinker and she seem to be able to stand.
I continued to keep going with hope she was getting better. but around noon she took a turn for the worse. she got weak and her gums where white. I called some vets to see if they could give her an iv to help me hydrate her and no one would help. I took her in my room with my AC and she seemed to be more energetic she got up and walked around a little kept coming to be closer to me. I fell a sleep at 10 pm and missed my alarm to get up at 11. At 3:30 am my husband woke up to go to work and told me she was gone.
I feel awful and like its my fault I know its a deadly virus but I feel like its my fault because I didn't have $5000 on hand to keep her at the vet's to get her the help she needed and because I fell a sleep and missed the alarm.
So now I need to clean my house of the virus. how many times do i clean the house with bleach?
Danielle Cantone on August 30, 2017:
My 8 week old baby was just diagnosed today with parvo. I have 8 other dog's I can't afford to pay for the vet or there shots. how do I clean my yard and house thoroughly??I no you can't get it all I have over 5 Acres they run I just need to get where they are mostly.also I've read it stays in your yard for 7 years it that true if not how long can it stay ?
Star Tavares from Seattle Washington on August 28, 2017:
I just wrote this long story about my dog and our parvo survival story and what we went through and what I learned and I forgot to sign In first before posting so it's probably not gonna be published and I'm to tired to tell it again in case it doesn't show up in this feed I just want to say my heart goes out to anyone dealing with this and the only real cure is prevention by getting your puppys vacinated and away from other dogs/puppy's during this crucial time parvo is DEATH it sticks to anything the sick puppy touches and can infect for months after contamination costs alot financialy and emotionally to cure and that is not even a for sure thing I know from experience my dog survived it but most do not KNOWLEDGE IS POWER so be a responsible person owner their life is in your hands
Star Tavares on August 28, 2017:
Parvo is no joke 12 years ago I was givin a puppy at the time my living situation was not stable and I didn't even have enough income to support myself but i fell in love with that puppy and kept her with me she never went with out food ,shelter or love but vaccinations were not a priority at that time I was unaware of the consequences of not having them and one day she wouldn't eat her dog food so I figured she didn't like it so I tried giving her a beef Patty and she just looked at it and the water she drank she would throw up I had remembered a story this girl told me about her puppy that died months prior to me and my puppy visiting her house she told me details and the virus was called parvo I knew right then that my puppy had parvo I was lost I had no way to pay for this expensive treatment I tried giving her Pedialyte as I was told it could help her recover but all it was doing was prolonging the inevedable death watching this puppy that I already loved so much was unbearable and nobody could help me financially she was so bad off that vets were saying it could cost thousands of dollars because she would probably have to do overnight stay and they wouldn't even treat her with out money up front so I did the unthinkable and basicly sold my soul to the devil in short I talked a drug dealer I knew into helping me pay the vet like I said I would do anything to save her life and she wasn't gonna make it another night the vets were all closed and so I drove to the nearest 24hour vet and had that dealer shell out 800$ to them it would have been more if I didn't opt to do treatment myself my roommate was in school for nurses aid she agreed to help me and the vet showed us what we had to do every 3 hours if i wanted her to survive but she could still die with treatment so it was not even a sure thing me and my roommate had to stick a gigantic needle in her back that was connected to a sack filled with water looking fluid and while it was in her we had to inject additional liquids with medicine as well every 3 hours I had to hold my puppy so she would not move while my roommate injected her it was horrifying for everyone involved but after the fourth treatment my puppy was recovering rapidly and once the fluids were gone her treatment was finally done 12 years later she's as healthy as ever and I've changed my life for the better having her has made me a responsible woman and pet owner we have a wonderful vet who we see every year who even let's meet make payments if I can't afford to pay that day so no more borrowing money from drug dealers!! (I can laugh about it now) AND I NEVER MISS HER YEARLY SHOTS moral of my story is be a responsible pet owner get your puppy vaccinated right away because PARVO IS DEATH unless your willing to do whatever to pay for for your puppy to live or unless you have an Xtra 800$ to 1000$ dollars in your pocket but most people don't thank you for listening and my heart goes out to all of you who have lost your puppys to this disease and unfortunately those puppy's who had come in contact with my dog during this time had all contracted it as it is highly contagious only one of the three puppy's survived the one who lived was the only one vacinated and was cought in time the virus stays in everything the sick puppy touches for months possibly years! You have the life of another living creature in your hands be smart KNOWLEDGE IS POWER (sorry for my bad spelling)
Lisa on August 21, 2017:
First & foremost, sorry to each family that has gone through this horror, it saddens me to type in this box. Our labs have been hit hard by this evil virus. We lost our 6 month old yellow lab Cutie (our 5 yr old son's puppy) out of a litter we whelped in Feb of this year within 12 hours from acting lethargic, we had now idea what we were up against. Her brother had symptoms the following day of being lethargic, then he began to vomit and then blood diarrhea- we immediately brought him to the ER Vet where they swabbed him twice, 1st test showed negative, 2nd test confirmed, they set him up with a fluid injection, antibiotics and now we are fighting with him for the last 72 hours, still unsure what to anticipate. Yesterday, as a complete blind-side, our 6 yr old chocolate lab, up to date on all boosters, began acting lethargic, not eating, we began protocols immediately with her & just found her gone, my heart is broken. Until we've experienced this the last 5 days, had no idea what this virus even was and will attest to the horror of feeling helpless. We have a large property, we don't bring our dogs to hiking trails or dog parks, our labs have shared their water dishes, food dishes and now we have 4 boys to work through with the devestation of how fast and lethal this virus is. Completely devestated.
David H on July 27, 2017:
We lost a dog to parvo a year ago, and we are loosing another dog to parvo
Amanda on July 25, 2017:
My puppy Django was 5 months old. We had bought his shots from a feed store. Just this last Friday when I returned home from work, I could tell he was sick. When I left Friday morning he seemed so fine. Friday night was one of the worst nights I have had in a long time. My poor pup... We took him to the vet, he was to far gone. We have his brother, his name is Cooper. He was sick too. My husband started researching and just so happen we had the right meds in our home to try and save him. Yesterday we started an IV with fluids and today he is EATING!! The difference Cooper had been infected by his brother. Coopers shots came from a place that handles their vaccines properly. We have learned a very valuable lesson. If you want to save money and give the shots yourself, buy them from the vet. Pack them on ice and give as soon as you arrive to your pup. Once these shots are removed from the fridge they start loosing power. So we essentially gave our puppy a dead shot/shots. Me and my children lost a dear friend. I am so thankful my husband was able to hold it together to save Cooper.
Narelle on July 21, 2017:
Letting u know i just had a puppy die from parvo and there is some stuff that u can spray on fabric and shoes and on the floor and stairs called f10 i got told it kills the parvo virus in 2 min after u leave on your floor but it is about $45 per 200ml
Teresa on July 20, 2017:
Only thing that works is shots and bleach and spic and apan antibacterial cuz i lost 4 pups and 2 older dogs and now one of my pups is a yr old out of a litter 2 survived out of 7 pups so im grateful to spic and span company parvo virus didnt kill my lucky .
Carol on July 10, 2017:
We just lost a rescue 5 month old puppy. We want to bury him in our yard, is the virus still contagious? We have two other dogs and don't know if they'll be safe if we bury him at our home.
Hope on June 14, 2017:
Clorox anywhere spray is strong as bleach and kills99.9 % of germs but as safe as soap and water. You can spray it on anything without ruining it
Sinaloa on June 04, 2017:
How long does the parvovirus last in dogs is it forever?
Amy on May 24, 2017:
Our puppy was not himself on Friday morning, went straight to the vet, he was Injected but the Vet said not much they can do. He was only five months old. He was a very fit and healthy puppy , full of energy and so lovable, we thought he would beat the disease. I treated him the entire weekend with his meds fed him with a syringe, Sunday he started drinking water again all by himself, we thought he was so much better. Monday he was walking around again, but unfortunately Monday afternoon he died. This disease is absolutely evil.
Jodian on May 17, 2017:
My have the virus ,from last night I see sick....and I really don't want him do die
Hannah on May 13, 2017:
I took in a stray the vet was supposed to do a full work up on him and give him his first round of puppy shots. I took the puppy home once the vet cleared him. The next morning my poor little baby bear was dead. The vet never checked him for Parvo and that's what my poor little baby bear died from. We never noticed symptoms because we had him maybe 24 hours.
Fran Morris on April 09, 2017:
After being cured of the Parvo Virus, does a dog become a carrier of the virus?
SUSAN on April 05, 2017:
I HAVE 2 9 WEEK OLD PUPS THAT NEED PRAYER PLEASE I AM GIVING THEM BY MOUTH FORCED PEDILITE WITH ANTIBIOTICS AND CHARCOAL , THEY ARE NO LONGER THROWING UP OR DIARRHEA I AM GIVING EVERY 15V MINUTES ROUND THE CLOCK. THEY ARE ON AND OFF BUT STILL DONT WANT TO EAT IM AFRAID IM GOING TO LOSE THEM DOING EVERYTHING I CAN DO
BeckyW on March 24, 2017:
Today my friends puppy was diagnosed with Parvo. I called the vet and they said even though my 2 year old dog had been vaccinated she could still get parvo and die. WTH I thought we vaccinated so this would not happen. Now I am worried about my dog too. They said to bleach everything and keep the dog away from the house. I feel so bad for my friend and now I am so worried about my baby too. Any advice would be appreciated.
Dustin on March 09, 2017:
My wife and I unfortunately just went through a rather devastating experience with the Parvo virus. We had adopted a beautiful little baby girl who was 10 weeks old. Exactly one week to the day after we brought her home, she became sick. We rushed her to our veterinarian immediately and it was then that we were told she had Parvo. Sadly, after spending 3 days admitted into the animal hospital, our poor girl passed away. We have since done everything we could to clean our home, replaced carpets, scrubbed, srubbed and scrubbed some more. We want another puppy more than anything however we are very afraid to bring another home and introduce her into what could potentially be a hazardous and deadly environment. If anyone can please give me advice as to what else we can do and possibly what kind of timeline we should wait I would greatly appreciate that. Thank you.
Jeannie Palma on January 31, 2017:
My peanut is sick I think she got parvo ! I don't want to lose her she all I got in my life ! Someone told me to give her garlic's ! Will it help her or not ?
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 26, 2017:
Angel sartin, great to hear your pup is a parvo virus survivor.
angel sartin on January 25, 2017:
We have a dog that survived parvo. He is now 5 1/2 to 6 months old. He was like almost 1 month and thank the good Lord the vets could save him. They said to give him Pedialyte and soft food.
Mona on January 21, 2017:
We just lost our puppy yesterday because of this deadly virus! I am so devastated because my baby was just 2 months old and even though we did every treatment for him to get a bit better it was not enough for him to survive this virus. It is a heart-wrenching experience of a lifetime. We never knew before about this virus so i highly advice people to first know some diseases like this which can be very dangerous.
Jerold on December 20, 2016:
Ok my dog had parvo took her to vet for treatment. They neglacted her we want another dog we been cleaning with bleach what kills parvo really
amanda v. on December 10, 2016:
My story went both ways. I lost 2 puppies within 1 week to parvo. Had the first vet diagnosed my first puppy correctly, I believe we could've saved the second. Anyway, the good part of the story was that I did purchase another puppy about a week later. She had had her first shot when I got her and all the rest of the shots I gave her myself, two days early, she is now the ripe old age of 4 1/2 months old. She has had all of her shots until she's a year old and she's still alive, thank God. So as far as my experience has been, the vaccinations do stop the puppies from getting infected. My boyfriend also bleached the yard 2 or 3 times but I personally don't think that had anything to do with it.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 26, 2016:
So sorry for your loss Andrea. You can try Nature's Miracle for the smell and stain.
sandy on November 20, 2016:
Have just lost 6 out of 7 puppies to this terrible disease. They were to have their first set of shots on friday(they would have been 6 weeks). Tuesday morning they were all fine,eating,drinking,playing. Tuesday afternoon, they stopped eating and drinking. Within 36 hours we lost 6 puppies.
The only thing I can think of is that we had taken them outside in our front yard to play in the sun,they must have picked it up from there.
Now, I have a 6 week old puppy who is showing no signs of being sick at all. He is still eating and drinking. Vet said to not give him his shot for about a week as it would be like being exposed to the virus twice.
This puppy already had a new family that wanted him, but I am scared to death to take him to them. They have other dogs too. My dogs are also fine. They are all up to date on their shots, but I am still scared to death. I have bleached everything,thrown out alot of stuff. I am keeping the puppy by himself at the moment. But he is so sad,he wants to play with my other dogs.
Question. vet is closed today. How much time needs to pass before I know for sure he is not going to be sick? I am to the point now of possibly keeping him cause i am too scared of him going anywhere else and being sick for a new family.
Weird thing is he was with the other puppies when they all got sick. Why did they get it and he did not. I know I am very lucky, but scared to death that any moment he is going to get sick too.
I spend alot of time with him in his room, then change all my clothes,change into other shoes and wash all the clothes in bleach. He too has had a bath(twice) and i even clean his paws really good.
Any idea's on when he might be safe to come out of that room? Vet wont be open till tomorrow.
Andrea on November 18, 2016:
We just lost our beautiful year and a half old rottie to parvo. I am so devestated. We took him to a vet on Tuesday 11.8.16 & told her that our neighbors dog had died a week prior from parvo but she said this wasn't parvo just a change in his dog food. Well Wednesday he only continued to decline. By Thursday we took him to a different vet because he was so bad. They immediately conducted a parvo test and it was positive. He spent 4 nights in the hosptial and we brought him home on Monday after being told he was safe and over the dangerous zone. Well Tuesday he was more normal still not 100% but by Wednesday night he was feeling puny again. My husband woke me up at 4am Thursday morning after he found him dead. I literally went ballistic. I am having such a terrible time with this. I should have done more. I should have made him be tested Tuesday but that vet didn't see any need. This baby wasn't a dog to our family. He was our child. He spent every waking minute that my my husband wasn't at work with him. He went every where with us. We registered him as a ESP pet and I never realized how true that was. I am so lost without his happy face. This has been the worst thing I have ever went thru. And when he passed it was in our bedroom on our floor so he defecated on the carpet and I cannot get the stain or the smell out. It is so terrible to see that daily and be reminded how bad his body suffered. I am so sorry for any person who is going thru this. Prayers for my fellow pet parents who have lost or are dealing with this awful virus.
Valerie on November 01, 2016:
Bought a puppy from a breeder in MO, had shot records, He died of Parvo. He will not reconcile with me and keeps passing the buck. How does a pup die of Parvo if he had all his shots?
Gala on October 20, 2016:
My daughter has a 3 1/2 month old puppy,
He started vomiting last nite. We took him to the vet, we were told that he has parvo. We put him in a cage away from all the other dogs. I guess my question is, of he has this( I believe he does the test says so) then why is in acting fine???
Ravi Rao on October 13, 2016:
We got our Beagle pup on Oct 5, 2016 at 35 days- unvaccinated. In a few days he developed loss of appetite, vomiting, listlessness. No whimper or cry from him- just suffered alone in a corner. Broke our hearts that even in pain he was not suffereing alone. After a couple of days with local vet, put him in a Vet hospital for round the clock care. Diagonsed with Parvo virus, he was immediately put on saline and medicines. He passed away 2 days later - on Oct 13, 2016.
Horrible virus- urge all potential owners to ensure that 1) Pup they adopt is atleast 3 months with his/her mother. 2) Vaccinated and even 14 days after vaccination stays with his mother- her milk contains antibodies.
In the clinic saw pets that were suffering due to ignorance of well meanung owners who were not correctly advised.
casey on September 13, 2016:
my pup got sick, didnt have the runs yet and still would drink his water but vomited a few times and wouldn't eat. So I toke him straight into the vet early the next morning (as it was in the afternoon/night he was vomiting). The vet said she thought he just had a upset belly and was just going to keep him over night and put some fluids in him. I asked if she thought it could be parvo and she said no but she'd test him just 2 be sure. The test came back positive and treatment for him started straight away. He almost died at one point but the little fighter he is he pulled though. He is now 8months old and very health. I really want a friend for him. if I bleach my car park out and keep a new puppy in there until all three shots have been done will the pup be ok? don't want 2 put a another pup through parvo and don't really have another $4000 for treatment for it if it gets it. please help and give me some tips of making sure the new pup wont get it
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on July 20, 2015:
Hello sthefany, all dogs react differently, there's no real standard. Some dogs will not eat at all, some will eat and then vomit, some will be lethargic and reluctant to eat or drink. Because this disease is highly deadly, best to see the vet for fluids and supportive care to fight dehydration.
sthefany on July 19, 2015:
Do dogs with parvo last 5 days and still walk around those 5days and drink water but not eat??
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 07, 2015:
Here's another link about immunity:"Recovered parvo patients develop a very strong immunity to parvo and are extremely unlikely to ever develop parvo again. However, it is critical that your pet is vaccinated against other infectious diseases. Vaccinations are usually given 1-2 weeks after recovery and continued at appropriate intervals as directed by your veterinarian."
According to Veterinary Partner: "A puppy that has recovered from a parvovirus infection can be expected to have strong immunity. This has been tested out to 20 months after infection and immunity is believed to be lifelong; because this is unproven, continued vaccination is commonly recommended."
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 07, 2015:
Ever is a strong word. I would say some puppies and dogs that survive parvovirus disease may be immune to re-infection by parvovirus, but in my opinion this is NOT a guarantee against re-infection. This seems a bit a subject of controversy among vets. According to veterinarian Ron Hines "A dog that has recovered from a confirmed parvovirus infection is immune for the rest of its life." According to the Whole Dog Journal "Any dog that survives a parvovirus infection is believed to have lifelong immunity; serum antibody titers tend to stay high for prolonged periods after recovery from the virus." According to Doctors Foster and Smith "If a puppy recovers from parvovirus infection, he is immune to reinfection for probably at least twenty months and possibly for life." My belief? With such a serious disease, better be safe than sorry.
Shelby on April 07, 2015:
According to the vet if a puppy gets parvo and gets better but is not vaccinated the puppy can get it again it does not become immune, EVER!
renee on January 03, 2014:
Thank you Alexadry. This helps :)
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 03, 2014:
I asked this question a few months ago to my vet and was told that bleach is still being used. According to VCA website "Unlike most other viruses, CPV is very stable in the environment and is resistant to the effects of heat, detergents, alcohol, and many disinfectants. A 1:30 bleach solution will destroy the infective virus."
According to Merck Veterinary "All surfaces should be cleaned with a solution of dilute bleach (1:30), peroxygen, or an accelerated hydrogen peroxide disinfectant. "http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/digestive_system/d... Don't take my word for it though, consult with your vet for more thorough directions as products and disinfecting procedures tend to change and upgrade overtime, and I may not be aware of the latest discoveries.
renee on January 03, 2014:
I had a puppy that just passed away... not sure if it was parvo or parasites... but just in case of parvo. Chemical wise. What kills parvo... so far bleach doesn't but what can?
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 13, 2013:
Was Goldie actually diagnosed as having parvo? There are other conditions that are similar. My male had all the signs and I was sure it was parvo, but tested negative for it, and it turned out being gastro-enteritis. Sending best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Abby on November 13, 2013:
We rescued two puppies a few weeks ago. One of them, Goldie, was already given her 5-in-1 shot a few days after we got her, since she was very strong and playful. Her companion Princess was given her vaccination a week later until their diarrhoea from worms was gone. Goldie's next shot is next Sunday, which is two weeks after her first shot. But just this morning, she was not as playful and didn't eat. We sent her to the vet ASAP. I'm very nervous for her, I just hope she survives. Thank you for this informative article. And I am very sorry for all the people who lost their pets to the dreadful virus.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 13, 2013:
The parvo virus is unfortunately shed in extremely large numbers which is why unvaccinated pups which havean undeveloped immune system are so at risk. No matter how clean vet offices and homes are, they are always chances of exposure. When was your dog last vaccinated? you say every three years, but when was it the last time? If more than a year ago, a titer test is not a bad idea for peace of mind--in case of future exposures. In any case, it's quite unlikely for an older dog to get parvo mainly because of its vaccination status and the immune system being stronger. Even when they do get it, the form is often less severe than in puppies, but yet, it's still a devastating disease nobody wants their dogs to be in. About your concern about giving it to another dog, consider that in order to get the disease the dog must lick the virus whether off the floor or by licking his paws. Here's an interesting link: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?A=581
Anna on September 13, 2013:
My boyfriend and I lost our sweet 10 month old baby Watson to parvo about 2 weeks ago. We're still heart broken, but will try very hard to move forward after our memorial on Sunday.
I have a 10 year old black lab who has been vaccinated every three years for parvo. He lives at home with my parents and has not ever come in direct contact with Watson while he had the virus. I'm afraid that I brought the virus in on my shoes and clothes. I asked the vet if he would be ok, and she said that because of his age, he'd be fine. I don't really trust vets very much anymore, so I just wanted to ask on here to make sure.
Also, if my dog has the virus on him, say from me having had it brought it by shoes or clothes, can he give that to another dog?? If so, I would like to continue to keep him away from other animals. I don't want anyone else to have to go through what we went through. It's the worst pain in the world.
FEHL on June 04, 2013:
Don't worry about killing the PV. Even if you did, it could reappear from a stray dog or your neighbors dog. The SIMPLE answer is : Purchase you dog from a PROFESSIONAL BREEDER : NOT a puppy farm, pet shop or private backyard producer ( NOT the same as breeder). Real breeders inoculate properly with the best & most correct vaccines, on time. Their facilities are immaculate. They don't shove 5 & 6 week olde p[ups out the door just for $. They don't breed to sell, but to keep the highest quality for breeding & build & maintain a BLOODLINE of superior dogs that will give superior pups. So they often have older pups that are fully inoculated & boostered. These would be ones they held back as they showed great promise. Then something showed up : ie the color of the Iris is not dark enough for an excellent rating & so the pup is sold. AKC Reg is ONLY a birth certificate & NO indication of quality of the pup,or an indication of the honesty or knowledge of the seller. Contact AKC.org when acquiring a purebred. You will be reffered to a local breed club that will help you find a REAL breeder who cares about the dogs, the breed & its future.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 09, 2013:
I'm so sorry to hear that Ashlin, it must be devastating to lose two in such a short period of time. Unfortunately, the virus is very hard to kill and it can be also brought in from shoes or the tires of your car.
ashlin on May 09, 2013:
I had a pittbull puppy tht pass away 4 Months ago I clean my hole house an yard every where he had gone and I though I had done a good job so I went and got a boxer puppy and with in 3 weeks of having him he pass away he had fought it for 5 days and on his last day with me you could tell he did his best trying to fight it off. If ur dog gets sick talk to them love on then don't ever let then see you cry the stronger you are around your puppy the more they want to be strong a puppy picks up on ur feeling.
BODYLEVIVE from Alabama, USA on November 20, 2012:
The parvo virus is a killer unless you recognize the symptoms right off. I lost a puppy to parvo years ago because I had never heard of the virus before. We did not know what to do and waited to long before taking him to the vet. I would advise any one who is a dog lover like I am to read every inch of material they can, especially about viruses before bringing a new puppy home.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 13, 2012:
So sorry to hear about your Rottie. This breed is unfortunately predisposed to this condition. Are your other dogs vaccinated against it? Only time will tell, the parvo incubation period is 7-14 days. Best wishes
Ka on November 13, 2012:
Hi, I lost my 4 month old rottie yesterday to parvo. The night before she refused to eat, by morning she was vomiting and defecate with bloody stool. I rushed her to hospital where they gave her 6 injections but by late afternoon she gave up her fight. The store where I got her from told me she had all the vaccination needed, i guess I shouldn't have believed them, especially considering I'm in China. I'm now very worried because I still have another two dogs at home, 1 yr and 1.5 yr old german shepherds. I'm bleached my whole yard and home but I'm still worried because up until she got ill, all my dogs played and stayed together so I'm scared they might already be infected. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the next two weeks, hopefully if they show no signs of illness, then they're safe.
I never want to experience this again, watching my baby die in pain. I have spoken to many people and they all told me the same story, in China this is very common, puppies dying of parvo.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 02, 2012:
Please be very careful with the bleach; it is poisonous in very small doses! Read here:
I would not recommend this at all, it is preferable to give Parvaid, and do all you can to keep the pup hydrated. Of course, the best route is to ask friends a loan and see the vet.
LeeAnn on September 01, 2012:
I think my pup has this virus but I do not know if he does. We don't have the money to take him to a vet but we will try anything to help him. He has the same symptoms like the parvo virus. He has lost a lot of weight in the last 3 days and won't eat anything. I was going to get an IV w/ fluids and try that. We have been giving him bleach too. I hope this all works. He is a lovable puppy and I don't know what we will do if we lose him.
Ashleigh on May 25, 2012:
Our puppy ended up getting Parvo bot 3 weeks after we got him. His a siberian husky. He started to get thin and not want to play or eat. He wasn't himself. I had left for a couple of days and my boyfriend said that our puppy was throwing up and not eating. The day I was coming back my boyfriend took him to the vet. The vet said that he had a 50 percent chance of living. We had to give him 2 bills twice a day and one other one to help keep the food down. We gave him gerber baby food and pedialite at first and I had to force it down his throat. I did that about every half an hour of food and water every 10 minutes. When he was able to eat on his own we gave him boiled chicken and white rice and put the baby food over the rice and he ate it and was drinking on his own. I constantly held him and talked to him. He ended up beating the parvo. The vet had us put fluids in him with a needle but that was too hard for us to do because he is such a big dog. He now is a healthy 4 month old 30 pound puppy. Just have faith and do what we did.Bigger dogs have a higher chance of surviving than little dogs but just try to help your dog and pray.
345 on May 22, 2012:
These creature are not only pet they are our friends family and even coworkers. I hope we find cure for it soon. And thank you for putting up this blog. Every bit of information that we get in a battle against this virus is good for our arsenal of knowledge to help our furry friends out when they are batting the illness. So thank you all and thank you whoever created this blog.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 19, 2012:
Thanks for the helpful tips, 345! I am sorry your pup did not make it, a horrible virus indeed! I lovee the idea of EMTs supplying IV fluids!
345 on May 19, 2012:
This Horable virus. All I can say is stay with you pet and make it as comfortable as you can! Good luck to you all. And just an FYI a lot of emts are animal lovers. Find an ambulance shed/ station tell them your problem and ask for their expired iv fluids!!!! Ivs never expire but they have to be thrown away by law on certain date do don't let the expired scare you from using them!! Good luck to you all and hopefully we find a cure for this daemon virus known as parvo!!!
345 on May 19, 2012:
I'm a deputy and my wife is a nurse! We rescued a dog from the pound a blue nosed pit bull with blue healer cross. He was an amazing pup. We got him Ona thursday on following Wednesday he had the symptoms of parvo. We gave him water he puked it up we gave him soft food he puked it up! He was miserable. Couldn't walk had bloody stool! The following day was like nothing was wrong with him! He was playfully he ate his own puppy food and even drank water by himself. But at night he got dead sick. He was non responsive and barely had a puls. 3 days of me and my wife blending protein shakes with vitamins electrolytes Nd all that good stuff. I revived an Iv because I am a voulantear emt as well! Well we managed to put the Iv in him and start it up as soon as we did the pore thing passed away in my arms! He was only 13 weeks old! Rip Prince. And to everyone that is bateling
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 17, 2012:
Did you see the vet? there are some meds that can help the dog and he may need IV fluids.
John on May 17, 2012:
My dog is 5 months old and she is dying because of parvo virus i wish that she could still stay for me atleast 10 years but i think shes not not going to make it. =(
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 26, 2012:
The virus can arrive from anywhere, car tires, shoes, vet office, walks at the dog park etc. All you need to do is step on dog poop that has the virus and you can carry it anywhere. the bleach mixture will likely kill the grass, however, keep in mind that regardless of what you do the virus may still be living in some areas.
Severslady on April 26, 2012:
On April 15, we lost our sweet Remington, 8 month old black lab mix, to this dreaded disease. We have a fairly large fenced back yard where Remi used the bathroom her whole life. We used our poop scooper regularly, but what is the best way for us to kill this virus from our yard? Do we have to use bleach on the grass and plants, or is there a product that anyone recommends to be effective?
We have lived in our home for over a year, Remi's entire life. We rarely let her anywhere but in the house and back yard, so we are unsure how she contracted the virus. She was with us for 4 months before getting sick. We definitely want to be rid of the virus before getting a new puppy. ( which will be quite some time anyway)
Remi was our world, and was taken so abruptly. My heart goes out to all who have lost their pets to this nasty virus, and many prayers for those fighting it now.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 26, 2012:
Thank you for sharing. Another condition similar to parvo and often mistaken is gastro-enteritis. There is a parvo test so it is best if vets diagnose parvo doing a parvo test.
kevins blog52 from southern Indiana on April 25, 2012:
Often If the vet doesn't do lab work they mistake Parvo for coccidia another bad disease, they are treated differently, you should make sure your vet dose lab work and not just look at the symptoms for they are almost the same as parvo and coccidia are very similar but coccidia isn't as hard to cure.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 13, 2012:
That it s really sad, but don't let all those "what if" cloud your mind. Any ideas from where she could have gotten the disease? was she around other dogs? however, parvo may also come from simply transporting the virus on shoes or even the tires of the car. I am not sure about using Tamiflu as a preventive, as vets have mixed feelings about this. But I know that Parvaid can be used as a preventive measure, according to amber technology "Parvaid may be used as a preventative if you have reason to believe your dog has been exposed to Parvo." you can read more about this product here:
Shhnazzy on April 12, 2012:
After looking for a basset hound for over a year, about a month ago, I found "Bella". She was 16 weeks old and UTD on shots. She had her moments of energy, but was pretty lazy most of the time. On Easter Sunday (4 days ago), I made the mistake of pouring bacon grease on the lawn. Bella licked a little before I was able to spray it with the hose. A few hours later, she vomited. I assumed it was from the grease. The next day, she vomited again, but continued to eat and drink. Then she started having diarrhea. There was no blood present. On Tuesday, with more vomiting and diarrhea, I called the vet. The vet made an appointment for her and told me to pull all food and only give her water. She continued to act herself. She would come running, wagging her tail when called. Aside from the stomach upset, she seemed normal. Tuesay afternoon, she quit drinking water. She would go to her bowl and dip her nose in, but wouldn't drink. I added some chicken broth to her water...still no drinking. I boiled water with 1tblsp salt and 8 tblsp sugar and has to give it to her with a syringe. Up until this point, she still had lots of energy. I just wanted to make sure she stayed hydrated. Since she hadn't drank on her own for several hours, I decided to get her to the vet Wednesday morning, which was a day earlier than her appointment. Around 6 am Wednesday morning, she woke me up whinning. I went to check on her and she wouldn't even raise her head. She had deficated on the floor. This was the first sign of blood. She was laying in it. I called my vets er number, loaded her in the car and was at the vet within minutes. As I picked her up to take her in, blood ran out of her backside. Vet tested for Parvo, and result of positive was back in about 10 minutes. The vet didn't discuss any options with me. Vet showed me her gums, and they were white. Vet said I needed to put Bella down. It was the hardest thing Ive had to do. Now, I am stricken with heartache and guilt. After reading some comments, I wonder if Bella could have had a different outcome if I had insisted on treatment. I had never heard much about Parvo before, and just listened to the vets advice. We also have a 4 year old boxer who is UTD on shots. I have bleached everything. I am stocked up on Tamiflu and charcoal tabs just in case. From what I have read, there are always new strings of this evil virus, and boosters are not always enough for new strands. I asked my vet about Tamiflu, and got a negative response. I am looking for a new vet now. My question is does anyone know if its ok to start my boxer on Tamiflu before he shows signs just as a precautionary measure? I wont let him out of my sight so I will know if and when he begins to show symptoms. He is acting a little down, but Im not sure if he is missing his sister. He goes to where her bed was and whines. He is extra cuddly and clingy. He is still very playful and eating and drinking like a horse. It has only been a day since we lost Bella, and I couldn't bear to lose him as well.
Jessica on March 27, 2012:
My 4 month old puppy contracted parvo from my neighbors dog. I always thought that parvo killed dogs no matter what, so when the neighbors dog got sick I didn't think it was parvo. A week after falling ill she was back to her normal self. A few days later my baby got sick. It was Friday morning, and I thought maybe she just got a stomach virus from the neighbors dog. Saturday came and she started vomiting more and more. By Sunday she had blood in her stool and I had to rush her to the emergency vet. There she tested positive for parvo. She's been on fluids and had injections of different antibiotics and vitamins since Sunday morning and has not had any more vomiting or diarrhea. Thankfully she is almost totally back to normal now, although she is sleeping a little more than normal. She's back to her playful happy self. Its so scary how fast it hit her, she was fine at 5am Friday morning and by 8am she was going downhill fast. We have bleached our entire home, yard, cars, everything to try to kill the virus. I'm so sorry to everyone who has lost a puppy or dog to this virus, it is such a horrible thing to experience. We're not out of the woods yet, but I wanted to give some hope that their babies might make it through also.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 22, 2012:
Are the other dogs vaccinated? Make sure they don't get in contact with your puppy. The virus is shed in the puppy's poop. You can carry the virus on your shoes and bring it out to the other dogs. It is not easy to prevent from spreading, this is why vet offices have isolation rooms. Do your best to clean every thing.
Big walt on March 21, 2012:
I'm fighting it now with my 4 mouth old pitbull puppy that had all her shots I'm going on the day 3 with her she still chases me around outside but I half to force fliuds on her. I'm praying she pulls threw I've. Been to the vet they told me she's got a 50.50 chance they gave me some meds for her and told me to give her petylite ever half hour I'm praying it works and she makes it . I have more dogs what can I do to keep them safe there outside she is inside
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 20, 2012:
It is hard to say when she will be totally out of danger since some seem to bounce back and then go downhill again at times. Generally, you can start introducing normal food after the dog has not vomited or had diarrhea for about 2-3 days. You need to re-introduce the normal food very gradually over the course of a week. It is a good idea to give probiotics (like fortiflora)for 30 days. I would also recommend having another fecal sample checked to see if she is clear of the disease. Best wishes!
mommyx6 on March 19, 2012:
WE lost our pups last week and it was so very devastating to the whole family. They were all but one vaccinated and they died so fast it was like they would not eat and then 2 hours later they were dead. When the first one passed we took the rest to the vet and we took them home with fluids and antibiotic shots and the cerenia for vomitting. They did so good the first night the second night they went down hill and died. The one pup that was never vaccinated is the only one that survived. She is doing well a week later but I am afraid to get to happy about it, she definitely tested positive for parvo and I am in the back of my mind wondering if it just hasn't hit her yet. When will we be out of the danger period? When can she eat normal food, right now she is eating baby food and rice.
hughesauston on March 17, 2012:
I lost my dog to Parvo a few months ago. I find this info very useful!
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 06, 2012:
This is not true as I attest that many puppies did survive, especially when the disease is caught in the early stages.
t on March 06, 2012:
.......yr this is to inform you all that....all puppies who had parvo can NOT SURVIVE.......so plzzz......leave the hope....and yes..dont belive in vet...he is ...carring out ur all money..by giving drip and injection..he will say .the puppy is not allowed to drink water....h.Moreover puppy will survive for more tha 5 to 6 days..aan then .he or she will become WEEK..and ...then.....DIE
jose on March 01, 2012:
my dog hershey had parvo and we gave her her parvo shot and then i looked in the internet and it said to give a raw eggs to her 3-4 times a day and todsy she started to wlk and eat food i think she is going tl get better thats wat we are hoping:)
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 20, 2012:
My prayers go out to this pup. She sounds like she is in good care. Not many people are willing to ruin the home to save a pup. But after all, objects are replaceable but living beings are not.
marie on February 20, 2012:
well today we found out our basset hound puppy has parvo we are ruining out home trying to kill it but its ok cause she is the baby and we have three other dogs. I pray the vet knows what they are doing she got it from the vaccine and she was fixed the same day I hope her body is strong enough to fight this horrible mess
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 17, 2012:
Great to hear your puppy was able to combat this terrible disease and a caring and loving home, thanks for sharing.
reikieffect on February 17, 2012:
Thanks for the information on parvo; it is an awful disease. My dog Kira escaped from her original home where she was beaten. At the end of the week she contracted parvo; good thing I noticed right away she was eating less and started giving her pedyalite and chicken stock. Took her to the vet really soon and even when the illness still ran its course and made her weak: she survived. Prevention is the best medicine really. Thanks for all the tips on cleaning and prevention
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 10, 2012:
There is really no certain answer. Parvo can live for years. The best you can do is bleach everywhere and be very meticulous about it, have the puppy vaccinated every 3 weeks until 18 to 20 weeks of age. Clean all possible surfaces and have your puppy use a different area for potty purposes, take your puppy to the vet the very first suspicious signs of trouble. Keep in mind that no vaccine is 100% effective. Howwever, you can up your chances if you get a puppy that has completed all its shots at around 18 weeks. Best wishes
jess on February 10, 2012:
My beautiful amstaff Zeus died from this horrible disease 3 days after christmas it all happened it 2 days :( he was 7mths old and vacinated.
Yards and what not have been bleached they day after he died but im going to do it again.. would this up the chances of making sure we rid our yard from it?
my kids and i are still very upset that he is gone. we have been offered a new puppy but im concerned if it's too soon? what to do think? we very much want a puppy to love and care for but i also feel that im being a little selfish wanting one so soon, and i am scared of 'what if' the new puppy would get parvo. i would never forgive myself..
how long should i wait?
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 07, 2012:
So sorry to hear about that..she did sound like a precious pup. Please don't feel guilty, the disease is one of the most aggressive ones and you did all you could.
kelly&matt on February 07, 2012:
07/02/12.. My Staffy/Mastiff, Lulu, my beautiful angel, she was so happy, next day she wasn't her ordinary self, constipation started first she couldn't do a poop, second day, she was weak not eating or drinking, i tried water on her so much, vomiting started appearing more constantly, we called the emergency vet number she said take her in immeditaly.. so we did the next morning, she then was tested for parvo, turned out positive. It was so heartbreaking bloody dirreaha vomiting in the clinic, my whole heart sank... I was preying she didn't have it, so hard, but she did, the vet said we could not take her home, it was either get her treatment, or she would have be put down, the bill of treatment was so hard finanically, especially with most vets having a policy of half up front first. I felt absoultely terrible, just within few hours talking to the vet on possiblities of treatment, she faded got weaker, vomited again, laid down shut her eyes, i hugged her and gave her kiss, we both had to say goodbye as the vet checked her pulse we had to leave her there,,,, I feel so terrible guitly in a way as she was such a beautiful pup... everywhere i go it always makes me think of her.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 06, 2012:
Diana, very sorry for your loss, thank you for sharing. This will hopefully help others in your same unfortunate situation.
Diana on February 06, 2012:
We have a boston terrier and decided that he needed a friend, so my husband opted on getting a doberman pinscher. WE purchased him on craigslist and the owner said that he was strong and could stan up on his very own. This was on MOnday. I took him to the vet on Tuesday because I wanted him to have all of his shots, before he met our boston. The vet gave me the news that he had tested positive for parvo and had hookworm. She gave me all the meds and I was waking up at the week hours of the night to give him his meds. Everything appeared to be great till Friday rolled around and he refused to eat and drink water. I thought that he was just being a picky eater/ drinker so I got him some pedialite and was feeding him through a dropper every 3 hours. WEll by saturday he was even weaker than before, but could still stand and move his head. By sunday he was wobbling around and could barely get up to go the restroom. He would cry and cry in pain. I woke up monday morning at 3am to find him on his side and all wet, he was no longer getting up and when I called him he had a wobbly head and could no longer keep his eyes opened. I was devastated and I said my goodbyes to him to later wake up at 5am and to find him lying there on his side with his little mouth opened. We only had him a couple of days, but it still hurts. It hurts that we couldn't save him and that someone could sell us a sick puppy.
WE have thrown his kennel away, the trashcan away, his bowls, his leash anything and everything that he could of possibly touched. I am mopping the floors with bleach and clueing the bottom of our shoes, and washing everything at sanitizing heat.
This virus is so deadly, please take care of your little ones and do everything that you can possibly do to kill it in and around your home.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 04, 2012:
Thanks for sharing, I hope it helps other dogs as well!
Mileena424 on February 03, 2012:
Only hours after seeing the vet and getting a dose of penicillin and sub-q fluids, Boo is already running around again. She is eating, but not doing much drinking. No diarrhea or vomiting. I really think we cut this thing off with the Tamiflu.
Going to keep up with the antibiotics and fluids until next week to be safe. Found this recipe for an emergency tea to help with the dehydration. It's given in small amounts and our puppy seemed to like it!
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 02, 2012:
You can try to give ice cubes to lick slowly, or perhaps freeze some pedialyte and have her lick the cubes very, very slowly, best wishes.
Mileena424 on February 02, 2012:
3 month old puppy, Boo, has just started showing signs in the last 4 hours. She won't eat and has thrown up food from this morning. I've given her the first dose of Tamiflu and we will be seeing the vet in the by 930am. Since she's vomiting, I'm not sure if I should be giving her Pedialyte. But I don't want to risk her dehydrating overnight.
Any suggestions? Hopefully we've caught it early enough this time. I don't think I can stand to lose another puppy in a weeks time.
Kristy on February 02, 2012:
Stacie- see if there are any low-cost vets in your area. Ours was able was selling the bag of saline at a fraction of what the ER was charging. Same with antibiotics. Don't give up! The diarrhea is ugly and may seem like he is getting worse but as long as you keep him hydrated and stick with the antibiotics he will have a chance. Best of luck