How to Kill the Parvo Virus from your Dog's Environment

Parvo can survive even freezing temperatures

How to get rid of this very hardy virus

Parvo Virus: this potentially fatal virus affecting young dogs and especially puppies, is a sure tough virus. For this reason, it never seems enough to emphasize the importance of protecting puppies from this disease by vaccinating them. Puppies as small as 6 weeks-8 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.

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, may lose a puppy to Parvo and then make the mistake of adopting another puppy which can be very vulnerable to Parvo because the virus is still present in the environment. Often these owners do not realize that Parvo may live in the environment for even up to 7 months or they may underestimate the chances of a new puppy getting the virus.

Instead these owners should be very concerned because Parvo Virus is a very hardy virus that thrives in homes and yards even with freezing temperatures. Parvo indeed is very resistant and normal household chemicals do not work to kill the virus. The virus is shed in feces so all areas where feces are 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 could be found as well 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 Parvo Virus 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.

According to Marvistavet, quoted: ''Indoors, 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.

So now 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 the contaminated areas where there are chances the Parvo virus may be thriving. The only product to seem to be effective in killing the virus is bleach. Disinfestation is accomplished by using diluted bleach and water in an exact ratio of 1:30, one part bleach in 30 parts water. In order to work, the bleach mixture should be left in contact with contaminated surfaces for at least 10 minutes.

Of course, if used on grass, the grass will die ( but ultimately better than having the virus thrive on it!) and of course, the bleach cannot be used on couches or carpets as it will stain. Bedding, bowls, blankets and toys that may be contaminated by the virus are better off tossed. 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 and 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 once a puppy is infected by Parvo, it is immune to the virus for at least 20 months and sometimes for life.

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. by reading this article, you accept this disclaimer.

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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Thanks for this article. We lost a dog to Parvo 20 years ago. I'll be asking my daughter to read this article.

precious walker 6 years ago

we lost our dog to parvo on may 19,2010 and he was so wonderful to us and we were to him

adamareska 6 years ago from North Judson

Im so sorry about your loss.

Haley 6 years ago

Oh My Goodness....this is a great article and I really plan to use this information to good use because my puppy just passed away too. And coincedentally my dog passed away on May 19, 2010 to this ugly virus.

Neil 6 years ago

Our puppy showed signs of the parvo virus on a tuesday morning and went straight to the vets intensive care unit, she died on the thursday afternoon. She was five months old and fully vacinated . She was a very fit and healthy puppy , full of energy and mischief and we thought she would beat the disease especially as she was taken to the vets so early. This disease is absolutely evil.I do not wish to scare monger , but until our puppy died , this was only something that happened to other people. If you take all the precautions in this article, you will be giving your puppy its best chance of avoiding this disease.My condolences to everyone who has lost their puppy in this way, it is devastating.

Neil 6 years ago

I was in "pets at home" today and found a product that supposedly kills the parvo virus called "petlife formula h" i bought a 2 litre concentrate that can be diluted and put in a trigger spray. I am going to test it on some soft furnishing such as a leather sofa and some carpets - it may be a solution to sterilising items that may be ruined by bleach- i will post the outcome later.

Whitley 6 years ago

We had gotten a puppy from our neighbor, and about a month after we got him he began showing signs of parvo, but tested negative at the vet and passed away that night. So 2 weeks later, my husband surprised me with another puppy, and 4 weeks later, she also showed signs and tested positive for parvo and passed 3 days later at the vet. I have researched this disease extensively now and have bleached my entire home, blankets, beding, shoes, our other dogs beds, crate and even my backyard and patio area. But I'm still nervous of possibly spreading it.

renos mommy 6 years ago

any ideas of how to kill this virus in the dog. I believe my 3 year old german shepherd may have this disease, any and all advice would be GREATLY appreciated. its sat. and he goes to the vet on monday, he has bloody stool, not eating lost a TON of weight in just a few days. HELP!!!!

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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

There are really no home remedies to treat parvo, but this hub may be helpful, even though a vet visit is in order.

There are emergency vets open 24/7. Look for one in your area. Are you sure it is Parvo, gastro-enteriritis can also cause similar symptoms.Best wishes`

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Westie World 6 years ago

Many years ago my dog and her puppy's all contacted the dreaded virus. My wife and I were up 3 days and nights in a row with them but could only save one pup and the mother thank God. It is a horrible disease and should be avoided wherever possible. Do not let others handle the puppies until it is the new owner picking them up. Extreme but worth it I think.

Vet Tech 6 years ago

I saved my pup from this evil virus. The key is to keep them hydrated!! boil a plain chicken breast in water with a lot of salt (the salt will make them thirsty, thus keeping them hydrated). Instead of water try pedialite it will give their bodys the eloctrolites they need. Feed them the boiled chicken in salt once a day and constantly be giving them pedialite!!

Cindy 6 years ago

I know its hard to lose a puppy to this virus.

i lost my girl puppy on the 29 of aug. i was there when the mother dog gave birth to her on april 11. i was sad because she was fine the day before i put her down. putting a dog down is the hardest thing i did. i lost my baby nd my puppy in the same month

Alecia 6 years ago

I lost my 6 month old puppy on Thursday to this horrible disease. He went to the Vet on Wednesday and was sent home. Alas he went backwards through the night and I took him back the next morning, where he died at the Vet the afternoon. It is so hard to get over. I have another dog who is 1 year and seems to be fine although I REALLY need to get him a friend as he is all alone during the day. Is there no way I can get another friend for him anytime soon?

Saundra 6 years ago

A few years back our Chocolate Lab contracted parvo. We took her to the vet and they sent us home with IV fluids, antibiotics, nausea medication and a high protein semi-wet puppy food. She had her ups and A lot of downs. I had to place a huge IV needle just under her skin 2 to 3 times a day to keep her somewhat hydrated. I believe very strongly, that is what saved her life.

We are now today in the same situation. We bought a dog last friday (Old English Bulldog)from a breeder and by Sunday had watery stool - I knew right away what it was. We took him to the vet Sunday and the same routine with the IV fluids, antibiotics and nausea medicine. Yesterday he had his 3 day checkup at 6pm - however at 3pm he was getting worse, called the vet and took him in early - they told us to go straight to the Animal Hospital. My husband could not be there to sign papers so I had to bring him back home, continued IV fluids until today and he is now at the hospital. I am praying that he makes it. This virus is very deadly and can be passed from just about anywhere. Just remember that if your puppy or dog does not eat, not to force feed. Keep them hydrated as best you can. If you can not afford a 1500 vet bill for 24 hour care for 3 days - then your vet will give you the option of the fluids that you can administer at home. I hate needles, however when you have a possibility of saving your pups life - you'd would be amazed at what you can do. Good luck to all..

Michelle 6 years ago

I took my 4 mth old lab to the vet in the early stages of what he believes was parvovirus (it wasn't tested) and she still didn't make it despite him doing everything he could. It is such a cruel disease and I am now petrified of ever getting another puppy, even though I have raised many puppies in the past. I had bought the puppy to represent new life after losing my mum to cancer and instead got more death. Having lost them both to cruel diseases in front of my eyes, I am very distressed. All I can say to everyone is keep the vacinations up and be very careful. I had no idea how severe parvovirus was and believe prevention is really the only cure. I wish I could have given my little ray of sunshine so much more life and love.

Neil 5 years ago

It is now 6 months since our puppy died of parvo and we now have a new puppy. We were nervous as hell bringing a new dog here , we had an extra vaccination done at 4 months and we sanitised the entire house with petlife formula h which i got from pets at home. The advantage of this over bleach is that we were able to spray it on soft furnishings without damaging them.

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Donna Marie 5 years ago

We fell in love with our neighbor’s lab puppy that was about three months old. We offered to buy him, but our neighbor gave him to us. He did not have his shots and his original owner thought he had worms. Saturday we gave him the 7-in-1 shot and dewormer. He was tired like we would be after a shot, but still eating. He had runny stool with worms in it what you would expect. Sunday afternoon he was listless and would not eat or drink anything. I had to pick him to move him he just did not have the energy to do more than sit up. Then the bloody stool began and he was vomiting up saliva. We believed it was reaction from medication as everything I could see online mirrored what was happening. I stayed up with him through the night with plans to take him to the animal hospital this morning. I was checking on him every 30 minutes as we had laid him in the bathroom to clean up messes. At 5:30, he was resting and at six, he was dead. My husband and I were beside ourselves thinking we had done something to this poor baby. We called the vet anyway and were told that we did not harm the dog and that since he had not had his shot’s they were sure it was parvo. This disease is hideous once the symptoms are there it is too late. Now we are cleaning everything protect our other animals. We are very saddened not to have our gentle giant he was such a good boy. At some point we will get another lab and be straight at the vet’s office to take care of him.

bobbi 5 years ago

we just lost the fight to the parvo virus this moring we got a pedigree puppy on sunday , by wednesday she wouldn't eat so i took her out to our vet and he tested her for parvo and it was positive , he gave me electrolyles and anti botics , needles for vomiting , she seemed to pick up the thursday she was still the same but friday she went down hill , i got him out and he put her on a drip which seemed to help , when i got up through the night to keep giving her the electroyltes she just went down hill , i stayed with her till morning rung another vet raced her in but it was too late she lost the fight ,, im so upset beyond belief we haddent even had her for a week and then i had to tell my kids she wasn't coming back ,, i have four other dogs one which is due to have puppies in april so you could only imagine how i feel right now , rip my little jade xo so not fair

alexanderln 5 years ago

Just lost our handsome golden "clever" last sunday to parvo....wednesday he wouldn't eat, thursday started vomiting, took him to the vet on friday, went back home with all kind of medicine, saturday he was getting worst, took him to the animal hospital saturday evening, but by sunday morning he was gone.....all ready have another puppy coming, so I have a lot of work to do to clean the house before the puppy deepest sympathy to everyone who had lost their loved doggy!

Bmeck 5 years ago

More of a question: my miniature dachshund died a year ago from what we believe was parvo (he tested negative, but had all the symptoms of parvo and died a week later). We have a new puppy coming in 8 weeks. Our house has been cleaned with bleach as well as our front and backyard. Can anyone let me know if our new puppy will be safe? Thank you.

rdobkins 5 years ago

fighting the battle as we speak please offer up a prayer for two month old Daisy Mae

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Keeping Daisy Mae in my prayers, here is a helpful hub:

ira dotollo aboy 5 years ago

pet sitzu poodle manifest 2 days vomiting & defecate with bloody stool. what possible action for 3 months old puppy?

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Time to see the vet, vomiting two days and bloody stools in such a young puppy should always be investigated. Puppies can get dehydrate quickly, and parvo should be ruled out. Bring in a stool sample so your vet can rule out parasites, best wishes!

zach 5 years ago

i lost two dogs two months ago

Sherri 5 years ago

We lost our baby "Elvis" 8 days ago. He would have been 6 moths old in one week. He had part of his shots but not all. We had never heard of this nor how deadly it is. He woke up on a Monday morning with some vomiting and diahrrea but had visited at my sons the night before and licked grease from the patio under the grill at cook out so we thought his tummy was upset having never had people food before. Tuesday morning he was drinking but still not eating. Took him to the vet that morning and vet said he may have a "touch" of Parvo, gave him an injection and antibotics to bring home. Wednesday morning he had vomited in his bed during the night and would not drink so we rushed him to the animal hospital where they put in an IV and gave medicine. We checked in with the vet every few hours and at the end of the day vet said he would keep him over night. Thursday morning he was worse, they were giving fluid injected under the skin since his veins were not working. Vet still said good chance he could make it. I went to see him at 1 PM and he was sediated but I stroked him, telling him Mommy loves and needs him so please fight really hard. I left crying and broken hearted. At 4 PM vet called and said he was gone. We are having a very hard time dealing with this. People asked if we would get another one and I said no it just hurts too much if you loose them and I did not think I could have a place in my heart for another one. Out of the blue I got a call today from an old school friend who had read about Elvis on my facebook. She told me she has a female yorkiepoo, 20 weeks old with all her shots that she needs to find a home for and asked if I would like to have her. Some where inside my heart opened up and I want to accept her offer. I now know a great deal about this virus and know my apartment is contaminated and do not want to hurt this puppy in any way. I can clean all the hard surfaces easily but the apartment has carpet (which I would just rip out, clean and replace if it were mine) and I don't know how to clean it so it will be safe. Also Elvis was on the sofa and I would need to know how to clean it too. Does anyone have any ideas on what I should do? Can I effectively clean the apartment so that it will be safe enough for the new dog? I do not plan to take it outdoors since I can not disinfect the yard and other dogs at the complex come through our grass area anyway so she will have to be a "puppy pad" dog for some time. I appreciate any info, advice or ideas anyone can offer.

Brody_my_baby 5 years ago

I actually have a positive outcome in regards to the parvo virus.

I got my baby Brody from a friend in December. She was 3 months old when I brought her home Christmas Eve. She didn't have her shots yet. Well 4 days later, she began to vomit and had diarrhea, would rarely drink water, and didn't have an appetite. Everyone told me, "It's okay, puppies do that sometimes."

Well the next day, she did not get better, in fact she was a lot worse. She couldn't sit up on her own, she was still vomitting and still had the diarrhea. I called a few emergency clinics when I was at work and found a low cost overnight animal er. I rushed her over there after work, where the informed me she was infected with Parvo. As you can imagine, I started to break down because my little baby was sick with that horrible virus, and all I had heard was once they get sick with that, they are basically dead. When the vet came in the room to talk to me about treatment, she gave me some GOOD news. "Most people wait to see if their dogs will get better. You did the right thing by coming in and catching it early. She CAN beat this thing."

To make the rest of this long story short, she did get better the next morning, but by afternoon she had gotten worse (she had slowed down with the vomitting, but had gotten bloody diarrhea.) Then on the 3rd day (New Years Eve) I called the clinic to see how she was doing and they told me "She's doing good. She's drinking on her own, has no more fever, vommitting or diarrhea. She'll be good to come home tomorrow."

So after $2000 in medical bills, lots and lots of prayers to God, and the wonderful staff at the er clinic, my baby had beaten Parvo. :]

So there IS hope if your puppy contracts it, you just have to get in there soon enough and have lots and lots of faith and hope. Be positive around your puppy (because they can feel it if you're not.)

Hopefully, you can get to a clinic that does payment plans so they can work with you and your budget. Call the local SPCA vet clinic in your area, and they'll direct you to a good er clinic that is low cost and will be nicer to your financial situation then let's say an everyday vet would be.

As a side note, be ready for the puppy's immune system to be shot for a little while. Don't expose them to anything until after they get all of their shots, give them vitamins, a good dog food. They will need a little extra attention with that area because of what the virus did to their body, but it is all worth it in the end. Sorry for how long this is, but we all need a little hope sometimes.

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KyleBear 5 years ago

Damn, I'd better do what you said. Better safe than sorry

Nicola1984 5 years ago

We lost our 13wk old puppy to parvo yesterday. We'd only had him 3 days so the vet advised he would have contracted it whilst still at the breeder.

He was fine the evening we got him (a normal puppy, all bouncy and full of life) but started to go off his food the day after. The following day he refused all food (after a little in the morning), started looking depressed, slept most of the day and didn't drink either. He started vomiting and having diarrhoea that evening.

We took him to the emergency vet where they gave us some antibiotics, some fluids to help him and a paste to settle his stomach. They didn't mention parvo at this point and said it was more likely down to the move coupled with his 1st vacc.

The following day he was no better and we spent the day syringing fluid into his mouth "little and often" as instructed. Having still not eaten by that evening we rung the vet for advice again and she advised us to bring him in the following morning first thing.

They decided to keep him in and said they would put him on an IV and test for parvo whilst checking his bloods for any signs of other infections. Midday that day the vet called to advise nothing had shown up on the bloods and so was now worried it may be parvo and so had moved him to the isolation area until the results came back (which would be the following day). They had yet to get an IV line into him as he was too dehydrated and so were administering fluids directly under the skin. They called me at 6pm-ish that evening with an update- he was pretty much the same but they had managed to get the IV in and would update me in the morning.

I called them at around 8.30 the following morning for an update, and the vet advised he wasn't doing well at all and had started showing signs of neurological damage (eyes flickering etc) so said the best thing to do now would be to put him down as he wouldn't be able to get over it. So I agreed, to put him out of his misery. They called me again later that day and confirmed the test had come back positive for parvo.

It was a horrible decision to make and one I wouldn't like to do again. Now I'm terrified of getting another puppy. The vet has told me to disinfect the house as well as possible with something called Trigene that they use, and said if we get another pup, to get one that has had its 1st vacc or is fully vacc'd. But I'm so worried its going to happen again, vaccinated or not. Any advise would be greatly appreciated and I truly hope more people start to beat this virus.

RIP Dodger- we'll miss you little fella xxx

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

So sorry for your loss. I would be extra cautious about the idea of getting another pup for some time. Yes, there are products, but the virus may be just about anywhere, shoes, carpet, walls, etc. At a vet's office Parvo cases are treated in isolation, in quarantine designated rooms that require extreme cleaning. But in a hospital setting it is far easier to clean than a home setting, therefore while the Trigene may be effective you will never know if you disinfected all areas.

Chantel 5 years ago

I had recently bought a puppy roughly about a month ago who had already had the parvo virus, i had not known before purchasing him. That day i noticed something was off about him he wasn't eating, rarely drank and all he did was sleep. I had him less than twenty four hours before i rushed him off to my vets. He had released stool on my carpet once and not knowing he had parvo i cleaned it with soap and water and discarded the cloths in the back of my house. I already had a year and a half fully vaccinated chihuahua and she was fine after being exposed to his stool during the night in which i slept not knowing he had made the mess. My vet already knew what was wrong before testing him and instantly hospitalized him. I rushed home in a panick and began to steam vacuum my carpets with bleach poured in to the water. I also went as far as bleaching my lap top, dvds, coffee table, and everything else i had handled. I steamed vacuumed the carpet twice with bleach and went as far as taking straight bleach and hot water and scrubbing the spot where the puppy had deficated. The puppy died two days follwing after, i was distraught and upset and told myself i wouldn't get another dog. Two weeks later i came across a beautiful Pure bred 7 week old chocolate bar chihuahua and fell inlove, i consulted my vet and asked what i should do before getting him. He said wait until the puppy has at least had 2 sets of vaccines but the thorough clean i had done should be alright. Four days ago i picked up my chihuahua having found a new place to live and wanting to bond with him before moving in to the new place. I also took some dvds and clean blankets and moved in to my camper out back until i move taking every means nessassary to keep him healthy and alive. I wont set him on the floor inside the house and hes only allowed in one area of the backyard. So far he seems alright but im not taking any chances with him, watching him every second to make sure he is well. When my mom watches him he never leaves her bed. I hope hes gonna be alright.

Quilla207 5 years ago

A 3 day love story

I purchased a 7 wk old yorkshire terrier on Aug 3,2011. When I got him home he was very playful and curious, like I expected for him to be. He didn't have much of an appetite(but ate) I assumed it was normal since the breeder told me he might get a little depressed and won't eat as much. On the 4th I took "jojo" to the vet for a check up to make sure he was healthy. They diagnosised him with hookworms and earmites, in which they medicated him and gave me some to do the same.He already had 1 vacc so they scheduled him for the second. That evening he drank water and slept throughout the night.

On the 5th he wouldn't eat and only wanted to lay around as it seemed. He vomitted after drinking some water,and when he pooped I noticed dark-bloody poop so I called the vet. They told me that the dewormer can cause puppies to have upset stomachs so I should just let him rest and make sure he drank plenty of water. He did drink plenty of water that day. On the 6th, he seemed to be feeling a lot better. He was up and moving around and I saw his drinking water and eating from his bowl, but his poop was still dark-bloody. At about 10:30pm that night I saw him try to stand and fall down so I called the animal hospital and they told me to bring him in immediately. While I raced my car for the 30miles I talked to him and rubbed him constantly to try and keep him alert.

I could tell that his pulse was slowing just by looking at his breathing pattern. I began to cry historically until I arrived at the hospital. They took him back and worked on him until the doctor came out to talk to me. She told me that he had parvo and handed me an information sheet. She told me that she didn't think he would make because of his age and size(2lbs) but asked if I wanted her to continue to try. (the tears poured) So I called the breeder to see what she thought and she told me that it would be best to just put him down.(told me the odds were 1 in 10 chance). I signed for him to be put down and I feel terrible for not giving him the option to fight. At 11:40pm "jojo" was gone. The breeder has promised another puppy but after reading the posts above I am afraid to enter this world all over again. Although me and my mother cleaned our house from head to toe with bleach, and tossing things in the trash I still feel uneasy. Are there any success stories about new puppies after parvo contamination has been identified? I am still mourning for my little guy... I really don't think I could go through this again...

( I did take him to my grandmothers house the first day I got him, could that have been why he got sick?)

*R.I.P. JoJo*

****6-15-2011 to 8-6-2011****

cynthia 5 years ago

jack is our 8 wk's old pit and he started vomiting and diarrhea on saturday and we thought it was worms because they were in his stool as well in his vomit, how ever he lost a lot of weight on saturday we scheduled with the vet by monday he was not moving, eating or drinking and barely moving, he tested positive for parvo and I been reading and re searching everything I can about this nasty disease, as in right now he's been doing good today is thursday and by the the vet's orders he is now drinking and eating the bests thing is that he is doing it on it's own he has an apetite

anthony 5 years ago

anthony my dog has parvo spent 7 days at the vet sent her home she eats good drinks water good but she has runs still any one no how i can stop it?

Brody_my_baby 5 years ago

Quilla, if I were you I wouldn't bring a new pup in the house @ least for 6 months. If you have a little bit of an older puppy- (like 4-5 months old) who's had all the shots, and the last set being @ least 3 weeks ago, then I'd say bring it home. But any younger than that w/ not all the shots, wouldn't do it.

Brody_my_baby 5 years ago

o and anthony, the poopoo will get normal in a week or two. Slowly but surely. :]

Nicole 5 years ago

We had to put our 7 week old puppy Mac down yesterday due to parvo. We only got him on Thursday afternoon and he was perfect for 2.5 days in which we all bonded with him including my 2 little girls. Because I had already been at the vet with my sister with her puppies who were sick I knew there was something wrong with Mac on Sunday night when he wouldn't eat or drink and had lost so much weight within hours. My sister did get her puppies tested for parvo but it came back negative. I had mac at the vet first thing Monday morning but lost him within hours. I'm now concerned though about our other puppy Bonnie. She is 15 weeks old and has had her 8wk and 12wk vaccinations and took her in yesterday afternoon to get her next lot of vaccinations. I've been told that I should know whether she will get it within the next 5 days. I have bleached everything that is possible and have thrown out her & macs bed & toys. I now have to cross my fingers & pray that Bonnie will be fine as I don't think I can handle having another of our puppies die and having to tell my girls.

Kelly 5 years ago

My dog Guinness passed awy nearly 1 month ago due to having epilepsy. Guinnness' sister Bailey has been pretty lonely lately so on Monday we adopted an 8week old pit mix puppy from a local pound and got to pick him up on Tuesday after he got neutered. Wednesday he was playing and eating, Thursday he wouldn't eat anything and then was vommiting blood and had jello-like stool The vet told us there wasn't anything that could be done and it was already too far gone to get any better. Any sip of water he drank he threw up 10times as much with a lot of blood. Today we brought him back to the shelter where we got him (MCACC being very heartless) told us we can "exchange" him. How do you exchange a living animal. How ignorant! They told us they were just going to put him to sleep. im just devistated with how the shelters in Arizona work. They wouldn't even let the other people who were adopting one of his siblings know that my dog has parvo. There were 6 of them in the same kenel and they dont bleach anything. so now i need to make sure my 2 and a half year old doesn't some how catch parvo...losing 2 dogs in less than a month is terribly heartbreaking, and i woldnt be able to handle a 3rd. Im also do a lot of fostering and now i cant even do that. i am almost done bleaching my carpets (1-30 ratio)in hopes that i clean EVERYTHING good enough. I wouldn't wish parvo to my worst enemys dog

Mommy2 5 years ago

We had brought home a bull mastiff on august 1st. What an awesome puppy. His name was Rocco and he was just so smart and loving. We taught him 4 commands, we potty trained him, he was just great. August 29th (he turned 3 months august 18th) my husband got home around 6pm and called me at work to tell me he had cleaned up three piles of vomit. We figured it was from a piece of ham he ate since he never had eaten people food before. So later on that night he had thrown up a few more times. We called our vet the next morning and he said to make sure he is still eating and drinking and still has the same energy level as usual. Well he was a little sleepier than usual but still drinking water but not really eating, but no vomiting this day. So I researched online about parvo and didn't really think anything of it since the vomiting stopped and he hasn't had diarrhea yet. So the next day (day 3) we woke up I boiled chicken for him with rice (recommended by the vet) and wow he ate it all plus drank his water! I was so happy, thinking this is defiantly not parvo! Well I then took him and laid down with him for about 4 hours because I didn't want to do anything to upset his tummy. I woke up to his body shaking, still asleep next to me. So I got up and then so did he he jumped off the bed and went to a corner and threw up all of the chicken and rice (which didn't even loom digested, like it came out looking the same as when I made it). So then I started crying really bad, and called the vet again. I took him in where they testes him positive for parvo. They then injected his skim with fluids and gave him a shot for nausea and said within an hour you should see a difference in him. He said it looks like you caught it in time since he hasn't had diarrhea and there's no blood in his vomit. The vet said I can take him home and bring him back first thing for another injection for fluids. In the mean time at home get a dropper and make sure he's hydrated with water or pedialite. Well he didn't change at all when we got home. He towards midnight got diarrhea with blood in it. Starting vomiting about a half hour after I would give him fluids. So I laid with him through the night getting up with him when he needed to throw up or poop. Neither of us seemed to sleep. By 5:00 am I noticed he wasn't opening his mouth at all but there was a ton of saliva around his gums. I called our vet he said bring him in and we will get him hooked up on an IV. Well when we got there the vet examined him and ran some tests and looked at me and said im really sorry, but Roccos body is in shock and is in a lot of pain even though you can't see it. He ran some tests and concluded that it was in the best interest for Rocco to be put down. :( nooooooo! This was terrible news, he was my little man. This is a horrible disease!!! But we did what the vet suggested. Now my pup is gone and our family is just lost. It's weird sitting here without him, not having him as my little snuggler in bed last night. I don't know if I will be getting a pup anytime soon. But word of advice. If your dog is anything out of being it's usual self take them to the vet and have them tested right away.

Tiffany 5 years ago

My 2 babies are at the Vets and have been admited and put on IV's and antibiotics and have been.given the B12 shot . Reading all the posts and how tragic this all is I'm very scared that I might loose my 2 babies.

I am guilty of not having them fully vaccinated yet and my son transported this awful virus home from his fathers home.

I am so sick to my stomach right now at the thought of them not surviving . I have a wonderful Vet who has not given up on my puppies and is trying everything to help them overcome this.

I am bleaching my whole apartment tomorrow in hopes of not reinfecting them .

Please keep Snickers and Twix in your prayers please

brooke 5 years ago

my 1 year old chiuahua was diagnosed yesterday with sever parvo and i have two more pups. how can i keep them from getting it? i am very concerned about the other two b/c they are much younger, please helpp me with any info you have.

Kevin 5 years ago

We lost our puppy (10 weeks old) to this virus 2 days ago and we are desperate to get another puppy because our children love small animals. this article is very helpful...

Amy 5 years ago

We got a lab puppy a few months ago. She had her first parvo shot and was two week shy of getting her second one. We took her to visit my parents and took her outside to the puppy park to go to the bathroom. We brought her home and a few days later she started having diarhea. She then started to act very quiet and not her playful self. All she wanted to do is lay down. She ate her food and began to vomit it all up. She then started to diarhea and vomit this horrible smell so I took her to the vet the next day. They gave her a parvo test and it came back positive. They immediately hooked her up to IVs and was giving her so much medicine. The next day the doctor called and said that she was wagging her tail and lifting up her head. That night the doctor called again and said she was still wagging her tail but would not lift up her head. The next morning the doctor called and said she started having very watery bloody diarhea and vomit. They increased the medicine and water or whatever was in the IV so that she would not dehydrate. The doctor said that Lola our dog did not look like a parvo puppy before but she sure does now. We prayed and prayed for her to get better. She was a part of our family and like one of our children. I was going to go visit her the next morning but the next morning the doctor called and had told me that she was alive this morning and died 20 minutes later. I miss Lola and we love her so much. We do feel lost without her. Our kids want another puppy but we are so scared to get one. The vet said to get a dog who has all there parvo shots before bringing them into our home. She also said to bleach our yard, tile floors, and shampoo our carpets. This disease is horrible and I wish there was a much better treatment out there that these poor animals would not ever have to go through this again.

Nicole 5 years ago

Tamiflu. I would recommend it to anyone. I credit it with saving so many of my kitten and cats. I know it can be used in dogs too. Mudt be given early. Good as preventative

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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

Fantastic hub- very detailed and informative. Parvo is a nasty virus that has claimed the lives of many beloved pets. Thanks for sharing ways to eliminate it- I voted up!

Sarah 5 years ago

My two doggies r at the Er vet hospital due to parvo.. I'm praying that they make it.. My prays go out to all who have lost their puppies from Parvo...Please pray for my lil mama n June bug..

Ashley! 5 years ago

my 6month red cattle puppy had to be put dawn from parvo on the 4.10.11 he was the best puppy ever i miss him every

day he was my baby :(

morgan 5 years ago

I just love my pitbull 10 week old puppy to parvo on 10.08.11. I didn't know much about this desease until i had gotten a puppy and even then I thought it was going to be hard for her to get it. I kept her inside most of the time and she stayed within the fenced yard. Well the nabors cats like to come into the yard so they got it from them. We took her in super early and the vet had told me that it wasn't parvo and that she just had a viral infection and that she was going to be fine. She was losing a pound a day, not eating, really distant and throwing up all the time. She died 3 days later. I urge everyone that if you think that your puppy has parvo and even if the vet says she doesn't to get a second appinion. They can get it from your own backyard.l

Tabitha 5 years ago

We had 6 puppies get parvo last January we saved all but 2 of them. We didn't have the money to take them to a vet but we kept them hydrated with Gatorade and pedialyte. We also mixed egg(to replace any protein they were losing) into the Gatorade and pedialyte we had to force them to drink the stuff every two hours. They were all sick for about a week. We also used Parvo-k I'm not sure if that is what saved most of them or what but I there is hope for your puppy don't give up on them.

Kristin 5 years ago

My puppy is in the hospital now for parvo. We got her from a local shelter on Saturday and we was perky and ate dinner with my hand feeding her. Not knowing her eating patterns I just thought it was being in a new environment. Sunday she slept most of the day and refused to eat. Monday morning she woke up vomiting and lethargic. A trip to the vet no parvo and left with some meds. Vomiting continued and she still was not eating. Back to the vet Tuesday morning, parvo. Vet kept her, put her on ivs and Wednesday she had eaten breakfast, I visited and she ate again and then she had dinner and is peeing fine and no vomiting. She never had bloody stool or diarrhea. Hoping she has made the turn towards recovery!

Coco 4 years ago

We bought a 10 week old chihuahua on monday on on Wednesday he started vomiting we all thought it was him settling into a new environment made him a bit sick, by thrursday he was very quiet and not eating much, but we still thought maybe he was depressed parting with

his siblings, by Friday he threw up again and stopped drinking we rushed him into hospital and we have been advised he has tested positive for parvo and has about 50/50 chance of surviving, all the stories on here seem to be loss to parvo I'm trying to stay positive but reading all the stories I fear I have to prepare for the worst. Is there no chance he will pull through? Did we leave it to late to take him? When we bought him was told he had his first jab, did we do something wrong? I really can't bear to lose our little baby, please god help him pull through, will he definitely die? Am so worried I feel sick!

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

It is hard to say as it depends on a variety of factors (level of dog's immunity, aggressiveness of the virus, how long treatment was sought, vaccination status, etc.) You did nothing wrong, the breeder gave him the first jab and you would have to get his second one 3-4 weeks later and then a third and fourth one always 3-4 weeks apart. Shots unfortunately are not always effective as we would like and when a puppy is small, they go through a phase where maternal antibodies interfere with the vaccination making it less effective.If he is at the vet's they should be doing their best to save him. Tamiflu is used often by the vet to treat parvo, IV fluids should do the rest to keep him hydrated. There is hope with parvo, but it can be a tough battle. Does your breeder know about this? His siblings may very likely affected as well. Sending best wishes your way.

Coco 4 years ago

Thanks for your response alexadey, we bought him from a pet shop we have advised them of what's happened and they themselves kept the other sibling who they claim is fine, the RSPCA who coco is with advised that parvo has an incubation period of 10-14 days before any symptoms show which tells me he already had it when we bought him as he started showing symptoms just 2 days after we bought him, but the pet shop is accepting no responsibility for it, makes me so sad people can get away with this! His still fighting bless him, he went in on Friday has made it over the weekend but is still very poorly, not only did we spend a lot of money buying him, we will have vet bills to pay and there is no guarantee he will make it, all I want is for him to get well I don't care about the money but if we lose him I don't really know where we stand with the pet shop surly they can't be allowed to get away with it?

Coco 4 years ago

Our baby coco died today fought for one week and lost, we are so sad words can't explain! :(

Savannah 4 years ago

Lost my 11 week old pitbull today to parvo! I wish I could of done more to save him :/

Jenn 4 years ago

a few months ago I lost a puppy, I got a new puppy I thought I cleaned my whole house and yard well. My new puppy I have had for a few months and she is now at the vet hooked up to an iv. I called this morning it is the second day she has been there the 5th day since she started showing signs and they said she is slightly better. Would that be a good thing or can it still have a sad outcome?.. I love her so much she is the smartest puppy I have ever had and so full of love.

Jenn 4 years ago

Also the vet said she had it very bad, but she was still moving around, What are her chances.

Jenn 4 years ago

Now they say she is fairly better and off of needles.. what do I have to get clean before she comes back?

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Jenn, good to hear she is off the needles! Clean up all the areas she has frequented: beds, blankets, water and food bowls, flooring (bleach will stain carpets) pick up all feces from the yard, clean your shoes and clothing as well if you want to prevent it from being passed to other dogs you may frequent.It is difficult for a puppy to get parvo a second time since she will have developed some antibodies against the disease which will protect her for some time. Use diluted bleach and water. In order to work, the bleach mixture should be left in contact with contaminated surfaces for at least 10 minutes.Get her vaccinated once back to full health! Best of wishes for a speedy recovery!

Kazza 4 years ago

Hello All,

Unfortunately, the vet diagnosed our 6 month old Beagle with Parvo last week. The night before, i was up all night with her (the terrible endless vomiting, the awful stool and so forth). It was a very stressful time-to watch a member of the family deteriorate so quickly. Nevertheless, after two days at the vets (and AU$1000. later), she is now on the mend.

Please, if you have a puppy or are planning to get a puppy, MAKE SURE that you keep up with your pup's immunisation. It is such an awful emtional experience for a pet owner to go through not to mention the poor puppy. Furthermore, a $100. immunisation bill is certainly an incentive, compared to a $1000. bill!!!!

Jenn 4 years ago

Thankyou so much, What do I clean my carpets with if bleach will ruin it? I also am curious what are the chances of her going down hill after how much recovery she has already made. I will know in a few days but if there can be words of hope it wont hurt to ask. After surviving the parvo virus does it shorten her lifespan? Will it make her weak the rest of her life?

Jenn 4 years ago

I am so glad I found this website. Thankyou so much for replying and actually helping. So many websites inform but don't answer you're questions.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

You are very welcome! Cleaning carpets can be problematic. You can look for a color safe bleach but I would not trust it 100%, you may try testing the dilution on a small area you do not care much about, and read the label. According to Marvista vet ''Disinfection becomes problematic for non-bleachable surfaces such as carpet or lawn. Outdoors, if good drainage is available, thorough watering down of the area may dilute any virus present. Since carpet is indoors, it may be best to simply wait a good month or so for the virus to die off before allowing any puppies access to the area.'' Here is a link with details about disinfection:

If your puppy is on her way to recovery this is good news. I do not want to keep your hopes high as she is not out of the woods yet, but if she has come along so far, it means she is a fighter. Once recovered, her life should be back to norm. I hope she will be sent home soon. Sending best wishes your way.

Jenn 4 years ago

Thankyou for all your help. Its nice to have someone really explain what to do. I think what you are doing is a really good thing. I am so glad I found this site. Thankyou so much for your wishes you give me hope and that's what I need. In a few hours I will get my next update I have faith :)

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Keep me posted if you wish. Looking forward to good news.

Jenn 4 years ago

Yesterday I called they said she is doing much better.. That she hasn't had diarrhea or vomiting. They are still able to give her things orally. I asked if she ever had any ups and downs because I know when they are being treated for parvo many go up and down when trying to recover. They said she has always made progress never any down times. Also that I should be able to take her home Monday.. They are closed today so I don't know if I can call or not.. One more day.. Thankyou for helping me through this. I will post an update as soon as I see her tomorrow :)

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Good to hear! She sure sounds like a fighter!

Jenn 4 years ago

Yes it's been nine days since her first symptoms. She is still here... :)

Coco 4 years ago

Hi can anyone tell me how long we should wait before getting a new puppy? We lost coco on thursday we only had him at home for 3 days before he got unwell and spent 7 days at the vets but didn't make. He never went outside but some people are saying a month some are saying six months were really confused, if we get another one I will make sure both jabs have been given before we get one but still not sure it would be covered as we don't want to ever go through that again! Please advise!

Jenn 4 years ago

I will be picking her up today.!!!

Jenn 4 years ago

She is at home now getting a bath.. I was given a weeks worth of medicine, and told she can get parvo again.. I know she can but doesn't it lie dormant for a while? I am taking her back in 5 days to get her first sets of shots again. But do I have to be worried about her getting it again while she is in the process of getting her shots? They didn't really tell me anything besides the obvious and seemed in a hurry to get me out of there.. they were busy it being Monday so please get back to me on my last questions about this horrible virus.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Jenn, sorry it took a while to reply, at times due to work I am away from computer for a few days. According to Marvistavet: quoted ''Infected dogs shed virus (in their stool) in gigantic amounts during the 2 weeks following exposure. Because such enormous amounts of virus are shed, there is a HUGE potential for environmental contamination when an infected dog has been there. Indoors, virus loses its infectivity within one month; therefore, it should be safe to introduce a new puppy indoors one month after the active infection has ended.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. Areas with good sunlight exposure should be considered contaminated for five months.'' Here is the reference link:

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Jenn, to answer your other questions, according to Striegal Animal Hospital QUOTED ''The period of time from a dog's exposure to infective parvovirus to the the development of the clinical signs (symptoms) of the disease usually ranges from about 2-10 days.

Puppies and dogs that survive parvovirus disease are considered immune to re-infection by parvovirus, but this is NOT a guarantee against re-infection. Vaccination after recovery is highly recommended.

Shae 4 years ago

I had a three yr old terrier chihuahua mix named Chiko, he was full of life very smart, he talked with his eyes he always made us feel safe and we loved him so much. Saturday night was chiko's last time eating, Sunday and Monday he threw up all day and was just sobbing around the house. I thought it was because of my new job and hours I was working, but Tuesday night he took a turn for the worst. He stopped drinking water completely and I immediatley rushed him to the nearest animal hospital that was open at 2am which was 40 miles up the hwy. Before we got there he started having seizures and by the time we made it he had almost bite his tongue off. All i could h=do was cry and kiss him on his head and I had a special song I would sing to him every morning when we woke and at night when it was bedtime. The vet recommenede he be put down because he was in so much pain, there was no diagnosis of parvo but as i read the comments above i think it was parvo. Chiko has never been sick and for me to see him this sick has hurt me so much. I lost a near and dear friend and I will never find another friend like chiko. R.I.P Chiko 5-1-08 to 11-9-11

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Sorry to hear about your loss. Dog gastro-enteritis is also a condition known to cause symptoms similar to parvo. However, when in doubt, treat it as a case of parvo and disinfect your premises and perhaps wait a bit if you decide to open your home again to another dog. Again, deep condolences.

pankaz 4 years ago

Lost my puppy on nov 16th... 2011 want to kill that parvo which killed my AARUSH. love u AARUSH. MIss u. will buy a new puppy after the invention of permanent cure for PARVOVIRUS.

Daisy 4 years ago

I have a 7 were old chocolate chihuaha and she was diagnosed with parvo yesterday. She started showing signs on Wednesday, was perfectly fine Thursday, and then got worse Friday & yesterday. I'm nursing her at home & have been dropper feeding her fluids every hour around the clock. Along with meds for nausea, antibiotic & nutri-cal so she doesn't become hypoglycemic. I really love this puppy, but she's so tiny! I'm very worried about her & was wondering what time frame is usually the most critical? She hasn't had any blood in her vomit or her stool & she hasn't had any bowel movements since yesterday afternoon. And no blood in that either. I really want to be positive, but I Dobt want to get hopes up when she starts to show improvement either.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

There are no time frames set in stone. Some bounce back fast while others seem to recover then get worse and have ups and downs. Some take some time to recover. You can also try parvaid or ask your vet about using Tamiflu. Here is are two helpful hubs;

Daisy 4 years ago

Thanks! I used the Parvaid & she is doing really good! She's stil a little weak & tires easily, but for such a tiny little puppy, that's to be expected I guess. For now she's still on meds, I'm limiting her activity, and shes recovering slowly! I'm so relieved!! :)

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aslaught 4 years ago from Alabama

This is such a great article. Very informative. It was sad reading all the posts of folks that lost their pets to this dreaded disease. I had a sweet little rat terrier show up at my house two years ago. I think she was dropped. I took her in and fell in love. I named her Lily. A few weeks later she became very ill. I took her to the vet and she was diagnosed with parvo. I begged the vet to try and save her. They kept her over a week and pulled her through it. When she came home she was so thin, and it took her awhile to get her appetite back but she is healthy and beautiful. Last year a neighbor abandonded a young bull dog when he moved and I took her in. She started showing signs of parvo. I took her to the vet and the diagnosis was positive. My vet bill with Lily had been over 600.00 and I didn't know how I could afford it. The vet sent me home with antibotics and fluids. I nursed the dog and she made it! I gave her to a friend she's a gorgeous dog. Parvo is a horrible disease. The best defense it to vacinate and keep puppies inside until they complete all their shots. I've heard that bleach does work to remove the germ, but when you live on four acres, it's a bit daunting to think about spray that much area. I'm just grateful that Lily lived. I know it could have gone either way.

Brittany 4 years ago

My dog is about 7 months old, I noticed something was wrong with her the first day. I'm not quit sure how she ended up with it. she didn't eat for about four days. Shes a boxer/rottie mix, she's a strong dog. but when she started to acting out of the normal i knew something was wrong. this is one dog that was like a garbage disposale. i watched to see if she would improve not thinking it was something like parvo. on day four we took her to the vet. that morring when i seen her she looked like the walking dead. i didn't think she could last much longer. the vet told us if she had lasted this long then she had a good chance of pulling through this. shehad fought it on her own for a good four or five days. she started drinkin on her own but it wouldn stay down. thank god we took her when we did or she may not have lived. the vet gave her fluids and some kind of medican in shot form and she has pulled through it. im more then grateful that she lived through it. i love my dog to death and hate if anyone has lost a dog over something like this.

dd 4 years ago

we r fightin that horrible virus as we speak our precious baby bella. Has contracted it. We noticed her not feelin well on xmas day we r treatin her at home I know its up 2 her 2 fight along wit tha meds n iv n oh sooo much love but we need a lot of prayers please pray 4 our baby girl!!! Thank u!!!!!! Donna n johnny!!!

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Will keep Bella in my prayers, lots of love and care do help a lot, best wishes and best of luck!

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

I wish I had a clear cut answer, but it really depends. Did you clean your home with a bleach/water mixture? Did you wash all the areas your previous puppy frequented? Food bowls, blankets, carpets,shoes rugs, outdoor potty areas etc? Did you allow the bleach to stand at least 10 minutes? It is hard to say if you disinfected your home well, I must think that cleaning 100% is virtually impossible. Hopefully, you new pup's immune system will be strong enough. It may be worth to invest in Parvaid & Vibactra Plus which may help prevent puppies from coming down with parvo. Best wishes!

Tracey 4 years ago

Our dog Gabby started acting funny, not playing just laying around wouldn't eat or drink. We thought she just had a stomach virus that was causing this. the next morning she pooped in the house she never does that,it was runny red and smelt awful. we took her to the vet the same day and she tested positive for parvo. We couldn't afford to leave her at the vet for treatment, so my husband and i decided to treat her at home the meds coasted 217.00 antibiotics,,\ vitamins and anti diarrhea, and vomiting pills we still had to force food and liquid down her throat every two to three hours with a turkey baser she threw up for a day or two and we were beginning to worry on the forth day she was back to her own self playing and started eating and drinking on her own. we have her cooked liver vitiman c and cat food (wiskers in a can and she ate the whole can and not once did she throw up. Thank you Jesus, a lot of effort and PRAYER payed off i hope were out of the woods. calling the vet tomorrow and making an apt to have all her shots done.

dd 4 years ago

Keep up hope everyone as we are it has been 10 days since bella has contracted parvo we thought it was over n on new years day it. She was worse than 10 days ago were still on meds n fluids she is running around again n playful as ever. But I'm still worried!!!!

Jessica 4 years ago

Anyone that has a pet that has these symptoms take your dog to the vet ASAP!! My dog was only 7 months old and had to be put down after 4 days of being sick with the parvovirus. So please get your dog to the vet as soon as possiable!

Carol 4 years ago

This is a horrid disease,yes. But it can be beat. I toik the first of 5 pups to tge vet, for one afternoon it was 600.00. She survived after losing 8lbs. Tgey are 5 months old. 3were sick the next day when dr. caret came to my house n gave us subq fluids n antibiotics for them. Tge healthiest one,Po, died in 4days, tge other two survived, one is stull skinny but catching up fast. It had been 6 days since she started eating. Now I woke up to a runny stool, I think the last pup has just came down with it. She is still eating but im taking her in tiday. My whole point is, it is nit unbeatable. If u live them, keoo a calm enviroment, stay adamant with ths treatment, and tge bktech. It can be best. Hiwever, if prognosis is grim, let vet put him down, the death from this disease is ferocious. Good luck all.

vetman 4 years ago

reading through the comments on here my dog had a dose of parvo took to the vets and got treatment and was ttold to disenfect my house vet recommended trigene as this kills it, hope this helps !

Motorepebble 4 years ago

Ahh sos sad to read some of your stories about ppups having parvo. It seems to be hearng more about it than years ago. I have made sure i was extra clean when we got our border collie. I have worked in various rescue centres and they seem to use either safe 4 or the trigene like Vetman said about. Definitely the safest if rescue centres are using them. Thank god i have only had to deal with Kennel cough which seems to be around a lot all year round. Hope this helps. But i would say make sure you have checked out where your pups are coming from.

jordan62888 4 years ago

My boyfriend and i just recently lost our 5 month old to this AWFUL virus. she was he most beautiful energetic loving puppy we ever had and she was our baby. we struggled with it for days and just as we thought there was a glimmer of hope, she passed right before our eyes. it was a few days after christmas and it was the hardest thing ive gone through ina very very long time. she didn't deserve to be taken so soon, she was a baby. her "sister" was pregnant at the time when we found out and she luckily had already been vaccinated but now of course we are in a panic because she is due to have her puppies the end of this month. and i dont think i could bare going through the losses of all those pupppies lives. I miss my "Kallie" so much and still cry everyday for her lost life. so any help as to how to rid the disease of my house to deliver these puppies safely would be greatly appreciated. im very sorry to hear about everyone elses losses...its a hard thing to go through i wouldn't wish that upon anyone. xoxo

foster mom 4 years ago

We were fostering from our local shelter and lost a 6 week old puppy to parvo the other 4 pups tested neg. The other pups were removed from our home as we have a dog. I cried and cried holding this dying pup. I feel everyones pain. The clean up is crazy clorox is the only thing that gets rid of parvo. I hate parvo :( To kill parvo all infected areas should be washed down with a half cup of clorox to 16 cups of water wash down floors cages, pens let dry then repeat. All infected dog toys should be thrown out and any blankets used by the dogs. Any wooden or plastic gates or carriers should be also thrown out. As far as human clothes clorox bleach i use half cup of clorox to a full load of water and i let it sit for an hour before adding detergent and letting it run through the normal cycle. Also remember to clean with bleach as well your tubs if you had bathed the dog and you kitchen area. Our pups spent most of the time in the gated kitchen. I think clorox kitchen wipes kills a lot of germs you can google their website to check it out. We are not not allowed to foster for 6 months after the parvo breakout so if anyone wanted to get another pup, i would wait the 6 month period.

foster mom 4 years ago

To Jordan62888 i would speak to your vet asap i know this might sound harsh but for the safety of these new puppies coming into the world maybe your pregnant dog could welp at someone else's home. Please speak to your vet. He/she can best advise you. Let me know what happens please post.

Mileena424 4 years ago

Sunday, my boyfriend and I lost our 10 month old pit bull, Mileena. 4 days earlier, she had shown signs of lethargy and just laid around the house. We didn't think anything of it since she's always been a couch potato. When she started throwing up and wouldn't eat, we took her to our vet. He treated her symptomatically and gave her an antibiotic. Even though my boyfriend asked if it was parvo, he said it was unlikely considering she was up to date on her vaccines.

The next day she had uncontrollable, bloody diarrhea. We took her to an ER Saturday evening. They too, didn't think it was parvo. Thinking she had an obstruction, they took x-rays but couldn't find anything. Finally, my bf asked for a parvo test. It was a faint positive, but the assumption was she definitely had it. They gave her fluids and (we thought) an antibiotic. Almost $400 later, we left the ER thinking she was in good health to shake the bug.

I had never heard of the virus, and my bf was vague on it's details. We knew bleach killed the virus so we cleaned all the floors as soon as we got back home. He spent all night reading up on it. Our concern wasn't only with Mileena; we have a younger puppy, only 3 months old, as well. We had quarantined the younger one upstairs while Mileena was made a nice bed in the laundry room. We even were switching shoes when going from basement to upstairs.

A cousin has been treating parvo at home for years, and she came over with an IV bag to give her sub-q fluids. She seemed ok enough, tail wagging and hydrated with her Quasimodo-like saline hump on her back. We went to bed late-sad but, hopeful.

Sunday morning, she was waiting for us in the laundry room with her tail wagging. Bf had gotten up several times at night and cleaned up her messes. Before I left for work, we gave her more fluids and a shot of penicillin (after finding out the ER never gave her an antibiotic LIKE THEY SAID THEY WERE).

Only an hour later, my boyfriend called me at work and told me she had passed away. It was so sudden since he had been petting her and holding her paw just moments before. She had given him a quiet whimper before he went upstairs. He was gone for only a few minutes and when he came back down she wasn't breathing.

We don't know if we had just caught it too late, but I feel we were helpless to the virus. If TWO professional veterinarians couldn't recognize it, how were we able to treat it in time? My boyfriend has taken it very personally and is-at this very moment-cleaning the house with bleach from head to toe. His reading has brought up Tamiflu, and the vet has given us a prescription for it for our younger puppy, Boo.

We are well prepared and know what to look for thanks to medical journals and webpages like this one. Reading other stories has been so helpful. It lets us know we're not the only ones to have been affected by this painful virus. I hope those who read this learn from our mistake, to not be so passive in diagnosing. If you see the symptoms, DON'T HESITATE TO TEST YOUR DOG. Saving money on testing is not worth losing your pet to this ugly virus. We put too much money-that we didn't have-into an er visit and x-rays that could have been avoided if we had been more headstrong in testing her.

This has been a painful week, I'm so sorry for anyone else who has been through this loss. But if we can educate each other, we can help more families save their pets.

Stacie 4 years ago

I have a 7 month old puppy and 1 and half year old dog. My puppy started vomitting and refusing food last Thursday and I took him to vet right away. He wasn't diagnosed PARVO and took him back home. He continued vomitting over night and took him to vet again on Friday. He was diagnosed with Parvo and isolated. It has been hospitalised a week but still has no improvement. He is still taking IV, antibiotics, and medicine to stop vomiting. Vet was confidently said to me my puppy could recover i 2 or 3 days but he is actually not heeling at all and I can't afford the cost that vet asks for me to pay anymore. I've been reading so many posts and articles that home remedy has only 30% chance of survival. I am so panic now. I don't know what I should do now. Please help....

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

I am sorry you are going through such an ordeal. Has your vet already tried Tamiflu? You can ask your vet if you can take over by treating him at home. Some vets may show you have to give fluids under the skin and instructions on how to continue treating him at home.Of course, there are risks in doing this, but if you cannot afford it any more financially and your pup is not getting better, it may be your last chance. I would consult this option with your vet and see his opinion. Best wishes!

Kristy 4 years ago

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

Mileena424 4 years ago

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.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

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 4 years ago

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!

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for sharing, I hope it helps other dogs as well!

Diana 4 years ago

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.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Diana, very sorry for your loss, thank you for sharing. This will hopefully help others in your same unfortunate situation.

kelly&matt 4 years ago

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.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

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.

jess 4 years ago

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?

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

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

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reikieffect 4 years ago

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

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Great to hear your puppy was able to combat this terrible disease and a caring and loving home, thanks for sharing.

marie 4 years ago

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

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

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.

jose 4 years ago

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:)

4 years ago

.......yr this is to inform you all that....all puppies who had parvo can NOT plzzz......leave the hope....and yes..dont belive in vet...he is ...carring out ur all 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

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

This is not true as I attest that many puppies did survive, especially when the disease is caught in the early stages.

hughesauston 4 years ago

I lost my dog to Parvo a few months ago. I find this info very useful!

mommyx6 4 years ago

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.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

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!

Big walt 4 years ago

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

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

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.

Jessica 4 years ago

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.

Shhnazzy 4 years ago

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.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

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:

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kevins blog52 4 years ago from southern Indiana

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.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

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.

Severslady 4 years ago

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.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

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.

John 4 years ago

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. =(

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Did you see the vet? there are some meds that can help the dog and he may need IV fluids.

345 4 years ago

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

345 4 years ago

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!!!

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

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 4 years ago

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.

Ashleigh 4 years ago

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.

LeeAnn 4 years ago

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.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

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.

Ka 3 years ago

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.

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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

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

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bodylevive 3 years ago from Loachapoka, Alabama

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.

ashlin 3 years ago

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.

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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

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.

FEHL 3 years ago

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 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.

Anna 3 years ago

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.

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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

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:

Abby 2 years ago

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.

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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

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.

renee 2 years ago

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?

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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

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. " 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 2 years ago

Thank you Alexadry. This helps :)

Shelby 18 months ago

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!

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alexadry 18 months ago from USA Author

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.

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alexadry 18 months ago from USA Author

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."

sthefany 15 months ago

Do dogs with parvo last 5 days and still walk around those 5days and drink water but not eat??

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alexadry 15 months ago from USA Author

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.

casey 6 weeks ago

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

Prabin 5 weeks ago

Hello Casey, I understand your problem. If your puppy has beaten Parvo more than a month already, then it's ok to have other pups around him. He won't get Parvo in life.

Ravi Rao 12 days ago

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.

Gala 5 days ago

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???

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