Adrienne is a certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, former veterinarian assistant, and author of Brain Training for Dogs.
Symptoms of Parvo in Puppies
Parvo is a devastating disease that affects all dogs, but puppies in particular. A puppy affected with Parvo has few chances of survival. The constant vomiting and diarrhea will take a toll on his health and may exacerbate an already vulnerable immune system. The puppy will become dehydrated pretty quickly, and drinking may cause further stomach upset and further vomiting. For this reason, it is better to offer ice chips.
A dehydrated puppy will quickly become lethargic, and the skin on his back and shoulder blades will not snap back in seconds when lifted. Rather, it will return into position slowly, or worse, will remain lifted up.
Chances of survival are slim, and most puppies require immediate IV fluids and medications to beat the odds. These expenses of putting an IV line plus the hospitalization can easily amount to thousands of dollars.
With this tough economy, many people may opt to put the poor puppy down.
Treatment for Parvo in Puppies
This is where Parvaid comes into place. When people were unable to afford veterinary care, they opted to give Parvaid a try, hoping for a miracle. With an 85% success rate, when Parvaid was supplied early enough, the miracle may be closer to reality.
Parvaid has many success stories from its website, and with a bottle costing less than $50, it certainly will not hurt to give it a try, if the prohibitive costs of veterinary care are not a choice.
Parvaid may be found in some pet stores that supply Amber Technology products. It is best to call in advance, prior to heading out the door. The product may not be easy to find. Parvaid may also be shipped via mail order. But when time is the essence this may not be a good option.
Parvaid is recommended to be used with Vibactra Plus for a better treatment choice. The use of Parvaid will not hurt the puppy if he has another gastro-intestinal issue not related to Parvo. Parvaid is a natural remedy made of Peppermint, Spearmint, Chamomile, Plantain, Echinacea and serval other herbs.
Parvaid may also be used as a preventative for dogs that were just exposed to other dogs sick with Parvo.
Parvo is truly a devastating disease. My friend's dog had to be put down because she could not afford the vet trip. While Parvaid in some cases cannot replace the fluids, electrolytes, and supportive treatments provided by your vet, it is certainly another option for those owners that are looking for an alternate treatment plan.
- Parvo puppy home remedies
Let me start off by saying that Parvo is a disease that needs not to be under estimated, it is highly contagious and very deadly. This article is for those that have already tried treatment at the vet's...
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Questions & Answers
Question: How long can a dog live with Parvo?
Answer: This is a difficult question to answer. It would depend on a variety of factors such as the immune system of the dog, how dehydrated he gets, whether he is eating and drinking, how much vomiting and diarrhea he gets, the size of the dog, the level of care the dog gets, age of the dog (adults vs puppy) etc.
As you can see, there is no simple answer to the question of how long does a dog may live with parvovirus. What we know for sure though is that left untreated, parvo is a potentially deadly disease, especially in young puppies. If your dog has parvo, please see the vet at your earliest convenience.
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Lee on October 06, 2018:
Question. I "had" a 7 - 8 mo. old puppy that just died after 4 days of being sick. She exibited some signs of parvo(vomiting,lethargy,no appetite had to force feed/but she would spit it out) but not the diarrhea (?) infact she took a diarrhea crap the night before she died & that's the only crap she took in four days. That's the only thing that's makes me think it wasn't parvo, is there another diseae with similar symptoms to parvo that matches .
Luv my Furbabies on May 31, 2017:
Though it is "possible" for a parvo survivor to fall prey to this virus again, it is highly unlikely for such a thing to happen. Contracting parvo, while horrible for both dog and owner, provides long term-if not life term- immunity from doing so again. Far better protection than the vaccine provides infact. If you were or still seeing symptoms that mimic Parvo, you are most likely dealing a parasitic protozoa- most likely either coccidia or giardia. Both can result in vomiting, diarrhea & anorexia, which if left unattended will result in dehydration, lethargy and even death- same presentation as Parvo. I hope your issue has already been resolved & that your baby is doing well!
Luv my Furbabies on May 31, 2017:
I had wonderful success with home treatment of 8 [at one time] of my babies with Parvaid and Vib Plus...along with loads of cleaning, laundry, at home i.v. & enema treatments...and very little sleep! Lol. Everyone of them survived and now 2 years later they are happy, healthy and cuddling with me as I type this.
Marcy on March 13, 2017:
My 6yr old Chihuahua- miniature pincher is a parvo survivor at the time he contracted the virus he weighed 3 1/2lbs so we thought for sure there was no way he was gonna live thru it becuz of what the emergency room vet told us and she told us that we had 2 options and they were put him to sleep, or spend thousands on a treatment that wasnt even a guarantee which was hospitalization with bone marrow transplants and blood transfusions which we absolutely didn't have the money to do so not an option we could do, or surrender my dog to the humane society and if they had the funds they would treat him which was a big if. I said noway will i do any of those this dog is my baby hes like my child i said i need to go figure out how to save him. So the er vet gave him a high dose of antiobiotics and fluids thru an IV. Went home and the next morning called a regular vet for another opinion and they gave us our lifeline the only hope to save our little comet in our price range which was to come to the vet everyday for the next 4days Get IV fluids and antibiotics and to force feed him thru a suringe 1st stage baby food turkey or chicken and push as much Pedialyte that we could, show him lots of love and attention. I know my dog felt the love we had for him and thats part of the reason i still have him here todayThis treatment cost us $250 so you see dont let them scare you into expensive treatments when at least the home treatment they are home with the people they love instead of all alone , sick and scared giving up the will to fight
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 24, 2016:
Jessie, from what I heard, it is difficult because the dog has built antibodies, but it is still possible if the dog's antibody titer is not high enough to fight-off an infection with a higher viral load thanwhat the immune system can handle.
Jessie Harrell on November 14, 2016:
Is it possible to transmit the parvo to a dog that was diagnosed with the virus after being treated by the vet?!?
Jessie Harrell on November 14, 2016:
Can't seem to find an answer to my question..maybe someone will react to the question if I post it n what not..so the question is "once diagnosed with the parvovirus n properly treated by the vet is it possible for that dog after treatment to get parvo again?!?
Daisy on September 04, 2015:
I want to know how many drops of paxxin I can give my dog and in how many hours and for how long do I give it to him ( he is 7 months )
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 09, 2013:
Renee, if you read the description for parvaid it does say it can be used as a preventive. Of course, this doesn't mean your pup can be around other puppies with parvo and not get it, I would be concerned about using the product in such a way as it's not 100% just as vaccines and other products can't be. Here are some helpful reads; best wishes!
renee on February 09, 2013:
i am wanting to use these as a preventative for a coule of our puppies
we had a case of parvo and lost a puppy to parvo and it was just horrible to see and go through...
Has anyone used this as a preventative?? really need some feed back
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on July 16, 2012:
Sorry, to hear that. Has your puppy seen the vet?
Erick on July 16, 2012:
It didn't work for me and I tried all steps.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 01, 2012:
Great to hear it worked for you! Thank you for sharing and best wishes!
Sue on February 29, 2012:
I was skeptical about these products too, but when my new puppy got parvo and the vet said his chance of pulling through was very slim as he was already passing pure blood, I asked him if he thought that Parvaid would work. He suggested that I can try it or put the puppy to sleep.
Well, I bought Parvaid and Vibactral Plus and last Thursday I started the Parvaid treatment every 15 minutes for the 1st hour and then every hour and Vibactral Plus 4 times a day along with Pedialyte. At first the puppy started vomiting a lot and not keeping any liquid down, I read that if he did not keep the liquid down I could try giving him an enema but I would try that as my last resort. What I did instead, was only give the puppy a full syringe of Pedialyte every hour, as I thought giving him little liquids he would not vomit...and it worked. I did the hourly treatment for 2 1/2 days...then he started looking better, wagging his tail so I thought I would try giving him some food. I bought Pet Select refrigerated food from Walmart, which I thought looked really good and smelled even better. It had minced chicken, liver, carrot, peas and rice and I mashed/pureed everything together and started putting tiny bits into his mouth. He swallowed some of it so I left the food in his bed for him and monitored him after half hour he got up and started licking at his food. After 2 more doses he was eating on his own. I continued to give him the doses but only 4 times a day. Anyway long story short, today is Wednesday and he is up running around and playing with the cats and barking. Today, he started back on his regular diet, regular solid poop, but I am still giving him only the Vibactral plus, 4 times a day and will continue until Friday. I called my vet and gave him the good news, he was very surprised that he came back as he looked really bad when the vet saw him.
My pup had only received his 1st set of shots when he got parvo (1 week after). The vet suggested waiting a full month before he gets his other shots. We did not think he would make it but persistence, faith, hope and love not forgetting PARVAID and VIBACTRAL PLUS worked for us. We are happy to get our little one back, the vet did say after getting through this he would have a very strong immunity. So please don't give up, the products did work for us but you have to follow the instructions and forget about sleep!
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 30, 2012:
Happy to hear Parvaid helped your puppy get better from Parvo disease!
Doug on January 30, 2012:
Within two day's of starting Parvaid along with plain Pedialite, and Colloittal Silver my Rottie was playing, drinking, and eating. Saved me over $1100 in vet bills.
Guest on October 05, 2011:
Parvaid works!!!! If you cant afford the Vet bills, give it a try. It saved my dog!
Tonya on July 11, 2010:
Does not work
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 25, 2009:
Thanks for the update, I am very fond of various products produced by Amber Technology. Indeed this article was written more than a year ago. Therefore, it seems like the best up to date combination would consist of the following kit: Parvaid, Vibactra Plus, Life Cell Immune Support and Doggie Pain Relief.
I strongly agree about the consequences of over vaccinating pets, and fully applaud the AVMA for suggesting them every 3 years versus annually.
I never heard of the Parvo shot directly giving Parvo but I heard of it in some cases lowering the pup's immune system temporarily and creating a window of opportunity for the pup to become vulnerable to Parvo. This especially seems to apply to when the shot contains the live virus (the most effective) versus the killed version. However, I would still highly recommend these series of shots for all puppies.
I really appreciate your comments as I was not aware of these new products. Kind regards,
Mark on May 24, 2009:
While the information in this article may have been correct at the time it was first written, the Parvo virus has since evolved into a much more aggressive strain. This means that Parvaid and Vibactra Plus are no longer enough to treat this virus successfully.
The manufacturer's current requirement is for four different products, but in our experience, having dealt with over 850 cases of Parvo since March 2007, a fifth product is also required.
Also, most vaccinations are ineffective against the 2c strain (which is why we are seeing many adult dogs that may even be fully-vaccinated getting Parvo, and dying if not treated). (Not only that, Parvo shots can actually give your dog full-blown Parvo, and, like all vaccinations, will cause long-term health issues such as a weakened immune system, chronic inflammation and cancer.)