Parvo puppy home remedies
Rottweilers are unfortunately very prone to get Parvo
An aid for Parvo, vomiting, diarrhea (bloody), loss of appetite, gas, bloat and intestinal cramping. This formula can also be used as a preventative to stimulate and support the immune system when a dog may have been exposed to any health threatening condition (rather like an all natural "herbal immunization").
Treatments or palliatives?
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 office or that couldn't afford all the costs of inserting an IV line along with hospitalization. Please be advised that home treatments may have poor results when compared to hospitalization and fluid replacement. Please be also aware that there are many other conditions that may resemble Parvo, so it is best if your puppy gets a Parvo test by the vet as soon as symptoms arise. A Parvo test is a quick fecal test that can be performed at most vet's offices and the results are immediate as you wait.
I have personally had a dog diagnosed with Parvo and $1300 dollars later I felt and still feel the heavy burden of the two night hospitalization at an emergency room. My pup did make it but only because it was caught early and he had a good dose of luck. Parvo is highly contagious in my area and the below information is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice nor has it been proved to successfully treat all cases of Parvo. There have been cases of success but again, this is relative on a case by case basis.
Puppy Parvo Home Remedies
We must first recognize that the real cause of death in puppies is not the Parvo virus itself but the dehydration that folllows the copious vomiting and diarrhea that takes place. The puppy may not be able to hold down any water thus, keeping his chances of staying hydrated very slim. In such severe cases, fluids need to be administrated subcutaneously or through an IV at a vet's office.
However , before arriving at this dramatic point you can try to help the pup hydrate by offering a bowl of half water and half Gatorade or a dropper-full of unflavored Pedialyte to help replace the pup's electrolytes. For more dog dog dehydration read: how to re-hydrate your dog after vomiting.
Hydration levels can be checked by trying to lift the skin above the shoulder blades or back in a tent. If the skin snaps promptly back into place, the hydration levels are fine. If it takes a while or remains lifted then the pup will need to be hydrated ASAP. Pedialyte and Gatorade may help to a certain extent but if the pup is unable to keep liquids down the only solution is subQ or IV fluids by the vet.
If the puppy seems able to keep some food down without vomiting, substitute the dry food with canned food. Water it down and offer it. If he/she refuses you can try to fill a dropper with the liquid mix and dropper feed a little bit at a time. However, the sad thing about Parvo is that puppies suffer from terrible nausea and most will refuse to eat or drink. This further brings energy levels down and puts a higher burden on the already sick puppy. Try to rub the pup's gums with some pancake or Karo syrup to bring back his glucose levels and hopefully some energy and will to eat.
A dog's gums are a good sign in helping distinguish a stable dog from one in critical condition. Pink, rosy gums are a good sign while white, grayish or dark red gums are signs the pup's life is in danger and needs a vet ASAP. Other signs to watch for are gums that if pressed upon with a finger (capillary refill time) do not turn to their normal color within seconds. This again needs vet's attention ASAP.
There are then some special products that offer some homeopathic remedies, one of them is Parvaid offered by Amber Technology which has a long list of reviews on their website suggesting it has been successful in many instances. Another one offered on the market is PetAlive Parvo-K, this as well is a homeopathic remedy that may benefit some puppies. Parvoguard is another promising looking product. These products can be found in large pet stores or online.
If your pup should make it or not, please be considerate and try your best to prevent other puppies in your surrounding areas from being infected. Parvo can survive several years in dog's waste and other areas . It can easily be transported to other areas and spread by your shoes, clothes etc. Please try your best to clean all areas and disinfect with special products. Parvo Lan is a product that may be helpful and effective in this.
It is hard to tell if these products will really save your puppy from Parvo however, they can be used as a last resort knowing that all that can have been done was at least tried.
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A puppy with parvo treated by vet
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