Home Remedies for Parvo in Puppies
Parvo Treatments or Palliatives?
Parvo is a disease that should not be underestimated. 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 also be 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. In general it costs around $40 to $80 without considering the price of a vet visit.
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 should not be considered a substitute for medical advice nor has it been proven to successfully treat all cases of Parvo. There have been cases of success but again, this depends on the case.
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 follows 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 administered subcutaneously or through an IV at a vet's office. Thi is where things can get costly.However, before arriving at this dramatic point you can try to help the pup rehydrate in several ways.
- Offering a bowl of half water and half Gatorade or a dropper-full of unflavored Pedialyte can help replace the pup's lost electrolytes.Pedialyte and Gatorade may help to a certain extent but if the pup is too weak or is unable to keep liquids down the only solution is subQ or IV fluids by the vet.
- 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.
- If the puppy seems able to keep some food down without vomiting, substitute the dry food with baby canned food with no onion or garlic listed in the ingredients. 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.
- 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 attention ASAP.
- There are then some special products that offer some homeopathic remedies, one of them is Parvaid (now called Paxxin) offered by Amber Technology which has a long list of reviews on their website suggesting it has been successful in many instances in saving parvo pups. 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. With Amazon Prime nowadays, such products can be shipped quickly.
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 contaminated areas and disinfect with special products that kill parvo. Parvo Lan or Ken-L-Lan 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 should have been done was at least tried.
A puppy with parvo treated by vet
For Further Reading
- Parvo Symptoms and Using Parvaid as Treatment
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Questions & Answers
How will I know whether my Chihuahua is infected with parvo. And would I be able to give her a vaccine ?
Your vet can confirm parvo by running a simple test and results can return in as little as 10 minutes. If the puppy is deemed healthy, then vaccinations can be given by your vet.Helpful 5
My three-month-old Zuchon puppy has a parvovirus infection. What should I do?
If your puppy was diagnosed with parvo, the best chances for survival involve IV fluids from your vet to prevent dehydration from the vomiting and diarrhea along with an IV antibiotic and an anti-emetic to prevent further vomiting.Helpful 10
I don’t know if it’s actually parvo, but my puppy is experiencing most of the symptoms. How do I know for certain?
Parvo in puppies often causes extremely foul smelling diarrhea. The ultimate answer as to whether your puppy has parvo comes from a quick in-house test you can have done by your vet. Please take your puppy to the vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.
The Parvo "snap" test is a very accurate test. Bloodwork in a puppy with parvo would also likely show leukopenia (low white blood cells) and neutropenia (low neutrophils) which, along with the parvo test, is supportive of a parvo diagnosis.Helpful 6
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