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Home Remedies for Parvo in Puppies

Adrienne is a certified dog trainer and former veterinarian assistant who partners with some of the best veterinarians worldwide.

Parvo is a severe and fatal disease in dogs. It's very contagious and should be treated by a vet. But if you're out of options, here is how you can help your puppy recover from parvovirus at home.

Parvo is a severe and fatal disease in dogs. It's very contagious and should be treated by a vet. But if you're out of options, here is how you can help your puppy recover from parvovirus at home.

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 tried treatment at the vet's office and cannot afford the further costs of inserting an IV line along with further 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.

How Is Parvo Diagnosed?

A parvo test is a quick fecal test that can be performed at most vet offices and the results are immediate. In general, it costs around $40–80 without considering the price of a vet visit.

I have personally had a dog diagnosed with parvo, and $1,300 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.

The below information should not be considered a substitute for medical advice, nor has it been proven to successfully treat all cases of parvo.

Rottweilers are unfortunately very prone to getting parvo.

Rottweilers are unfortunately very prone to getting parvo.

Puppy Parvo Home Remedies

We must first recognize that the real cause of death in puppies is not parvovirus itself, but the dehydration that follows the copious amounts of vomiting and diarrhea. A 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. This is where things can get costly. If this is not an option for you, and your puppy is otherwise stable, you can try to help the pup rehydrate and offer at-home support in several ways.

Home Remedies for Puppies With Parvo

  • Help them hydrate. Offer a bowl of half water and half unflavored Pedialyte. This can help replace the pup's lost electrolytes. Pedialyte may help to a certain extent, but if the pup is too weak or is unable to keep liquids down, the only solution is subcutaneous or IV fluids at the vet's office.
  • Check hydration levels. Hydration levels can be checked by trying to lift or "tent" the skin above the shoulder blades (or back). If the skin snaps promptly back into place, hydration levels are fine. If it takes a while to return to shape or remains tented, the pup will need to be hydrated ASAP.
  • Offer palatable food. If the puppy is able to keep some food down without vomiting, substitute dry food with canned baby food (make sure onion or garlic is not listed in the ingredients). Water the food down and offer it. If he/she refuses to eat, you can try to fill a dropper with the liquid mix and dropper-feed a little bit at a time. Keep in mind that parvo 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.
  • Boost glucose levels. Rub the pup's gums with some Karo syrup to bring back his glucose levels.
  • Check the gums. A dog's gums help to distinguish a stable dog from a critical dog. Bubblegum-pink gums are a good sign, whereas white, grayish or dark red gums indicate that the pup's life is in danger and they need to see a vet ASAP. If the gums are pressed with a finger (to determine capillary refill time) and do not turn to their normal color within seconds, this indicates that the pup should see a vet ASAP.
  • Consider homeopathy. There are some special homeopathic remedies available. One of them is Parvaid (now called Paxxin), offered by Amber Technology. Amber Technology has a long list of positive reviews on their website. Another homeopathic remedy that is offered on the market is PetAlive Parvo-K. Parvoguard is a third promising product. These products can be found in large pet stores or online. With Amazon Prime nowadays, such products can be shipped quickly.

Prevent the Virus From Infecting Other Puppies

Please be considerate and try your best to prevent other puppies in your surrounding areas from being infected. Parvo can survive for several years in dog waste, on grass and in indoor environments. It can be easily 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 such as Ken'L-Lan.

Further Reading

  • Parvo Symptoms and Using Parvaid as Treatment
    Parvo home remedy Parvo is a devestating disease that affects in particular puppies. A puppy affected with Parvo has slight chances of survival. The consistent vomiting and diarrhea will take a toll for the worse on a puppy with an already...
  • How to Kill the Parvo Virus from your Dog's Environm...
    Parvo is a deadly virus that stays active at home and in the yard for quite some time. Learn how to kill the virus and why you should wait before opening your home to a new dog.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

Question: What should I do if my dog doesn't want to drink anything?

Answer: If your puppy has parvo and won't drink, or if he does drink but brings everything back up, you should take him to the vet so they can start him on some intravenous (IV) fluids. The biggest killer of parvo is dehydration since parvo puppies are often reluctant to take liquids by mouth and are also at the same time losing body fluid from the copious vomiting and diarrhea associated with this disease.

Question: My three-month-old Zuchon puppy has a parvovirus infection. What should I do?

Answer: 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.

Question: What is the cure for parvovirus?

Answer: Parvo is a viral infection and there is currently no drug that has been proven to effectively attack the virus directly so all that can be done is to provide supportive care and treat any symptoms. The goal is supporting the dog until its own immune system can eliminate the virus.

Question: I don’t know if it’s actually parvo, but my puppy is experiencing most of the symptoms. How do I know for certain?

Answer: 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.

Question: How will I know whether my Chihuahua is infected with parvo. And would I be able to give her a vaccine ?

Answer: 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.

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Chitundu on July 21, 2020:

Why is garlic or onion not suppose to be part of the food ingredients for a dog infected with parvovirus?

And what is the medicine recommended to disinfect home surrounding?

Angel on July 01, 2020:

I don't have money to take my pup at the vet I want to treat him at home what should I do and what medication that I used to treat him?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 13, 2020:

Hi Lisa,

I am so sorry to hear about your pup. Sometimes they get worse rather than better and make a turn around after 72 hours- if they are going to make it. By giving IV fluids, you're doing the best you can (it's the gold standard treatment) as dehydration is what usually kills them. Some parvo pups will go a few days without eating. Eating may trigger more nausea and vomiting which leads to more dehydration so we need to thread with caution. A few drops of honey or syrup rubbed on the gums can help perk them up. Keep in contact with the vet to give updates and see if there are other options you can try. Some vets suggest Nutrical given in small amounts very slowly, but if this triggers more vomiting it may do more harm than good. Consult with your vet.

lisa on June 13, 2020:

my pit English terror pup has parvo and she was doing better with iv and med and now today she is going down hill wont eat barely drinks but i have giving her iv and med thou i'm scared she not going to make it there the night please help

on January 03, 2020:

help, i need remedy for my shih and a new born puppies

Crystal Walker on December 06, 2019:

So I'm using Karo syrup and peanut butter deluted with milk and water and feeding my puppy by syringe drops I'm also cleaning the house with bleach. I'm hoping to see a change soon. Does anyone know if I'm doing this right?

DogTipster on February 10, 2019:

Awesome information on how to treat a pet with parvo. We use Electrolytes and Vitamins for dogs to help keep the puppies hydrated and provide nutrients when they are unable to eat due to throwing up. We noticed that 3 things kill a puppy with parvo, dehydration, malnourishment, and secondary infection. Bullyade helps with all three so figured i would share for your viewers and personal info.

Andy on June 05, 2018:

I have a puppy I think got parcel. She not eat are really drink. She throw up everything you give her in drop.

My puppy had parvo on January 30, 2018:

Hi everyone,

I hope this helps someone. My puppy came down with parvo 3 days ago. I noticed early thankfully but I didn't have enough money to send him to the vet. I prayed and fasted and googled at home remedies and came across peptol bismal and activated charcoal with salt water. We gave him (and his brother who hadnt shown symptoms yet) 1 tbsp of peptol bismal followed by one crushed tablet of activated charcoal mixed with salt water. We gave this in 5 hour intervals . I am so greatful to God to say they are doing well. Full of energy and they've stopped producing bloody diarrhea!!!!

Mary Clendenen on June 04, 2017:

You have had three puppies recently come down with parvo even though they didn't seem to have all the symptoms the vet definitely said it was parvo. We have been treating the puppies with Pedialyte and Pepto Bismol. To have completely recovered and the third is on their way.

Tia on May 22, 2017:

My daughter took in a stray puppy that was abandoned and not evan 2 weeks later another puppy different breed that was homeless. She has had them both about a month. Well the first pup came down with parvo suddenly. She took it to the vet and 236.00 later she is having to inject the dog herself with a iv bag for dehydration . I found this very odd for a vet to send her home doing this seeing as she has no medical background. They did demonstrate and show her how. And they have been doing it along with the medications. Finaicely, they are struggling themselves. Well, now the other puppy has contracted it. I have read your home remedy. And I will suggest these to them. I think it is honorable and humane that they are taking these dogs on. I just was wandering if there are any resources that can help them with this second pups meds. She lives in Tulsa, Ok. Any suggestions they would certainly appreciate it. Oh , they did try to get the second pup vaccinated at the vet before it contracted the virus and they said they could not vaccinate it until they new for sure he didn't have it. Which is understandable. They just cant afford it. I will say the first pup seems to be coming around. So, they are treating 2nd pup with some of the remainder of medicine they have. But they need help with getting more. Thankyou.

..gave him the on March 30, 2017:

My 4 month old Blue pit has Parvo for 2 days And now he want do anything and I have done the pedilyte and All Gave him the 9-1 shot the the day of..when coming down With it How can I hydrate him quicker without making him sicker as I syringe Feed him

purpleskies on April 17, 2016:

hi, i took home my Sachi from the clinice after being confined for a week. i had to discharge her because we don't have any funds anymore. She has vomitted 2x is there anything that I cold do to help with the vomitting?

Thank you

Shauntell on December 11, 2015:

I got a puppy about a week ago named him Ivan and got his shots around 3pm 12/8/15 and as soon as we left he started throwing up.

I thought he just wasnt feeling good from the shots and by midnight i brought him to the emergency vet 12/9/15

They tested him for parvo and it came back positive. Only one light blue dot (if that says anything)

They gave me two options, one to be hospitalized and they treat him. Or i treat him at home.

I didnt feel comfortable with how they kept saying the chances of survival even with being hospitalized is a very veey low chance. They gave him a fluid pouch in his side, some 24 hr nausea medicine, and some other stuff.

They gave me "metronidazole suspension 100mg/ml"

.3 ml every 12 hrs for 7 days and "reglan solution 10Cc" .5 every 8 hours for 3-5days.

I have been giving him raw eggs, pedailyte, and childrens pepto. The first day(12/9/15)he was just sleeping alot. I did alot of praying and stayed up all night looking after him making sure he was okay. The next morning i gave the meds as directed and from looking on sites i read to give the eggs, pedailyte and pepto.

All day yesterday (12/10/15) he was very active running around, playing, chasing my feet, no throwing up (he had diarrhea 3 times since the hospital)

Around 3am he threw up, i gave him more pedailyte etc.. today he is not really holding much down..

Its only 8am but i just want to make sure im doing the right things.

Is there anything else i can give him to stop the throwing up?

I broke the childrens pepto in half grinded it up and put it in a medicine cup with pedailyte and give him that every few hours throught the day.

Just a half of a pepto pill a day.

I dont have a kennel to lock him up in but he stayes in his bed(most of the day) that i keep close to me where ever im at. Is it bad that i let him run around yesterday? Keeping the house cleaned and every time he poops on his poty pad i poor bleach in it and throw it away. Ive gave him a bath wed and just been using wipes to clean him up since. He seemed so much better yesterday than today. :'( any suggestions are very appreciated

Thank you guys so much.

-Shauntell D

caroline on July 14, 2015:

Please someone help me.... My 8 week old yorkie has been diagnosed with parvo.. my vet sent us home with a strong antibiotic some nausea medicine and some flea medicine. The first day he was up jumping, eating and drinking..... That was yesterday. Today he is down again. We have been having to force water and baby food. We are also are trying to give him Pedialyte . I have been doing a lot of research and I keep reading about colloidal silver. Someone please tell me how much. The one I bought is 250ppm. Please someone help me help my tiny baby.

petsaver on October 17, 2014:

I tried everything and learned the costly way and my pet died. I had anoth dog with parvovirus and this time i spent $10 and he is up and running around. Try Parv-gone and see it work in 1 day. best stuff on earth for parvo, dont be fooled with the bull crap time and costly vet recommendations. Your pet is dying! stop taking advantage of us pet owners and charge us an arm and a leg to save our loved one.

riley on August 04, 2014:

My 6week old rescued pit bull mix puppy has parvo, and he is so weak he cant even walk he cant keep liquids down and I was wondering is premature baby formula would help? I live off of my ssi check which is not a lot and I am doing everything I can think to help him, like bird feeding him water and mixing can wet food with water and helping him eat but he can no longer walk on his own and is skin and bones despite everything I do I am losing my mind and haven't slept in three days trying to administer care for him but im terrified of losing him. I cant find a vet willing to do a payment plan and im doing the Best I Possibly can. Please if anyone knows of a vet or anything helpful in the pittsburgh area PLEASE let me know it would be appreciated beyond belief.

thank you have a great day.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 29, 2014:

Happy to hear your dog was able to overcome parvo! on May 29, 2014:

My pup got parvo and I'm proud to say that i gave him pedialyte and keopectade and half of a penicillin three times a day and some homemade chicken vegetables soup and he is doing so good now I'm glad I was able to find these comments on this site

BODYLEVIVE from Alabama, USA on May 29, 2014:

Years ago we lost a pup to parvo because we didn't know what was wrong with him and he died. During that time, we had never heard of this devastating disease, it wasn't until about 10 years ago that we started to hear more and more about it. Thankfully we have found out about it and if it ever happens again, we'll know what to do. Thanks for sharing.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 12, 2014:

The biggest concern is keeping them hydrated, that's why it's so important for them to be hospitalized as they'll get fluids as needed, which is something challenging to do at home, as fluids by mouth may cause more vomiting, especially when too much is given at once. Licking ice cubes can help.. Here are some guidelines given by a vet. Parvo is a devastating disease.

I hope your pup makes a complete recovery.

Kathy van Vuuren on March 12, 2014:

Hi, I am sitting with a 6 month old daxie puppy that has parvo. He has been at the vet since last week Friday. Been on Iv I think of glucose. Was given something for nausea, he has diarohea but its not bloody. I have decided to collect him and treat him at home as I dont get proper updates and when they removed the drip last night he crashed to the point of being ice cold. Vet bill at 4k and that is my limit. What else can I do to make him more comfortable and to get him to eat? His diarohhea is not bloody either. I have probiotics to get the gut working and I have clopamon for nausea, what else can I do? Thanks in advance. Tomorrow will be day 6. all she says is his very flat which I presume is listless? please give me advice

danica ramirez on January 29, 2014:

Thanks for info.. I should update my dog vaccine... but still I worried for my dog dachshun

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 28, 2014:

Here is a vet's answer to a similar question and howto kill the virus:

danica ramirez on January 28, 2014:

Hi my dog just got died 2days ago and got parvo my concern is my another older dog is there any chance that he might get parvo too. And what should I dog.. I cant afford to lose him too... please tell me althought he got vaccine I worried too... and all I know is I got to update his vaccine please tell me what to do im so stresss .....

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 08, 2013:

Pedialyte works also well, and some dog who cannot keep down water or any fluids do better licking some ice cubes of frozen water, frozen broth (with no garlic or onion in it) or frozen pedialyte or gatorade. I hope your puppy recovers well.

K.A.E Grove from Australia on May 08, 2013:

Thanks for a great informative hub, my puppy is sick with parvo and we can't afford to leave him in vet care, so it's antibiotics and lots of water, I have heard Gatorade is good so I will have to try that one ... Again thank you, it helps to have an understanding of what parvo truly is

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 16, 2013:

This dog really needs a vet. Try to call around, call shelters, ask for low-cost vets, try to borrow a bit of money from different people. Read this article for options: In the meanwhile, as you call, have some family member look for parvaid. I think on the parvaid website you can find how to find distributors in your area. Most parvo puppies die from dehydration. You can give some nutrical paste, pass it a bit on the gums. Any liquids need to be given very slowly a bit at a time, have you tried ice chips? Try freezing some pedialtye and offer it in chips. It seems like dogs are better able to keep ice chips down. But, please see your vet. Check if her skin springs back promptly or not, she may need fluids by the vet. Some poster above me said I believe that EMT's have been nice enough to supply expired IV fluids. my very best wishes.

logan on January 16, 2013:

and her throw up is like a cloudy brown, it looks mucisy.. earlier i let her out of her cage and she walked around for a few minutes then peed. but after that she layed there unresponsive. so, i cleaned her cage out then put her back in it.. she is laying in there now. but we have a lot of animals like horses and cows. and another dog. we have had her since she was about 6 weeks, in october. but she just now got sick.

Logan on January 16, 2013:

i have a 4 month puppy. i noticed a few days ago she wouldn't eat. later on that day she did. yesterday she was really weak and she wants to just lay there and sleep. she will not drink on her own. we have given her some pedialite and pepto bismo but she just threw that up. and she won't eat. she acts like she is unresponsive, like she can't hear us. i would say this would be the 3rd day. is there anything we can do? i am scared she won't make it.. but we don't have the money to take her to the vet. please help.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 21, 2012:

I am surprised they gave her shots being sick as she was. Try to rub some pancake syrup on her gums to give her a boost of energy. Try ice cubes to lick instead of water for now. She should lick them or you can boil some broth with no onion or garlic and freeze in the ice cube tray and have her lick them. Look for Nutrical, a high calorie paste for dogs that do not eat. I would recommend to see another vet as it sounds like she may be dehydrated again and need more fluids. Best wishes.

swampylail on October 20, 2012:

i have a 5 month old jack russell, she got sick thursday vomiting and some dirrehia. carried her to the vet they done blood work and fecial exam. they said no parvo and everything looks good with her. she was dehydrated they give her parvo shot and vacc shots and injected fluid under her skin. today is saturday and she want drink or eat. boiled pedilyte and pepermint tea bags and chamomile with 2 echinacea capsules. she vomits it up. she has no energy. any suggestions on what to do? please help.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 08, 2012:

The only over the counter product for Parvo is Parvaid by Amber Technology, you can try your local pet store, but call ahead as not all of them carry it.

Angela on September 06, 2012:

Can someone please help me & tell me were can I buy medicen that is not expensive for my puppy he has parvo :(

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 21, 2012:

try giving ice cubes to lick up slowly instead of water. this hub has tips on dog dehydration:

Heather on May 21, 2012:

I got my puppy at 5 weeks, the owner said themother quit nursing them so she have them there firstshot and had us all pick them up. By the next day the pup was dying in my arms, took him in, he had parvo, got him treated and now he is6 weeks, he has no energy, his brother wasn't diagnosed until2 days after mine and he was in the hospitol like 4 days, she got himback 2 days ago, he is eating wet puppy food but throws up water, the vet is tellingher its just an after effect and prescribed something for nausea.Is there anything else we can do for our pups?the brother looks emaciated. By the way these are boxers. Thanks-Heather

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 14, 2012:

I cannot really supply you with this info as I am not a vet, but here is a helpful link by a vet:

For diarrhea, listen what the vet says in the video:

Best wishes!

Stephanie on May 14, 2012:


My son is battling Parvo with his 10 month old mixed breed. He went to two vets today to try and get help. He didn't have enough wanted 400 and one wanted 800. Of course they wouldn't even let him buy the antibiotics. I am trying to find out what kind of antibiotics are prescribed so that maybe I can get my physician to call in a prescription for the poor puppy. Also is there something that we can give her for the diahrea? Thanks for the help

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 11, 2012:

Andrea, I love happy stories! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

andrea on May 10, 2012:

Currently battling parvo with my 7 wk old puppy...i consider mysed somewhat of an expert considering this is day seven for me! My vet prescribed me an anti nausea med as well as an antibiotic to prevent an underlying intestinal issue that can often develop. They suggested baby food, jar kind. Chicken and-or sweet potatoes. I use a medicine dropper to force feed her every 4 hours and do the pedialite every 2. Is working well for me so far. Yesterday she even ate some boiled chicken on her own! Good luck!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 06, 2012:

Keeping water down is an excellent sign, but until he gets an appetite and keeps food down for a few days I would not say he is out of the woods yet. Make sure you give small portions at a time and don't let him guzzle too much water at once. Go slow. I hope he recovers soon, my best wishes.

gene on May 05, 2012:

henry was exposed to parvo 4 28. thursday he started showing signs of parvo even though he hed a booster shot monday 4 30 sturday received parvaid at 3pm its now 1045 he has been able to keep water down now for 7 hrs but still hasn't eaten should i feel better or is it false hope

Amy on April 28, 2012:

Thanks for all the info guys!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 03, 2012:

do you mean parvaid?

Hanchenf on April 03, 2012:

My sausage dog of 7 months was diagnosed last Thursday with Pravo, he started vomiting 3am and was taken to the vet at 1pm that day, he only had one loose, bloody bowel. Visiting hours on Thursday he was jumping, excited to see us, Friday he was in pain, eyes closing and very watery, chunking and did not want to come to the cage door. Saturday was the worst, just lying there helpless, not doing anything, i pulled his blanket towards the gate and comunicated and gave some support. Sunday was no visiting hours, Monday he was standing, eyes flickering again, very thin. I actully took him out the cage and held him for 2 or 3 minutes. I will see later today what his condition is. He is only on IV drip, vitamins and antibiotics, the vomiting stopped, no loose, watery bowels, gums are white, i want to try the Parvo Guard, but im not to sure of any of these products today.......

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 26, 2012:

Yeay! That sounds like very good news! Keep up giving a bit of food at a time to prevent relapses. Sounds like Diego is a fighter, best wishes!

Cali on February 26, 2012:

Thank you so much. You helped put my mind at ease about the pooping. Today (sat) he was running around giving everyone kisses. He still rested a lot, but I was very excited to see him almost playing. I was afraid he wouldn't eat the chicken and rice, but I warmed it as you suggested and he gobbled it down. He kept looking for more after I gave him just a little every hour. I'm so happy to see his improvements. I think he will pull through. He had two bowl movements that were some loose some formed. And what really impressed me was he climbed two sets of steps each time! (I think he was trying to hide). My daughter named him Diego. He's a total sweetheart. Thanks again for your help.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 25, 2012:

Not pooping may be quite normal if you think that he may have vomited a lot and not eating much. If there is nothing in the stomach, there is nothing to defecate. Not vomiting is a very good sign! Keep up the treatments as your vet suggested. You can entice to eat by warming the chicken and rice slightly before offering it. Go very slow, a little at a time. As long as he stops vomiting and starts eating even if a bit at a time, this is very good. I hope the best for this little guy! best wishes!

Cali on February 25, 2012:

Just got a new puppy at 3 and a half months old and found out the next day he had parvo and worms. I took him to a vet because he wouldn't eat and kept puking. I asked the vet about giving DE and she looked at me like I was nuts. We can't afford to hospitalize, so we are treating at home by giving an anti nausea med, fluid under the skin twice a day, and an antibiotic med every 8 hrs. I had to get him to swallow pills to deworm. Since starting the meds, he hasn't thrown up at all. I gave him two small feedings of just water, now he wants nothing to do with drinking. I gave him a small dropper and a half full of ensure and water mixed- had to force it a little at a time. Vet recommended it. So far no puking, but he hasn't pooped at all since I got him, and he's only peed a handful of times. Is this normal? I'm supposed to try chicken and rice in the morning, but I'm very scared he won't eat it. He seems to be hydrated enough because of fluid under skin, and it is good he's not puking I guess. This started wed. I treated with meds 24 hrs later at vet on thurs. it's now Friday night. What can I do to make sure he eats? Does all of this sound normal? When should he have a bowel movement? When is he in the clear? Help?!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 11, 2012:

The article already posts a few things you can do but there is not much more you can really do at home, especially since you do not for sure if this is Parvo or not. Here are a few tips to lower the fever and deal with the upset tummy,

But really, you should see the vet as puppies dehydrate fast.

annmarie davis on February 10, 2012:

my puppy all of a sudden started to throw up tonigh foist all her dog food now just clear liquids since then she has went poop 1 time and it was normal.. her temp is still at 102.3 and her tummy is gurggling a bunch.. can you help me what to do.. I DO I HAVE NO WAY TO TAKE HER IN TO A VET.. oh yea she also is still walking herself outside but wants to lay down and be left alone when she comes back in...

Nichole Langham on January 26, 2012:

I'd like to share my natural cure for parvo...

*1-24-12* Got some great info I wanted to share, last night around 7 or so my friend called to tell me about her friend's puppy that they just found out from the vet she had Parvo, she was in the first stages of it which is lethargy and loss of appetite... So they came over to pick up some Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) (which kills viruses and bacteria quickly) and arsenicum album. which is the homeopathic remedy of choice for Parvo... she gave 4 doses of the arsenicum album (2 pills placed in a 2 ounce amber spritzer bottle, hit on palm of hand 8 times before each dose) last night 1 dose per hour for 4 hours and I think two doses of the DE at 1/2 teaspoon per dose. I told her for today to give the arsenicum every 3 hours and the DE 2-3 times (she actually gave a dose of the Arsenicum and the DE both every 2-3 hours throughout the second day). So this morning at 10:30 I called to check in on the puppy and she had got up and gone downstairs TWICE to go potty already! Then I got a call an hour and a half later and the puppy was eating some chicken! She hadn't started drinking yet but already those two things are great improvements! Thank God for His perfect medicine!!! Will keep yall updated as I hear them...

*Update at 7pm 1-24-12

So far she's been eating more, going outside on her own to potty and playing with her momma, not drinking but peeing so she's still improving greatly, woohoo!!!

* 1-26-12* Ok new update as of today, she began drinking today and is eating and acting normally again!!! WOW , 3 days from start of treatment to being back to a healthy state, I've recommended she continue at least one dose of DE everyday for the next 3 weeks just to make sure she doesn't catch it again, plus it has other health benefits. This treatment had fast results and if everything was purchased new for this specific instance would have run about $15 total, that's a HUGE difference between the other two options which is to let the dog die or hospitalize it which is extremely expensive as it runs for 5-7 days time with intensive care. I think I'd rather do the natural method that's much cheaper, much more effective, and much faster for healing. : D

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 25, 2012:

Cesar, vomiting every few hours is better than vomiting and having diarrhea. Go very slowly on giving fluids, offer ice cubes to lick, or freeze some gatorade. Best wishes.

cesar on January 23, 2012:

i have a 5 month old pit puppy and he has the parvo virus. Hes been throwing up and having bloody poop for a few day and hasn't been eating or drinking until today he started drinking some gatorade on his own and is vomiting every few hours but no poop today. Does that mean hes getting better?

Tysmom09 on January 06, 2012:

Well I have a dog unknown of the breed but he is adorable small and cute.. The mother (Lilly) gave birth to the four pups a week before Thanksgiving three girls and one boy. Well just recent the mother passed away my nieces mentioned she was getting lazy and vomiting the next morning she was seen laying in here cage dead. It was so sad because the pups were nudging and licking her to get up.. Well I adopted one of the pups the lil boy and since then I have become attached I only have had em for four days now and my life have changed drastically he's motherless, he wont eat nor drink and now he has become lazy and vomiting clear liquids. I wondered what was going on? I called every vet in the city for a reasonable consultation price. Finally I found a clinic near home and took him to and they did a fecal test, giardia, and parvo test. I was so anxious to get the results the lady told me to come to the back room and there it was my lil pup was diagnosed with Parvo(Extreme). I broke in tears Im so hurt I never knew a dog would make you feel this way. Da doctor gave me a quote of the procedure needed I knew for a fact I was unable to pay 668.00 so she gave me some alternatives and gave him a dose of fluids till da am. I hope these meds work because I would hate to wake up to a dead pup. But my prayers go out to him I pray he get well I miss seeing him so joyful....(TEARY EYED) Someone help me cope with this situation.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 01, 2012:

Michael, I wished I could give you a clear answer! It really depends on a variety of factors, just as in people recovering from a flu, some take days, some take weeks. It depends on your pup's immune level, treatment, the severity of the disease and other factors. Eating is a very good sign! Your vet should have tested for Parvo, not sure why he did not. Give food slowly, in small amounts rather than all at once and make sure he is well hydrated (adding some water to baby food and canned food may help). Lots of love and a positive attitude can do a lot! Keeping Bodie in my prayers!

Michael on January 01, 2012:

My akita/lab mix 5 month old puppy I believe got parvo on monday it is now sunday. He started with diariaha and vomiting every 45minutes. I took him to the vet and $750 and two days later he was able to come home. He has been home for two days and he is eating a lot, 4 jars of baby food and a half can of pedigree dog food in one day. I think he is recovering but I am so scared. He is walking around quite a bit and drinking on his own. How long on average does it take a puppy to recover? Please any advice will help.

Pray for Bodie.. Please I love this puppy so much I cant lose him.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 11, 2011:

Definitively, do not give cow milk, it may cause diarrhea and give stomach problems. Continue hydrating her as much as you can, a little bit at a time. You can use some baby food made with meat but with no garlic or onion as ingredients and dilute it with warm water and try feeding her with a dropper or see if she will eat it on her own (you can try to put some on your finger and have her lick it). Give a little a bit at a time like every 2-3 hours, hopefully she will keep it down. Best wishes.

Worried T on December 11, 2011:

hi i brought home mu puppy yesterday morning she was quiet and i thought she was jus getting accustom to the surroundings during the day she jus slept, i gave her chow but she wont eat then i gave her milk and she drank that..all she did for the day was sleep and drank milk her poop was soft but not watery, she would walk around a bit then lie down and sleep, last night i gave her panacur and she just slept this morning after i gave her milk which she didn't drink much of i feed her water after which she pooped and it was bloody and had clear mucus in it.i called the vet and he said to give her glucose water cuz she has parvo i cant afford the iv..and i live in the caribbean so we dont have a lot of access to pet meds easily...i gave her more glucose water and her poop was watery and red but still had hard dark parts so im wondering if she is getting better and what else can i do she's startng to drink the glucose on her own...what else can i do....she is 6 weeks btw thank you

Celine96 on December 07, 2011:

did you bring him to vet?

daniela on December 01, 2011:

i need help my puppy has parvo idk wat 2 do help he is only 3 months

Star on November 18, 2011:

Thank you for the link, there is a lot of good information there.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 14, 2011:

Your concerns are legit since the virus is highly contagious. This hub will help you better understand the virus and how to attempt to contain it:

Star on November 14, 2011:

My 6 month old husky puppy, Loki, just survived parvo. I have 2 other adult (and vaccinated) dogs on the premisis, both of which have shown no signs. My female, however, has a litter of 10 pups who are 5 weeks old today. Both she and the pups have been kept isolated from Loki, as she was given the back yard and shed for the comfort of her and the puppies since they're birth, whereas Loki and my other male were confined to the front yard and house. My question is, because I wish to keep 2 of the puppies, how do I best make the environment safe for them?

Celine96 on November 14, 2011:

keep your puppy hydrated,force her to eat even she refuses

to, use bleach to clean the cage or place where she had been to make sure the virus is killed

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 06, 2011:

I am very sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences. Yes, parvo is a terrible disease. If you got your pup from a breeder I would let him/her know what happened. You will have to clean all the areas your pup has been on and wait some time before getting another puppy if you have a plan for another pup in the future. Again, I am so sorry.

celine96 on November 05, 2011:

parvovirus not needed in this world!!!

celine96 on November 05, 2011:

he had just passed away this morning~

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 05, 2011:

Celine, sorry to hear that, don't hate yourself, you have no fault in this at all. Is he still at the vets? or are you taking care of him at home?

celine96 on November 05, 2011:

ok~ thank you very much

celine96 on November 05, 2011:

i had go to the vet just now... the doctor says he might not make it...i just get him for 1 week only~ why this always happened to me? i really hate myself!!!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 04, 2011:

Celine, will keep him in my prayers. Keep me posted if you wish.

celine96 on November 04, 2011:

please help me pray for him~ thank you~

celine96 on November 04, 2011:

today is the third days, he started vomit again~ i sent him to the vet already. i m so worried about him~ (sorry for my bad english)

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 03, 2011:

Yes, no vomit is a very good sign, hoping the best!

Celine96 on November 02, 2011:

my puppy have parvo. He vomit yesterday then after i give him medicine and feed him, he didn't vomit~ is this good or bad sign? (sorry for my bad english)

saddude97 on October 30, 2011:

Well my puppy just died like 15 min ago i will never love another dog again that's a promise

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 25, 2011:

Unfortunately there are no real time lines. Pups may get better in hours, days, weeks..I have heard of pups recovering fast while others took longer..I guess it depends on individual factors and how fast treatments are sought. My very best wishes!

Abi on October 25, 2011:

Our 8 week old German Shepherd puppygirl came home with us on Friday and was a bundle of fun until later that evening she started getting depressed. We thought it was just the blues from missing her mom and litter buddies. She ate a huge dinner of kibble and canned puppy food and then had some diarrhea but I put it down to stress. That night she got progressively more depressed and I was feeling so sorry for her. I put heated teddies in her bed and a ticking clock under it to help her feel better. Nothing worked and she just whimpered and slept. The next morning after keeping a sleepless night vigil with her, everthing went "pearshaped". Vomit, blood in diarrhea. I couldn't believe that stress would trigger this and phoned my vet. Shockingly he mentioned it could be Parvo and I was horrified knowing the whole litter could be at risk. I called the breeder and 2 other puppies that had not been collected yet were already showing symptoms. I took my pup into the vet for an IV drip and an overnight stay. The other pups were seen by another vet. Yesterday I collected a much happier puppy - still has some diarrhea but is generally well and fit although very skinny. In all the breeder lost 3 puppies. We are so lucky to still have ours. My question is : How long do the effect of parvo last... ie the diarrhea, and are there any lasting side effects that I should be aware of? Your site was most helpful in convincing me to call the vet when I did - saving her life!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 23, 2011:

Dehydration caused by the vomiting and diarrhea is the main cause of death in parvo puppies. You can try to treat at home, even though ideally it would be best at a vet since the vet will supply fluids under the skin and treat as necessary. You can invest in parvaid and/or try the home remedies suggested in the article, but the chances for survival may reduce, however some dogs do best at home in company of the owners, so it is something hard to say. Sending best wishes your way.

Bryan Medlin on October 23, 2011:

We have a 10 week old lab puppy that has been diagnosed with Parvo. Started throwing up on Monday (thought he ate a Halloween decoration so we didn't take her in till Weds). His vomiting and diarrhea has subsided but still has not gotten much better. He does not have a temperature and fear that there is a secondary infection that is keeping him lethargic and not interested in food. He has been in the hospital and vet since Weds (its now Sunday night) and we are running out of money. We are not rich and have exhausted our loans. Should be try to remedy at home. He seems to be in a constant state of lethargy. My family does not want to give up on him but want to do what's best. It will have been 8 days tomorrow and we are being forced to make a hard decision. Please advise us on what to do. We will do what it takes if we can save him.

Gina on October 19, 2011:

I had a puppy that died last friday. We also have two more from the same litter. One is sick now and one is ok. I took them to the vet and I cannot afford the IV so she sent them home with antibiotics after giving them three shots. One to help them not to vomit, and two antibiotics. The at home instructions are 3mg pepto as needed for vomiting. As far as feeding and hydration, do not feed any solids for 24 hrs from the last episode of vomiting. My puppies are 25 lbs. Every 30 min to 60 min feed one 12mg to 24 mg, depending on how much is tolerated, in this order. First feeding plain water. Second feeding Sugar water, Third feeding pedialite, and Fourth feeding chicken broth. Repeat and Repeat til they are better. So far she is doing ok.

Lily on October 18, 2011:

I just found out that my next door neighbors puppy, Tiny, is very sick with some type of flu.

He is a pitbull/rottweiler mix and he's the most beautiful dog you would ever meet. He is usually extreamly hyper and loving and everyone (including the kids) in the neighborhood loves him. The vet said he has a 30% chance of living at home and they can't afford vet treatment ($3000). I researched something similar to the 30% chance living part and it said it could be parvo. He also doesn't eat or wants to drink anything, is there anything I can do to help out?

Puppy Owner & Caretaker on October 10, 2011:

To cure Parvo give your dog/puppy 1 mg of Tamiflu per every 10 pounds. EX: your dog may be 50 lbs so u would give him/her 5mg. This method will cure PARVO in about 2-4 days.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 08, 2011:

Try a very bland diet like the one suggested in my article and go very slow, make small portions during the day.

Best wishes!

Jana K. on October 07, 2011:

Puppy is doing much better. Keeping liquids down and finally starting to walk...wag his way more responsive. Now he seems hungry...looking for his food bowl and climbing the counter...what should I feed him after him being so sick? He is very skinny. And I dont want to upset his stomach.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 07, 2011:

Maybe this hub will help, best wishes:

AnitaSoltero on October 07, 2011:

Do you know of any organizations that can help with the costs of hospitalization for animals. I just had to take my sons puppy yesterday and she was diagnosed with parvo.. The vet was really nice and allowed Moka to stay despite the fact that I had NO money. I am supposed to bring them 200 and the he will allow me to make payments on the rest.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 06, 2011:

Melanie, you can put them in ''pill pockets'' found at the pet store, or use a pill syringe your vet may sell you. If they are eating and keeping food down, place them in a hot dog. best wishes

jana, parvaid is about $40-50 if puppy is throwing up you can freeze some pedialyte in ice cube tray and offer the ice cubes to lick slowly

Jana K. on October 06, 2011:

A week or too ago... this puppy showed up on my porch. Long story short...I kept him. Yesterday I notice he wasn't as playful as usual and notice this morning he had trown up a few times. Then it was more like a foam. Once I realized it could be parvo...I immediately bought some pedialyte. I have been giving it to him every hour or half...he has thrown most of it up. I am going to keep giving it to him. My biggest issue is now...I cant afford to get any Parvaid. Any idea how much it is? Any other suggestions on how to get him to drink more pedialyte? I have been using a surrenge. This is heartbreaking and I dont want to lose him. What else can I do?

Melanie on October 06, 2011:

I have two sick pitbull puppies. They have been seen by a vet and she said to give them IV treatments at home and some anitbiotics. My question is how can I give them their pills without them spitting it back out?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 06, 2011:

Dominick, blood in the stool is not necessarily parvo but it needs checked out by a vet as it could be caused by parasites, coccidia, giardia, gastro-enteritis and more. If she he is eating, drinking, playing normally I don't think it would be parvo as parvo tends to be very aggressive. But having diarrhea for such a long time, she can dehydrate and get really sick. I would have a vet check her stool and rule parasites and parvo out for safety sake. the antibiotics however may also be causing diarrhea. Here are some home remedies for diarrhea:

Dominick on October 04, 2011:

I have a 3 month old silky terrier, I purchased Roxie through a pet store 5 days ago, immediately after bringing her home I brought her to the vet the next day for a check up, and was diagnosed with kennel cough, she is on antibiotics, since I brought her home she also has diarreah for the past 5 days, and I found blood in the diarreah, is this a sign of parvo, she eats 3 to 4 times a day and drinks a lot of water and is very playful

Rosa on October 03, 2011:

My 5 mon old chihuahua Chico was looking sick and skinny. He wasn't barking or eating. I took him to the vet and they told me that he had Parvo (thursday eve) I didn't have the money to take him to another place to get treated. I came home and cryed my eyes out... in the middle of the night/morning 3 am I saw this page and started giving him pedialyte every so often..(saturday) while I was at work my mom called me to give me good news.. Chico was up and somehow found a little ball of dog foodand was playing with it. lagter that day he was also barking :).. Please have faith and keep hydrating your dog.

Amy on September 28, 2011:

My sons 3 month old Pit has been puking and having the runs. I believe that she has parvo. Unfortunately I dont have the extra money to take her to the vet. We are giving her pedilyte and the vets assistant said to give her like 2-3 cc's of pepto to help settle her stomach. I believe that we may have caught it in time but would like to know if the pepto is ok or will it hurt her?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 26, 2011:

FOrgot to mention, there is a product called Parvosol, I do not think it contains bleach but check the label to be sure.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 26, 2011:

Vets say there are no vaccines that are 100%. If I were you I would call the vet and tell him when your five year old dog was last vaccinated and ask if a titer test would be necessary. The best product to use to disinfect against parvo is a bleach solution on all surfaces and left for at least 10 minutes. Better to kill grass in your yard than risk the life of another dog. Parvo can live six months or more on surfaces. Best wishes.

playmytune on September 26, 2011:

I offered to foster a puppy coming from a shelter. After the organization took this puppy in, it got sick and was taken to ER. The puppy was diagnosed with Parvo. My question now is if this puppy survives and I take it into foster, what precautions will I have to take in order to protect my dog. He is around 5 years old and is up to date on shots but he was heartworm positive at one time (he is also a rescue). Also, I heard that the parvo virus can last years in a area unless taken care of. My house is all carpet. If the puppy has accidents on the carpet, what can I use besides bleach and water to disinfect the area.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 20, 2011:

You can try feeding bland food like diluted meat-based baby food with no onion or garlic in it, ask for a product called nutrical, it is a paste that provides nourishment for sick dogs, warm up canned food to make it more appetible. If there is vomiting do not feed for about 4 hours and give ice cubes instead of water.

blood in stool does not automatically mean parvo, even though it could be. Have your vet run a fecal test to rule out parasites and protozoans, best wishes!

Mel on September 18, 2011:

our 10 months old puppy just one day started having diarrhea and now a day later it is sort of bloody, i am worried to say the least but she will drink lots throughout the day today she had some yogurt and pepto she seems more energetic now and we have to keep changing her food to get her to eat anything more i can do? i really dont want to lose her neither does my fiancée

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