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 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.
Parvo Can Be Fatal
Untreated canine parvovirus symptoms can be fatal. Only offer at-home support if your puppy (or dog) is stable. A diagnosis is often needed to rule-out other life-threatening conditions.
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 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.
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.
You can try to help the pup rehydrate and offer support in several ways:
- 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 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.
Video: A Puppy With Parvo Being Treated by a 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
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 18
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.
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.
What is the cure for parvovirus?
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.
© 2008 Adrienne Janet Farricelli