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Canine Parvovirus Symptoms and Treatment

We lost one of our babies to parvo. It was the saddest thing I have ever watched.

Does Your Pup Have Parvo?

Does Your Pup Have Parvo?

Is Parvo a Death Sentence for Your Dog?

Unfortunately, it can be. But the rate at which parvovirus kills has been greatly diminished in recent years due to scientific understanding of how to replace the vital elements in your dog's body that are lost in the throes of this decimating virus.

If you think your dog may have parvo, please continue reading to learn what you can, must, and should do to help them through this devastating illness.

What parvovirus looks like under a microscope.

What parvovirus looks like under a microscope.

How Can My Dog Be Exposed to Parvo?

Dogs do not have to be taken into new surroundings to be exposed, although doing so regularly does increase the risk of contracting parvovirus. In fact, even if your dog stays in an enclosed area (such as your backyard), it may still be at risk for exposure. Some of the most common places your dog can be exposed include:

  • Vet or clinic visits
  • Dog parks
  • Through a person who has been in contact with a sick dog
  • If a contaminated dog visits your home or just enters your yard.

Although these certainly are not the only means by which your dog can contract this deadly virus, this list gives you a good idea of how easy and how wide-reaching it can be. Something as simple as a bird landing on the fecal matter that contains the parvovirus and then perching on a dog's food or water dish could a source of contagion. This virus is known to stay alive and active, even in your yard, for anywhere from six months to two years. For this reason, be sure you read the section below on Cleaning Up After Parvo.

Which Dogs Are Susceptible to Parvo?

Although a dog of any age can contract the parvovirus, it most commonly affects puppies. Pups six months and younger are most susceptible. It can also affect older dogs, though dogs over a year old have a 90% chance of survival if proper care is provided. Older dogs experience the symptoms very mildly compared to what the pups go through. Dogs with a compromised immune system may also pick up the virus.

The best-known preventative is to have your dog immunized. However, even fully immunized dogs have been known to contract the parvovirus.

Two Different Types of Parvovirus

There is an intestinal form of the virus, as well as a cardiac form.

Intestinal Parvovirus

The most common form of parvovirus attacks the intestines and causes the inner layer to slough off.

Cardiac Parvovirus

Pups under eight weeks old are more likely to suffer from the cardiac form. This form attacks the heart muscles and the symptoms and outlook is very grim for these affected puppies. It should be noted, however, that with proper care pups from eight weeks to one year old have a survival rate of around 70%. The signs include:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Crying, gasping, or difficulty breathing
  • Serious depression
  • Refusal to nurse
  • Sudden death

Most vets will suggest humanely euthanizing the animal instead of a "peaceful death" at home with their families due to the extreme pain and suffering they can experience until their heart stops.

The First Signs of Parvo

Since the earliest signs can easily go unnoticed, you may not recognize them at all until the next stage sets in.

  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy/sleeping more than usual
  • Excessive drooling

If you worry that your pup is sick, offer its absolute favorite treat. If the pup refuses the treat, you have a sick pup.

With parvo, the earlier you can begin to treat the symptoms, the better chance the dog has. The onset to the peak of the symptoms can take anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours on average. It is also possible for the dog to begin to experience all of the symptoms at once.

When Parvo Breaks

When the virus breaks, you can expect a lot of upsetting things to occur:

  • Dog quits eating and drinking
  • Vomiting: Can be muscusey, bloody, white, yellow, or green
  • Diarrhea or projectile diarrhea: The stool will become very watery and is often made up of "old blood" in the intestinal tract
  • Limb weakness and shaking

It is not the virus itself that can kill your beloved pet, but the dehydration and secondary infections that result from it. There should be no need to tell you that at this point, you will want to get your pet to the vet as soon as possible. Call ahead of time and letting the vet staff know that your pup may have parvo so they can be prepared and direct you toward a less-traveled entrance (to prevent exposing other animals).

Vomiting will be almost constant, even after doses of water or even IV fluids given by a vet. After water is ingested, you can expect it to be vomited up from 45 minutes to 1 hour later. You will know that your pup is on the mend when they go much longer between bouts.

This stage is the worst, not to mention by far the most dangerous to your pet's survival. The second stage of parvo, marked by the first time your dog suffers from projectile or bloody diarrhea, can last anywhere from 4 to 10 days.

What to Expect at the Vet

The sooner you get to the vet, the better chance of survival your dog has. At the vet, your dog will likely:

  • Be stool-tested.
  • Receive intravenous fluids—don't freak out over the bubble it puts on the back of their neck because this hump will provide them fluids when needed, sort of like a camel.
  • Be tested for dehydration—you too can do this test at home, so watch how the vet pulls and releases the loose skin up on their back: The slower this skin snaps back, the more dehydrated, and in danger, your pup is.

At this point, if your dog's heath is in a critical stage, you will want to discuss two very real possibilities with the vet:

  • Hospitalization
  • Euthanasia

Don't panic. Your vet will likely tell you, and hopefully with compassion, what they would do if the dog were their own. Although it doesn't happen with regularity, some animals can suffer from an enlarged heart or painful nervous conditions as side effects.

Should your dog begin to show signs that your very touch is extremely painful, you may want to seriously consider ending their misery as humanely as possible.

If however, your dog is just severely dehydrated, and your schedule will not allow you to nurse them, hospitalization may be the only option.

Meds the Vet May Administer

If your dog was vomiting before you took it to the vet, the vet may give it a shot to help control the nausea. Be sure to take advantage of this time to get some fluids in it when you get home if they do not give IV fluids at the vet office. If they do, do not force any more fluids. The vet will likely administer:

  • Cerenia, an anti-nausea medication
  • Metronidazole, an antibiotic
  • Proviable, a probiotic

Be aware that your vet may use different brands of these medications. They, along with a few items you can purchase at any grocery store, can and likely will mean the difference between your dog's survival and its very untimely death.

Parvaid: A Miracle Option for Dogs with Parvo?

An organic herbal food supplement has been tried and proven to help. It is also known to be highly beneficial to dogs who have other intestinal problems. Made by a highly resourceful herbalist, this remedy (or series of remedies) helps to replenish the vital vitamins and minerals your dog loses due to vomiting and diarrhea stages of a parvo reaction. It is well known to not only save the lives of dogs on whom other remedies and medications have not worked, but to also greatly shorten the time your animal suffers from this illness.

Post-Vet Care at Home

While visiting the vet, the vet will probably suggest that you have these items on hand at home:

  • Pedialyte
  • Chicken baby food
  • Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate (for dogs)
  • Cooked chicken
  • Cooked rice
  • Towels
  • Eye dropper
  • Unscented puppy pads
  • Bleach (mixed with water 1:10 as a cleaning solution)

Although it may seem like quite a list, many of these items you will already have available in your home.


If your pet has gone a long time without eating, you may want to consider purchasing a tube of Nutri-Cal. This can be squirted as small dollops on their noses and they most likely will lick it off. This can replenish depleting nutrients that they need since they are not getting them from their usual food source.

You May Be Solely Responsible for Nursing Your Dog Back to Life

You will need to be prepared to care for your pup about every three hours, even at night. Not doing so can cause a dog that is very dehydrated to take a sudden turn and pass on before you can get fluids in them. Do not let them go 6 to 8 hours without being offered liquids.

If your vet has given you a few different medications, be sure to write down their dosage times. Do not rely on your memory since you are likely to be experiencing a bit of chaos for the next few days.

You will be making use of all those things you purchased at the grocery store now.

Make Sure Dog Stays Hydrated

Whenever possible, offer your pup Pedialyte in place of water, even though it has a sweet taste and some dogs may turn up their nose to it because it doesn't smell like water. If this is an issue, offer the dog water. The point is to stay as hydrated as possible, the Pedialyte just helps to replace the electrolytes lost during vomiting and diarrhea. If you do not have Pedialyte handy, you can substitute Gatorade highly cut to around 1/10 with water. Although it isn't created to help weak tummies in babies like Pedialyte is, it does have the vital electrolytes that your pup needs to survive.

If your pup absolutely will not drink, there is one more thing you can try. Fill a small, light-colored bowl (salad size) with water and pour in one teaspoon of milk. The light bowl prevents them from seeing that the water is altered, and for some reason many dogs will take water, even if they really don't want to, if it has a bit of milk in it. This is NOT the best idea as if the pup is fevered and hasn't had food on their belly for a while, as milk can turn the stomach a bit. However, an upset tummy is better than a dehydrated dog.

Also keep in mind that no dog should go more than 24 hours without some water or Pedialyte. If you have tried all of the tricks and your pup hasn't had water in an entire day, call your vet and ask if you can bring it in for IV fluids. Many vets are kind enough to offer this service at a fee of around $10 to $20 dollars, without charging for an office visit. Never hesitate to ask!

You May Need to Force Fluids

If you get to the point where the dog is no longer taking water willingly, and the vet is not an option or you feel the situation is an emergency one, you can use the eyedropper you purchased to force a bit of water into your dog. However, if it comes to where you are forcing fluid intake, it would be better to use Pedialyte instead of water. This way your pup gets fluids and electrolytes. If you have to force it, may as well force the most beneficial liquids on them.

Drinking Again? Slow it Down

Parvo is a horrible and sometimes deadly roller coaster ride. Even though your pup may feel a bit better one moment, doesn't mean it can go free-for-all in the water bowl. Not only can drinking loads of water after a dry spell cause the tummy to spasm, a pup can quickly backpedal on their recovery if a barely healing tummy begins to spasm and vomit its contents again.

It may be very hard to pull your obviously thirsty pup away from the water dish, but not doing so can turn one ounce of recovery into a deadly game of sympathy.

Stinky Poop

I mean reaaalllly stinky poop.

One of the most concrete signs of the virus is when your pet's stool turns into a brown or red watery liquid. The other side effect is that it really stinks, far more than usual. You may be thinking to yourself, well, all poop stinks doesn't it. Yes, it does, but once you smell a parvo poop, you will definitely notice the difference.

It will be very important to you, of course, to prevent your pup from releasing any of this seriously smelly poop inside your home. In order to have the best chance of preventing this, be sure to keep an eye on your pup for when they get restless, move around, or look for corners or dark places in your home. The best thing you can do is offer to take them outside every time they do perk up. Chances are during the parvo stint, if they are moving, they are about to poop or vomit.

With parvo, it seems that often the real symptoms, or the heaviest part of the illness, do not truly kick in until they release this toxic smelling poop. After this begins, you can plan on another 4 to 9 days of pup nursing.

Stay Clean and Prevent the Spread of Parvovirus

When your pup begins to get ill with this virus you will want to go ahead and drag out all of the old towels, rags, and carpet or upholstery cleaning items. When your pup begins to get sick, gently urge them towards the door or to the area in your house where vomit may be the easiest to clean. Doing so right off the bat will quickly train the pup to head to those areas, or to run to the door when they are about to vomit. However, this is only if your pup is able to stand and walk. Many dogs with parvo will not be able to stand or obey your rules and you must be prepared to keep towels, rags, or items you are willing to wash or dispose of around their head and neck area.

You can expect, like slightly broken clockwork, that after every ingestion of fluids, your pup will likely expel them. Often they will actually have a bit of spit up right after drinking, and then 45 minutes to 2 hours later, the rest will follow. But even if they are seemingly vomiting up every bit of liquid they drank, they are still keeping some extremely vital water in them, even if just a little bit.

Make a habit of grabbing a towel quickly to clean up any accidents, and there will be many. Follow up by using a spray bottle with the bleach mix to coat the soiled area, then let it air dry. You can also use the puppy pads to create a nest for your pet. Puppy pads have waterproof plastic on them to help prevent your furniture, carpet, or flooring from absorbing the water from the vomit.

Should I Bleach the Yard?

Even once your dog's health begins to improve, you need to stay vigilant about cleaning up the areas it may have soiled with virus. You should even take a bleach mix and a hose to clean the areas of your yard your dog may have used. Parvovirus has been known to live up to 2 years in the environment and the only thing that will kill it is bleach.

Help! My Dog's Head Is Shaking!

If you see your dog's head shaking, you may panic and wonder if he/she is having a seizure. Most likely, however, this head shaking is due to hypoglycemia—which means they are not getting their daily sugars. The head shaking can be stopped by giving your pet a half teaspoon of sugar in a bowl of water once per day.

Generalized Parvo Timeline

  • Day 1: Exposure to the virus
  • Days 2–5: Pup shows first signs (not eating, drooling, etc.)
  • Days 3–6: Projectile (or very watery) stool begins
  • Days 4–10: Virus runs its course with periods of extreme depression, lethargy, dehydration, and vomiting
  • Days 5–21: Pup slowly recovers, begins showing interest in food, stops vomiting, stool slowly begins to harden.

Don't Forget the Love!

Human touch is vital to healing. Even if they look at you as if they could go the rest of their lives without your touch, don't let there be a chance that happens. Touch them, croon to them, sing to them, baby-talk to them, do anything and everything you can do to get a perk of the ears, a lifted head, or a noticeable glare. The important part is that they know they are loved. Dogs that are extremely ill can be just like any other mammals, including humans, and just get to a point where they would like to give up. You may even recognize this in their eyes. There is nothing harder to witness. But DO NOT GIVE UP!!!

Keep forcing those fluids, cleaning those messes, and baby-talking until your dog is so angry they look ready to bite. Do anything and everything you can do to keep their spirits up, even if their spirit is sort of cranky at the moment. That spark, that fire, and the fight to want to live may be the most vital part of their survival.

What if the Medicines, Vet, and Nursing Don't Help?

If you do all of these things and still lose your pup, the first thing you must do is grieve. Who cares if people think you a little odd for crying over a pup you had for only x months or weeks? Remember that you did your absolute best, and ignore any judgmental comments you may hear.

Also, be sure you clean your house, your entire property, and anything exposed to the parvovirus with a fairly strong bleach mixture before you consider bringing any other dogs back into your home.

As you have just bore witness to exactly how ravaging this virus can be, you are certainly likely to be first in line when it comes to wanting to prevent this from occurring to any other dogs. Until you can kill this virus, let friends and family members know that your home is not safe for their dogs.

I am no expert but have researched and used many different methods for keeping a parvo dog hydrated, the most important thing. Please feel free to leave any questions or comments here and I will reply within a few hours.

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.

© 2011 Joy Lynskey

Does Your Dog Have Parvo? or Do You Suspect It?

Davion on July 26, 2020:

My 6 month old puppy has been off food for 4 days she is off water aswhile but she keeps trying and no she is having the worst bloody stools help pls

Jon on July 17, 2020:

My dog has been diagnosed for 2 days and he's stool is so watery and it's yellow but he stop vomiting he always hid in the corners of my house, please let me know if you guys have any suggestions

lizzy on June 12, 2020:

My puppy has been expericing all of this symptoms. The vet is taking care of him already but there is still no change. Like about 3-4 days, my puppy refuses to eat and he is still vomitting and popping occasionally

........., should I be because he is still receiving treatment

Aces dad on November 01, 2019:

my baby is on day 3 and has just started weezing should i be more worried than i already am? i been forcing fluids my vet didnt want to send me home with ivs to keep ace hydrayted but i been giving him a paste thats a food sub and now he seems to be getting worse... my kids have been crying and if he is nearing the endn i need to properly prepare them as well

Jodie on October 24, 2019:

My puppy who is about 13wks old is pooped bloody watery when i wormed him...he had was been about a week ago i wormed him but he is still pooping kinda watery bloody poop but not all the time....he has bein eating an drinking not sure about to day he is still asleep...but he hot up to poop an it was watery sn bloody again ....i just wanna know if its gonna be from the worms of parvo..cuz ive had dogs with parvo a few it worries me....thank you

Joanna on October 17, 2019:

My rottweiler got diagnosed on Monday and its day 4 hes pooping bloodie and still vomiting hes only 6 months i keep feeding him chicken broth, baby food rice, and chicken the vet gave me two bags of IV and just got more today giving him 300cc of the IV and hes still throwing up but trying to keep his spirits up

Julie on March 03, 2019:

I have a chiwowa how just came down suck today she won't eat or drink walks like she's drunk just wants to lay on heater resister what can I do

Lensred on November 27, 2018:

Hi I am hoping you can help. We recently purchased a puppy 14wks that supposedly had his first 2 Parvo shots. Unfortunately he was diagnosed a week ago today with Parvo. 1800 dollars later in vet bills and a five day stay, he is home. However he still is vomiting on Occasion. Not always. He wants food we have been doing chicken and rice, and very diluted ginger water. His stool is normal now. However by example I fed him a small amount about four hrs ago, also gave water and he just threw it up. Is this part of the process? Or was quite a while after eating. Also he tried to and sometimes succeeds in eating it before we can get to him! Is he reinfecting himself? Just wondering if we should do the vet again. So much spent already. Any suggestions? Thank you

Ana on November 25, 2018:

My 4 months old german puupy has been diagnosed 3 days ago, he got better and started drinking and eating at the day 2 but it started getting worse in third day. Tonight his stool became bloody and we are so worried. Is it a bad sign? Is he getting worse or this is just one of the stages of illness?

We alao give him iv fluids (500 ml) and antibiotics every 12 hours. Is that enough or we should force him water?

Ellijah on October 27, 2018:

My dog is currently recovering from parvo. We’re just passing day 7. Been admistering a few Meds a couple times a day.




As well as daily injections of Cerenia and fluids.

Alexis on October 27, 2018:

My dog has been puking And drooling and pooping out blood and it scares me my dog is just a puppy and I love her she is a beagle she is not eating or drinking that much

Tiffany Davis on October 17, 2018:

Everything that was wrote here is absolutely 100% correct. I had for boxer puppies just turned 6 weeks old somehow catch parvo. I lost to due to believe it or not vet orders. Dr. Mann Beebe Arkansas. He said remove all water and food. only give two to three drops of Pepto or Kaopectate every 2 to 3 hours until they stop vomiting. My first pup died of severe dehydration my husband and I immediately started shoving Pedialyte down the other three puppies unfortunately it was too late. We lost another one. The only thing I would like to add is sometimes every 2 to 3 hours is not enough. My husband and I had to take shifts every hour on the hour a full baby syringe of Pedialyte. As exhausting as it was we succeeded and two of our four parvo puppies survived.

Joseph on September 21, 2018:

My dog had all the symptoms of parvo but the vet is telling me its Corona and not as dangerous as parvo.He told me hydrate puppy always and he should be fine but told me in puppies Corona can be dangerous sometimes.can any one help me should I be worried.

Snoops on September 18, 2018:

My pup is 9 months riding on 5th day of parvo looks better shows interest in food and eats willingly off of the syringe but my concern is she’s now having green watery diarrhea is this good or bad? Vomiting that I’ve seen has stopped

Charles s on September 05, 2018:

My female pitbull Pink started threw up on my blanket as i cleaned it she threw up again 10 mins later and did this several times. She saw i was fustrated cleaning and she finally kept going outside to throw up. Then shed come and drink water and go out and throw up again. I followed her everytime to make sure i knew what she was doing. Then she peed and it had blood in it because it was brown. Then she had diaharea and it shout out like a pressure washer and it was all blood. I freaked out and called my vet. I paid alot to have every test done they found her intesines to be diolated and she just jad an upset stomache. She was give cerenia for the nausea and 250 and 500 mg of amoxocillin, metronidazole, royal canine gi low fat kibble and 4 cans of wet food. Also they said she had stones in her bladder. After the cerenia she is not shivering as bad or throwing up. She hasnt pooped again yet so im not sure about that. She also ate dinner boil sliced beef naval and she keep drinking alot of water. I can see she is suffering from stomache pains. But i was told nothing out of normal so she should be fine.

yessenia Armas on August 25, 2018:

My Great Dane 4 month puppy got parvo. Took him in immediately to a vet on Wednesday he stopped eating and drinking. On Friday he started drinking on his own and eating as well, but the diarrhea won’t stop. Is that normal?

Editza on August 19, 2018:

My dog has Parvo today is a week with it he never got diarrhea but he did vomit alot is he going to recover? He's a 14 month old pitbull

casey on August 16, 2018:

My dog is diagnosed with parvo and was given antibiotics yesterday. Today, he was on a strict pedilyte regimen and is not hydrated but just threw up some blood. His stool has not been bloody yet. He is going back to the vet tomorrow morning. Did we act fast enough for survival?

Vicki on August 15, 2018:

My 8 month old puppy was just diagnosed with Parvo today. She was fine over the weekend and started throwing up on Monday. She received a shot of an antibiotic that is good for two weeks. I have been giving her pedialyte every hour via syringe. She has already started going towards her water bowl and drinking some water, not a lot. My question is she finally has urinated, is that a good sign? Also she finally had a bowel movement, and it was soft but not diarrhea and no blood in it, is that a good sign?

Brian on August 13, 2018:

Hi I don't know what do my puppy has Parvo and we are trying to keep him hydrated and we are giving him water with dhyorolite with the syringe but he is not wanting it and everytime we try to give him after 5-15 mins he vomites it again?? Dont know what to do anymore can anyone give me any suggestions please ??? on August 12, 2018:

My 10 week old, Black and Tan puppy started only today with the stinky projectile diarrhea. Bright red blood also. No vomiting. There was vomiting about 3 weeks ago. I thought he ate something out back. He’s not lethargic and is perky. Yesterday I was out of the house for 2 hours. When I returned my house was a mess! There is a spot, a small hole, that had been repaired using plaster, that was all scratched up. I’m thinking it may, probably been my Romeo, and he ingested some, I’m sure. There is also another pup in the house. And 3 big dogs, and 2 cats. Do I need to worry about any of them? At the moment I can’t afford a vet bill. What can or should I do for him( and my house!). Thank you.....Vicki

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on August 07, 2018:

I hope everything went ok.

Abby on July 31, 2018:

My dogs a year old and got diagnosed Friday July 27th with parvo he was vomiting and showing signs Wednesday night I got him to the vet Friday they sent him home with iv and medication he drinks on his own and takes pedalyte he’s hydrated but won’t eat hasn’t In almost a week he did though eat his last night July 30th but I had to mix his hard food with the wet vet given food he keeps everything down but he still has bloody diarrhea but is doing over all well he walks moves around has strength goes outside to potty I just am concerned about the diarrhea

Carl on July 27, 2018:

Can. A puppy get parvo by his head being hit hard into a floor

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on July 17, 2018:

You're definitely doing everything right. No blood in the stool is a great sign of recovery. Recovering from parvo takes time. Be patient and continue to hydrate!!

Nilay Puntambekar on July 15, 2018:

Dear author,

Great article! My 7 week old Lab pup is unfortunately diagnosed with Parvo! We hospitalized him right away. It has been 3 days now. His vomitting has completely stopped and his stools no longer have blood. He is being given IV fluids and injections every day. But this night he has started moaning altthough his lethargy is somewhat reduced. He is moaning almost every half an hour before goong to sleep. Does this mean anything? I would really appreciate a reply. We are doing all we can for the Pup!

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on July 12, 2018:

Don't feel terrible, you've done everything you can! It seriously sounds like she's on the mend if there is solid stool!!

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on July 12, 2018:

Sorry I didn't see this sooner but for future readers, force liquids, even though they are going to throw them up they will absorb some.. That's critical if you can't get to the vet for an IV bag. Never force food. Even if you're worried they haven't eaten. That can actually exacerbate the problem

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on July 12, 2018:

I'm so sorry to hear that.

LeeAnne Jack on July 12, 2018:

Our 9 month my old tiny female black & tan Chihuahua Puppy passed away from when ha To what’ll

leaseamaid on July 10, 2018:

My boxer started the projectile diarrhea last Friday, Then on Saturday she had a seizure. A really bad one. It was sooo awful, She slowly recuperated over the next couple hours jus breathing heavy and being exhausted. Then on Saturday she did it again, Also vomited and continuing loose stool. I have absolutist no money to take her to vet,, and other people have said they really cant do much about seizures. She is doing much better her stool has hardened up as of yesterday, But still soft but it has a shape to it now, She is drinking lots of water and seems herself now, I am defiantly scared and feel awful I cannot take her to the vet,

Scduffy on July 04, 2018:

We're on day 3. She won't eat or drink. We're doing subcutaneous fluid, and force feeding canned food recommended by the vet, but now she is throwing up after eating and has severe diarrhea. Better to let her digestive system rest? Or keep force feeding? We've ordered the nutri-cal and parvaid.

Kumar on June 24, 2018:

We have treated our 3 months old pet for parvovirus. Now it has improved. Vomit and diarrhea stopped. But still stool is liquid . But in take of food and water is good.

Leah on April 28, 2018:

My pup came from the shelter with parvo. She is on day 4. Two days ago she had the first projectile bloody stools. Today stools we're still liquid but much clearer. I've been doing sub q fluids 100 ml four times a day. Her skin goes right down after pinching it but her gums were totally white. I read this is to do with sugar levels so I've been giving her Karo syrup. My question is could the white gums be a result of over hydrating? Should I continue sub Q's? She will drink on her own, water and Pedialyte. How much longer until I know if she'll make it? I saved a puppy with parvo before.

Adam on February 06, 2018:

My dog started having diarrhea again after three days without is this bad or worsening?

Julianne C on October 02, 2017:

My puppy had not yet had his third parvo shot and took him in because he vomited only once, but wasn't eating. They diagnosed him with parvo. He spent 3 days in hospital and everyday he did well so they discharged him. He's doing really well. I just want to know after 7 days, do I still need to worry or is he in the clear?

Anonymous on August 30, 2015:

Hi. I just lost my puppy from the virus. He had all the symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea with blood, no appetite, crying. We had to put an iv on him because he wouldnt eat nor drink. But tonight, i noticed that his chest was swollen. I wasnt sure if theres such a thing as over hydration but i was kinda upset with myself that I probably shouldnt have put an iv on him for three straight days. Now he's gone and i feel like its my fault.

Laura Lincoln on June 23, 2015:

My puppy was diagnosed Saturday morning with parvo. I noticed Friday afternoon the change in him. He's at home with me. I'm giving him pro pectalin, albon, reglan, pedialite and subcutaneous fluids. Yesterday he drank water by himself and walked from bedroom to kitchen and jumped on the couch and stayed there for awhile. Last night he went in the closet and has been there ever since, except for the 2 times he went to pee. He has not eaten anything since Friday morning and is not interested in any food I offer. I have not tried baby food. Should that be my next step? Or is keeping him hydrated the most important thing. I thought he was getting better and now I fear he's crashing.

Desiree on June 03, 2015:

My 2 month old boxer has parvo. I took her to the vet and they gave her fluids which created a camel hump on her back and also gave her two more shots which were for antibiotics and for vomiting. They precribed her puppy pedialyte and medicated food aside with pills to help with vomiting. I wanna know if i should also give her pepto bismol and if yes. Evry when ? before force feeding her or after ? Im realy hoping she gets better shes been ill for 3 days already she was running and sniffing around yesterday and today but after the vet check she became weaker and no longer wants to get up. :( I am making shure to keeping her hydrated. And that shes in a quiet warm place because tje vet said her temp was at 97° out of 100° so she looks for a warm place cause she does feel cold. I was wondering if mabe i can gave her a warm bath and blow dry her and keep her warm after ?

Alexis on May 03, 2015:

My puppy has tested positive for parvo at the vet. She is about 6 months old. She seems to be doing very well, we have kept her hydrated and she has drank a little it and even eaten a small amount of chicken on her own. What concerns me is that she has only had one bowel movement yesterday morning and has only peed 3 times. Is this normal?

Michelle on April 17, 2015:

I just wanted to say thank you for your very well written article. It has been very useful. Yours was one of the only articles I could find that mentioned nervous system effects, in particular the pup being painful to the touch. Can you share any other sources that have info on this? A puppy we are supposed to adopt survived a relatively mild case of parvo, but now has neurological symptoms (painful to touch has improved slightly). Thanks again.

imran on November 24, 2014:

Hi need your advice , my dog recovered from Parvo in 3 days and running around' playing eating, on a the 4th day dog started shivering and felt on the ground' its been 5 days dog cannot standd up eats and drink stool is fine. Only gets up for stool with great difficulty , not anemic vet has no idea why he is not walking around.

please advise what to do.

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on October 28, 2013:

@maryandderek: You are doing literally, every single thing you can. He has a better chance than most at this rate. Keep forcing the fluids. Don't worry about the vomiting though I know it sucks. Thing is, some of that liquid WILL stay down and that is what will force him to live, even if his eyes tell you he doesn't want to. They might, be prepared for that, but certainly don't give up.

maryandderek on October 19, 2013:

My 4 month old lab tested positive for Parvo on Friday. He was fine Thursday night, eating, drinking and playing. He was sleeping when I left for work on Friday morning which wasn't unusual. When I got home at 3:30, I could tell immediately that he was ill. Went straight to the vet and got the parvo diagnosis. Dexter received anti nausea, antibiotics and a paste for food replacement. The vet told me he had a 50/50 chance of survival. We came home and immediately began fluids. I am not sure how much he vomited or had diarrhea on Friday because he stays outside and we live on several acres. I am giving him subcutaneous injections of dextrose (6ml every 3 hours) and IV fluids(20 ml every 4 hours). He had 2-3 small bouts of diarrhea Friday evening before midnight, but only one since then this afternoon (projectile). It is dark brown in color. I did not see any vomiting until early this morning. He vomited small clear amounts until around 9 am. He did not vomit again until around 5:00 this evening. I am also giving him pedialyte from a syringe (9ml every hour) and the food replacement (Enercal) every 3 hours. I gave him some Pepto last night, but that was the first thing he vomited so I haven't tried that again. He was drinking on his own this morning, but now refuses everything. I have offered chicken broth, but he heaves when he smells it. I am making the chicken and rice now to see if he is interested in that. He is so lethargic and sad--that is what worries me the most. I am giving him round the clock love and attention to try and keep his spirits up. He last urinated this morning around 10 am. Do you think the fluids I am giving are sufficient? He can sit and walk a little, but seems so weak. Is this to be expected? Should I see improvement in the next day or so if he is going to get better? Thanks for any advice! I have read the other posts and they have been helpful, but I am still worried sick.

anonymous on July 28, 2013:

Three nights ago my 7 month old lab mix puppy came in from outside and didn't want to eat. This alarmed me as he eats anything and everything. So I watched him. The next day I called and got an apointment for Sunday as Myles my puppy was now puking and had diariaha but no blood in either. Today we took him to the vet and they said he has parvo. They wanted 1000.00 to keep him at the pet hospital but sadly my husband and I just got back from Colorado after my father passed away so we didn't have that kind of money. They gave him a shot and sent us home with meds. I am trying to give him a couple ounces of fluid pedilyte and water or chicken broth and water. I have also added in sugar water as he is shaking from time to time. Please tell me if there is anything else I can do. I bleached and blocked off a room in the house for him and go spend time with him every hour. I just lost my dad I can't bear the thought of lossing my puppy now.

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on April 07, 2013:

@anonymous: Aww! I am so sorry to hear that. We lost one of our babies too to parvo and I very much understand the feeling. You will make it through and time will help a bit but you never have to forget! The paw print from the vet is so very sweet!

anonymous on April 07, 2013:

Everything u said here was happened to me n I tryed saving him.I took him to the vet 2times n to an 24hour vet hospital n Fed him thru a syringe at home n still my 3 turning 4 months old pitbull puppy died n I'm Soo hurt.I never had a dog die on me.I did everything.Everything.Everything.nothing can bring my baby back but till we meet again.I miss him Soo much.he died today 4/7/13 @12:41pm lunch time in my arm's.hugging him n crying he started to breathe slowly n took his lasts breaths as I laid him on the n the kids misses u Soto much.they still asking for u.I told them u went to sleep in heaven n it protecting us from above.the vet hospital gave me a clay paw print of it foot n I baked it n will forever protect it.I don't KNOW how I'm going to live without you.

anonymous on April 02, 2013:

@anonymous: day six and no diarrhea but still vomiting, she is drinking water with electrolites and sugar but still will not eat, she has a fever again today actually she looks worst than yesterday, the vet said she seems to have plateaued, so still on the iv. we have every thing crossed such a horrible disease.

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on April 01, 2013:

@anonymous: I agree with the Vet, at that point, it's rare for them to go backwards. However, if you do bring her home, remember to force water, but not food. I have seen forced food make them backpeddle into the illness again

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

@JRLSolutions: on day five and my miss is still having diahrea with some blood still was not vomiting during the night, sniffing at food in an interested way but not eating, she is drinking plenty and still on iv fluids and antibiotics, i put a small amount of baby food consistency rice and chicken with a bit of manuka honey mixed through, but this brought on a bout of vomiting , as its been the long weekend the vet is only in twice a day for an hour and the diahrea is still happening i decided to buy toddler nappies make a hole for her tail and put it on her cause i can't stand the thought of her being covered in her poo. i can't take her home till shes eating and holding it down for twenty four hours, but feel i could nurse her and clean her at home better for i have the time to do it. this is the first day that the vet has showed some positivity saying " i have rarely seen them go down from here" which gives me hope but she still is extremely sick, has lost alot of weight and is completely miserable.

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on March 31, 2013:

@anonymous: She will likely start to improve soon. Most often the worst of the illness runs for about 7 days. Having a vet taking care of her means she has better chances than most.

anonymous on March 31, 2013:

i should also add for people who are looking out for symptoms that she did shiver on friday i had to cool her down for she did have a fever and her little heart felt like it was going a hundred mile an hour and was about to jump out of her chest also she was weak but refused to lay down, i believe it was due to pain in her belly that she could'nt lay down .also her paws were curled up tightly and would not relax, she wanted to be ln a cool dark place and refused to eat or drink.

anonymous on March 31, 2013:

i should also add for people who are looking out for symptoms that she did shiver on friday i had to cool her down for she did have a fever and her little heart felt like it was going a hundred mile an hour and was about to jump out of her chest also she was weak but refused to lay down, i believe it was due to pain in her belly that she could'nt lay down .also her paws were curled up tightly and would not relax, she wanted to be ln a cool dark place and refused to eat or drink.

anonymous on March 31, 2013:

my 6 month old pup was lathargic on thursday night and friday morning i found vomit on her bed, she was missing after alot of searching i found her under the house with muscle stiffness and odvious pain.i started syringing water too her but each time she vomited it strait back up, after an hour or so she was so sick looking i took her to the vet thinking she had been poisoned by something because the vomit was a bit frothy. the vet tested her for parvo using what looked like a pregnancy test and it showed she had parvo within 10 minutes. the vet said that without treatment there was a 90% chance she would die, with aggresive treatment including putting her on an intravenous drip of plasma and another with iv, antibiotics, glucose and electolites she would have a 95% chance of survival. the vet giving me all options including putting her down left me for 5 minutes to decide what to do, i could not give up on my furbaby so i took the option of aggresive treatment knowing it would be a minumum of $900 australian dollars perhaps more depending on how long she needed the treatment. my girl had not had any diarrhea yet, we caught it early, had always been dewormed, had great body mass and i had already been forcing water into her so the vet said she had a great start to fight from. so she started on the plasma from dogs who had a high immunity to parvo, the iv with antibiotic, glucose, electolites and fluids on friday afternoon. she continued to vomit all that night the rank smelling bloody stool started the next morning, i was allowed to visit her for an hour saturday afternoon, she was so weak she coulnt lift her head but still managed to lick at some water when i put it to her mouth, she had already lost condition and her hair was shedding from shock. it was the hardest thing to walk away when the vets said its time to go. after a restless night the vet rang saturday morning while i was cooking up some rice boiled in chicken broth and pureed lean steak mixing it up too baby food consistancy to tempt her that afternoon, the vet said she had stopped vomiting during the night and her stool no longer had fresh blood in it but she had a constant leaking of diahrea, she had a bath and was a little purkier. i really thought she was on the mend so when i visited this afternoon i had great faith she had kicked it, when i entered the room she lifted her ears, she had a drink when i offered it but would not take food, she stood up and wanted to move for a smootch but was to weak and the effort seemed to pain her then she started to vomit more feverently than before, my hour was up in amongst this and i had to leave her again, i wont get an update from the vet till tomorrow morning and can not stop researching, asking questions and just plain freaking out am i kidding myself that she could recover i have taken out a personal loan to pay for this treatment but am i just prolonging her suffering, everyone says its an up and down disease but when will she start to improve?

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on March 22, 2013:

@anonymous: The only way to tell really is to touch them and if they react violently or as if you are hurting them badly they may have it. The cardiac version usually kills very quickly, I've never seen it last beyond 12 hours in any dog, any age.

anonymous on March 22, 2013:

I need help i have a small puppy and he's very sick, i know it's parvo because I've cared for many dogs with it and was able to nurse them back to health thankfully...but, my puppy seems as if he is having a slightly hard time breathing..his breath hitches a giving electrolytes every hour can you tell me if he may have the cardiac form i don't want him to suffer :(

anonymous on March 11, 2013:

@JRLSolutions: My pup roco, i think he might have parvo.about 2 or 3 days ago i started hearing him vomit, for a few weeks now his poo was watery then it would go solid. but now its starting to get soft, i noticed him yesterday eating a little and drinking some water but today i have been having a hard time getting him to drink water, i dont have any pedialight or a seringes at this time so i gave him water and milk about a hour, hour n a half and he hasnt vomited it back up, i havent seen any blood in his stool. planning to take him to a vet today, should i keep trying the milk/water solution until then?

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on March 07, 2013:

@anonymous: It sounds like she's doing fine, but the moaning is not a good sign. Keep going, keep her hydrated and follow all of the tips here. Please let me know if she takes a turn for the worse.

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on March 07, 2013:

@anonymous: If you have any pet antibiotics on hand it is okay to use them. Probiotics are usually used as well.

anonymous on March 07, 2013:

I'm nearly %100 positive my little rescue has parvo. However her sister was sick as well about a week ago and it only lasted two days and with one dose of pepto she was feeling much better. After about two days of her feeling better her sis lost her appetite. After a day of no appetite she appeared to also begin recovering. However as soon as she ate some rice, she began vomiting and hasn't stopped. Last night the watery, smelly diarrhea began. I stayed up with her all night giving her fluids even though she vomitted immediately. And continually. Every five minutes just about. I also began enemas of pedialyte and vitamin c. This morning she is holding in her fluids a little longer. About two hours. She's had one diarrhea this morning. She is moaning constantly though. I'm just trying to love her and keep her hydrated. Please tell me if she sounds like she is doing on with my treatment.

anonymous on March 03, 2013:

@anonymous: sounds like worms to me i would do that first

anonymous on March 03, 2013:

hi my name is rita garcia i live in juarez mexico we just got a puppy last week dont have any shots yet and today it started throwing up and right after that came the runs i already gave him some antibotics i have but not sure if they will work or not dont have much help here in mexico and the vets really dont care im the best shot they have at this point will eritromicina help at all and if so how much and how offen thanks my email is

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on March 02, 2013:

@anonymous: So very sorry you lost your pup. Parvo is a horrible illness and the unfortunate truth is that not all of them can live through it no matter how hard you try. You did try hard though, and you should try to remember that the pup knew you were trying too.

anonymous on March 02, 2013:

@anonymous: She din make it. She passed away yesterday evening at the clinic. I am so sad though i know the suffering for her has definitely ended. Just cant bear the thought she was alone that time. Cant bear the scene of the empty kennel. I miss her.

anonymous on February 26, 2013:

@JRLSolutions: I gave her honey with sugar and dilute it water. I gave her to drink 4-5 ml a time. But she is still shaking. Her two front legs are weak now. She still can stand but i see that she is still very weak. Gave her pork meat and rice. Blender it and inject into her mouth. She likes it but still not much. Late at night, she started barking and whining. She looks so weak. She rejected all the electrolyte and sugar drink. I am giving her multivit and protein and antobiotic too. Not much help. I am so sad that my husband decided it is better to let her sleep. I stopped giving her fluid since 2am. I stayed awake whole night in my room awake and didnt visit her anymore. I feel so bad. I had two days leave to take care of her and i don't see improvemnet. I worry she din poo for the whole tuesday. Really her time to go but i woke up this morning and see her in my garden (i left the kennel open). I called up a local vet and he keen to give her a try. I am relieved that she is in better hand now.

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on February 26, 2013:

@anonymous: Hello Choonie, I am glad you didn't give up on your pup and you are doing GREAT so far!! To help her with the shaking, give her about a half teaspoon of sugar in a water dish. That should help, the first dose may have just replaced the sugars her body is missing from the illness, if some more sugar in water doesn't help come back and let me know and we will figure out what to do. Sounds like she's already on the mend, good job, and again, I'm so glad you didn't give up hope!

anonymous on February 25, 2013:

I am from malaysia. I just adopt a two months old pup. She has ring worm and i sent her to the vet. The vet suspects she has parvo too but she looks ok. She is very playful but she has bowel movements a few times a day. I thought it is normal. Then i sent her for her first vaccine. she has slight fever and weak after the vaccine. Till last week Friday, i found her poo in her kennel. Later In The evening, i found her lossing her voice. Then, she has dry nose and lethargy. On sunday morning, her stools are all bloody red and smelly. Send her to vet and suspect to have parvo. Vet says not much hope for such a small puppy. Since monday evening, i constantly giving her electrolyte. Twice in an hour. Anti vomit pills too. Some chicken broth too. And vitamin and antibiotics from the vet. She has stop vomiting. She has soft stool. I dun see any stain of blood. But no bowel movement since morning. She is still weak. She is shaking all the time. I gave her honey and sugar this morning. How can i help her from shaking?

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on February 16, 2013:

@anonymous: I hope your pup is now recovering Laura!

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on February 16, 2013:

@anonymous: Thank you for your comment! It is wonderful when they are given those chances. I hope your pup is now in recovery.

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on February 16, 2013:

@anonymous: Without the bloody stool and the fact that the pup so willingly ate, tells me that this is unlikely to be parvo. You may have a pup with coronoavirus.

anonymous on February 16, 2013:

@anonymous: **he was shaking

anonymous on February 16, 2013:

My pitbull pup Alekk seems to have some symptoms of parvo. I was shaking earlier today in the morning, we keep him inside so i doubt he was cold. He didn't seem too happy. My gf poured some pedialyte into his bowl and he drank it, he even ate some chicken, he acutally finished it all. He seems a little more active now. He threw up a couple days ago, and today, also had slight diarrhea but no bloody stool. If he keeps this up will he eventually overcome it? We love our puppy and don't want him to go ='[

anonymous on February 10, 2013:

took all 3 8 week old pit/ heeler puppies to the vet on Thursday, for their second dose of Strongid. Friday one pup threw up twice but is fine now, One pup is still fine, but my 3rd pup was lethargic on Friday, had a fever and had pink mucous stools, but still managed to eat and play a little that night. I started pushing fluids on friday.Saturday the stools stayed the same until near midnight, when they had a little form and no blood. She still ate very little , and managed to walk to the various bowls of fluids I had out for her. She vomited clear stuff. Now it's Sunday and she is still going to her water bowl, Will not touch the gatorade unless I squirt it into her mouth, has been on Pepto for 12 hours now, just gave her some metronidazole, but then the infamous bloody stool, only it doesn't smell, like parvo. She is still doing a lot of sleeping but jumps off my bed to get something to drink. I've had experiences with parvo on 3 other dogs at my old house, two of them died within 24 hours and the 3rd one lasted 4 days. None of them had the gumption to fight and she does, so I am anxious as to what to expect next.She is by no means dehydrated.

anonymous on February 10, 2013:

Hello there, I have a 6 to 7 month old Staffordshire, she has not ate or drank water in 3 days. She has been vomiting, so today we took her to the emergency vet, and it turns out that she has parvo. The gave her an IV and sent us home with meds. She has drank her water on her own and immediatley ran to the bathroom. They said that she has a 70% chance of survival. I just want you to keep her in prayers for a quick recovery thank you. This page is very supportive.

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on February 06, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks Dan. I will check out the available reviews and proof on this product and post it here if possible.

anonymous on February 05, 2013:

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anonymous on January 28, 2013:

@anonymous: MY dog had Parvo & I want to let the WORLD KNOW get a bleach cap fill it will a tiny bit of bleach then the rest of the cap fill will pepto-bismol. Stir with syringe & shoot it to the back of their throat. Then do it 1 day or 2 later IF necessary. A couple day the will start eating when ATLEAST a little back too normal buy a 7 in 1 from a feed store, Pet Shop etc. My pomeranian/border collie had it & she survived & is sitting next to me as we speak. NO need to spend $500.00 + for a cure when their is this miracle.

anonymous on January 28, 2013:

MY dog had Parvo & I want to let the WORLD KNOW get a bleach cap fill it will a tiny bit of bleach then the rest of the cap fill will pepto-bismol. Stir with syringe & shoot it to the back of their throat. Then do it 1 day or 2 later IF necessary. A couple day the will start eating when ATLEAST a little back too normal buy a 7 in 1 from a feed store, Pet Shop etc. My pomeranian/border collie had it & she survived & is sitting next to me as we speak. NO need to spend $500.00 + for a cure when their is this miracle.

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on January 23, 2013:

@anonymous: Parvo can last anywhere from 7 days to 30 through all stages of the illness. Many pet owners experience the same issue you are having where the pup doesn't seem to be showing signs of improvement. I don't want to tell you not to worry because parvo causes little else other than a lot of worry, but if a pup lives beyond a week into parvo, they will usually survive, albeit recovery can always be VERY slow. But pups that die of parvo, usually do so within a week of contracting the illness.

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on January 23, 2013:

@anonymous: Sorry about your loss Brie. We had the same thing happen with one of our pups, She was perfectly fine, a little bit ill feeling and acting and then she was gone. This isn't uncommon with parvo too. Thanks for reading and commenting.

anonymous on January 23, 2013:

I wish I would have known earlier what my dog was suffering from. Sadly, it was too late, by the time that we discovered he had Parvo. He passed away only a few minutes after the vet visit, although he didn't show any signs of pain, he fought on for a few days then just couldn't handle it. Even though he's gone now, your page really helped me get a better understanding of what Parvo really is. Thank you.

anonymous on January 22, 2013:

I have 2 Chihuahua mix pups which are between 5-6 months old. Both are boys. Both are approx. 9 lbs. Dingo got sick last week and we took him to the emergency vet Thursday after noticing very bloody horrible smelly projectile diarrhea. He also vomited and wouldn't eat and was laying around. They did a parvo test but it was negative. They ran blood work and it showed a viral infection. They said the parvo test could have been a false negative. They started treating him for parvo with iv fluids anti nausea and vomit meds etc. today is day 5 in the emergency vet and I called to check and he is making progress. no diarrhea or vomit but still not eating or drinking on his own. The other pup Miguel got sick Saturday and we took him to my local non emergency vet due to financial reasons couldn't afford a 24 hour emergency vet again. we had to actually surrender Dingo so he could be treated. Luckily the worker there fell in love with him and adopted him and is treating him free of charge. It broke my heart to surrender him but I knew without medical treatment he would die and I had to do it. The vet wanted a lot of money to treat Miguel and wouldn't do a payment plan . The emergency vet who has Dingo could not take in another dog free of charge and they were super expensive. I found a dog rescue to help Miguel. The lady from the rescue is treating him free at home with sub q fluid anti biotic and anti nausea diarrhea meds. Miguel has not had diarrhea yet will he get it? What are the final parvo stages? Dingo is showing signs of improving but Miguel isn't. I truly believe Dingo will be ok and so does the vet where hes at. I am so worried for Miguel... ... hes not showing signs of improvement... Does he stand a chance. I know Dingos getting the better care out of the two but I did what I could. I know the rescue lady can help him more then I could and it was either take him to her put him to sleep or bring him home to die... so I took my chances with her. How long does this run its course for? Please help me and email me @ thank you. please say a prayer for my two babies especially Miguel.

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on January 18, 2013:

@anonymous: It does sound like it could be parvo. Certainly!

anonymous on January 18, 2013:

My year old chihuahua has vomitted a few times in the last two days, most times it's water and yellow like bile but this last time he had eaten some so it wasn't just watery. He's also had diarrhea the past two days, not really often, a few times the first day and just twice the second. He's still drinking water, sometimes eating, and is still active and playful. I can't really afford to take him to the vet unless its absolutely necessary. Thoughts? Does is sound like parvo or could it be something else? I believe he had his first 5 in 1 shot before we had him (his breeder didnt tell me he'd only had the one) is that enough to protect and inside dog?

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on January 16, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi Valencia, thanks for coming back. Okay, one thing you can do, and SHOULD do, is go through these comments here in this section. This is an incredibly common question and MANY readers have offered some awesome solutions to this issue. I will give you the basics so you needn't worry, but seriously, go through the comments, some of the suggestions are better than what I have.

Don't force food but do force water. Force water at least every 2 hours at the rate of about a quarter cup for a large dog, an 1/8th for a small dog. The dog will likely vomit it back up, usually between 30 minutes and up to 1 and a half hours from the time they drink. This is fine and normal, some of that hydration is staying in and it is CRITICAL to their survival. Get the IV bags whenever you can. Ask the vet if possible if you can buy some to take home, or bring the dog in for ONLY an IV bag and its normal cost, instead of having to pay serious office visits each time.

Eating, while you should not force, you should definitely offer at least once a day. 3 times ideally. Either buy the baby food chicken (the real chicken not chicken and rice or chicken and anything. The real chicken should be somewhat solid kind of like a can of processed dog food) and some rice and boil them together. Offer it to the dog once per day, warm. In the very LEAST, even if they drink some of the water the chicken was boiled in, that IS nutrition. But since chicken (and hotdogs) are two of the only foods that even a seriously ill animal will consider. It works out, because the chicken provides a health stock when boiled, and the rice helps to bind their tummies up and slow down or stop the vomiting and the loose stools.

Again, read through these comments and let us know how your baby is doing or if you have ANY more questions not answered below here, please come back and ask

anonymous on January 16, 2013:

Well I took my dog in to the vet to get him tested. It came bk positive for parvo. He's. been on meds and still isn't eating or drinking. Everything is the same. We did give himIV fluids but only as doctors orders which is 200 a day. He's moving around drooling but still throwing up and pooping. Wat can I do about his eating and drinking?

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on January 13, 2013:

@anonymous: It does sound like it could be parvo.

anonymous on January 13, 2013:

My dog is about 5 months he was throwing up last night but not today. He's been drinking water but not eating his dog food. He's. Been very lethargic and not wanting to move anywhere and has not used the bathroom since yesterday. Could he possibly have parvo?

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on December 31, 2012:

@anonymous: While it is not probable, it is not impossible. Most dogs who live through Parvo once gain permanent immunity.

anonymous on December 31, 2012:

Can a puppy. Get parvo again if they have lived through it once already?

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on December 31, 2012:

@anonymous: So sorry to hear that Harry isn't doing well. Hope he pulls through. Many of the tips here for hydration could help with any illness. Best wishes to you and Harry! <3

anonymous on December 31, 2012:

Its not parvo thank god,but,my little Harry has a bad illness and might not make it to Wednesday D;

anonymous on December 30, 2012:

My Rottweiler is 7 yrs old & has most of these signs but no vomiting or diarrhea. I'm crushed! Thank you for this information!

anonymous on December 30, 2012:

My dog has 3 of the symptoms and has been doing this for 3 days,my grandpa thinks its just a cold and has given him a fourth of a baby asprin and some pepto.I have high hopes for my little Harry );

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on December 30, 2012:

@anonymous: At least a half of a cup when at all possible.

anonymous on December 30, 2012:

How much water should I give my puppy every 3 hours? And a teaspoon of peptobismo? Would that suffice?

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on December 27, 2012:

@CynergySoftware: We did too. It was the saddest thing I have ever watched. So sorry for the loss of your pup

CynergySoftware on December 26, 2012:

I had a puppy die of this. It was so sad :(

Joy Lynskey (author) from Vinton, Va on December 23, 2012:

@anonymous: Follow all of the helpful tips and tricks here and your pups chances of making it through are most likely significantly higher.

anonymous on December 20, 2012:

I just adopted a 10week old puppy from pet smart 5 days ago but he has all symptoms!!! I'm going to the vet today when they open. I hope it's not because I hear its about 6-7000 for treatment. I don't have that much for hospital bill. Is there any discounts for help from a adopted dog program ? What can I do if he is positive. My son is crushed.