Does My Puppy Have the Parvo Virus? Symptoms and Treatment
What is Parvo?
Parvo is a highly contagious virus that affects mainly dogs. It is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces. Puppy's under 1 year are the most at risk for contracting the virus and if they do, they have less than a 10% chance of surviving if it is not treated. Parvo is a very deadly virus for puppies which literally dehydrates the animal to death. The virus can survive outside of the animal for months in which an animal can become re-infected, or another dog can contract the virus. Vets will charge a fortune to treat this and the cost can run well into the thousands. Even then, the vet will not guarantee your dogs survival. Read our story and view the resource links at the end of the article.
Symptoms of Parvo
- Will refuse to eat or drink anything.
- The animal will vomit a lot
- Stool will be wet and have black little worm like things in it. (That is the Parvo virus).
- The dog will be very lethargic and not very responsive. Even to toys or treats or things that it normally gets excited about.
Treating Parvo Without the Expense of a Vet
An infected dog can be treated and cured without going to a vet. Although this disease is deadly, it is treatable. PARVAID is what you need. Parvaid is an herbal supplement that super-charges the dogs immune system. It is available at some pet stores (not the large chain pet stores, they don't sell it) or at some farm and feed stores and can also be purchased online. PARVAID along with VIBACTRA PLUS will give you around a 95% survival rate. The stuff works! Do not listen to vets that tell you that there is no other treatment for Parvo other than a vet! If they told everyone to use Parvaid, they wouldn't make money for treating it.
- Begin treatment immediately - If you can't get the Parvaid solution right away, hydrate the dog. Pedialyte is recommended. The dog won't drink it out of a bowl so you'll need to force feed it with a dropper. The dog might not hold it down for long, but at least you are hydrating it.
- Administer Parvaid - The dog will need to be given round the clock doses of Parvaid. Every 30 minutes for a few days. You will lose sleep but it needs to be done. Don't worry right away about the dog not eating. The most important thing is hydration. The Parvaid will also help to sooth the dogs tummy to better hold down small doses of Pedialyte.
- Vibactra Plus - This is highly recommended to use along with the Parvaid. It ensures the survival of the dog. If a store sells Parvaid, Vibactra Plus will be right next to it on the shelf.
- Help Guide - You can view a very in-depth treatment guide HERE
This is what we used
I had bought a cute little Dauschhund (doxen, wiener dog) for my wife's birthday. After Banana was a few months old, a young kid was giving away puppies in the neighborhood claiming that his parents could not afford to take care of the puppies. It was a mixed breed, but cute and my wife and I love animals and couldn't resist. After the first day it seemed that something might be wrong with this dog based on it's behavior. It wasn't eating much. We had some friends that occasionally take in strays so I called them, explained the situation and they agreed to take the dog and if needed, take it to a vet. The dog became more sick, they took it to the vet and were told that the dog did in fact have the Parvo virus. I had never heard of this until then. They ended up having to put the dog down. Since I didn't know much about the virus, I didn't think much of it. We were taking Banana in the next week anyway for his shots.
3 days had passed and Banana suddenly stopped eating. He became very sick. Not drinking any water and throwing up. I didn't know what was happening. We brought him to the vet, where they told us he has Parvo. He had contracted it from the other sick dog. It would cost a minimum of $1200 down to begin a hydration treatment that only has a 30 or 40% chance of the dog surviving. The vet would need to keep the dog for several nights and the bill would have been in the thousands with no guarantee that he would make it.
We decided to let Banana go, and we both cried for days. I then did some very serious research on the Parvo virus because I couldn't believe how deadly it was.
After a grieving period and a few months later we decided to get another pet. We chose a Chihuahua and named him "Happy"... Guess what? He contracted the Parvo virus about a week after we had him since this virus can survive if the entire property is not treated and bleached down. (which I had done, but apparently not well enough) I knew what was wrong with him and I wasn't going to let this dog die! I remembered reading about a product called "Parvaid" I immediately jumped into action making phone calls only to find out that big chain pet stores do not carry this. I found a place about 50 miles north of where I lived and drove there. They didn't have any!! I had to drive to Naples, FL. which is about a 100 miles south of where I live. So I drove around 300 miles to get this stuff. Made it home and began treatment immediately. We treated Happy day and night for 4 days. Happy is now a year and half old and loving life.