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Help your Dog survive Parvo

Updated on August 29, 2011

How we helped our dog survive parvo

First of all I just want to say Vaccinate you dogs on time for every set (at least 3)!!! If you cannot afford to take your dog to see the vet for each shot ask if you can purchase the vaccine. We purchase parvo vaccines from our vet for $5.

However, if your dog gets sick with parvo there are things you can do to help them survive. All dogs are different and some just won't make it. We had two dogs catch it. There were sisters from the same litter so everything was basically the same except for the outcome.

<~This is Breezy. Our other Baby :)

Unfortunately Rain did not make it despite taking her to the vet and being told she had a %70 chance of survival. He said he thought she would be fine and she died the next night. It was the most heartbreaking thing to experience.

So, when her sister Breezy came down with it my first thought was that we should have her put down to avoid her suffering. But I spoke to my neighbor and she recommended a different vet so we gave him a call. I spent hours searching the internet for tips and asking friends for advice.

And here's what we came up with....

How do you vaccinate your dog?

Do you take your dog to the vet for vaccines, or administer them yourself?

I administer my Dogs vaccines

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  • jessie1620 2 years ago

    ? Do you still have the list of food the vet gave u i could use all the help i can get my pit got parvo

  • cire81 lm 6 years ago

    I think a vet will better for my dog as I am not professionally train.

Poor baby wasn't feeling well. This is the week after she had parvo and was able to be in the main part of the house.
Poor baby wasn't feeling well. This is the week after she had parvo and was able to be in the main part of the house.

Keep them hydrated and settle their stomach.

This is SO important. Don't let them get dehydrated

Go buy some plain Pedialite, it has no color and no flavor and you can get it at Walmart, or any grocery store. Offer this to them but don't let them drink more than a few laps at a time so they don't make themselves sick.

If they wont drink I suggest giving them a dropperful (at least a teaspoon) every 20 minutes. If they can't keep it down you need to help them settle their stomach.

There are two methods for this.

First is Pepto-Bismol. It settles their stomach but they do not like the taste. I gave a teaspoonful for every ten pounds of body weight per vet instructions. It was easiest to use a baby medicine dropper and squirt it towards the back of the mouth so they don't have to taste too much.

Second, and this is what I recommend most, is charcoal tablets purchased from the vet. These are used for animals that have been poisoned, but they helped settle my dogs stomach enough that she started eating and drinking on her own. Normally you should just give the pill to the dog whole, but a sick dog won't swallow a pill well so I followed these vet instructions. Crush and dissolve one pill in one teaspoonful of water and give it by dropper. I gave my dog 3 pills a day unless she started acting quesy again and then I would give her an extra. All vets are different but ours sold us a baggie full for $3.

Feed them when they are ready to eat - You have to give the the right foods

This is a good example of how it should look
This is a good example of how it should look

It is not unusual for a dog with parvo to avoid any food for a few days but you really don't want them to go more than three days without food.

If they are not eating give them some chicken broth, the real stuff is better than the canned stuff, but anything is better than nothing.

The vet gave us a sheet of foods to give to dogs with diarrhea and vomiting and they work very well.

Boiled chicken (torn up in little pieces because it wont be easy for them to eat).

Rice

Eggs (the vet said raw eggs but my dog didn't like them so I gave her boiled eggs torn up and she loved them, she still does)

Baby food (preferably the chicken, chicken and veggies, etc) This is good if they wont eat solids yet.

Do not offer any dog food until they are no longer having bloody or runny stools because their stomach cannot tolerate it.

Tip-add broth to the chicken and rice and egg so your dog gets some of that too, but make sure it is not so soupy that they have to drink a lot before they can get any food

Also, our vet gave us an anti inflammatory shot for her to help her eat, and an antibiotic shot to keep her from getting a secondary infection (he is the Best vet ever!)

Click here for a printable version of this list

This is after her recovery, she was still pretty thin
This is after her recovery, she was still pretty thin

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Things to keep in mind

It is important to know that any dog with parvo is going to leave a nasty mess wherever they are staying. I suggest either a VERY large crate or a room with non porous floors. Cover everything in several layers of newspaper and clean up after every bowel movement. It stinks and you don't want a sick dog laying around in their own mess. It certainly wont help them get any better.

Clean everything with bleach. Bleach is the only thing that will kill the parvo virus and it can live for a long time without a host (up to 18 months in a yard according to my vet, but don't spray your yard with bleach because it will not kill the virus in the ground) I recommend having a pair of flip flops or slides just for the room where your dog is staying so you are not tracking the virus all over the place for you too clean up later. Do not scour the room with bleach and leave your dog in there! Do not clean any food or water bowls or medicine droppers with bleach unless they have ample time to dry before being used and have been rinsed thoroughly.

Baby your dog. They know they may not make it. You can see it in there eyes and feel their pain. But I believe they know what you are doing for them. I know breezy and rain both did. The main difference I saw between them was will power. Rain appeared to give up while breezy wanted so badly to be with her brother that she would climb up on a little windowsill and lean on the window and cry. She wanted to get better so she could be with the others. She is a survivor.

Your dog is going to get scary skinny. Breezy was all bones by the time she got better and it took a while for her to gain her weight back but she looks great now. Her teeth even shifted outwards due to lockjaw, but they look much better now. I kept feeding her boiled chicken and rice and eggs for weeks after she got over the virus to help her with nutrients and weight gain.

Also, and this is very important, someone HAS to be there to take care of the dog the entire time they are sick. You have to be there to make sure they drink, get medicine, have their mess cleaned up, and feed them. It will be at least 3 crucial days but most likely a full week. I would recommend setting 5-7 days aside where you can check on them at least every hour. The first 2 days you need o check on them about every 15 minutes.

It was better for us when we had a vet that was willing to help us, help our dog and try new things. He even said he didn't think the charcoal tablets would help, but he sold them to us and they worked better than anything else! They helped settle her stomach so she could keep things down. So if you have a good vet contact them and see what they can do. I know we called ours everyday and went up there (without breezy) several times that week.

Keep your dog away from any other dogs that could catch the virus while they are sick of course (it is highly contagious to dogs, but no other animals including humans will be affected by it) and for two weeks after all diarrhea and vomiting has stopped.

Good luck to you, I know it is hard to see them so sick but your effort makes all the difference.

Other parvovirus treatment options - Other treatment options

I have not tried these

Breezy is a Mommy :)

Just thought I'd update everyone on Breezy

Breezy is the proud momma of two new puppies (her 1st litter, she had a little trouble). Aren't they so cute?! She had a boy and a girl. They are a week and a half old right now and their eyes will be open soon :) So excited!

The good news is that they should have a slightly higher immunity to parvo since their mother actually caught it, rather than just being vaccinated (they get her immunities while nursing). However, we will be vaccinating them before they get to go outside (just to be safe).

The puppies!

They were only a day or two old here
They were only a day or two old here

The pups have found new homes! - Boss & Bella

Glad to say that our cute lil pups found loving new homes! We miss them (but fortunately we still get to see them every now and then)

Our Happy Girl! - We love her

This is a new picture of Breezy :)

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      Joy2bme03 2 years ago

      our lab rescue ,16 week old had thrown up the Thursday after getting him. Then he had diarrhea Friday, Saturday he went to the vet who told me there is a 20% survival rate. He was given a shot of antibiotics and 2 bags of lavtatedvringer ringers to be injected every 2-3 hours with 300 ml. I have given charcoal and pedialyte in a small syringe. He had a cool bath and tried some brith and oatmeal baby food. He it is Saturday night/Sunday am and he is not drinking or eating but he walking around and sleeping be is staying hydrated with no urine or stools or vomiting. Still trying.

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      jessie1620 2 years ago

      I have question do u still have the list the vet gave u for the food to give a dog that is throwing up i have a 6 month old pit had two of them but the other one died Friday night from parvo his brother has it now he is just throwing up no bloody diarrhea no poop at all just the throw up he has be like for two days today will be the third day

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      Tawni77 2 years ago

      Update: After all I did to try to save my fur baby Chewbacca passed on today. U will forever be missed.

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      Tawni77 2 years ago

      My 5 month old fur baby is showing signs of Parvo. He started today. Chewbacca is so lethargic. He is vomiting & has diarrhea & foaming of the mouth. The smell is horrendous. I read everyones commments & advice. I am giving him activated charcoal capsules to settle his tummy & unflavored pedialyte to keep him hydrated. I pray this works & my Chewbacca survives. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated. I also am sanitizing my house with bleach & water to kill parvo virus in my home.

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      Txmom87 3 years ago

      @wentland79: Hey, I'm sorry to hear that...honestly the charcoal just kept Breezy from vomiting. She still had diarrhea for a while, even after she was getting better. But the charcoal helped her keep fluids down. I hope is helps. As long as he is able to stay hydrated and keep fluids down he should be okay. That's the main thing, keeping them hydrated, ey will have diarrhea regardless. If he isn't drinking at all or is still vomiting you may want to try injecting water under the nape of the neck. Please let me know how he does, I hope he gets better soon.

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      wentland79 3 years ago

      Please someone help me. My 14 week old pup got parvo and I have been giving him activated charcoal. I started it yesterday at 2 and he was doing so much better, but today he has gotten worse again. he's been having diarrhea after every dose of the charcoal. Is this supposed to happen?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Charcoal works great! I found it most effective if given immediately after vomiting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Still treating tank pedialite water every hour charcol once a day he is a fighter

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My son bought s pup 8 weeks old two days later it was at the vet parvo after 1500 and seven days she past now are little tank has it three days at the vet 900 dollors he is home we could not afford anymore treatment we are treating him with ped water every hour one tsb plus the vita bag twice a day please prsy for tank two year old doxon .i will follow up tomorrow

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just want to thank you so so much for this post about parvo!! We have our first puppy with the virus and are having to try to treat at home since we both just recently got laid off.. otherwise we would have let the vet keep him in there for the intravenous treatments. We also have brothers and they do everything together. The vet says the other brother may end up getting it now :( but thank you for all the tips and we will try to do our best

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think my dog has it now thank you for the post i will try

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am working with my second parvo dog. The first was a lab mix puppy. He was about 7 months old when he contracted the illness. We thought he had just eaten something that didn't agree with him so we watched him for a few days but he continually got worse, so we took him to the vet. They tested him and sure enough he had parvo. We opted to leave him with the vet so that he could hydrate him with an iv. He stayed for a day and a half and was a different dog when we picked him up. His vet recommended that we feed him baby food (turkey, chicken, anything really bland), cooked rice, cottage cheese, and egg. He stayed on that diet for about a week in a half at which point we started reintroducing his regular food. He survived and is the best dog you could ask for.

      Then this week my sons chiwawa/mini pincher mix started showing signs of parvo. I took him into the vet and they verified that he had the illness. This time my son could not affor to have him stay with the vet. So the vet have him an anti vomit shot and sent us home with meds. Once we were home he refused all liquid and meds and I thought that there was no way he would survive. I decided to force the meds and syringe feed him water every hour. It was a little harsh but it worked, once he got some fluids in him he started to improve. By the evening I got him to eat a little baby food with rice cereal and he kept it down. We feed him very small meals several times a day. When its time to give him his meds we just crush them up in his food and he eats them just fine. Our doctor prescribed an antibiotic 2x a day, a medication that coats his stomack 4x a day and pepcid ac 2x a day. Today is his third day on meds and baby food and he is running around chasing his ball, jumping on furniture. I am so glad that he survived.

      By the way our first puppy Jax is 3 years old now and Bruiser my sons dog is just 6 months old.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i myself just had a dog get over parvo ..it got pretty bad to the point he couldn't get up..walk.. eat.. drink..or even wag his tail...which was 4 days into me noticing the symptoms. i wanted to honestly take him to get youthinized to put him out of his suffering but he was my little girls best friend and couldn't bring myself to do it..but how we got him threw it was the imitation puppy formalated milk u add water too..given by a syringe i used a 10ml syringe giving a total of 20-30ml at a time 3 times a day and 50ml of pedialite about every hour or two ...and if he vomited i waited about 5 minutes the gave him more pedialite..i remembered my dad doing similar treatments with our dogs when i was younger but he used gaterade.. the point mainly is to just keep them hydrated and something heavy with nutrients but nothing to solid.. it is better to take them to a vet as they have the equipment to administer ivs but some people don't have the funds so i thought i would mention this and if it helps one pet its worth it...i would like to add parvo is a very very contagious k9 disease and can transfer very easily...just from stepping in a spot where an infected dog might have urinated 6 months prior it can be contracted...but to treat your own yard from the parvo contamination common household bleach works well..i myself use a 50/50 bleach water ratio in a roundup sprayer all over the yard and it kills the virus..but problem with that is if your neighbors were to have an occurrence of parvo and there animals came in your yard it would then be contaminated once again.. i really hope this helps someone save there best friend..or in my case my little girls ;-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      the Parvaid and Vibactra Plus, and sq fluids is a life saver for my boy Ryder. 3month old Australian Koolie. The ad from amazon as a package is a good deal, I paid almost 80 at the local feed stores. This was recommend by a professional breeder friend. 10/11/12 he was running a temperature very lethargic got SQ fluids. , Started Vibactra Plus, 10/12 he was vomiting, lethargic not eating nor drinking more SQ fluids, 10/13 On Parvaid (could not buy till today) , not eating well, would lick food from spoon, more SQ fluids, and oat tea every hour 30 cc. 10/14 diarrhea, greasy watery.doing better eating small amounts of vanilla yogurt and hills I/D canned food. Stiil on the Parvaid &amp; Vibactra 4 times a day. 10/15 eating and playing still on the drops, and food. 10/16 eating 3-4 times a day running like a cattle dog, should!! firmer poop, still soft.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is sad. and it makes me even sadder because my dog is goin threw the same thing right now, i just brakes my heart to see him like that. hopeefully he will get better, and your story has helped a lot. thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Mocha is still hanging in there, she is getting her 10 ml of pedialyte every hour, and we also started antibiotics every 12 hours, she seems to be vomiting less and holding down more liquids, she have not had a bowel movement today, so i have been unable to check that for blood or mucus, but she is acting better with every passing hour , the charcoal has really seemed to make a difference,giving it to her in the broth, she doesn't seem to mind so much, we are also documenting every time we give her liquid and meds and charcoal, and every time she throws up... ,but in the one day she was showing systems before we started treatment, she lost around a pound( she started at 3pds 5 oz ) she seemed to drop weight fast, but has also been stated in other articles that min pins have a very hard time with parvo virus, so we feel very relived that she is doing so well so fast, will keep u posted on rest of treatment and outcome, and keep our mocha in your prayers...i hope all the info i have put down is helpful to someone the info i have read has been helpful, just hoping i can do the same!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have a 6 month old min-chi that is 2 1/2 pds., she is showing signs of parvo, we are using the activated charcoal, with pedialyte, and broth, we are giving her 10 ml of pedialyte every hour, and 2 teaspoons of the charcoal every 3 hours, in the first hour she already showed improvement , she started drinking on her own and walking around some, even barked a little, she is still very weak, but she isn't dehydrated at this time( pulled up skin at neck and went back down quickly)we are keeping her in a kennel, and away from the other dogs, and letting her rest between doses, cleaning kennel after she vomits or pees or poops, with Clorox wipes ( helps contain virus) her gums are pink with no present fever, we are hoping for best, she is our baby mocha!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i really want to know wat i should do because i have no idea.so i had 3 puppies i raised them at 2 weeks of birth because their mom died.they were very healthy dogs until suddenly one day when i got back from school i found one of my puppies drooling a lot my first thought was that he was poisend.so i did wat we thin helps them recover from a poisen..so i left him there afterwards to see if he shoulded improvement but he didn't.so in the afternoon i went to go see a vet but he didn't know what he really had.i felt to school the next morning thinking he would get better.i hurries homw after school but unfortunately he was already dead.the news totally broke my heart out.so i wanted to have close so we buried him in our yard.it wasn't afterwards that i found out that he had parvo which i had no idea what it was until i did some research and found out it is such a terrible disease.one of my other puppies caught it too so i have been doing a lot of research on the internet on how to treat him.the vet has came to see him and has given some antibiotics and stuff to help him.but i was just wondering if you could help me what should i do about my buried dog because i heard the parvo stays on the environment for a really long time..n also it has been already 4 days since my second puppy got parvo and he doesn't want to eat on his own wat should i do?..i have lots of other questions like wat should i do about my other puppy that shows no symptoms of parvo yet.the vet gave him the parvo shot after the second puppy came down with it..is safe for me to get close to him, if not how should i disinfect myself?..and i also have a very huge yard since i live in the countryside wat should i do to disinfect? ..i hope you can really help me answer all of these questions.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello I just found out that my four month old bitbull, girl, her name is Rage has parvo. It is so sad and I was crying, because she was giving to me and I feel like I let that person down and her. We took her to the vet today and they gave her a bag of IV fluid and one to take home for her. We have to take her into the vet tomorrow to get checked out again. We also don't have money to take her to the hospital. We have been looking all over the internet for information on house treatments. I have just come upon yours and it looks very helpful. I'm going to try it and I'll let you know how it turns out.

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      Txmom87 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I am so glad to hear that! I am so glad you mentioned the ice too, because breezy would not get close to her water unless it was ice cold, I even had to put ice cubes in it, and I never thought to mention that. They all hate the pedialite, and I never understood why until recently I tried some and it tastes like salt water! Yuck!!! She would never lap it up, and would only take it in a dropper sown the throat, but you do have to use caution, because it can make them gag. I am so happy to hear that he made it! I know he will love you forever for helping him through it, I know my Breezy baby does, you could see the appreciation in her eyes every day I was there with her, talking to her and babying her, and it was almost like she fought through it for me. I know that prolly sounds crazy, but I was so heart broken after losing Rain, it was like she said I wont let that happen again, I am here for you like you are here for me. and Shes in the house all the time now. My kids love to use her as a big pillow! I am so thankful I have her, and even more so since I almost lost her. Thanks for keeping me updated! I love to hear good news like that!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      TXmom i know it has been a while but boss beat parvo. After my last post it just got better and better! He is a big healthy pain in my butt again but i wouldn't have it any other way :) And to the two other ladys that is going through this horrible virius my heart goes out to you. My 6 month old puppy came down with this and i did not have the money for the in house treatment through the vet. I had to do the home treatment were i was giving him water injected into his neck and doing everything i could to keep him fighting. Dreamers mom boss hated to pedialite too and it actually caused him to through up even more so that was out! One thing i found that he actually like was popciles and ice i know its sounds weird but he would eat icecubes. As weird as it sounds its water however he took it i didn't care :) Goergina i could not leave boss's side i slept downsatirs with him ever day and never left his side. Txmom told me that if they wanted to beat this they were going to need the love to fight for. And that's what i did i just didn't want to leave him and i was not giving up and neither did he. I hope everything works out for your two dogs.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      TXmom i know it has been a while but boss beat parvo. After my last post it just got better and better! He is a big healthy pain in my butt again but i wouldn't have it any other way :) And to the two other ladys that is going through this horrible virius my heart goes out to you. My 6 month old puppy came down with this and i did not have the money for the in house treatment through the vet. I had to do the home treatment were i was giving him water injected into his neck and doing everything i could to keep him fighting. Dreamers mom boss hated to pedialite too and it actually caused him to through up even more so that was out! One thing i found that he actually like was popciles and ice i know its sounds weird but he would eat icecubes. As weird as it sounds its water however he took it i didn't care :) Goergina i could not leave boss's side i slept downsatirs with him ever day and never left his side. Txmom told me that if they wanted to beat this they were going to need the love to fight for. And that's what i did i just didn't want to leave him and i was not giving up and neither did he. I hope everything works out for your two dogs.

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      Txmom87 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I am very sorry to hear about your puppy. I know it's tough, but it sounds like he has a good chance. How old is he? Has he had all three shots? Also have your senior dogs had yearly boosters? Just curious, not trying to be nosy or anything like that. The way I see it we all learn together so we can expand out knowledge and pass it on to those who need it. Anyway, my vet said pesto bismol is safe and effective for upset stomach in dogs, but that they hate the taste....and that's true. He said to give one teaspoon for every ten pounds, so your dog needs 3 teaspoons. My dog hated the pepto, but the charcoal tabs serve the same purpose, and for my dog they worked much better (they worked more and longer and she didn't hate the taste as much) and I crushed her pills and dissolved in water or pedia lite and gave it I a dropper at the back of her throat. She didn't like it but it worked great. I did not have to administer enemas to her, but there is a lot of info about it online (search dog enemas for parvo, or something like that) from what I hear they re very effective, as well as injecting water under the skin with a needle and syringe, but I have not done this either. I would ask the vet about that one....I hear it is better for people who don't have time to give fluids as often because it lasts much longer. I think the charcoal tabs for people are pretty much the same as the ones for dogs, but I am not 100% sure...check the ingredients and maybe you can compare them to dog tabs online? I hope this helps. Please keep me updated, good luck to you and your puppy. Catching early is to his advantage! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just learned my four-month-old puppy has parvo. Had his shots, but got parvo anyway. Am very scared. Have two extremely senior dogs, and am worried about them too.

      Know my dogs well, and this morning, I knew something was wrong when his appetite was off yesterday evening, but this morning when he refused to eat, I knew this was serious.

      The vet tested him, and confirmed Parvo. Like with everyone else, he scared me. Said I caught it early, but Parvo is an unpredictable disease, and while my puppy is still responsive, and drinking on his own, he would only say that there is a 50/50 survival rate.

      Have separated my old dogs from the puppy, am washing everything in bleach water. Told the vet I don't have the money to pay to hospitalize the dog. And, after asking many, many questions determined that we must keep the dog hydrated, and prevent vomiting and the runs.

      He gave him a shot of antibiotics to ward off secondary infection, and a shot to prevent vomiting. I also requested that we give inject a bag of IV fluid into the dog to keep him hydrated. The vet said this method isn't as effective as an IV, but it will get fluid into the dog.

      Would like detail on the enema method, as I may have to resort to that next, if I can't get him to take the pedialite orally.

      At present the dog is still alert, but subdued and drinking water, but he doesn't like the pedialite. Tried to give him the pedialite with a large syringe orally, but he didn't like it, and didn't like me trying to force feed him.

      At present he is resting comfortably, in my atrium on a tile floor on a foam dog bed (which I will throw out after this illness is behind us.)

      Bought some activated charcoal tabs and Peptobismol at Walmart. Are these over the counter people meds safe for the puppy? And, if so, how much should I give him? He weighs 30 lbs.

      This is either day 1 or day 2, so I'm hoping we caught it early enough to minimize the symptoms.

      I'm in Dallas, so if any of you have any suggestions, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My puppy sam has been fighting for going on four days now. I couldn't afford the vet but they gave me some advice on what i can do at home which was the give him gatoraid and kaopektate around the clock. I have been right at his side through this whole thing and its breaking my heart he can't even walk at this point. I have done so much reserch and ppl say they have a good cance of living if they get past the third day but we are at day four and itsjust getting worse. I have just stumbled on the infotlrmation that charcoal caps can help him, i had never even heard of this, at this point i will try anything. Plz if someone could let me know if this is true i woild be really thankfule, im both physicaly and emotionaly exausted and i juat don't have the heart to put him down..

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      Txmom87 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I am so glad to hear that hes doing that well....no blood is great news! I would also make him some chicken broth and just leave small portions out at a time for him to lap up, it has a lot of nutrients in it and he may be more willing to try a liquid diet first on his own. Then after he gets used to the baby food and is holding it down okay I would gradually step up from there with some very small bits of boiled chicken with rice and broth (very soupy) and maybe some small bits of boiled egg. Eventually he should be eating that really well. I know when they have a lot of blood in there stool they have to be on a chicken and rice diet for at least a week or two because the lining of their stomach is so deteriorated. But if he is not having that as bad he may not need to be on that diet for any more than a week before he can go back to dog food.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks is just so nice to have some encouraging talks. so today makes day 4 and i know nothing is ever guaranteed with parvo the ups and downs are hard. Boss started drinking on his on last night but still refuses food. I called the vet this morning and they said to try to force feed him so i have been giving him chicken baby food one spoon about 15-30 minutes apart. the vomiting is still lingering around but his water intake has also picked up as he will drink on his own now.i keep checking his gums and pulling his skin for signs of him being dehydrated and gums are still pink and skin still pulls back. He only has diarrhea 1-3 times a day and there is no blood which i know is a good sign to. as for showing him love and support he has had nothing but that since friday :) he wont really move from the sofa except to go to the bathroom so i have been sleeping on it with him i have been by his side since friday.. im praying he pulls through this

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      Txmom87 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Well I have to say it sounds like you are doing a great job! Sleeping all day is perfectly normal his body is just fighting off the virus so he needs a lot of rest. I was giving my dog fluids more often but you should definitely follow your vets instructions (I was giving less fluids more frequently, so it's probably the same) If he is into day 3 and only now vomiting than it sounds very promising. By day 3 my dog had it much worse than that. They say  the first 3-5 days are critical and if you get through them you'll be ok. Just keep up what you doing, and stick with the nausea medicine to prevent vomiting because that gets them dehydrated really fast.....I used charcoal pills for that but whatever your vet gave you should work. I really hope he gets to feeling better soon, and once he can eat just stick to the feeding plan on my article it works wonders. (or whatever your vet advises you to do) please keep me updated and I hope to see healthy pics of

      boss soon. A puppy from out last litter (8 months old) is also named Boss :)  

      Also just show him lots of love so he doesn't get depressed and give up. He has to know he has something to fight for. We sat with Breezy for hours and just rubbed her face and told her we loved her. She had a lot of determination and fight and that makes a big difference. Good luck! Please let me know if there is anything else I can do :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Txmom your story gives me hope boss is my 6 month old pitbull that was just diagnosed with parvo on Friday I went to feed him before work and he did not acknowledge me nor the food and j took him straight to the vet. They said I caught it early which made his chance of survival a little higher I did not have the money for the hospitalization so I had to do the home treatment they gave me 3 ringer bag of fluids and some nausea medicine for home and before we left gave him an antibiotics that's last 10-14 days the first two days were not bad no vomiting or diarehha today is day 3 and we have vomited 5 times and went get of the sofa I'm trying everything to get him through this he is like my 3rd son.. js the sleeping all day normal? The vet has me giving him 300mls of fluid every 12 hours sub q to stop the dehydration. Anything else you can think of I would appreciate I'm trying my best to help him fight this I think the ball is in his court now :(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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      Txmom87 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey I posted the reply as a comment so I wanted to make sure you would get a notice. Hope this helps.

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      Txmom87 5 years ago

      Basically you need to put the fluids in his rear end with a syringe (no needle of course) I would google how to give a dog enema or ask your vet. The muscles are probably tight due to dehydration. Breezy had lock jaw so bad her teeth shifted outward(but corrected over time). It will het worse before it gets better but if he has made it for about three or four days then he should get better...that's what my vet said that the first few days were crucial but if they make it through those then they should get better. You want to offer some chicken broth if he hasn't eaten for more than 3days. I know they give very young puppies some corn syrup to keep them from losing stength but ask the vet first. I called my vet a couple times a day at times for advice and with my questions. Breezy was very weak when she wasn't eating so I would so that's normal but you need to make sure he is getting fluids in him every hour, this is so important. You can send me your email address and i will give you my number if you want to call me. I am certainly not an expert but I just learned from going thru this with our pups. Please keep me posted and I hope he gets better soon.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks so much Tx Mom ,but I have no idea what enema is :( What can I do ? He doesn't even move from where we put him :( He seems to have like mild muscle spasms from time to time when he tries to stretch.I thought they were seizures,but my cat has suffered from seizures and they were no way the same.Is it normal for them to just lay there motionless,just slow breathing? I heard it will get 100% before it gets better is this true? Thanks Again,

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      Txmom87 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It's sounds like your doing great. I am really sorry to hear about your other pup. I never saw anything come from their nose but you can try an enema if the fluids in the neck are not being absorbed quickly enough...I read up on it online and the best i cantell you is to google it to learn the specifics but it is fastest I think. No vomiting is very good, and you definitely want to avoid food until there has been no vomiting for while. The plain pedialite is good but my dog didn't like it so I would give her a small amount in a syringe but she could drink ice water. I always made sure the water was fresh ( she would not drink room temp water) with ice. Charcoal tablets also help settle the stomach and prevent vomiting and help them eat but you don't want to feed them the pill whole while they are not feeling well so I dissolved it in pedialite or water ( the vet sold them to me and told me dosage) I really hope he pulls through it but if he has stopped vomiting then it sounds good, has he been drinking at all? This is so important, if not you may want to try the enema and see if that works any better. Also make sure after he starts eating that you watch for a secondary infection (gooky eyes, and other cold like symptoms,) but do not give oral antibiotics it makes them worse when they have parvovirus. If he seems like he may begetting sick with something else get an antibiotic shot from the vet. My vet also gave us an antiinflamitory shot to help her eat once she was able. I hope this help please let me know if there is anything else I can do and send pics when he gets better. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi I am going to through a 6 month old pug puppy with parvo :( His little sister died 2 days ago so fast it was scary.Although this baby looks like a fighter.I've taken him in to vet ,but b/c financially we are not fit to leave him there we're caring for him at home.I am concerned he has gotten thinner and after we inserted the fluids behind his neck I see they are not desolving at a fast rate. :( I also see some white fluid come up his nose is all this normal? He has not thrown up since yesterday although he has had 5 smelly bloody poop accidents ,I see him wth more will power than his sister.I'm just concerned that he is not responding as he was earlier and just lays there.I haven't fed him anything b/c the veet said no not for at least 2-3 days ,just fluids ,immodium,pedialyte for 1st 3 days. Is this normal ? I've never had this problem and was wondering if someone had some advice?

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      Txmom87 5 years ago

      @Noelle and Dan: I am glad to hear that Maggie is doing well now! I have to say that a good vet makes ALL the difference, if not for Dr. Conley (and a few suggestions from friends, and a lot of research) I don't think Breezy would have made it. I think it is terrible that the rescue clinic would deny any possibility that there was parvo. Adopting out sick puppies and failing to treat the ones they have seems very unethical. I just hope that the other puppies made out okay and that no one else brought home sick puppies. Just seeing a dog with parvo is heartbreaking, losing one to it is the worst. I am glad to hear that she is a happy pup though! Would love to see a picture :)

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      Noelle and Dan 5 years ago

      We had an older, ill dog at the time, so treating Maggie at home was not an option and our local vet was not set up for 24/7 intense care though our local vet was there, giving us his support and comments over the next three weeks as we worked to save Maggie.

      Luckily an overnight emergency vet care clinic was able to establish 24/7 care for Maggie at their clinic. She lived, is now a high energy 9 month old puppy who plays, often too much, for our 3 year old dog.

      This was a case of the rescue group saying they had kept Maggie's litter separated from other dogs before putting them up for adoption. We had especially discussed my concerns of a puppy having Parvo as we had an extremely ill older dog at home at the time. Three hours after we adopted Maggie I thought she was ill, took her to the emergency vet (it was late Saturday afternoon) and his testing showed she had Parvo.

      That night at 11:00pm, from the emergency clinic I called the rescue group to warn them. They said the doctor was wrong. Over the next day several in her litter came down with Parvo.

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      Txmom87 6 years ago

      @MamaKris: I am sorry to hear that. It is a terrible thing to witness, and sad that there is just no cure or medicine to stop it. I am glad you think this is useful information, hopefully it will come in handy for people (and their pets) who really need it. Thanks for the comment :)

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      Kristin 6 years ago from Long Beach, CA

      I had a puppy die of parvo a few years ago. It was so sad and horrible. I wish I'd had this information at the time. I'm so glad your dog made it. Thank you for your helpful lens.

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      Txmom87 6 years ago

      @I-sparkle: Thank you, I am glad you like it :)

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      Txmom87 6 years ago

      @knit1tat2: I agree it is a blessing. Thank you :)

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      I-sparkle 6 years ago

      Great lens. Your content was very comprehensive and detailed. When treating a sick animal step-by-step instructions are so helpful.

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      knit1tat2 6 years ago

      I doctored one dog many years ago through parvo, no fun, but such a Blessing when they survive and thrive! Good job saving Breeze!