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Treatment of Dog Parvo

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If you’re dog is unlucky enough to get parvo and you get to the vet in time, this post will give you a little bit of what to expect.

Honestly, there’s not much they can do. The true danger of parvo is dehydration and malnutrition, so that’s what the vet will focus on. Mostly the dog will be pumped with IV fluids containing vitamins, sugar, and potassium. This can be done at home, if you’re up for it, but most of the time hospitalization is required.

In some cases, the vet may also inject your dog with some sort of anti-nausea medication to help prevent anymore regurgitation.

Once a dog can finally begin keeping his food and fluids down, IV’s are gradually reduced. Very bland food is offered. Many times, a vet will also administer antibiotics to help ward off secondary infection, because the dog’s immune system will be severely weak from the experience.

Unconventional Treatment of Parvo

Some anecdotal reports claim that Tamiflu reduces parvo’s severity and can aid in faster recovery if given early enough. Also, a substance produced by silkworm larvae has been shown to be effective, but research is still preliminary.

There are also natural remedies that many people have had success with, such as Parvo-K. We’ve seen far too many testimonials to ignore it, and so we’re offering it here on the site for a discounted price. Buy Parvo-K here.

As always, your first resort should be to get your dog to a veterinarian ASAP. If you can’t afford that, however, Parvo-K might be a suitable alternative.


53 Responses to “Treatment of Dog Parvo”

  1. AshAsh on December 12th, 2008 12:44 am

    omg my puppy has parvo

  2. Susie on April 20th, 2009 3:32 pm

    Sorry 2 hear about your Dog Ash. My puppy does 2. It’s already 2 late 2 do anything but have her put 2 sleep…

  3. amber on May 13th, 2009 8:23 am

    I found a 6 month old poodle wandering the streets where I live. I noticed he hadn’t eaten much food since I found him, and when he did eat he’d throw it right back up. I took him to a vet, they were so cold and mean hearted toward me and the puppy, right now times are tough we are a struggling family of 8, and we already have one dog. But we could not leave him to die, we just aren’t those types of people. The vet said he couldn’t help us because we are on a fixed income.
    He’s final words to us before we left were “Oh, by the way. Your dog has parvo enjoy that.” I feel so bad for this puppy, a life on the streets and then finally he finds himself a nice home. and now he has parvo.I’m going to try my hardest to help this poor puppy, because he cannot help himself. And he was brought to my doorstep for some reason. Now my question, does anyone know of any organizions who can help me with this financially?

  4. leslie on May 14th, 2009 5:28 am

    i think my puppy has parvo and hes small i wish i had something to save him i love him I LOVE YOU SLEEPY

  5. Juan on June 5th, 2009 7:02 am

    Im so sad, I cant stop crying. By 7 month old pitbull had to be put to sleep today. He had been sick for 3 or 4 days according to my mom who was taking care of him while we found a house where we could keep her.

    After Coco (the puppy) began with bloody dirreah my mom took him to the vet where she got the bad news. We couldnt afford to pay $4000 to try to save her, but I wish I would have been there or at least know more about parvo and try to save her. She had been sick like I said for 3 or 4 days so maybe she was almost out. Now I feel worse….

    I will always love you Coco
    Nov-20-08 to Jan-04-09

  6. Mandy on June 17th, 2009 10:01 pm

    Our 2 dogs are also sick with Parvo symptoms. We have a friend who breeds dogs and she says often little can be done because it is a virus. She said give the dog some peptobimal to help the stomach from hurting and keep or force them to drink. If the nap of the neck stays up and doesn’t just spring back that means the dog is dehydrated. We have been force feeding our dogs a few tablespoons each 1/2 hour of water mixed with some nutrients, apple juice and a touch of salt–like pedialyte. I understand the greatest complication is death by dehydration. A dog can live through it, keeping them hydrated is a big step in the right direction. If anyone else is able to give us some quick pointers for those of us who are too poor to go to the vet who wants to charge 3-$500 and won’t take payments, please post it.

  7. trina on July 12th, 2009 12:53 am

    hi my name is trina my mom and dad have a basset hound that just got diagnosed with parvo the vet prescribed some pills for shorty to take and also to give him a little chicken broth just two spoon fulls and also gatorade for hydration. right now he is sleeping i so hope he gets better. i know that the vet bill cost about 178 dollars. my mom is going to try and nurse him and try to get him better i hope it works because we all love him. he is apart of our family.

  8. trish on July 13th, 2009 4:30 pm

    My name is Trish and I have a 9 month old saint bernard named Daisy and I think she has parvo but I have called every vet in my area and none of them will do a payment plan I am really tight on money and I dont know what to do! I am so scared.

  9. Jennifer on July 17th, 2009 7:08 pm

    Our 7 week old puppy was just diagnosed with Parvo virus so when he gets treated and better does this mean he will live normally or can they get it again and eventually die?

  10. haven on July 19th, 2009 6:18 pm

    I had a puppy many years ago with parvo. He had had his first vaccination so had some immunities.

    It was on the weekend and the small rural town I was from had no emergency vet service. I had to keep him alive over the weekend.

    I gave him small amounts of pepto bismol with a large eye dropper. Then I gave him a couple of eye droppers full of gatoraide (back then, pediasure now)every half hour.

    Have lots of towels available and be ready to sit on the floor for a few days to give encouragement.

    On Monday we took him to the vet they gave him an I.V. kept him over night and charged me $500.00

    They told me I saved his life, but they still charged me.

  11. leslie m. on July 24th, 2009 12:14 am

    hi i have a 7 month old cocker spaniel… and she is really sick, im hoping and praying that its not parvo.. but reading all the different remedies are giving me hope.. i also can not afford the vet bills. but i love my baby Miracle so much, she’s like my daughter. i need help

  12. Ray on August 7th, 2009 3:12 pm

    i have a 8 week old puppy who just two days ago started to show signs of parvo. Foamy vomitting, diahrrea, and has no appettite. does anyone know how big of a window do i have to cure him

  13. L.A. on October 2nd, 2009 5:36 am

    Our sweet 3month 3day old Piper was diagnosed with parvo today, It all started yesterday when she vomited clear looking saliva and then she wasn’t playful like she usually is and had poor appetite. today we brought her home and started her on meds and she seems to be a liitle better.
    We spent $198.00 but she’s worth every penny. I’m given her lots of LOVE and PRAYERS and am asking PLEASE for the whole world to pray for her speedy recovery. Thanks and God bless you all:)

  14. Carol Anderson on October 16th, 2009 11:18 pm

    My husband and I bought a 110.00 pit from the animal shelter, he fell in love with her. She was doing very well the fisrt night and did a 360. This baby has ended up costing 500 in two days on vey fees and we had no idea. All they keep saying is bring her back in for treatment we have maxed out one credit card and she isn’t getting better. We had originally asked the shelter is anything was wrong bec her belly was puffy,they said no maybe some worms. Well she has em but the medication is doing nothing for her. As much as this hurts us we are going to have to put her to sleep. We can not afford more treatment, He is in the Military and I am a housewife because jobs are so limited right in Jacksonville. We just don’t have the money and I wish it hadn’t come down to this bec she was very obidient and never “went” inside. Weve practically killed our lawn with bleach so when we move others won’t suffer how we are now. We love you Mya baby : (

  15. Toni on November 1st, 2009 4:29 pm

    for anyone with a puppy who has parvo. Symptoms include dry nose or grey gum line, due to dehydration. vomiting or and diarria. Blood in stool can be present.
    you can save your puppy! I found that if you catch it in time you can nurse your dog back to help by feeding them Pediasure the milky formula. Use a baby dropper or baster to make dog drink. it has the nutrience and vitamins they need to fight throught it. also its good to switch it off with water as well. the most important thing is keeping them hydrated. if you have access to a seringe or IV you can give them injection of water between shoulder blades just under the skin until it bubbles up. the water then will be absorbed into body, this is the best way, but we dont all have access to those type of things.
    My dog survived after a week and a half and he had gotten to the point of bleeding severly.
    I hope this helps you.


  16. roberta on November 16th, 2009 4:18 pm

    we just recently adopted a shelter dog.hes now my best friend and goes everywhere we do. he was already trained to go out.rarely barks and will noy bite. now hes sick and im afraid its parvo.ive stared giving him mom for his tummy and someone suggested rice and chicken together to help with his caroline, were a military family, money is tight so im doing all i can on my own.and ive met a vet like that with a previous dog, he said it was my fault cause he didnt have shots.our rug vet said he had to be 12 weeks and 3 psa. he was only 3 weeks and 2/4 of a pd no way to save him. i dont know off hand of any org that helps ut trying to look online.might get lucky

  17. Lee on November 23rd, 2009 6:34 pm

    Hello my 6month old Belgian shepherd leslee is currently dealing with parvo, I noticed she wasn’t eating two days ago and came across this extremely encouraging website. I’m a young guy on my own and I didn’t think about having to take her to the vet or anything when I adopted her. The last two days were the worst, she showed every sign, except for the blood in stool (looks more like a melted hershey bar, and the smell omg!) But today she’s walking and going up and down the stairs, and playing lite fetch, so I’m guessing she’s getting better. My treatment for her is pydialyte, peptobismol, baby food (chicken), and I bought some water with electrolytes. I have to feed her with a syringe but today she drinking the water on her own. I REALLY HOPE SHE MAKES IT!

  18. All Dogs Go To Heaven on January 18th, 2010 1:53 am

    Hello pet owners I also have a story to tell..Well this month my Grandmothers dog had parvo and unfortunately she didnt make it. My grandmother was so upset because she had Nala (that was the dog name)since she was a puppy. The dog was bleeding serverly through her anal area,she could’nt move and she didnt want to eat.When they took her to the SPCA the veternarian said ” It was nothing he could do to save her it was too late” so they had to put her to sleep.
    That day my Grandmother was very strong even though she didnt want to do it she had to keep her daughter(she was like a daughter to her,her only daughter)from suffering the pain she was in. I personally was upset also because I wasnt there to say GoodBye. Not only was she like an aunt to me its going to be hard because when I go to my Granmothers house I know that she wont be there to Greet me I Love You nd We all will miss you

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  20. my sasha baby on February 14th, 2010 3:34 am

    well my puppy was 16 weeks old. she was full of life and full of energy. one day she didnt feel like eating but she was still drinking. the next day she would not eat or drink. i took her to the vet and he said she had parvo. she was very weak and had loose stools and vomiting. by that night she had blood in her stools and it was a fowl odor. she died shortly after. the vet offered me iv set up for her but could not say it would was very hard for me to watch her suffer and die.if you see any change in your pups diet do not ignore take them to the vet at once.

  21. Mary Todd on February 26th, 2010 6:01 pm

    We have three puppies and two have parvo. The male is 4 mo. old and has been at the hospital for 4 days and nights and I don’t think he is going to make it.The female, his sister was dignosed yesterday (Thursday) with the same thing. The only difference is she has threw up a few times, still drinks water and will eat somethings. We also give her meds and chicken broth with electrolites and some kind of paste. She acts like she is fine. Her brother went down hill fast. I don’t understand the way she is doing except it is a prayer answered. I believe God can cure anybody or any living thing. If tears and begging helps, I’ve done a lot of that too. God bless all the animals and the people who love them.

  22. Juanita on March 22nd, 2010 2:21 am

    I’ve been reading alot about what people are doing to save their dogs because right now I have to dogs that have parvo. I can’t afford to take them to the vet so I’m hoping that I can save them on my own, it’s really hard but I’m not going to give up. My oldest dog who is 2years and 8 months is the one that got it first and we couldn’t tell what was wrong but now that my youngest puppy is showing signs and is real sick, we now know it is parvo. I’m going to try gatorade and peptobismol and see if it starts helping, I’m really hoping that it does help also if anybody has any advice to give me please do it right away cause I’m running out of time. Thank everyone and may god bless you all and your pets.

  23. Erinn Buchanan on May 17th, 2010 12:48 am

    My husband and I bought a dog from a breeder and they said that he had his shots and everything so we never thought anything bout getting them redone. Well our Lab is 8 months old now and just found out he has parvo. He is litteraly waterfall of bloody stools, and vommitting, and not eating for 2 days now. He is still drinking water on his owm so that gives me hope. I used to work as a vet tech before I was pregnant, were a military family so we have a tight budget so unfortunatly taking our poor Chevy to the vet is not going to be possible. Ive been reading some of the methods ppl on here have been doing and im trying to do them as well as push fluids into him with a siringe. The most important part is to keep them hydrated and get nutrients into them. So fingers crossed that Chevy makes it and gets over this parvo.. Poor Doggies shouldnt have to fight this battle alone.. We love you Chevy And stay strong. If anyone has any other tips feel free to please share them with me.. Thanks and god bless all the ppl going through this..

  24. Billy on June 10th, 2010 3:53 am

    My puppy is just suffered from Parvo last week. We were about to give up on him because he wasn’t eating, he was not lively as usual, and he was vomiting excessively.
    We left him outside the house for the night.
    I woke up early morning and he stood up and went for me. He was moving but still weak.
    My mom made a home remedy, kinda like a ginger ale. She made a drink of water, brown sugar and ginger root. We let my puppy drank it. and after 2 days he was already trying to eat. and now, he’s very much alive and kicking (or biting). No special meds, just a ginger-sugar drink. :p

  25. Ann Marie on January 19th, 2011 2:32 pm

    I got a puppy over the summer, his name is Rosco, he runs around the yard with my other dog. Lately, he’s been going far away, and 2 days ago, he didnt come home. I got home from school later the next day and he was back, but he was not acting like himself at all. It was almost like someone had beat him. So i brought him inside and tried to feed him, but he wouldnt eat. I finally got him to drink some water, but he threw it back up everytime. My dad came over and gave him a shot of penesiline, and something else. He hasnt changed much. He’s really depressed, which he’s normally not, he would jump and lick my face, and run around like crazy. i think he has parvo, but we dont have the money to take him to the vet. can we fight this virus, or is it just going to kill him in the end???

  26. Jake on January 22nd, 2011 2:19 pm

    Damn some of these comments started making me cry because my dog is at the vets right now and I dont know if the vet is doing his best. I have the money but I am in Brasil and they dont pay high money for dogs here like we do in the west.

    He is my best friend cry here. I dont know what I will do if he doesnt pull through. I will probably cry for a year. Maybe you dont understand Australians but a dog is mans best friend and I love him more than anything.

  27. Julie on May 10th, 2011 8:10 am

    We just found out are 4 mth pit has parvo and me nd my hubby are trying to do are best by keeping him alive….i found some great tip on here that i will be trying tomorrow….we have hope in u tazz even thow the vet said there was nothing they can do!tazz we have faith.and hope for u we will try are best in getting u better love u Tazz!

  28. Amanda on July 25th, 2011 8:48 pm

    My 7 week old Golden has (is going through) parvo. I did not have the money either. I called around until I found a vet that would give him the antibiotic shot for secondary infection (10 dollars a day) then the vet would also administer some fluid in him 3 times a day morning, lunch, dinner, he would get 3 in his arm and 3 in his neck. The vet only had to do fluids for 3 days I was giving him fluid pedialyte at home every half hour two syringe fulls if he had a BM I would give little more. Long story short this is day 5 since Dozer first started showing symptoms. At the vet office this morning he didnt get any fluids because he started drinking on his own the DR was impressed because he was not dehydrated. My total bill was 160.42. plus a bottle pedialyte which was 5 and the lack of sleep from taking care of my pup. Now all I have to work on is getting him to eat some food. The best advice I can say is make sure you give fluids you need to push them and get to a vet to do at least the antibiotic shot for secondary infection and try to see if they can give the shot for throwing up.

  29. Cali on August 3rd, 2011 5:52 am

    Good news!!! After a very terrifying experience with puppy parvo my doggie pulled through :-) Brea is a 8-week old Cane Corzo. She came to us at 6-weeks and despite getting her shots immediately after getting her, she still came down with a bad case of parvo. After 4 days at the vet and a pretty hefty bill (yes this is what prevents most dogs from being saved) :-( Brea is thriving, eating every bite, and full of energy… This is our second dog to be diagnosed with parvo (the 1st one is four now) & despite our every effort to bleach and try to disinfect the yard it seems we just can’t kill this virus. However both dogs are strong and healthy now. Good luck and prayers to all the sick doggies out there.

  30. vikki on September 18th, 2011 3:13 am

    My friend today had to put her 5 month old puppy down, because it had parvo, and she couldn’t afford the bills, I have to keep an eye on my 3 month old puppy, because they spent alot of time together. But if mine does have it, I’m not giving up on her that easily.

  31. Dakota on October 22nd, 2011 3:09 am

    If you have to turn your dog into the vet because of parvo then your a shity excuse of a dog owner. When you have to admitt your pet it’s because you dint catch it in time! Parvo signs are very obvious(vomiting,diareha,not eating)so obviously your not taking your puupy or dog to the vet as soon as you see these signs because if you did you could keep your puppy home and save the money!Parvo is basically a 50/50 chance. And if you catch it soon enough you can save the money and probably your dogs life! If your dog vomits or has diareha more than 3 times take them to the vet ASAP. If it has parvo then you caught it early enough because you didnt wait a day to go to the vet! They will give it a shot and some pills to prevent the vomiting and diareha to help prevent dehydration. Once this is done you need to take your puppy home. Bleach the whole house and yard to prevent reinfection. Then for the next 24 hours your going to feed the puppy pedialite every half hour. You cant miss this is key to keep the puppy hydrated. dont dilute the pedialite with water you want the electrolytes. another key is to keep the puppys temp. down. either cold baths-not freezing water…cool water or cold wash cloths on the body. and last lots of love and attention. you need to give them a reason to fight through. So if you follow these steps your puupy should be on the positive side on the 50/50 scale. If you wait your going to spend a shit load of money and admitting them to the vet(which you deserve:should have taken them in immidiatly) and your puppy has a low chance of eveing surviving, even after all the expensive vet treatments… good luck to all hope you follow my advice and I hope your baby will make it!

  32. Christina on November 16th, 2011 9:00 am

    We just got a pit bull puppy, we named her Angel. She is normally active and eats a lot. For almost a day now she has been throwing up. She started off throwing up worms, so we treated her for worms. Well, now she wont eat and she barely drinks. We have nutri-cal, pedilyte and peptobismol. But she has been pooping out dead worms, so I am not sure if it is just the worms doing it or if it may be parvo..can someone give me some advice? I don’t have the money to take her to the vet. My husband is working to hard to try to take care of me and our unborn son, so we don’t know what to do..If anyone has any advice then just email me at I would greatly appreciate it.

  33. Cayla on November 16th, 2011 2:47 pm

    I have 7 three week old pitbull puppies all with parvo they contracted from theother which we adopted while pregnant. One puppy seems the worst and will not eat, I have been force feeding him plain pedialite and goats milk. The milk comes back up but not the pedialite. I have noticed that if I give them pedialite and 30 min later givethe 1/2 oz of milk it stays down. 72 hrs after the puppies have shown symptoms they seem to be moving more. Their gums are still pink and no bloody stools, I am cleaning their bed and surrounding areas every 2-3 hrs with bleach and changing all blankets to keep away feces. I am hoping that the puppies quill pull through, they are too young for vaccination and have great awaiting families! Keeping them hydrated and fed seems to be my greatest advocate but still I say a prayer. I hop this helps and god bless.

  34. machell on November 30th, 2011 4:54 am

    i have a 10 wk old chihuahua/shiztzu mix. i have only had her 5 days. 2 days ago she vomited and few times but was still eating and drinking and having noram bowel movements. but she was just laying around. vet said it was a mild case of parvo. he started her with two shots in office and i have been forcing pedilyte, gatorade, pedisure and water down her every hour. she is no longer throwing up and no diarrhea but now she cant stand up and can only move her head a little. she is taking and antibiotic and something for nausea. since she isnt throwing up anymore does anyone know if this means she will be ok

  35. jaimi on January 4th, 2012 6:07 pm

    My husband bought me a puppy for Xmas this year.He is a Shih tzu and only 8 weeks old. We brought him home on the 26th of Dec. and by the 30th he was starting to slow down and throwing up. We took him to the vet and since the breeder said she gave him his parvo vacine they didnt check for parvo, even though he was throwing up, had no energy, and all the other signs of parvo. They charged us $400 for meds and er visit and sent us home, told us we “played with him to hard” which we thought odd but they are the vet. So we followed the vets instructions to the letter and he just got worse. So the next day we took him in and they said “maybe we will give him a parvo test”. He was positive and the vet said he probably got it from the breeders. so far we have spent $600, the vet gave us a low price of $800 and a high price of $1500, money we really dont have but I guess we will have to put some bills off but we think he is worth it! Our Otis is in the hospital right now, it is the second day. The first day he was doing ok he was able to keep every thing down. This morning the second day he took a turn and started throwing up again. This little guy means the world to us so I have my fingers crossed!! Anybody have any tips for when he gets home on helping his recovery? Thanks for reading! Keep positive thoughts and positive things will happen! I hope that works!!

  36. Geneva on January 6th, 2012 4:41 pm

    I used Cat’s Claw for Whole Foods Market when I encounter a dog with parvo. I give them a full dropper of it the mouth then a full dropper in the anus (the anus one is diluted with a cup of warm water). Every three to four hours, I put five drops in some chicken broth and syringe fed. Every six hours syringe fed pediasure. Two to four days later, EVERY dog eat like a horse and ready to play. I have treated more than seven dogs like this and three had bloody stool. I hope this helps.

  37. aurora on January 7th, 2012 2:14 pm

    i just found out my 9 month old pit has parvo and ive been up almost 24 hours giving her waterand broth. if any one has a remidy that was succesful plz let me knw.

  38. Brandon on January 13th, 2012 7:37 am

    I recently got a catahoula pup and when I first got him he looked super bloaded but the lady told me he had just ate. I thought nothing of it then and over the past month he has swollen up like that about 10 more times but he has had diarrhea the entire time I have owned him and a couple times I noticed blood in it. He also has trouble breathing sometimes and gets what seems like the hickups atleast twice a day. He has a ton of energy and eats like a hog. I am questioning the the thought of cardiac parvo? If any one has any experience or input I would really appreciate it. Thanks

  39. nikki on March 23rd, 2012 11:27 pm

    i just found out today my dog has parvo hes on iv and taken meds i found out 2days late ): but were gonna try hes a little 2 yr old chihuahua and i hope he lives it threw if any one lives near fortworth tx i went to broadway animal clinic they were cheap and nice and helpd alot

  40. Tami on March 24th, 2012 5:11 pm

    I have a 7 month old brindle pit who has all his shots and is very playful. About a week ago he got in trouble for tearing up my couch and he stopped eating for a couple days. I was thinking it was just him being upset because he had done this before but now he has diarrea. He isnt throwing up and he is still playing depending on the day. I was terrified that he had parvo but dont have the money to take him to the vet. Now he is running around like everything is ok and holding his food down. I just wish this diarrea would go away from when he wouldnt eat. Good luck all and my GOD bless you and your k-9 kids!!

  41. kris on April 10th, 2012 12:15 pm

    I have a 17 week old pit named Bocephus, and he has parvo. Went from very active to nothing. Started vomiting and no eating or drinking. Took him to the vets on easter and the immediatly gave him antibiotics and ivs. Thisis his 2nd day there and waiting to find out how he made it thru the night. Keeping our fingers crossed for my silver dog Bocephus. My little man be strong mommy loves you and we are doing everything to make you better…

  42. Lori on April 27th, 2012 8:27 pm

    I have a 6 month old chiluaua that has parvo. I’ve seen it before so I know the symptoms. My family is gonna be devastated if big daddy dies. But I don’t have 500 to give a vet . So I went to a feed store by my house in Memphis and the Guy that works there told me buy Neomycin and give him a half teaspoon once a day and he sold me some antibiotics pills that I have to crush up and mix with a liquid so I can shoot it in his mouth so I’m mixing it with pedialyte and he gets that every six hours and I have to keep him hydrated with pedialyte

  43. Cindy Phillips on June 24th, 2012 7:37 pm

    I work with an animal shelter where I live and money is very tight. We have not had a lot of parvo to invade our kennels, but what we did have we dealt with the best we could. We saved some and lost some. One thing we did find that was helpful, if you catch it early, is honey mixed with GROUND cinnamon. Make it pasty and give a syringe or two every two hours, depending on the size of the dog. Another good thing, is Pedialyte. One to two sytringes every hour, again, depending on the size of the dog. Keep the animal as cool as possible. Hope this is helpful.

  44. Jam on August 10th, 2012 2:03 pm

    I don’t know how well it works, but since one of my friends just lost her puppy to parvo and has another showing symptoms… A friend/relative posted a remedy for her to use that has worked for her in the past…

    1. Mix up some hamburger & rice (cooked) and feed to them. Follow with some Vanilla Ice Cream. She swears that the vanilla ice cream is what kills the parvo for her!
    2. Mix vanilla ice cream with some pumpkin pie mix and cooked rice & feed to them.

    I should note that I’ve not personally had to try this out, but since this has obviously worked in the past, I wanted to pass this info along as something worth trying. I have had some animals that got sick in the past and have used baby food (sometimes diluted with water or pedialyte until able to be eaten without it) to help them gain strength, so that may be worth trying as well, but I’ve not personally dealt with parvo.

  45. Lakelia on June 10th, 2013 1:34 pm

    Hello!! No one should never give up on your dog that may have PARVO!! My dog’s name Casino, 20 week old pitbull. Last Sunday, everything was normal, he was very playful and loves food and water. Monday, he wouldn’t take anything, food or water. Very unusual. I didn’t know what to think. I called the Vet Hospital and they suggested maybe parvo. They wanted $100 to examine and what ever treatments needed. I couldn’t afford that, so I started searching the virus and found this website. Awesome!!! So, I found that I could give Casino, Pedisure, Pedilyte, and pepto bismol. Also, hamurger and rice. I administered pedisure and pedilyte every 4 hours and to my amaze, Casino is doing great! The next day he was up and trying to run around, but was still a little weak. Each day he progressed and by the 3rd day of administering this, he loves to drink the pedisure, he know that it has helped him. Don’t give up on your dog, there is hope!! I THANK GOD FOR THIS WEBSITE. CASINO IS VERY SPECIAL TO ME!!!

  46. Nancy on June 21st, 2013 5:28 am

    Hi , I have two beautiful bassit hound puppies named Bugs and Bunny they are 7 weeks old. and have had one parvo shot last thursday… early this morning Bunny started throwing up and I took her and her brother to the vet at 8 a.m. .. she tested a weak positive for parvo. :’(.. I had to leave her at the vets for treatment.. I’m praying she makes it through it.. and that he doesn’t get it.. today I have bleach everything and threw away all puppy bedding and toys, just not worth the risk.. bugs who looks fine now returned home with me but the Dr. wants me to treat him with bland diet til monday with pedylite .. so he is eating white rice, plain yogurt, and baby rice cereal.. I hope and pray they will both be ok..

  47. Misty on June 26th, 2013 1:40 am

    I adopted my MOLLY from FLOYD COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER IN PRESTONSBURG KENTUCKY.. We have had her for 3 weeks an got to love her so much.. all at once she has became sick an is PARVO.. I have been forcing fluids such as chicken broth.. Gatorade.. pedialyte.. but she is still eating an drinking sometimes on her own.. I called a vet an asked to bring her in an pay payments an they said NO… They sure do love animals if they are just going to let them die.. I will do anything I can to help my Molly.. please pray for us that she will make it..

  48. Clinton Morse Watson on January 13th, 2014 9:42 pm

    Parvo is not the end for your dog. It is highly important that you not introduce your dog to the possibility of infection. If you have multiple dogs it is imperative that you clean up after them and be sure that you thoroughly wash your hands because parvo can be spread to your dog(s)by human contact. This first step as well as all other steps will be easy to comply with if you realize the fact that your dog is one of God’s creatures. If your dog has contracted the virus you must go to war against it! Stay by your dog’s side through-out his or hers ordeal and maintain eye contact to ensure that your dog understands that you are there for him or her. Talk to your dog, give him or her assurance. Keep your dog clean and make certain that you constantly administer a copious amount of liquids because it is the dehydration that will kill your dog. Pepto-Bismol will calm your dog’s stomach, Gatorade, Pedialyte, and water administered by syringe. Keep your dog warm in a soothing environment with calm music. There will be bloody vomit and stool, but; as I have said: Keep your dog clean. Change bedding and/or papers as required. Immediately! At least 80% of canines who contract this disease do not have to die!

  49. Denna on March 6th, 2014 12:22 am

    I/we my husband, have just lost our 8 mo old “grand puppy” to parvo!! Now the justaddy to our puppy has it :( … only now I know what we are dealing with!! Advice to any one dealing with this, please please IF YOU’RE baby act’s depressed, sad, stops acting normal in ANY way. . Consider it parvo AND FORCE liquids immediately!!!

    If you can’t afford to use a vet (we all get in suckie financial issues) then just assume it is parvo AND treat it as such!! Our puppy showed very few signs, no diarrhea, no bleeding nothing else but not wanting to play fetch!!! 2days later vomiting a little diarrhea (but no blood and no bad smell)..then passed away on us early in am the 5th day he was a small baby and by the time we really thought it was more than him getting into something ashe had before, we lost our precious little man :( ..

    We are fighting this with everything we have and praying our best friend can come out of this!! Things are looking positive,

  50. Stephanie on March 30th, 2014 7:18 am

    Hello everyone, I know exactly how you feel about your pets. I’ve never had a close relationship with an animal. Until this year, I have a 3 month old pitbull puppy. His name is Rhino. He’s closest to me out of my family. Its night 3 and he’s holding strong. Like most people I can not afford to take him to the vet. Times are tight for me and my family. He has the parvovirus. He was very active and playful before. Day 1 he vomited a few times. He just layed there the first night.. Day 2 he started to have diarhea. He was lethargic. Would just get up to do his business and lay back down. It was very running, yellowish almost like he had pieces of thin tissue in it. He had no appetite whatsoever. Would not drink anything at all. We had to force liquids down. Water and pedialyte. Every hour or so one to two syringe full. Dnt over do it he wnt keep it down if so. Like I said before its day 3 he’s weak not lethargic as much. I been searching different things to try. I gave him a penicillin shot. And it seems to have worked some. gave him chicken broth a few times and he liked it. He held it down. I also gave him a chicken noodle soup and he ate it. He’s drinking water on his own now just a little but I see a diff. One thing I stress is you must show your pet affection. Show them you care. Be there for them. Baby them! Dnt give up on them. It makes a big difference. Hope everything ends well for everyone!! Prayer helps also!????????

  51. Caroline on February 6th, 2015 3:02 am

    Hi, I had a 15 week old purebred Applehead Chihuahua, who was diagnosed with Parvoviral Gastroenteritis, granted, by the time I found out she had Parvo, there was little we could do to save her. Her name was Dixie. And I loved that puppy like my child, and tried everything from Gatorade to Pedialyte. Something didn’t seem to add up. We took her to a ER Vet, and I guess they didn’t want to tell us if she was going to be alright. Paid $215 dollars for Anti Nausea, Anti Vomiting, and Panacur Medicine. I mean, it kept her from getting sick… Yet her body was so small, and so weak. It tore me up to pieces when she wasn’t feeling any better. She started smelling like she was rotting from the inside out, but I didn’t want to believe it. She was pooping really runny black infested stools, runny mucus looking stools, basically colors I never thought my puppy would be having in her stools. Throwing her intestines up, literally, basically stayed up day and night trying everything in the book to save her. It was difficult to know exactly what to do.. The vet told me she wasn’t allowed to give advice without any kind of paid service. Broke me in half hearing her say something like that. I couldn’t afford a $1500 hospital bill, and not sure if she was going to make it. She passed away in my arms on February 2nd, 2015. Made me feel so miserable, felt it was all my fault, and made me believe I should have done much more for her. But the time we found out how sick she actually was, I only thought she was able to help on my own.. Yet, everything I did just made her get sick. Even Gatorade, Pedialyte, Wet puppy food, even water. Nothing helped. I feel so bad I wasn’t able to save her in time. I never knew exactly how serious Parvo is.. Until now.. It really took half of me out of my body. But I know she deserved much better. I’m just glad she’s not suffering anymore.

  52. Kari on May 18th, 2015 8:55 pm


    This is my first time having a small dog and she is sensitive what dhe likes to eat. Last saturday dhe was running bit of fever and having a soft stool till sunday she was okay but not too active but walking with me to go bathroom as i live in apartment… sunday afternoon she had running stool..till i found some vomit under my cover, took my bed apart…today she vomited twice yellowish color, stool is running badly, now refuse to eat just now… she ate chicken this am…i found a blog someine says ginger n brown sugar and water mix it up and give her some seem she s handling it. I am giving her water every two hours by syringe. A friend of mine bringing baby chicken n rice so i can use syringe to feed her. Cannot afford vet right now… i am doing everynounce to help her out. She has a full shots.. living in apartment complex is one thing… too many dogs. What can i do help her? Im on tight budget…

  53. Vonne on January 5th, 2016 9:01 pm

    We started our journey through parvo hell 12/24/14. Our beautiful, precious 17wk old English Mastiff started showing symptoms the afternoon of Christmas Eve. The next day she was her normal self,eating, drinking, behaving like her puppy self. I had experience caring for and bringing puppies through parvo. As she was sick one day and “normal” the next, I thought she got into something bad or had a little virus, but then the 26th came. It’s now January 5th and she started eating 2 days ago after 8 days of no food, none, and then about 2 tablespoons total for the day. She was officially diagnosed with parvo on the 26th. As we could not afford thousands in vet fees and I had brought 2 other puppies through parvo over the past 25 years, we decided to treat her at home. The vet gave her an antibiotic shot, and antinausea shot, and sent us home with oral antibiotics and nausea medication, as well as fluids to give subcutaneously. On the 28th, we took her back to the vet because I didn’t like the way her lungs sound and thought she had pneumonia. I’m a nurse, not a vet, and wanted them to check her. Secondary infections are very common with parvo pups and often the cause of their passing. She had pneumonia and the vet gave her another antibiotic shot. We kept her head elevated and settled into a pattern of taking her outside to defecate and drink from the water nipple attached to the faucet, the only water she would drink. She did not vomit anymore between the nausea meds. Then I would give an infusion. We’d always offer food. We tried baby food, baby cereal, boiled chicken in broth, pedialyte about 4-5 times per day. On the 30th, I ordered Parvaid/Paxxin and Colloidal Silver. We started these on the 31st: 2TBS Colloidal Silver with 60ml pedialyte, and 13 drops Paxxin, all given via enema, very slowly. We did this every 2 hours for 24hrs and then 4 times a day until yesterday, the 4th. I do not force any fluids by mouth because it can be aspirated or breathed into the lungs. I give the Paxxin orally because it’s only 13 drops or 0.4ml. She continues to have tea colored diarrhea. The most important thing to do is monitor hydration by checking her gums and lifting the skin on her head and neck to see if it tents or immediately falls back. Tenting is dehydration. We use this in nursing as well. She is also coming out of the parvo depression, wanting to be a part of everything going on rather than sleeping in a quiet space. However, peace and rest is still a priority and necessary for recovery. I know we have a long road ahead but to see the connection in her eyes again means everything. 12 days now and counting. If she didn’t have the strength, neither would we. We’d have let her rest peacefully if that’s what we saw. We’ve loved our furry family members enough to do this before. Scout was due to get her 3rd parvo vaccine the week after she got sick. Until she gains some weight back and her immune system is stronger, we’ll continue to provide all the support we can for our beautiful girl.