Parvo In Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention & More

To sustain this free service, we receive affiliate commissions via some of our links. This doesn’t affect rankings. Our review process.

Dog with surgical mask on (text in image: Parvo in dogs)Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that’s particularly prevalent in puppies. Parvo can cause severe symptoms that often lead to death if left untreated. Read on to learn more about this disease, symptoms, how to treat it and prevent it from spreading to others.

Article Overview

What Is Canine Parvo?

Get Free Pet Insurance Quotes

Canine parvovirus is an extremely contagious viral illness that manifests itself in two different forms: cardiac and intestinal. Less common is the cardiac form, which attacks the heart muscles of very young puppies under 8 weeks old, often leading to death. Much more common is the intestinal form, which affects puppies between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 months in a vast majority of cases.

Puppies can be exposed by direct contact with infected dogs or by sniffing, licking or consuming infected feces. It can also spread through indirect transmission in several ways: when a person who has recently handled an infected dog touches your puppy or when a puppy encounters a contaminated object, such as food and water bowls, collars and leashes or bedding and toys.

Higher-Risk Breeds

Doberman Pinscher Some breeds are more prone to complications from parvovirus, including:


Dog sick on bed under pink blanket (text in image: how to diagnose & treat Dog Diarrhea)Dogs that develop intestinal parvo will show symptoms 3-10 days after being exposed, but a majority of adult dogs don’t ever exhibit signs. The most common symptoms in puppies include:

  • Diarrhea (usually bloody)
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Dehydration


If you notice these symptoms, it’s important to take your dog to the vet as soon as possible because the mortality rate of untreated cases is a sobering 90%.

Intestinal parvo can damage the lining of the intestines, causing protein and blood to leak. This can lead to several medical concerns such as sepsis, anemia, the escape of endotoxins into the bloodstream and a severe drop in white blood cells.


Your vet will diagnose parvo through symptoms, a physical examination and blood tests to look for low white blood cell levels, which are common with parvo. They may also run a fecal CPV ELISA test to determine if virus antigens are in your dog’s feces.

If your dog is severely ill, your vet may also run additional tests to determine the extent of the illness. A urine analysis can reveal elevated liver enzymes and electrolyte imbalances. An abdominal x-ray can show intestinal damage, obstructions and fluid-filled intestinal segments.


There is no cure for parvo, so your vet will treat the symptoms your dog is suffering from during the illness. Parvo often causes puppies to get dehydrated from excessive diarrhea and vomiting. And dogs with parvo are also at a high risk of developing infections because the virus weakens the immune system.

To combat dehydration, your vet will make sure your pup is replenishing the loss of electrolytes, proteins and fluids. Severe cases can even require IV fluids. Your vet may also administer an antidiarrheal medication.

Parvo also lowers a dog’s white blood cell count, seriously weakening the immune system and leaving dogs susceptible to secondary bacterial infections. This is of particular concern with parvo because the virus can damage a dog’s intestinal walls, increasing the chance of infection. So your vet may also put your pup on an antibiotic to combat infections.

Many cases of parvo require hospitalization for several days. Recovery times vary based on the severity of each case, but it typically takes about 7-10 days for puppies to recover from parvo. The survival rate of dogs that get vet treatment is 68% to 92%.


Vet wearing gloves pinching dog skin and giving injection The first step in preventing parvo is vaccination, so make sure you’re getting all of the recommended puppy vaccinations from your vet. Puppies under 6 weeks of age retain immunity from their vaccinated mother. Then, they receive courses of vaccinations against parvo at approximately 6, 8 and 12 weeks of age.

To develop ideal protection, puppies should also get a dose of the parvo vaccine between 14 and 16 weeks of age, regardless of how many doses they received earlier.

Puppies who have not yet received all 3 parvo shots are still very vulnerable to contracting the virus. Use extreme caution when socializing your puppy until he’s fully vaccinated. Avoid dog parks and other public areas. You can safely socialize your puppy with fully vaccinated adult dogs in a safe place like your home.

Preventing The Spread

Dogs with parvo can be contagious for up to 6 weeks after the initial sign of symptoms, so isolating an infected dog is crucial. Once recovered, dogs are immune to reinfection, but you should consider disinfecting certain areas to help prevent the spread to other dogs.

Parvo is extremely hardy and can survive on areas infected with feces indoors for at least a month and outdoors for up to a year under the right conditions. If you’re concerned about another dog being exposed in your home or yard, use a water/bleach solution (15:1 ratio) to wash all bedding and clean bowls, toys, crates, collars, leashes, etc. You can also use this solution in any dog elimination area outdoors.

Help With Treatment Costs

Many cases of canine parvovirus treatment require hospitalization, which means a sizable vet bill. Treatment for one puppy typically starts at $1,200 and can be as high as $5,000. Even without the need for hospitalization, the vet exam, testing, electrolyte treatment and antibiotics can easily run into the hundreds.

You never want to be faced with the situation that your dog is suffering or could die because you can’t afford treatment. So, you may want to consider getting pet insurance as soon as possible to protect your pup from unexpected illnesses and accidents. Read our pet insurance reviews to learn more.

Is your dog showing signs of parvo or has your dog been treated for parvo?

About The Author:

Sally holds a BA in English from James Madison University and began her 25-year writing career as a grad student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communications. She’s been a pet parent since college years (and spent her whole childhood with pets). Her work has appeared in many notable media outlets, including The Washington Post, Entrepreneur, People, Forbes, Huffington Post, and more.

Now as a parent of two teenagers, she’s made sure to raise her daughters to learn how to love and care for pets (and other animals) in the most responsible and loving ways. As a result, she and her daughters now have 5 rescued dogs and cats who essentially rule their home! Sally has also volunteered over the years to help raise funds for various animal nonprofit organizations.

Disclaimer: The information provided through this website should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.

Disclaimer: This website contains reviews, opinions and information regarding products and services manufactured or provided by third parties. We are not responsible in any way for such products and services, and nothing contained here should be construed as a guarantee of the functionality, utility, safety or reliability of any product or services reviewed or discussed. Please follow the directions provided by the manufacturer or service provider when using any product or service reviewed or discussed on this website.

Notify of
Oldest Most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
July 31, 2020 3:47 pm

I have been told it’s rare but our 8-month-old Goldendoodle got Parvo. He is fully vaccinated. He started with throwing up then was lethargic. We took him straight to the hospital. He has been there for two days getting fluids, antibiotics, anti-nausea meds, anti-diarrheal meds, and probiotics. It was not a cheap trip to the vet. I called the vaccine company and they are paying up to $5,000 of his treatments. Just thought I would let you know in case you are in this jam as well.

July 23, 2020 3:33 pm

Dealing with a sick animal is very devastating especially when you find out that sickness is more serious than it seemed. I’m going to tell my story of how I found out my 3-month-old puppy had parvo and give some advice/important info on what to do just to help out anyone who’s out there looking for ways to help their sick pet. When I came back from church camp, he was perfectly fine but after a few days, he started acting differently. He wasn’t as active and always had a sad look on his face. He is very much loved in my household by everyone here like all of our other animals. So I told my parents, he’s acting differently and he’s not eating like he was at first. He would drink water but he wouldn’t touch his food so we mixed the juice from our chicken and noodles in his dog food and he finally ate. The next day, he was constantly throwing up all over and he had diarrhea that didn’t smell anything like feces. The smell reminded me of something deceased, so we took him to the emergency vet at the right time and they tested him for parvo and the test came back as positive. I was lost for words and all I could do was sit there and cry at the moment especially since parvo is a horrible and painful virus that can make your dog extremely depressed and not want to eat or drink anything. The doctor said that the treatment would have a better chance at saving him but the treatment was $3-5k and we didn’t have the money plus it wasn’t definite that he would survive…it would just be a higher chance of saving him so we just got antibiotics for him and water injected in his back we took him home and I did a lot of research of what could help. We got Pedialyte and some anti-diarrhea liquid. The Pedialyte helps with keeping your dog hydrated and replenish those electrolytes he’s lost so we put some in his water. The anti-diarrhea liquid obviously helps with resolving diarrhea. But one main thing that helps your dog get through this virus is love and affection. Show your animal that he/she has something to live for and that’ll help your dog get the will to live and want to fight against the virus. Talk to him/her. Let your dog know how much you love them and that you want them to get better. But if your pet is not eating, DO NOT force them. You can try to convince them to drink water and put it near them showing them the water or give him/her an ice cube. My puppy loves ice and the ice itself not only will keep them hydrated but they’ll be able to take their time licking it until it’s gone instead of drinking a lot and throwing it all back up right after. I do suggest starting on ice first if your dog won’t drink regular water then start bringing water to him/her. But parvo is contagious to other dogs. No, a human cannot get it from dogs or pass it onto dogs. Parvo for humans and dogs are two different viruses, but if you have other dogs, I suggest keeping them away from whichever dog is sick especially if you have another puppy. They have a higher chance of catching it. Bleach is the #1 household cleaner that will kill parvo around your house so my family and I did a deep clean but do not bathe your dog while they’re sick. Instead, just use dog wipes to wipe them down a little. I do suggest you take your dogs to get all their shots if they have not since the vaccine will have a higher chance for that dog not catching parvo but they are not 100% protected from it, just more safe from the virus. But once a dog has caught parvo, it is very rare for them to get it again. Parvo can last up to 3-4 days or maybe longer. The smell from the diarrhea and throw up is caused by an infection in the intestines of your dog which if it gets really bad can lead to them throwing up or pooping out blood which is NOT a good sign. Our puppy didn’t digest or throw up any blood, thankfully, since we took him to the vet right when he got parvo. If you notice your dog has parvo at the last minute, it may be too late to save him/her, and blood is usually a sign that your dog is not getting any better. But once the smell from the throw-up and diarrhea starts to die down, that means your dog is getting better. That doesn’t mean you should stop what you’re doing. Keep bringing your dog water and try convincing them to eat when you noticed they’ve gotten better. Most dogs get extremely weak from parvo, so if your dog is walking and being his/her playful self again, that’s a good sign of the virus starting to clear up. But parvo is such a horrible virus. Your dog could be getting better one day and the next day, he/she could be even worse than before so keep helping your pet as much as possible. I’ve been sleeping right by my dog’s cage to keep an eye on him. I do stay up all night to watch him carefully. I only get a few hours of sleep during the day but if you truly care you will do what it takes to help your dog. I’ve been keeping track of his breathing because once your dog’s breathing becomes more distant, that’s not a good sign. The closer each breath gets, that’s for sure a good sign. At first, his breathing was pretty distant but now it’s gotten better. The foods that I suggest to give your dog would be chicken, white rice, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and etc.

June 16, 2020 1:42 am

Our 2-month-old bichpoo tested positive for parvo on Sunday 06/14. We noticed Sunday morning he was acting rather unusual, he wasn’t spunky and excited when he woke up like he usually is. He didn’t touch his food or water and started throwing up. We immediately knew something wasn’t right so we search for an open vet/hospital on a Sunday and we are lucky enough to get our puppy seen by 11 am. He ended up having a fever of 103 that same day but hadn’t thrown up again since leaving my house, they put him on iv fluids, anti-vomiting meds, and antibiotics. Today 6/15 the doctor informed us his fever went away, he hadn’t thrown up, he was able to eat food without throwing up, and was spunky and barking. She mentioned that sometimes it can get better before it gets worse so now I worry that the symptoms might come back again. We are so saddened by all this and just want our baby back and healthy!

June 5, 2020 11:39 am

He was 1 years and half years old. He was my brother our family.we all loved him so much.i used to kiss him all time he used to be angry.but now it’s all gone.four days ago morning he became sick we thought it was fever then later after going to vet we knew he had parvo virus.just today morning we went to vet gave him treatment and came back vet doctor said nothing to worry about.and after coming home we tried to make him sleep but he couldn’t.2 days whole night he wouldn’t sleep.he tried to sleep but he can’t.after going to vet morning he was resting next to me.he made some painful sound and my mom brother arrived and i tried to feel his hearbeat it was too fast and my mom cried slowly he can’t take it anymore and’s has been nearly 5 hrs .we are heart broken . I just wanted too say that if u love your dogs give then vaccine on time
I am just missing him so badly

Trisha Prattle
June 3, 2020 9:51 pm

My dog is 1 1/2 and tested positive for Parvo, been doing the treatment plan but she’s now starting to shake. What should I do?

Apiffany Gaither Billings
June 4, 2020 9:50 pm
Reply to  Trisha Prattle

Shaking is typically when the virus is breaking. I would recommend contacting your vet as this is a very critical time for your pup.

May 19, 2020 1:38 pm

My Malinois had Parvo as a pup – fully recovered and is now almost 13. She is having a issue with bronchitis and wondering if there are possible lasting effects that could cause distress to her heart.

H Thomas
April 27, 2020 8:32 pm

So sorry to hear about all the dogs that didn’t make it, but also good to read about the ones that did. Our 10 week old puppy had two vaccinations and still came down with Parvo shortly after the second one, and we’re not sure where he would have contracted it. He was in intensive care for 7 days, eventually had a plasma transfusion and ended up surviving. He is now doing really well and doing all the things you’d expect a puppy to do. We have completely isolated him from everything until he’s not at risk of passing it on, knowing how contagious it is. Waiting to hear back from vet who is doing some research about contagiousness, and also finding a lot of conflicting information online – is there a general consensus in the vet community about how long the puppies are infectious for?

Apiffany Gaither Billings
April 28, 2020 4:24 pm
Reply to  H Thomas

Has your pup received their third booster for Parvo?

H Thomas
May 1, 2020 2:28 am

Thanks so much for your reply. No, third immunisation due in 2 weeks

Apiffany Gaither Billings
May 1, 2020 2:41 pm
Reply to  H Thomas

It is recommended that any puppy who has not had all three of their parvo vaccinations is kept from public areas as the virus can remain in soil for up to one year. It is from my experience with rescues that dogs are typically considered contagious up to 6 weeks after being infected with parvovirus. I hope that answers your questions and your pup continues to remain healthy!

H Thomas
May 5, 2020 9:49 pm

Thanks so much, yes, that confirms what most sources have told us!

Dana Hampton
March 27, 2020 1:30 am

I just lost my 3 month old to this virus on Sunday… The a**hole who bought the dog never got him vaccinated and although i have been taking care of this baby after his 3rd day in the home he didn’t officially become mine till about a week and a half ago and as soon as he was mine i was taking him for his shots. Unfortunately he caught the virus a week before i took him for his shots and because my fiance is the only one working at the moment we could not afford to send my baby into the hospital as they wanted us to pay over a thousand dollars up front in which we physically didnt have and no one would help us either. Had i just said screw it and taken it upon myself to take someone elses dog for his shots and told the owner to kick rocks and hes beat then my baby would still be here… He bought this dog with completely wrong intentions as his and his wife has recently separated he thought by buying this dog would bring his broken family back together. Well that never happened so he wanted no part of this dog and even wished him dead to his wife. I was scared to take full control of him cuz i rent a room from this horrible human being and he an alcoholic and is constantly fighting with my fiance and i and i just didn’t want to add more problems for us cuz he would only claim the dog when someone was around or he was on good terms with his wife again. I should have listened to my gut and just tild him too bad hes mine now being that ive been the only solely taking care of him since his 2nd night in this home. I trained him i taught him so much and hes the 1st puppy i have fallen this in love with and in only 3 short months. Now my best friend is gone and i cant help but to blame the guy who bought him cuz before the dog was bought the breeder said we will get his shots but is going to cost u a little bit more but the chose not to do that.. And then the day he died he wants to be a drunken fool and tried telling me he wants him buried in the yard here and i said absolutely not he will be cremated and will be with me and then he proceeds to tell me its my fault i should have reminded him to take a puppy that was supposed to be his responsibility to get his shots. Had he given him over to me 1 week sooner my poor baby would still be alive. Please people vaccinate you puppies asap cuz this virus moves fast he died 4 days after showing a 1st sign and its so heartbreaking to have to watch your baby just become so unattached from life and die in ur arms the day after u take him to the vet… But the vet also never warned us that the puppy had no chance of survival at all if he wasnt in a hospital getting everything thru IV. My poor 10 year old son got very attached very quickly so hes also very hurt. This virus is SERIOUS and unless u have thousands to pay for a vet hospital be prepared to lose ur baby. I goes very quickly so the second that puppy is old enough for its vaccine do NOT hesitate i beg u… No baby should ever have to go thru what i watched my baby go thru ever. If u cant afford a dog dont get a dog anf NEVER buy a dog hoping it will get ur family back together or for any other reason but to give him the best life possible cuz its not fair to that dog. From day 1 that baby looks at u to take care of them because they can’t take care of themselves… So please dont be like the heartless a**hole who bought this puppy just thinking it will bring his wife and kids back home then when it fails hit the dog or not get him vaccinated or just completely rely on someone renting a room from him to just take care of their responsibility… Luckily i love dogs more than any human besides my son of course and i wasnt letting this poor baby not be raised by loving people he deserved and took over somewhat control just wish i acted sooner i feel foolish for not doing so and i hate myself for it… I was just waiting for this guy to take the dog away from me at any moment. Sorry this is so long but i wanted my story out there because i cant stress enough to get the puppies vaccinated asap and if u cant then give them to someone who can cuz this is no joke

Retsma gallano
April 12, 2020 8:28 pm
Reply to  Dana Hampton

I really feel you so much…4 days dog left..i was so very hurt..i really don’t know about these kind of viruses…because i take fpr granted that he will always be good as i always clean him and feed him,i love him so much..i really regret…what i was so irresponsible to not get him an vaccine immediently…it is too late to find out when he really suffering in difficultness of breathing,vomiting and diarreah…it was wrong timing..i can’t find doctor to see his condition because everybody is not allow to go out side and do work because of lockdown through covid-19…my tears are falling,watching him dying and feel the pain every minute..i saw his eyes crying and telling me..”Mama i love you and i want to live but i cannot take this anymore”i always say to him..fight fight fight..please don’t leave me..i love u so much…
As i watch him…my heart was really broken..then the last night before i sleep..i told him..”OK,LET GO NOW,,TAKE A REST I KNOW HOW U SUFFER DEEPLY..AND YOU REALLY FIGHT FOR IT FOR ME..BUT I UNDERSTAND NOW..IT IS OK..GIVE UP NOW MY LOVE..I LOVE U SO MUCH ALWAYS REMEMBER MAMA LOVES YOUthen 6:00 am,my cousin declare to me he died at 2:30 in the morning..he heard him crying until his last breath…i was so in pain..
But i promise to my self..if god would giving me a chance to have a dog again..i promise to do anything that i should do..

September 16, 2020 2:40 am
Reply to  Retsma gallano

So so sorry to read about your loss.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
April 13, 2020 6:15 pm
Reply to  Retsma gallano

Sorry to hear about your loss. I hope this article will help with dealing with your loss.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
March 30, 2020 9:10 am
Reply to  Dana Hampton

I’m sorry for your loss, Dana. Here is an article that I hope can help you during your grief.

March 17, 2020 4:05 am

My dog is just recovering from pavo. I’m not sure what to feed her now she’s gotten a little of her appetite back.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
March 17, 2020 4:59 pm
Reply to  Dee

I’m happy to hear that your dog is recovering! We suggest asking your vet or trying out this online vet service to see what is recommended for your dog.

February 4, 2020 2:45 am

My dog is about 7 weeks old I just brought him inside from being with his mother yesterday morning. He was eating and drinking fine until around lunchtime today and now he will not eat or drink much at all. He has thrown up 2 times and it’s foam. His poop is really watery and mucus. I’m not sure what is wrong with him and it worry’s me. I had to leave him in the crate for a little while and when I come back the puppy pad that was in there was chewed up but I am not sure if he can get sick off that or not?

Kimberly Alt
February 4, 2020 5:19 pm
Reply to  Sarah

Since he’s so young and this is definitely abnormal behavior, I’d recommend calling your vet. The dog could be ill and the sooner you implement treatment the better chances are for survival if it’s something serious.

January 31, 2020 3:11 am

So i went to the dog pound today to look at some dogs, patted some and one licked my fingers. I presume the virus can be spread by salvia too?..even in incubation stage? Can you get it on your hands if you pat a dogs head/fur? reading the article it sounds like poop and vomit is the way it spreads and anything that comes into contact with that gets infected surfaces and soil.

When i came home i washed my hands inside first thing but used ordinary soap didn’t think to use something stronger. I didn’t know the danger of the Parvo virus at this point or how contagious it is. I have since learned after reading up about this virus today (same day as visiting the dog pound) that detergent strength soap or cleaning chemicals kills it nothing less. I live with my mother who has a Papillon dog, i had patted and stroked her dog’s chin this afternoon before i read up on the virus. I have since cleaned things down ive touched etc, but i guess if it can be carried in the salvia and the dog has it- then mums dog would have already been infected?

But i’m sure the pound would of isolated a dog who showed signs of being infected with something i presume as not to get the other dogs infected. But if it hasn’t showed signs because of incubation period…Well i guess have to wait 5-10 days to see if mums dog shows any symptoms unless it cannot be passed through salvia hence my post.

My mothers dog has been vaccinated for Parvo Virus when it was a pup show it should be ok. It is 5 or 6 years old i think. I did read a vaccine does not last a life time so as a general question how long does it last? and my other question about hypothetically getting a new dog that is a carrier of the virus would a vaccination kill the virus? or a vaccination is more about making the immune system immune to it rather than killing virus as well as immunization.

I have another question. If you get a dog from somewhere else (not a breeder whom would be careful unless are a careless breeder) and lets say the new dog has it, if we get a vaccination done before it comes into the house we should be okay and mums dog? in other words will the vaccine kill the virus if it is present in the dog and no signs of it are present when we take dog to vet. I apologise for the lengthy post.

Kimberly Alt
January 31, 2020 2:14 pm
Reply to  Darian

Where is your concern about parvo coming from? Did the pound mention to you that the dogs were suffering from it? If the pound didn’t mention anything, I wouldn’t be too concerned, not to mention they probably wouldn’t have let you near any dogs suffering from it.

To answer your questions:

I presume the virus can be spread by salvia too? ..even in incubation stage? Can you get it on your hands if you pat a dogs head/fur?
Parvo is spread through a dog’s feces and through indirect contact of infected clothing, human skin, grass, etc. So you petting a dog and them licking you shouldn’t have caused you to carry the virus home with you unless the dog you touched had infected feces or something all over them.

I did read a vaccine does not last a life time so as a general question how long does it last? This article can provide more information on dog vaccines. Dogs should be given a DHPP Booster (distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza and parvovirus) every 3 years.

and my other question about hypothetically getting a new dog that is a carrier of the virus would a vaccination kill the virus? There are instances where a vaccine does not protect a dog from a disease depending on how up to date the dog is with their vaccinations. However, if your mum’s dog is up to date on vaccines, there’s a good chance the dog would be protected from contact from parvo.

If you get a dog from somewhere else (not a breeder whom would be careful unless are a careless breeder) and lets say the new dog has it, if we get a vaccination done before it comes into the house we should be okay and mums dog? in other words will the vaccine kill the virus if it is present in the dog and no signs of it are present when we take dog to vet. Before adopting a dog you should request the dog’s current vet records, which will list what vaccines the dog has been given. This should help give you peace of mind that the dog has been vaccinated and if the dog appears to be in healthy condition and there are no outbreaks of parvo, you should be in fairly good shape. Again, a responsible shelter should not be allowing infected dogs to be adopted and should not be allowing these dogs to have visitors. These dogs need 24/7 care to increase their odds of beating the disease. So if a dog were infected, you would be able to see that.

Rosie's Mom
December 9, 2019 12:14 pm

Rosie’s story. I bought a small puppy from a “responsible” breeder. She was barely 8 weeks old Maltipoo and full of life. Last week, we started with vomit only. Within 12 hours we went to the vet. They did not test her for Parvo (still not sure why). They gave her a shot for nausea and told me to keep her hydrated. Within 24 hours she was very weak, not able to hold water for more than 1 hour. I started pedialite and she was a bit better. Back to vet and she tested positive for Parvo. She received IV, anti-nausea, antibiotics. It is 6 days later and she is fully recovered.
My point is, she was vaccinated one day before we received her. The Vet and I trusted the records.

Carter's mom
December 27, 2019 2:52 pm
Reply to  Rosie's Mom

I hope my 11 week old puppy (Carter) is as lucky as your puppy was Rosie’s mom he was just diagnosed today having Parvo they have him on an iv with antibiotics and something for his stomach…. My fingers are crossed and doing a lot of praying…. we just got him 6 days ago from my daughter and son inlaw for Christmas…. we just had to put down our best friend of 14 years 3 weeks ago and my daughter thought it would be a good idea to get us a new puppy for Christmas … so i hope and pray he will survive he is such a good beautiful and cuddly puppy and needs us to love and spoil him …. To anyone who reads this please pray for my baby boy Carter to survive with no compilations please and hank you god bless..

January 16, 2020 9:46 pm
Reply to  Carter's mom

How is Carter doing?

rachel frampton
November 11, 2019 7:26 pm

My dog Trevor has a Parvo disease and I had no idea where he got it from. I never knew that Parvovirus can be extracted from their unvaccinated mother if she contracted that herself. His mother has it and that’s probably the reason why; I should start looking for an animal hospital that will help my Trevor out.

October 26, 2019 12:58 pm

I was never really sure when a dog has parvo but it’s honestly easy to notice sooner than later. At first I noticed my 9 week old puppy wasn’t very strong/jumpy as normal, he’s a really chill dog so I really had to watch him. Everytime I picked him up it was sort of like a “im lazy just put me anywhere.” When it was time to eat he wasn’t interested , he didn’t drink any water . I didn’t have enough money for Paxxin so instead i bought Pedialyte , Charcoal-caps, and some Probiotic pills that help with digestive problems. Luckily my moms a nurse and had some prescribed medication called amoxicillin. I put 1 cup of Pedialyte, 2 charco caps , 1 full crushed tablet of amoxicillin, and 1 or 2 probiotic pills. I gave about 10 ml in a oral syringe every 30min-1hr and about 30ml of water every hour. (Sometimes sooner depending on the paleness of the gums). When he was able to drink water on his own without my help I bought baby food , chicken or beef, and let him eat that so he didn’t starve. sadly the next day he started throwing up everything I was giving him and his poop smelt wayyy different almost unbearable.after that I got my mom to bring home some more syringes and sodium chloride for IV’s . I stuck him Filling up the syringe with the sodium chloride all the way to 30 ml , I stuck him in between the collarbone on the back of his neck and Slowly squeezed it in. At first a large bubble forms but slowly goes away as the body absorbs the sodium chloride. It was hard and scary the first couple times but always make sure your hands are washed and clean and you have an extra set of hands, if you can, to help. I did this method and the oral syringe method everytime the bubble went down until he felt better enough to eat. Now he’s strong and such a happy mischievous runt .

BUT , if you do have enough money for “Paxxin” , this medicine is literally God’s work. I had 7 puppies all together , sadly 2 died from parvo before I even knew of the disease and what it does. 3 more of my pups contracted it but I saved them in time with the method above and the medication “Paxxin”(I ordered off Amazon about $50). I didn’t stop anything I was doing before when I was able to purchase Paxxin , just added it in the normal schedule with the directions on the back of the box . Good luck guys I really hope you can save your doggies

Celestine pradel
October 18, 2019 9:18 pm

I notice that my dog was quiet on Sunday and I has no idea Parvo exist or what the symptoms
were. So I TOOK HIM IN TO THE VET AND they started IV but zuko wouldn’t eat. Vet reported that he was lively and we missed him so I drove up Wednesday morning and they told us he passes. I can’t stop crying because he was my baby and I loved him so much. Zuko had all his shots . I took him on time . I cant understand how a 1 year old dog who had been vaccinated died. My family is so sad and we are so sad and looking for answers. Vet said also that he might have a bad bact of the vaccine or compromised immune system. I don’t understand so if anyone h.@# any I formation please share. I need closer and I am just sad,

October 27, 2019 2:37 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. I believe the symptoms can take 3-10 days to appear so it could have been too late once you took him to the vet. This is not your fault, you did the right thing by taking him as soon as you noticed he wasn’t well.
Vaccinated dogs can get it by sniffing dog poo outside that has the virus as many irresponsible owners walk their unvaccinated dogs. Don’t know if there’s grass around your area but the virus can live in grass for up to a year too.
Don’t feel bad for not knowing about parvo, not many dog owners do until they’re hit with it, by which time it can be too late. You can inform dogs owners you know that may he unaware of this virus and stress the importance of not walking their puppies until they’ve had the relevant shots.

Please desinfect with bleach your house, clothes, shoes, bedding and anything the dog came in contact with as it’s very contagious and bacteria can remain for 6 months. Don’t forget the shoes, you can carry the bacteria on the soles of it and pass it to other dogs outside.

Your dog will know you loved him and did what you could to save him. I wish you all the strength in the world to be able to get through this x

October 18, 2019 2:05 am

Hi, just had my puppy Max euthanized. He had contracted parvo from my backyard in less than 2wks I got him from someone who couldn’t care for him. I was scheduled to get his vaccinations 2 wks after he died. It aggressively attacked him in 2days. Im extremely sad right now and wish I had gotten his vaccinations immediately. I have an older dog 2.5 yrs who has current vaccinations so he should be ok but I’m watching him anyway as he and Max were super close buddies. I said that to say, please vaccinate your pets immediately and keep them current. A lesson I learned at the expense of my beloved Max. We are missing him like crazy he was so full of life. Don’t think it’s safe just because it’s your backyard. You don’t know whats lurking out there.

Celestine pradel
October 18, 2019 9:22 pm
Reply to  Teresa

I know how you feel. My dog was 1 year old and had all his shots on time and some how contacted the disease. He died Tuesday night and I can’t stop crying.

Debbie Garner
October 8, 2019 8:01 pm

Our 11 month old Yorkie was diagnosed on Monday after symptoms of being lethargic, diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Because we are very rural, our vet was closed. So after a little research for dogs with upset stomachs I learned Pepto is ok to give a dog. Because she is so little i gave her about an 1/8th of a teaspoon and 1/4 fever reducer. It gave some relief, but when wearing off, symptoms came back.

Monday morning the vet gave her a shot and fluids under the skin. He gave me instructions of pedialyte with a syringe and try to introduce food in a day or so along with famotidine 2x daily. MOST IMPORTANTLY the hydration with the pedialyte 10 ml per lb. She is 4 lbs. (Yes being excited for the 5 trips to go pee in the middle of the night made me happy…it meant she wasn’t dehydrated!!)

A friend who worked for a dog rescue also advised me to use 100% canned pumpkin. If she wouldn’t take it on her own. Smear it on her tongue. To get her to eat it a little bit at a time.

Today I read another article that says after they keep water down to try baby food, chicken in particular. All of a sudden she is STARVING. I had to stop her!

I’m happy to report our baby is doing well and getting back to her spunkie self. I don’t know if it was one or all of these things that saved her. But i am greatful for it all.

NOW I have to tell on myself…I neglected to have her vaccinated after she was given to me. I was ignorant to think she would be ok because she was never out of my site…not realizing I potentially harmed her and put her through has broken my heart.

Vaccinate your Fur babies. Don’t think your presence will keep them. Safe.

Erin hineman
October 1, 2019 8:57 pm

We had two pit puppies a little over 5 months old. Titus ended up passing from Parvo. His brother, Eeyore, now has it. However after the first puke we gave him the parvo vaccination. He is not eating and is very lethargic. He will drink water ocassionally. Is there a chance of him being saved? We are strapped on money so all advice is welcome. Might i add that just today he has started diarrhea, but no blood in the stool that I seen.

October 5, 2019 8:11 pm
Reply to  Erin hineman

Sorry to say, but its to late for the pups unless they get treatment which doesnt just mean vaccinations.

Kimberly Alt
October 2, 2019 10:41 am
Reply to  Erin hineman

I’m so sorry. I suggest reading through our comments. Readers have left some information about what they’ve done and how they’ve been able to help their dogs. Best of luck to you all.

Anne Rogers
September 19, 2019 11:29 pm

my dog is 6 she is 6 months old is sick .I worry its parvo

Jennifer Farler
July 15, 2019 6:26 am

My boxer has a liter of 10 puppies 2 months ago.qhen theyvqere 2 weeks old, we had to have mom put down due to a heat stroke. We bottle fed my babies and at 3 weeks, they developed an upper respiratory infection. This caused their immune system to be weakened so we were told not to get them vaccinated at 6vweeks, as it took 3 weeks for them to get over it. At 7 weeks of age, they developed parvo. My worst nightmare has cane true. I put one in the vet because that’s all I could afford and was told to do the best I could with the others. Monday, July 8th, was day 1. I had 4 sick babies and 4 babies showing no symptoms (2 had found new homes before the exposure). Friday, July 12, I lost 3 babies, even the one at the vets. My vet would not help me in any way. He wouldn’t give me fluids for them, mess for them or even tell me how much fluid to give my babies. I was all alone trying everything under the sun. Friday night, I took my last sick baby to a different vet who provided me with antibiotics, anti nausea medication, vitamins and supplies. We lost our Coffee Bean Saturday morning at 2am. My heart was totally crushed. The healthy 4 received their 1st vaccines Thursday. They were also dewormed and began taking the meds the new vet gave me Friday.i have 1 “healthy baby” in isolation as her poo wasnt normal. It was mucusy and stringy and stinky. I hope and pray that she isn’t getting sick and the mess will work.

Anne Rogers
September 19, 2019 11:40 pm

My blue pit had it he made it through it .he is fine today he weights 80 lbs and we did get his shots and they did tell us he would have to eat puppy food til he was 18 months cause it effected his duke is now 13 months so he is doing awesome tk god …

Adalynn vargas
September 11, 2019 11:30 pm

My dog just passed from parvo. He was 9 months old. The vet I went to only told me to decontaminate, he gave me fluids but didn’t give me anything else. I wasn’t aware of the danger of sepsis..and he didn’t tell me about antibiotics until today….3 days after he initially gave me the fluids at our visit. My dog ended up passing away of sepsis according to the place I took him to to be cremated.i wish the vet had told me about the danger of sepsis..and gave me the antibiotics sooner. Perhaps my poor Archie would still be alive.

Laura M
September 16, 2019 7:02 pm
Reply to  Adalynn vargas

Hi Adalynn. I just lost my 10 month old dog to Parvo last week, he was fully vaccinated. He was hospitalized for 3 days. What area do you live in?

I’m so sorry for your loss of Archie.

Walter M. Bryan
August 19, 2019 4:30 am

I just tonite started thinking my dog has parvo.she is one year old boxer mastiff mix I’m on SS and can’t afford vet but the one that refused to help you should not be allowed a license and run out of business

Anne Rogers
September 19, 2019 11:43 pm

I agree .if u r in this business 4 $ u need to get out.if u don’t care 4 animals u don’t need 2 do this.

Lexi Wagner
July 25, 2019 11:04 am

Hey Jennifer I feel it is very important that I can get in touch with you if you could possibly plz get ahold of me asap id really greatly appreciate it

Tee gip
September 24, 2019 2:34 am
Reply to  Lexi Wagner

May I please contact you our puppy is having a bit of a parvo issue and I could really use help.

October 2, 2019 11:54 am
Reply to  Tee gip

yeah this is very important

Kish Fernandez
July 7, 2019 12:08 pm

I have a puppy, her name is Luna. She is a 3 month old poodle. She’s positive in parvo and corona virus. I took her to the vet and she got confined for 3 days. She fought hard and i visited her twice a day. July 7, 2019 5:30 am she died, I just can’t believe that she’s gone. I miss her so much. It pains me that I can no longer see her. I buried her awhile ago.

Kimberly Alt
July 8, 2019 8:45 am
Reply to  Kish Fernandez

I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts.

Melissa Moore
June 15, 2019 10:31 pm

My 10 month old German Shepherd is a parvo survivor. One morning I woke up to him having diarrhea and he threw up a little with grass in it. I thought maybe he just had a tummy ache. All day Sunday he did not do anything but lay down. Did not eat(which is not like him to turn down any food offerings), and threw up whenever he drank. Monday I brought him to the vet and they thought he might of had a blockage in his tummy because he didn’t have any bloody diarrhea and only vomiting occurred after he drank water. They X-ray they did didn’t show any blockage but his intestines were enlarged and he had a ton of gas in his stomach. They gave him a ton of fluids, an anti nausea shot, dewormer medication, and a few other things. Next day he still wasn’t eating and was just laying around. I have been giving him pedialyte thru out the day Monday and Tuesday morning. Tuesday we brought him back to a different vet. They did a parvo test and sure enough it was a strong positive. They sent me home with SubQ fluids to give him. 200ml twice daily. After the first day I could tell a huge difference in my boy. The next day he was playing with his tennis balls again, giving kisses, alerting me when he had to go pee, and was all in all more perky and acting more like himself. Wednesday he started eating rice. By Thursday he was himself. Eating all of his dog food, drinking, playing, jumping, kissing etc etc. The fluids helped my boy. Saved bears life. The vet told me that it’s not the virus that actually kills them, it’s dehydration that does. Keep ur baby hydrated if they get parvo. Please bring ur dog to the vet if u feel he has parvo. Better safe then sorry. And please please get ur dog their distemper shot.

August 4, 2019 6:24 pm
Reply to  Melissa Moore

Hello just read your story about your puppy, my puppy of 2 months is going through parvo at the moment. We noticed something was wrong Friday morning August 2 took him to the vet and found out he was at the early stage of parvo. That same day before taking him home he was given 2 vaccines 1 for antibiotics and the other for nausea we were sent home with only ceneria for nausea half a tablet once a day and giving him pedialyte orally every hour and can food (given by the vet) twice a day. Today is day 3 I pray to God he makes it we are trying to be the best nurses we can be for him.

We did not get the subQ fluids you mentioned and My question is if that is the name of the fluids you recieved so I may ask the vet about that fluid tomorrow morning when they open?

We have to force feed him as well other then the pedialyte.

May 10, 2019 12:46 am

My name is Shelly. It was years ago that I had gotten a Rottweiler pup at 3 weeks of age ( due to mother abandoning her pups early ). At around 3 months old, she contracted Parvo, I speculate from a Pittbull pup she was introduced to. I didn’t know then what the symptoms were but I knew there was a problem when she started defacating bloody stool. She was taken to the vet and was there for 2 days. She was brought home and seemed to get better for a period of about a week. Then for the next week she got sick again. She was taken into the vet once again and the next day had passed away. We were told only a little bit about this volatile virus, but worst was not being told about the incubation period of the virus and what to do to prevent the virus from affecting another possible future pet.So with great regret, another pup ( a sibling ) was brought into the home. After choosing to give the pup to a friend because we couldn’t care for the pup due to its aggressive behavior, we were informed that the pup had been infected with the Parvo virus and had also passed away. Im very sad to say that I recently had a very much loved 7 month old Pittbull of mine, named Oakley, pass away from the very same virus!! I saw the warning signs of Parvo but unfortunately did not take him to the vet, but only because we recently gave him a flea and tick treatment ( Hertz UltraGuard Pro Flea and Tick Drops / comes in a package of three tubes bought at Wal-Mart ) and had left the remaining two tubes in the package on the table, which he got a hold of and injested the contents of one of the tubes so we called the poison control line and vet and were told what to do to help him get back to health. It wasn’t until he started vomiting clear frothy fluid and showing bloody stool after showing no signs of interest or appatite, that I knew what it was. Parvo. Even more disheartening was the fact that A.) We hadn’t taken him into the vet for his vaccines and B.) Didn’t go with our gut instinct and take Oakley into the vet when we noticed he wasn’t eating. In saying all this, my advice to anyone that has a dog that shows ANY signs of distress…….take them into the vet ASAP the moment you notice your beloved dog not acting like their normal self and even more important…..have them promptly and properly vaccinated so that you don’t have to grieve over the loss of your furry family member. It IS preventable. Take the proper precautions.

Diana Garza
June 26, 2019 12:23 am
Reply to  Shelly

Hi Shelly ….thank you for sharing your story …..I recently successfully treated my pit bull puppy , Tracy Mae, from Parvo … afternoon two weeks ago after I came home from work I noticed her stools were bloody ………she was hungry ( she kept going to her food bowl) so I fed her and about 15 min. later she threw up…. my husband and I made some calls and sure enough we were told she probably had Parvo ….I remembered that 7 years ago at a “LIMU meeting ( LIMU is a nutrient for humans that is supposed to boost the immune system ) …a young man named David Silva gave a testimonial that he had once saved a litter of puppies from Parvo by giving them LIMU….I immediate contacted him ( took some doing, finally tracked him down on Facebook) and explained to him that I thought my puppy had Parvo and I asked him if he had a bottle of LIMU he could sell me …. he didn’t BUT he did agree to GIVE me a cup of it from his own bottle ( David has been drinking LIMU for years and it is also good for pets ) ….I accepted the cup and his instructions were to give the puppy two milliliters of LIMU every six hours AND to keep her hydrated ….. I spent that night, the next day, AND the following night quarantined in our bedroom with our puppy where I gave her two milliliters of pedialite every half hour and two milliliters of LIMU every 6 Hours … the following morning after the first night Tracy Mae woke up feisty, hungry , and wanting to play!!! She still had bloody stools though ….I continued my routine as mentioned …and by day four ALL SIGNS OF THE VIRUS were GONE!!! Just like David said …when I took the cup of LIMU from him he told me that his litter of puppies had shown NO SIGN of the virus after three days ……my puppy took four days BUT I continued to give her the LIMU for a week afterwards for good measure ….today she is a beautiful happy puppy ….growing like a weed …..I wish that many pet owners read this missive ……look up LIMU online …..David Silva and my husband and me ( Joe and Diana Garza ) are witnesses to the “ miraculous response “ our puppies had to LIMU … is supposed to be excellent for humans so my husband and I are planning to acquire it for ourselves through David although I must admit ….my MAIN reason is so that if any of our dogs, we have four, show signs of the virus we will have plenty of LIMU in hand

carolyn savage
December 3, 2019 6:58 pm
Reply to  Diana Garza

Where can I find limu

October 28, 2019 8:02 pm
Reply to  Diana Garza

Where can I find this? I’m desperate.

Tee gip
September 24, 2019 2:47 am
Reply to  Diana Garza

Please please please please please help us out 16 week old puppy started showing signs of parvo yesterday and we will be devastated if we lose her, can you please help us and give me advice on what I should do ?

July 7, 2019 12:17 pm
Reply to  Diana Garza

What is limu my daughter puppy is at the vet know on ivy’s and puking with diarrhea I’m scared my daughter fight depression this puppy is her side kick I’m scared for her puppy and what will happen if something happens to her puppy

June 30, 2019 10:25 pm
Reply to  Diana Garza

I need this!!! Where can I find it?

Kimberly Alt
May 10, 2019 9:14 am
Reply to  Shelly

I am so sorry Shelly. Thank you for sharing your story with our community. My dog, Sally, recently stopped eating her food, which is very unlike her. She also had symmetrical hair loss and was a little lethargic in the mornings, not eager for breakfast. It worried my husband and me, so we decided to schedule an appointment with her vet. Fortunately, her bloodwork came back normal but I’m so glad we made that appointment to make sure she didn’t have an endocrine problem or some other health issue. Our story ended positively, but not everyone’s does. You give such good advice, seek veterinary care the moment you think something is wrong with your pup. You did exactly that, but parvo is such a terrible disease there are many dogs who don’t see the other side of the disease. You are in my thoughts. Thank you again for sharing with us all.

May 6, 2019 4:47 pm

if a dog has parvo will they throw up blood and mucus?

Kimberly Alt
May 7, 2019 8:17 am

We haven’t heard of dogs with parvo throwing up blood and mucus, but that’s not to say it doesn’t happen. I bet you could call your vet and ask without having to schedule an appointment. Although you may want to schedule an appointment if your dog is throwing up blood since that can be a very serious issue.

March 1, 2019 2:49 am

Not good to read an article that states that if the dog lives and gets a vaccination it will prevent it from getting it again. Once a dog has had parvo it is immune for life. I didnt bother finishing the article.

Bethany Ann Wattier
April 8, 2019 11:39 am
Reply to  Becki

Agreed. From what I’ve read, vaccinated puppies are more likely to die from parvo than unvaccinated puppies.

Adalynn vargas
September 11, 2019 11:35 pm

I believe this is true. My dog was vaccinated against parvo and died..yet my neighbor’s dog wasn’t and survived.