Parvo In Dogs: How To Diagnose, Treat And Prevent

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Dog with sick mask onCanine parvovirus type 2 or “parvo” is a highly contagious virus that is particularly prominent in the canine community. Parvo is of particular concern for puppy owners due to the severity of symptoms and the weak immune systems of younger dogs. There are ways to help prevent parvo, and it from spreading, and as a responsible dog owner it is important to be familiar with these prevention methods. Effective prevention begins with understanding the virology and pathophysiology of the virus itself. Read on to learn more about this disease, the symptoms, how to treat and prevent it from spreading to others.

What Is Parvo? | Frequently Asked Questions | Symptoms | Diagnosis | Treatment | Prevention

Parvo At A Glance

Before we dig into the details, here are a few facts and things you should know:

  • Parvo was discovered in the 1970’s, and in two years, the virus spread worldwide
  • Dogs that develop parvo will show symptoms 3-10 days after being exposed
  • Symptoms include: vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea (usually bloody), and fever
  • Mortality rate: 90 percent if left untreated, 5-20 percent if aggressively treated
  • 80 percent of adult dogs show no symptoms; puppies are most susceptible1
  • Extremely resilient, parvo can live in feces or other organic material for more than a year
  • The only household cleaner that will destroy the virus is bleach
  • Vaccination is the only prevention

What Is Canine Parvovirus Type 2 Or Parvo?

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Canine parvovirus type 2 (known as parvo) is classified as a group II virus in the family Parvoviridae and the genus Parvovirus. Parvo in dogs is extremely contagious and is spread through a dog’s feces whether through direct or indirect contact with the feces of an infected dog. There are two different types of the canine parvovirus, classified by the system of the body that is mainly affected: Cardiac Manifestation and Intestinal Manifestation. We’ll get into both in more detail below.

Cardiac Manifestation

The cardiac manifestation of parvo is characterized by cardiovascular failure or respiratory failure in puppies. The cardiac variant of parvo is much less common than the intestinal form and is found in very young puppies under eight weeks old. These puppies usually have been infected by a mother with parvo while they were still in utero. The virus targets the muscles of the heart and these muscles are not strong enough to withstand the virus. In almost all cases of cardiac parvovirus infection, young puppies die. The death of a puppy infected with this variant of parvo can come on suddenly with little sign of distress or it can be accompanied by a short period of respiratory trouble. Veterinary surgeons have found that the virus results in microscopic necrosis of heart tissue in dogs that do not survive. In dogs that are somehow able to withstand this virus, there is evidence of fibrosis or the growth of fibrous tissue which may cause complication in later life.

Fortunately, there are fewer cases of the cardiac presentation of the parvovirus these days due to the availability of a vaccination that is given routinely to dogs intended for breeding.

Intestinal Manifestation

Where the cardiac manifestation of the parvovirus is passed from the infected mother to her puppies in utero, the intestinal form of this virus is passed through oral contact with the parvo virus. The virus can be spread through fomites, feces or infected soil and once an uninfected dog comes into oral contact with the infection through any of these means, the virus can quickly spread. The first step in infection of a dog is when the canine parvo virus is ingested and it replicates in the lymphoid tissue located in the dog’s throat. After replication, the virus then spreads to the bloodstream where it attacks cells within the body that naturally divide quickly. There are a number of cells that seem to be most affected by the virus because of their rapidly dividing nature; these include bone marrow and lymph nodes. The virus then begins to deplete the lymphocytes found in the lymph nodes and destroys and kills the tissue in the intestines. As the intestines are affected by the virus, it becomes possible for leakage to occur in the bloodstream which results in sepsis that can quickly lead to death. If the virus is caught quickly enough, treatment can begin and death can be prevented. There are a number of side effects that can result from intestinal parvo that can be extremely severe, so seeking treatment immediately is imperative.

It is important to understand that a dog that has survived parvo will still have remnants of the virus in their feces for as long as three weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Parvo Always Deadly?

Many times when we hear of this disease it’s in relation to young puppies and, unfortunately, in these cases, puppies generally cannot survive. When puppies are too young to be vaccinated against the parvo virus and they have not been protected by maternal antibodies as a result of vaccination of a breeding female, they lack the defenses to fight against this aggressive virus.

In some cases; however, dogs can recover from parvo. When left untreated, the mortality rate of parvo virus infection is around 90%. When treated with more aggressive therapy, parvo mortality rates can drop to 20% to 5%, but not without lasting effects.

If parvo is successfully treated, the virus will eventually shed from their body and they can be vaccinated to prevent future infection. Most dogs that are treated should survive, if they are treated quickly.

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What Happens When Puppies Are Infected With Parvo Through Maternal Exposure?

Unfortunately for puppies, they can become infected with the parvo virus when their unvaccinated mother is exposed to and contracts it herself. The tricky part of this contagion process is that the mother may not always show symptoms of the virus and she may even develop immunity to it after her puppies have already been infected. After puppies exposed to the parvo virus are born, however, they often show symptoms of the disease and rarely survive. Some of the signs seen in young puppies born with the virus include cerebellar hypoplasia, a condition in which the cerebellum is underdeveloped or incomplete. Other neurological abnormalities are also seen in infected puppies and often these dogs will not be strong enough to fight the complications that accompany their condition.

Is Parvo Different From Heartworms?

As mentioned above, parvo is a virus whereas all worms in dogs, including heartworms, are parasites. Parasites are sometimes easy to spot in dog waste, but often are not easily detected by the human eye. The symptoms for parvo and heartworms in dogs are almost identical and so is the cost of treatment and severity of health concerns. Both can potentially result in death if not treated quickly and correctly but the good news is that both can be treated with preventative medicines such as Heartgard. (Parasites like worms and ticks thrive in warm climates so be especially cautious about remembering the monthly heartworm preventative medicine during summer months. Your dog will thank you.)

What Are the Symptoms of Parvo?

Parvo generally incubates for five to ten days, meaning that five to ten days after a dog is exposed to the virus they will begin to show symptoms. Symptoms vary from dog to dog for a number of reasons, but a handful of symptoms are most commonly seen with infection. Most commonly dogs that have contracted this virus will become extremely lethargic, will have a fever, will begin vomiting and will also have diarrhea. What tips most people off to there being a problem with their dog is the presence of blood in their diarrhea. It is important that if you ever notice blood in your dog’s stool that you take them to the vet immediately. As a result of these primary symptoms, dogs can also begin to suffer from dehydration and infection. Any dog with diarrhea or vomiting should always be kept properly hydrated, if this is not possible at home or if you suspect a parvo infection, take your dog to the vet and they will begin to administer IV fluids.

In cases of intestinal parvo, the lining of the intestines can become damaged and protein and blood can leak into the bloodstream. This can cause a number of medical concerns such as sepsis, anemia, the escape of endotoxins into the bloodstream and a severe drop in white blood cells. Depending on the overall health of the dog, any one of these conditions can severely debilitate or kill an infected dog.

The first sign to look for in a dog infected with parvo is lethargy. A lethargic dog may be difficult to spot if you have an older dog or a dog that has very little energy as a result of any number of conditions. A lethargic dog will not want to get up for treats or food and they will generally fail to respond to any stimulation such as their favorite toy. Failing to notice the lethargy that can be seen in parvo infected dogs is not uncommon but the loss of appetite and diarrhea that follow are much more difficult to miss. After the development of diarrhea, dogs may also begin vomiting.

How Is Parvo Diagnosed?

If your dog shows any of the signs of parvo virus, you should take him or her to the vet immediately. When parvo is suspected, an EIA or hemagglutination test can be performed on feces to look for signs of the canine parvo virus. An electron microscope may also be used to look for signs of the virus. The drawback to using EIA or enzyme immunoassay for testing for signs of the parvo virus is that dogs in later stages of the disease may not shed much of the virus in their feces. In these cases, many veterinarians rely upon PCR or polymerase chain reaction to test for the virus. The term PCR refers to a process of amplifying a piece of DNA across various magnitudes. This type of PCR amplification results in thousands (or more) of copies of the DNA sequence being looked at to magnify causes for concern.

Ruling Out Other Causes

If a dog shows symptoms similar to those of parvo, it is important that your veterinarian be able to rule out other potential causes. Looking for signs of parvo in feces is the easiest way to determine infection. Other symptoms that cluster are also indicative of a parvo infection, these include a low white blood cell count, diarrhea with blood in it and evidence of necrosis in the intestinal lining. These symptoms are more classic to parvo infection than any other illness. While the intestinal form of parvo virus can occasionally be confused with other types of illnesses such as corona virus, there is no mistaking the symptoms of cardiac parvo.

Treatment Of Parvo Virus

There are a number of factors that determine how effective treatment can be against parvo virus once a dog has already been infected. There is currently a particularly effective vaccine for dogs that have not yet been exposed to the illness, but dogs that have already been infected with the virus face a much different road of treatment. Time is one of the most significant factors in whether or not a treatment for parvo will be successful: The earlier the virus is detected and treatment begins, the better the outlook for treatment. Age also plays a significant role in how effective a parvo treatment will be. Extremely young, old or immune-compromised dogs will not be able to withstand the more aggressive types of treatments designed to eradicate parvo.

Hospitalization And Medication

A dog with parvo should always be hospitalized to receive treatment. Treatment generally consists of the administration of crystalloid IV fluids and or colloids, administration of anti-nausea medications and injection of antibiotics. The particular types of medications used – both anti-nausea and antibiotics — vary depending upon the dog and the vet issuing the treatment. Some dogs have particular sensitivities to certain medications and some veterinarians have a better track record of using specific treatments. If dogs continue to vomit or void their bowels during treatment, they are also administered additional fluids to rehydrate them. The administration of fluids overall serves to both rehydrate and re-balance levels of electrolytes and other elements in the body that help maintain healthy functions.

Blood Plasma Transfusions

In some cases, veterinarians may choose to utilize a somewhat unique procedure called a blood plasma transfusion. This treatment involves taking blood plasma from a dog that has survived canine parvo virus and has developed antibodies to it. This blood is transfused into the infected dog and is looked upon as providing passive immunity. There are no in-depth studies at the moment to identify whether or not this method is more effective in treating parvo than other more traditional methods.

Returning To Normal Function

After initial treatment for the parvo virus dogs will begin to be weaned off additional fluids, only once they can keep fluids down. Sustenance will be administered in the way of bland food; this is generally a prescription-based food that is easy on the gastrointestinal system. Oral antibiotics are generally continued after the initial treatment in dogs that show low white blood cell counts to help fight potential infection. Any type of infection following treatment for parvo can lead to death due to the weakened system of the infected dog. While some recommend non-conventional or homeopathic remedies for the treatment of parvo virus, it is crucial to understand just how quickly this disease progresses and how quickly it can kill an infected dog. Veterinarian treatment should always be sought in suspected cases of parvo.

Prevention Of Parvo

Since parvo is such a devastating virus, one of the most significant things any dog owner can do is prevent infection of their dog. The first step in preventing parvo is vaccination. Puppies will derive immunity from their vaccinated mother and at four months old they receive a series of vaccinations to create their own immunity to the virus. Parvo vaccines are a set of three vaccinations that are spaced within a period of three to four weeks. Dogs that are not yet fully vaccinated (3 shots) should be kept from public places where they may come in contact with the virus. We recommend that you not even walk your dog outside of your yard until it has had its second round of shots.

Decontamination Of Parvo Infected Areas

Decontamination is another important part of ensuring that parvo does not spread. As the owner of a dog that has successfully been treated for parvo, it is important to understand that your dog can still contaminate with their feces and they can spread the virus to otherwise healthy dogs. The parvo virus is so strong that it can survive living in the soil for as long as a year. This is why it is crucial to completely decontaminate areas where an infected or successfully treated dog eliminates its waste.

Active parvo can be treated with a water/bleach solution (15:1 ratio). This solution will kill any active parvo and should be used in any dog elimination area. The generally advised period for decontaminating an area and bringing another dog into that area is six months. While grass and soil can be disinfected with a bleach solution, a waiting period of six months is advised before bringing a new puppy home. It is also advised to ensure that a new puppy has all of its vaccinations before bringing it ino a home that has recently been exposed to parvo.

Notify Your Neighbors

Another important step that should be taken by anyone who has experienced parvo is informing neighbors, especially if they have dogs. Since parvo can be spread from dog to dog and be spread through feces and soil, neighbor dogs may have become infected simply by walking on your grass. Share any information that you have learned about parvo with these neighbors and prompt them to have their dogs tested for the virus. Many people are afraid that their neighbors will be upset and as such, they avoid notifying them. You should keep in mind, however, that if a neighborhood dog has contracted parvo, your notification could be the only thing that gets them treatment before the virus causes too much damage.

Remember: Parvo Virus Is Preventable

Parvo virus is a relatively new virus, discovered in the 1970’s. It is such a virulent disease that within two years of its discovery it had spread across the world. Parvo is a very destructive and very rapidly moving disease that can kill a dog in a matter of days. But, with the proper precautions, it is possible to wipe out or at least cause a sharp decline in diagnosed cases. All it takes is regular vaccinations of all dogs in addition to treatment and appropriate decontamination of infected areas. Even if a dog is treated and successfully recovers from parvo without appropriate decontamination of the home area, it is possible to cause the virus to spread to other dogs in the community. It takes a combination of responsible pet ownership, good veterinary care, and vigilant decontamination of infected areas to prevent and hopefully one day eliminate this devastating disease.

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

Sources: [1] Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine (4th ed.); Ettinger, Stephen J. and Feldman, Edward C. (1995).

About The Author:

Jeff received his Bachelors in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance from Malone University. He can't remember a time in his life without dogs, his family always had dogs growing up. Now with three children of his own, his dog Gary is essentially a fourth child and he enjoys seeing his kids love of dogs blossom. Jeff has actively researched dog related topics since 2012.

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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 (Admin)
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.
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 (Admin)
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.
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 (Admin)
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
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
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..
How is Carter doing?
rachel frampton
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.
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
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,
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

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
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
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
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.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
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.
Sorry to say, but its to late for the pups unless they get treatment which doesnt just mean vaccinations.
Anne Rogers
my dog is 6 she is 6 months old is sick .I worry its parvo
Jennifer Farler
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.
Lexi Wagner
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
May I please contact you our puppy is having a bit of a parvo issue and I could really use help.
yeah this is very important
Walter M. Bryan
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
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.
Adalynn vargas
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
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.

Anne Rogers
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 …
Kish Fernandez
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 (Admin)
I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts.
Melissa Moore
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.
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.

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.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
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.
Diana Garza
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
I need this!!! Where can I find it?
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
Tee gip
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 ?
Where can I find this? I’m desperate.
carolyn savage
Where can I find limu
if a dog has parvo will they throw up blood and mucus?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
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.
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
Agreed. From what I’ve read, vaccinated puppies are more likely to die from parvo than unvaccinated puppies.
Adalynn vargas
I believe this is true. My dog was vaccinated against parvo and died..yet my neighbor’s dog wasn’t and survived.
Hi. I vaccinated my dog (parvigen) on wednesday and he was having diarrhea ( not bloody) but no loss of appetite nor signs of weakness or vomiting. Is the diarrhea a sign alone That my dog has parvo?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Since you were just at the vet, I suggest calling and mentioning it to them. They will be able to give you a better answer. Hopefully it is nothing major or concerning and just a fluke thing.
Hi Im cherry my puppy name jungle all symptom of parvo I saw to her we both suffering I take care watching her and observe her everytime she poping I’m sad she cannot say I’m in painI hope she survive I just wait the morning and bring her in nearest veterinary .
She threw up and worms all in it but not his poop
My puppy got parvo i think
He got worms in his throw up
My puppy Kona has had loss of appitite vomiting and bloody stool. But now she is active eating drinking until today she started to vomit again but she will still eat is this a sign of the parvovirus?
ma lizette villones
hi, im ma. lizette villones from the Philippines, i jst wanna ask some advice, theres a pom-spitz puppy my cousin wants me to adopt, this puppy has jst been lately healed from Parvo-virus disease and was the only lone survivor out of her 5 siblings, im afraid that eventhough she has been declared healed by the vet, she might still be able to contaminate my other doggies at home, most especially the 2 newborn belgian malinois my son jst brought home. Pls reply a.s.a.p, i need some advise on what shud be my decision on this. Thank you so much, ur advises will be greatly appreciated..
My 14 week old pittbull has had first set of shots at 6weeks old. We got her last week and now she has not ate anything and barley drinking water. She is sleeping all the time or laying around. Could this be a sign of Parvo even though she had her shots?
My puppy had her 3rd shot and still contracted it. The loss of appetite was the biggest sign for me. We haven’t seen any blood in his poop or vomit, but the loss of appetite was what gave it away for us.
My one year, 3 month okd chi has been diagnosed on Saturday, after showing symptoms on Thursday and Friday. He has been on antibiotics, anti inflammatory and diarree medicine since. He showed great improvement on Saturday evening. He ate and drank by himself. But today was a hard day. Please keep him in your prayers as vet says he has a 50/50 chance and that it will be a rollercoaster ride till atleast 15 days have passed. He gets shots everyday. And I feed him fluids every half an hour around the clock.
My labrador who is 5 months old was just dx with parvo he is currently in the hospital with a 50/50 chance
Did she survive? My 5 months old pup is in the same situation right now…