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.

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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. 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: 91 percent if left untreated, 5-20 percent if aggressively treated
  • 80 percent of adult dogs show no symptoms; puppies are most susceptible
  • 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

Definition: 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 parvo virus, 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 of Parvo

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 parvo virus 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 of Parvo

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. It is also crucial to know that a dog that has been affected with the parvovirus at some point during their life will forever be a carrier of the virus and they can shed the virus at various points during their lifespan.

Question: Is Parvo Always Deadly?

As a dog owner, one of the most frequently asked questions is whether parvo is 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 91%. When treated with more aggressive therapy, parvo mortality rates can drop to 20% to 5%, but not without lasting effects.

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

Unfortunately for puppies, they can become affected 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 under developed 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.


Question: 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 type of 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 in order 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 with 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 in to 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 are able to 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 in order to help fight any potential for 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.

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 such a strong virus that it can survive living in soil for as long as a year so it is crucial to completely decontaminate areas where an infected or successfully treated dog eliminates their waste. Active parvo can be treated with a water/bleach solution with a ratio of 15:1. This bleach solution will kill any active parvo and should be used on any area that has been used as an elimination area for the dog. The general advised period for decontaminating an area and bringing another dog in to that area is six months. While grass and soil can be disinfected with 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 their vaccinations before bringing them in to a home that has recently been exposed to parvo.

The Importance of Notifying the Neighbors

Another important step that should be taken by anyone who has a dog that has been infected with parvo is informing neighbors. Neighbors with dogs should be told that your dog has contracted parvo. Since parvo can be spread from dog to dog in addition to bring spread through feces and soil, neighbors dogs may have become infected simply by walking their dog 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 in order to prevent and hopefully one day eliminate this devastating virus.

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

Jeff has a long history with dogs. Having lived with Boxers, Labs, Golden Retrievers and even a couple of Samoyeds, Jeff has experience raising many different types of dogs.

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Paul Durfee
Paul Durfee

My 4 month old German Shepard Katy is fighting for her life right now from parvo. Doc says she’s turned the corner and should survive. My only complaint is we put $2500 deposit on her so they would start treatment. They now say it could be $1000 more, and I need to come in and pay another $1000. I told them I would pay any amount left upon her being discharged. They are calling and pushing me to bring them the extra $1000, even though we have not reached the original $2500 deposit! Plus she’s scheduled for discharge tomorrow or Wendsday!! I want to say what a great job they did saving my babies life. And no I’m not complaining about the amount. It just breaks my heart they took such a great story and made it about nothing but money.

pam hall
pam hall

I adopted a puppy he was about 8 weeks found out he had parvo 3 days after getting him..It was to agressive even though he was being treated at hospital he passed away 3 days after that his name was riley and he was a beautiful soul and i still think about him we since adopted his brother who beat parvo and is thriving well

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry for your loss, Pam.

Abran
Abran

For those of you that are currently dealing with parvo in their dogs, would you all please reply to this comment with your city and state if you feel comfortable doing so?

Any information would be a great help

Thanks,
AbranV
Salem, OR

Katie
Katie

This is my first puppy, and I have had him for 3 days. He is 8 weeks, I am not fully aware of parvo virus till now. I was going out for a couple hours, so I wanted to tire him out. I had decided to take him outside to get the paper, and he didn’t not touch the ground. I had held him the entire time. We only went to the end of the laneway and back. Should he be ok? I am going to the vet tmr for his check up.

Kate Gamble
Kate Gamble

I just left my 7 month old puppy in the vet hospital with Parvo. I brought her in last week with bloody diarrhea and they treated her for worms. I brought her back today because she is not eating or drinking and very weak. I am so upset that they didn’t test her last week for the virus. She has only had two of the three shots. I am beside myself with worry..what are her chances?

glover
glover

I am in the same boot my 6 month old lab has parvo I took him in on Tuesday and he has been in there since then. It makes me so sad when I go and see him. praying for your puppy.

Ivette
Ivette

I have 2 puppies with Parvo. Have lost 3 so far. The first one that died was not showing symtoms. Hey are 5 months old. I noticed another one lethargic and took her to the vet right away. Even with the vet’s care and hospitalized she died. Another died at home that was kept with fluids and antibiotics. Have another two confined with the virus. Today is day 4. They had stopped vomiting. Today, one of them let out a big pile of bloody diarrhea. They have been in constant care with fluids and antibiotics. Can the puppy survive past the bloody diarrhea if is kept hydrated?

Lisa marbella
Lisa marbella

Parvo is killer desease.. One of my dog died because of thIs virus.. And now my other dog still in the hospital..

R. Mukuze
R. Mukuze

I delayed to go to the vet..

R. Mukuze
R. Mukuze

I have just lost one puppy today, one is seriously sick. It was suffering from this disease.

Victoria
Victoria

I have. 4 yr old and a 10yr old pit bull can they still get parvo? We have a parvo shot to the 4 yr old male in January…will that help. How long will my dogs need to be vaccinated against parvo?

Kristy Haught
Kristy Haught

My puppy is 2 months old. She is pitt/ boxer mixed. She has parvo. We been giving her electrolytes to keep her hydrated and chicken broth to keep her from going malnourished. Today is day three. She is drinking on her own, but yet very week. She is still puking n pooping blood. Before we had to force fluids n her and she just wanted to sleep. She would still show happiness when she would see my kids n her other owners by wagging her tail. What is the chances of her beating this virus with her showing some improvement? Since day one she would do a complete 360 then back again to feeling bad. She’s done that now for 3 days and again today was the ONLY day she drank a whole bowl of water on her own. Someone please help with something else I can do. Antibiotics? Oh! And I been crushing up human chewable nausea tablets and it seems to work as well.

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Hi Kristy, I suggest that you read through the comment section on this article. Many of our readers have shared how they have successfully helped their dog get over Parvo. I am hopeful that since your dog drank an entire bowl of water on her own that means she is on the mends, but I am not a veterinarian. Please keep us posted on how your dog does the next couple days and remember to contact your vet for any emergencies. Your dog is in our thoughts and we’re hopeful that she’ll be fully recovered shortly. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing with us.

ANGIE
ANGIE

I have a 5 week old puppy. He was given to me today and I assume he hasn’t had any sort of shots as he is so very young. Should I keep him inside and used puppy pads until he is vaccinated?the family that he came from took him hour regularly to play and pktþcI think that we took him outside a few times to potty but then straight back inside. I just know he is very young, and very susceptible to different illness. … is there other sicknesses that I should watch for?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

I suggest calling a vet and asking what he/she recommends.

Brenda
Brenda

Our dog is in the vet right now. Thank you for the info. I will start decontaminating right now.

Debbie Mccabe
Debbie Mccabe

I have 4 dogs, 3 pits that are 2 1/2 and one black lab who is 14. My son abandoned them and i have been fostering for 1 year. He told me they had all their shots but I have no records. I’ve kept up to date with rabies and distemper, but unable to afford more. 8 days ago pit 1 started coughing as if he had something lodged in chest. 3 days later, lethargic, yellow bile vomit, no appetite. took him to vet, tested for heartworns, negative, diagnosed with kennel cough. 5 days ago, pit 2 developed mild cough but no other symptoms. 2 days agi, the strongest, high energy, living and playful one developed extreme lethargy, yesterday high fever, no appetite, no water, runny nose. none have had diarreah and only first had vomiting. sascha is the strongest of the 3. she will not even get up, but fever has gone down. there is no way I could afford hospital much less lots of tests. we love I’m one bedroom apartment. the oldest has no symptoms at all. they only walk in apartment complex. the only difference is someone dumped a puppy from shelter and I took her in while I waited for shelter to reopen. what are my options? could this be parvo? and if so, what do I do now?

Samantha
Samantha

My gorgeous 9 month old huge American Staffy “Max” became ill on Thursday, didn’t appear too serious, lethargic, & thick stringy bubbly saliva dripping from his mouth, so straight to the vet where he was diagnosed with a throat infection & given antibiotics.

Friday all seemed fine, though lethargic he eben ate a little. Saturday started vomiting, back to vet, more antibiotics & something to stop the vomiting. Arrived back home mid day & it was downhill from there, vomiting every 40 minutes, it wasn’t until 4 am that he started to have diarrhea, the explosive red type I remember from over 10 years back when 3 of our pups had Parvo………I was in a panic, for Max had had all the jabs & today, Sunday morning forced my Vet to open his surgery for us. He claims this is not Parvo, but the symptoms are identical, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea & he has lost between 2-3 kilos in one day, he is a big dog & his collar is now 2 full holes bigger……….what else is there that can give these symptoms.? I am praying he pulls through…

Sayani Bhattacharya
Sayani Bhattacharya

I have one query I have one dog with 7 months old and another puppy with age one & half months old please let me know that is there any possiblility of catching parvo virus to my puppy from my adult dog. And he is fully vaccinated also

Lisa B
Lisa B

I had my female lab get parvo at 15 months, she was vaccinated before she contacted the parvo. Will she now be a carrier for the virus? meaning if she has pups will they be infected?

Elaine Churchwell
Elaine Churchwell

If a person handles the dog with parvo, leaves and.goes to someone else s house and.handles the dogs food there, would it be comtages to the other dogs?

Teresa
Teresa

Does parvovirus cause seizures due to hypoglycemia?

Tammy spencer
Tammy spencer

Can you walk your dog outside when he’s only had 1 shot

Mbsbd
Mbsbd

I would avoid this until the pup has his/her full series of shots. Our first pup contracted Parvo, yet survived, but had other medical issues throughout his life. We just got a new puppy and are being much more vigilant this time. Basically in a bubble until all shots are given. It’s tough, but just not taking any chances as the first one probably got it from the grass in our front yard, or like you are taking about on a walk.

Kimberly Alt
Admin
Kimberly Alt

I would ask your vet about your dog’s health and whether it’s ok to walk him.

Kristina W.
Kristina W.

As a dog owner of Rottweiler’s I can not tell you how important it is to make sure they have their shots on time like clockwork. Do not miss by even a day or two. My male when he was a little over 4 months old contracted Parvo by a friend walking in someone’s yard that had animals that had Parvo, they were unaware of it. They walking into our house with the disease on their shoes and infected our whole house. Thank god we have a vet that could smell it right off the bat and worked immediately. I bleached our carpets, walls, beds, bedding, everything that you could imagine; everywhere outside that he had been. He spent a week in isolation in a glass cage and almost did not make it. Our Vet called me everyday 3 times a day to give me up-dates, and on the 5th day he called and said well I think he is going to make it, he chewed through his iv tubing. He got to come home 2 days later, this was the scariest time of my life. He was 2 days late on his last vaccine, please pleas please make sure your animals have their vaccinations on time; it is so very important. Today he turned 2 and is happy and very healthy.

Micah eason
Micah eason

I have a dog,pitbull, I want to know if he has parvo,he thrown up yellow liquid for a while,then he started drinking more water,I gave u pidealyte,he just started eating,he had no blood in his poo,no diarrhea,does it sound like parvo

Tracy
Tracy

When it’s yellow, its bio. Most of the time it means their hungry.

Katie
Katie

That can actually just be common. Is not a parvo thing. My puppy did it after coughing too much from pulling. ( something I’ve been working very hard to get her to stop)

Monie Miller
Monie Miller

My neighbors lost 5 dogs and didn’t inform me they thought it was parvo. a week later my dog started showing symptoms. he’s been sick for for 4 days now. have been forcing pedialyte and water down him since the vomiting started. he held fluid but not food. the 3rd day of being sick he quit holding fluid down. went to vet he tested positive. I got an iv some antibiotics and probiotics to treat at home. he’s very lethargic but gets up and goes outside to vomit. has diarrhea bad as well. the vet seems to think he’s gonna make it, said she’s never seen a dog up and walking around after a couple days of virus. I advise everyone who suspects parvo to start pushing fluids through their dog. I think that’s why he’s still alive. its day 5 and he’s lost about 7lbs doesn’t feel good but we’re fighting it. also been liquefying boiled chicken and rice in blender and giving to him I’m hoping he makes it through. He’s an 8 month old Chocolate Bully weighed 50lbs yesterday vet bill was $300.00 I got him from a friend a month ago was told he was vaccinated.

VON

did he make it?

Destini Johnson
Destini Johnson

Hello , I have a 6 months that old pit bull / lap mix .. he’s been vaccinated.
I brought home a 10 month old puppy from the animal shelter on Saturday and on Monday my pit started vomiting it was brown and reddish like his food color. Diarrhea was the same and very watery.. Tuesday he stopped eating dog food , ate some carrots and chicken, has been drinking half and half Gatorade and water. He also started throwing up all the water with a white foam. Wednesday he threw the carrots up , and would soak the floor with water and foam throw up after he’d drink water . still had diarrhea but it started to thicken up and was a normal light brown color.. still only drinks Gatorade water , but refuses to eat now. Thursday he was still throwing up water and white foam wouldn’t eat still very weak but started to move around more and wagging his tail . He’s getting so skinny you can see all his bones . He started throwing up brown chunky stuff maybe twice and went back to only throwing up foam, .
Now he’s just watering to be in the bathroom an drink the toilet water , we put sryup on his gums to keep his sugar up and to get him to drink more . He hasn’t had any blood in his vomit or stool..

I would take him to a vet but the ones in my area only except care credit and unfortunately I was denied ..

Is he getting better???
Could it be parvo even if there’s no blood ?

Julie Ellis
Julie Ellis

1) How long should u treat for parvo?

Asa

Hi. I adopted my puppy Bandit from the animal shelter obe week ago tomorrow. His stomach was so huge but they informed me to just do a dewormer and then take him for a check up. We did the dewormer and I have never seen so roundworms come from just a 4 lb dog. He’s severly skinny and now just lays on the ground with bloody excrement that smells horrible. We called the vet who informed us to do a drop off in the morning for test and treatment. My fear is he will not make it through the night. Has anyone been at this stage? Is there any hope? He’s only two months.

Kelly
Kelly

I’ve seen puppies with REALLY BAD WORMS and with the “vet wormer” they did great

Jessicaseals
Jessicaseals

Very worried

Jessicaseals
Jessicaseals

I got a Shi_ maI from pet store. Had her about a week. Took her to get had to have her out to sleep. I got about her one about 3 weeks later I cleaned an bleached everything, got rid of everything, an this one has had shots for it already. What are chances of her getting it?

francy and josie
francy and josie

holy crap ! I am sorry for your situation, and I hope your dog did not die BUT how do you expect anyone to answer your question if you cannot form a proper sentence? Also, never purchase a puppy from a pet store, they are often ill and your money would be going to support the puppy mills they get their animals from.

Red

I have a breeding pair of adults, a 1 yr old female from a litter out of the pair and two 12wk old males from them as well. Everyone is vaccinated and all were healthy. Then 3 days ago one of the male pups went from alert and playful to 30 minutes later vomiting and diarrhea. The other dogs show 0 signs of anything out of the norm. Can parvo manifest that quickly in just one dog leaving the others untouched?

Michelle
Michelle

Hello, I got an 8 months old dachshund, he didn’t want to eat and always vomiting so we brought him to the vet. He was admitted there for 24 hours only because he got so wild when he realized that he will be left there he bit the IVF tubing and get mad with everyone so we brought him home with the IVF attachment and there’s also anti-emetic and Vitamins incorporated to the fluids. We always bring him to the vet everyday to get some serum shots for Parvo and antibiotics. He is still vomiting on the 3rd day, the doctor put him in NPO status but still he is vomiting sometimes with red streaks and recently just yellowish green vomitus. He never had a diarrhea nor bloody stool. What do you think about the chances of survival? We still continue giving him IV fluids and other meds until now. Thanks!

Ryeferg
Ryeferg

Our vet said our puppy wouldn’t make it. I gave her baby formula and liquid b12, she is 4 years old now.

Ella
Ella

What type of formula?

Debbbie
Debbbie

I got a puppy at 7 weeks last Sunday night, Wednesday morning I took him to the vet and they diagnosed him with parvo. When I took him in there was no vomiting, was eating and drinking and very playful. the only thing I noticed to detect it was a pink mucus on his puppy pad no feces. He has been there since then and I am bringing him home tomorrow. My question is, What are his chances of being recatching parvo? I have disinfected everything in my house but am afraid of taking him outside. The vet gave him his first vaccination yesterday.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I would talk to your vet about the chances of getting parvo again. Be sure to remove any feces from your back yard and disinfect/clean your home and toys.

Genesis gonzalez
Genesis gonzalez

My rottie is 4 months old. About 2 days ago he stopped eating and would throw up about 8 times a day. Since he has nothing in his tummy he just throws up flem. His stool is normal. Oh and he just wants to sleep, he’ll only get up to drink water, (I’m giving him pedialite) vomit, and poo. Could he have parvo?

AMommy
AMommy

Has your dog been wormed?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

He needs medical attention from a vet. He could have parvo or another illness. I’m sorry your puppy isn’t feeling well.

Jolly Ghosh
Jolly Ghosh

Hello! I’ve two she-dogs of German Shepherd breed. One is 5 years old and the other is 8 months old. The younger one is diagnosed with parvo virus. Before reading your post, we didn’t know the fatal impacts of this lethal disease and however, they both were kept separate from the beginning, oftentimes it happened that we patted the infected one and then without washing hands we touched the healthy one… So my questions are 1) What are the chances of the healthy one to get infected by this virus? 2) the infected one is getting the treatment by a vet, what treatment/preventions can be taken for the healthy one?
Thank you!

Katie
Katie

Did your healthy dog get parvovirus too?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We recommend notifying your vet about your other dog and perhaps scheduling a checkup. Better safe than sorry and if the virus was transferred to your other dog catching it sooner increases the chances of survival. Best of luck and our thoughts are with you and your pups.

Eden Carney
Eden Carney

hello, my 6 week old rottie may have contracted the parvo virus, her two brothers are at our local vet recieving treatment. we took her as soon as we suspected anything. she had two vaccinations a deworming pill and the vet gave her some antibiotics. shes been having a runny tummy all through the night, no traces of blood, however i think i may have seen some linning. she drinks alot of water to stay hydrated, but shes weak and is sleeping way too much. im really worried about her. We only got her from the previous owners yesterday.i dont know what more to do thanto keep a close eye on her.

david davies
david davies

Hello my 2and a half year old dog has had severe diarrhea now for over 4 nights he has had his jabs and is eating normally but sometimes is very lathargic could this be parvo?

Jesse
Jesse

My dog has become very ill, and my vet doesn’t know what to make of it. She has bloody diarrhea that looks like it might have lining in it, vomiting, and when I first took her to the vet when she developed symptoms, she was warm to the touch. It was actually her parvovirus vaccine that I took her in for, but in the lobby, she sniffed another dogs butt. She immediately got the vaccination afterwards just minutes later. Is it possible she could have contracted the virus by sniffing the dog, even having gotten the vaccination minutes later?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

It is possible she may have contracted the virus. How is she doing now? If she’s still ill you may want to consider contacting another vet about her condition.

Rachael
Rachael

Could the mother dog be a carrier for parvovirus? Just concerned as she has had 2 litters and both haven’t survived due to contracting parvo.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

It’s important to decontaminate infected areas. I suggest re-reading the section with the heading “Decontamination of Parvo Infected Areas” so you know what all this includes. I’m so sorry you’ve lost two litters of pups to parvo. My thoughts are with you and the momma.

Braj pal singh
Braj pal singh

I own a 6-7 weeks old male lab. Although I vaccinated him with 7in1 at the age of 39 days. Yet he got infected with parvovirus. Was there any chance of being improper vaccination or the vaccine may not work properly. He is recovering now. Is there any chance of getting it back.

Jami
Jami

I found a shephard mix stray this morning, we think about 4-8 months old. She seems tired and isnt eating or drinking. But we dont know her very well, so it may just be a calm puppy. She pooped in the house a couple hours ago, and it was solid, no blood. She has peed twice outside, much to our happiness. Im starting to worry that she isnt well but dont know her well enough to say whether this is abnormal behavior. She is such a sweet girl, Id hate to lose her after having her so short a time. She also has fleas pretty bad, and I found a large tick in her ear that she somehow dislodged later. Could the fleas and ticks be draining her energy? I just hope it isnt parvo…

maryann
maryann

Please take her to the vet . He is really the only one qualified to tell whats wrong . I lost a dog recently by waiting a few days and it was too late . I would give anything to get that dog back

Jami
Jami

Funnily enough, she perked up. I think she was just tired and nervous in a new place. A week later, she is fine. Still need to take her to the vet for shots and a deworming. But she is a happy, energetic little puppy now! We will take her to the vet this friday.

Bob

I had a friend cane by my house on the way to take his dog to the vet .the vet said the dog has parvo . The dog did not get out of the car . Could my dogs inside the house get the virus from contact with my friend ?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Unfortunately, humans who have contact with a dog who has parvo can easily transmit the virus to other dogs. Parvo is easily carried on clothes, shoes, and other objects where other dogs may come into contact with it.

rajivthakur
rajivthakur

Hello sir and thanks for the information.i had rottweiler dog suffer with parvo virus,can u plz help my dog by suggesting a proper treatment.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We are sorry your dog has parvo. You should contact your vet. We are not licensed veterinarians and to get the best help for your dog, you should contact your vet asap. Best of luck.

Jayant roy
Jayant roy

Hello and thank you for such an informative post. I had 4 stray puppies and they had heen pooping around the house, they have been with me for 2 months and are alive with only some skin problems. I got a rott puppy home the day before and she has been given only one dose of vaccination. The other dogs poop was in the hose only and she has smelled it many times. I’m taking her for 2 and vaccination today (the other dogs had not heen vacvinated) she had also walked on the road for 15-20 mins with an adukt stray dog hardly a meter awaybfrom her. Im very sorry for being soo careless and ignorant. I had no idea about the virus. What should I do? II had gone home for vccations and just came back with the puppy. The other dogs are in a kennel and the poop and piss was lying on the floor for 20days. Please help me. The vets here are very ignorant

Jayesh
Jayesh

My Labrador puppy is infected with this. I started treatment immediately. Now it’s 4th day, now vomiting stopped, diarrhea frequency is also decreased. Is it a good sign?

Lashanda Craig
Lashanda Craig

What treatment you started?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I suggest talking to your vet about your puppy’s condition. I’m so sorry this is happening and hope your puppy heals fully. Please keep us posted and our thoughts are with you.

Billy
Billy

What if you can’t afford a vet?

carla
carla

Join the discussion

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We are not licensed veterinarians so we cannot give medical advice. If you’d like you can skim our comments section and see what has worked for our readers. Our #1 tip is to get your dog to the vet. Perhaps there is a vet in your area that offers discounts or a payment plan for pet parents so dogs can get the care they need. Please keep us posted and we hope your dog gets healthy soon.

Osel
Osel

My dog has parvo he has been treated for a week now and showing signs of recovery

He is now playing and eating

Can i give him a bath?

When can he start to mingle with other dogs?

I hope you can answer my question

Thanks

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I suggest calling your vet and asking. Your vet will be more knowledgeable in these questions.

Ruby McCarty
Ruby McCarty

My granddaughter has 2 beautiful huskys which had 7 puppies looked healthy play hard now today 3 of them have died. She is a basket case like her kids they don’t have money for what a vet would cost. Why are they dying?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m sorry this has happened. There are many reasons why the puppies could be dying. I suggest taking all of the dogs to the vet immediately to prevent more fatalities. Best of luck and let us know how it goes.

Ruby McCarty
Ruby McCarty

Thank-you they live in another state talked with granddaughter during the night 3 more died don’t know what she is going to do.

Karen
Karen

My puppy had parvo, his brother did not, they are now very aggressive toward each other and they were best friends. Is it because my parvo pup still smells because we cannot bathe him yet? Help.

Jackey Arias Ponce
Jackey Arias Ponce

What do you recommend the dangerous period is over for a puppy infected with parvo? I noticed lack of energy on Wed. Took him to vet on Thurs. I only had money for half the medication he doesn’t have vomiting or diarrhea and we have been giving him Pedialyte, chicken broth, oatmeal water, and beef broth for hydration. Pepto for nausea also we have him on antibotics.

Monica Russell
Monica Russell

Wat kind of antibiotics u use

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hi Jackey, I’m sorry your dog has Parvo. If your dog has lasted since Wednesday and hasn’t gotten progressively worse that is a good sign. I suggest reading through our comments on how to continue to help your dog. I’m not sure on a specific timeline because it can vary case by case. Keep us updated on your dog’s health and how you are helping him, please. It could help pet parents in the future. Best of luck, you are in our thoughts.

Jackey Arias Ponce
Jackey Arias Ponce

Thank you he definitely got better and is back to his own self. I had him on 30 ml of chicken broth, and then 30 ml pure Pedialyte every hour given with puppy bottle. I also gave him 1 tsp of peptobesmo (this was according to his weight) every 4-6 hours. I went to a feed store and bought penicillin and injected him (also according to weight) 3ml of it daily although I know there is no cure this is to prevent any other infection to happen to him. All this was given after I took him to the vet and he was able to get half of the medication there. I read up on what they were giving him and found these cheaper medications because essentially we are only treating the symptoms not the sickness in itself.

Marisol
Marisol

My 2 month puppy might be suffering form parvo because he’s been throwing up and hasn’t eaten or drank anything and isn’t very active…and it’s the first day he has been like this.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry. Contact your vet and update him/her on the situation. I also suggest reading through our comments section. Some of our readers have been kind enough to share how they helped their dog with parvo survive. You and your puppy are in our thoughts. Please keep us posted.

Angelina Garcia
Angelina Garcia

Hi my name is Angie and I have two 5 month old brother pitbulls named Blaze, and Bryson. Just about a week ago Blaze was positive for parvo. So as soon as I knew he wasn’t acting himself I took him to the vet right away. Thank god the owner of the vet clinic had so much heart, she gave me medication and fluids plus the testing for only $80 cause that is all I had. I was so desperate to keep him alive. It would have cost me $300 but I thank the lord above that Blaze is improving and eating. But now since Blaze was around Bryson not knowing Blaze had parvo, my poor baby Bryson is now positive for parvo, and now I have no money until Friday Oct 7, 2016 and my Bryson cannot wait that long. He needs treatment now. He has no energy he won’t eat he keeps throwing up, and the worst part is when he goes diarrhea there’s blood. I’ve been trying to get medication and fluids to do at home, but it is not working. I’m loosing my mind, again I’m very desperate. Life is so unfair that we have to pay to keep our pets alive, and I feel even worse cause I was able to get Blaze treatment but not Bryson. I know this is my fault, and I can’t seem to forgive myself. I haven’t been able to sleep, eat, or have emotion towards anything, but my babies. I can’t take my eyes off Bryson cause I’m afraid he’s going to stop breathing. I need help, I don’t know what to do. My poor baby does not deserve this. If any body has any advice please let me know, and please keep my Blaze, and Bryson in your prayers.

My email is marieagarcia989@gmail.com

Chinemerem bede
Chinemerem bede

My pup is 3 months. All of a sudden, the puppy lost appetite totally and could only take bones and milk. They ignore other foods it eats from before and behaved lethargic. But after a while, I dewormed it and it became very active but still doesn’t eat food. I don’t know why. Till today, I went to give her vaccination and I don’t know what will happen next because she not eating again, she has slimmed down well.

Maria
Maria

My puppy just got parvovirus and was treated for it a week and a half ago. Can she get sick again because she is pooping diarrhea with what looks like blood?

Sadie Cornelius
Admin
Sadie Cornelius

Maria, we encourage you to take your pet to the vet again for a follow up on her treatment! Sorry to hear and good luck with your pup!

Sue

I have a 10 year old cocker mix, who’s been having diarrhea for the last 5 days. He has no blood in the stool, no signs of parasites or vomiting. He’s been drinking alot of water, is not off his feed or lethargic. He’s showing his normal behavior except for the diarrhea and drinking alot of water. What else could be causing the diarrhea?

Chris Morris
Chris Morris

Dry heaves in 8 week old puppy.

Kate Powell
Kate Powell

First of all, NO breeder should be selling pups at that young age. Pups need to stay with their mamas until at least eight weeks old and in some states it is illegal to sell them before 8 weeks. Secondly, Tamiflu requires a written prescription from a doctor. Lastly, and most importantly, don’t believe everything you read online. If your animal is sick take it to the vet!

MELISSA
MELISSA

I was very lucky, several years ago we had a lab/Shepard mix. We had no idea the person giving away the pups had not vaccinated them at all. The whole litter ended up dying except my Slayer. He contracted the disease at 4 months old. I took him to one vet on a Friday who diagnosed him with parvo, but it was a weekend so he was stuck in a kennel out back for two days without treatment, which I found out when I went to pick him up. I was still 3 months pregnant and needless to say after that vet’s office I was ready to call the cops once I got through with them. So I took him to another vet that was recommended to me who kept my dog, administered IV fluids and fed him by spoon for 10 days. He ended up living to the ripe old age of almost 12 years old. And if he hadn’t contracted a fungal infection which took us 6 months to get diagnosed he would have lived longer. Always get second opinions and make sure the vet is reputable. I will never use Claire’s Animal Hospital in Stuarts Draft, VA even for a goldfish.

Natalie
Natalie

I am so sorry you had to go through that, my heart goes out to you!

Chibónne
Chibónne

Hi I have a 6 month old jack russel puppy he got sick on Sunday and was diagnosed with parvo on Tuesday, and is getting treatment. He got his first 2 vaccinations on time and the 3rd one the Friday before he got sick. He as minimal vomiting and diarrhea. I just want someone to tell me how long my baby boy is going to take to get better? Thank you.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry. I suggest reading through our comments section. Our readers have been wonderful in providing their tips on how to cure parvo and what their experience entailed. Please keep us updated on your dog’s health. We are sending your dog our thoughts and hope for a speedy recovery.

Grace
Grace

I have a dog who is about 8 months. He was diagnosed with parvo and the vet has given him medication but he doesn’t seem to be getting any better. He is still weak and vomits everything that gets to his stomach. He has been like this for six days now. The vet seems to have lost hope. What can I do to prevent him from dying?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We are so sorry your dog has parvo. We suggest reading through our comments section. Our readers have provided tips on how they helped their dogs recover from parvo. Perhaps one will help you!

Roxanne leija
Roxanne leija

Do they charge at the vet because my puppy just got sick she loves to play but now she don’t want to this morning. She was fine but tonight she is not herself. Someone help please.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Yes, it costs money to go to the vet. If you think your dog is ill you should take her to the vet ASAP. Vets often times will work with you on a payment system.

Hans Moleman
Hans Moleman

I brought my dog to the vet today and he had to stay overnight with an IV. I’m just wondering if he will be alright because he isn’t a puppy or an older dog. He is about two years and two months. He has the symptoms of Parvo and has been showing them for about two days now. I hope I didn’t wait too long to get him help. These past two years he has really changed my life and is like my little boy. Super worried corgi dad in Montana.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We are so sorry and are thinking of you and your dog during this time. We are hoping for a full recovery. Please let us know how everything goes.

Hans Moleman
Hans Moleman

Update from the vet is he was super dehydrated so he’s been on an IV. They decided to keep him another night to monitor him but the vet said it might not be Parvo even though he is showing all the signs. He wasn’t agitated when we brought him in and didn’t put up a fight so the vet knew he wasn’t feeling well. I will let you know what happens soon. Thanks I’m glad I found this community!

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

So glad to hear that the vet thinks it might not be Parvo. We are hoping for a full recovery! Thank you for keeping us updated!

Hans Moleman
Hans Moleman

Good news! He is eating, drinking and has had bm’s. We are going to pick him up today @1! I’m so relieved that my boy is ok. I’ve been a wreck without him these past two days. Thanks for reassuring me with the kind and positive feedback.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

That is great to hear! We’re so glad he’s doing better!! Give him lots of lovings when you get home with him! 🙂

Steph
Steph

Love all this info! My dog recently came in contact with his brother that has parvo. My dog recently was attacked by a large husky dog as well leaving five wounds on his butt. He is almost 5mo, took him to the vet, the vet said give him tamaflu but it cost $170. Instead she gave him a shot of antibiotics for his wounds, anti throw up meds, stuff to keep good belly culture, pain meds. I can’t afford to treat him, up until last night he was fine but then of course he threw up once then hasn’t left the couch since and he has no energy. He does not have bloody poop but almost liquid poop. I have given him pedialyte, raw egg, and some pumpkin. I’m not sure if he is sick from the parvo or the dog attack. I am hoping he can pull through, any suggestions at all? Please help! How much of what should I give him and how often, he weighs 20lbs.

tia

I had a cocker spaniel puppy who passed away after he had parvo. Then our Doberman was diagnosed with it too but he was better after two days and had a broken paw.

connie williams
connie williams

I have a 3 month English Bulldog who became sick on May 25th vomiting and bloody stool. I took her to emergency vet and they tested for Parvo but was negative. They kept her over night on IV and we picked her up the next morning she was 100%. 12 days later she got sick again vomiting and loose stool but no blood. Took her back and the tested her garcinia, I thing that’s what it’s called but also negative. They sent her home with meds and I took her to her vet the next day which was this past Wednesday and they ran every test there was even did a barium test thinking it was a an obstruction in her bowel but nothing. They tested her again for Parvo yesterday and again negative but she has a watery stool with blood and has every sign of Parvo. She’s been hospitalized since Wednesday and is being treated for Parvo. All of her blood work is perfect. Her white blood cell test is perfect too and the only test that came back out of wack was her liver test which was slightly elevated. She’s on fluids through IV and antibiotics and is drinking water on her own and she has pretty good strength. If she wasn’t going to survive would she have passed away by now? What are her chances of surviving?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

If parvo is what your dog has, there is a survival rate of 80% to 95% for puppies with treatment. Hopefully since she’s been in the vet’s care since Wednesday it means she’s getting the care she needs. We are thinking of you and hope she heals quickly!

angel
angel

My pup is a cow dog barley 4 weeks old and he threw up after going number 2 but I fed him right before I took him out. Could it be because the person I got him from wasn’t feeding him right and the mix of dog food and grass or signs of parvo? Also he has a quick heart beat when he plays and its quick but slows down but not enough while he sleeps could it possibly be cardiac manifestation?

dave
dave

I had a cross breed pup that had the same problem, the vet told me it was down to his breed and was nothing to worry about.

Not happy I tried another vet and it turned out it was a major heart problem, I lost him a couple of months later.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We are so sorry for your loss, Dave. Losing a pup is like losing a family member. Our thoughts are with you.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

If you think there is something seriously wrong with your dog, you should take him to the vet immediately.

Karthik
Karthik

Hi, my dog a Rotweiller was diagnosed with Parvo. He has been treated with IV fluids and also Serum vaccine. He is now passing stools on his own without his knowledge. But not blood. He is neither vomitting. He was passing stools with blood earlier. He had also vomitted blood.

Is he out of danger. Will he survive? It’s been three days now since the treatment has begun.
After he survives will there be any side effect due to this parvo infection in his growth etc.
Will he loose size/build etc.

Please advise.

Chris Catalina
Chris Catalina

Can parvo be acquired even if my dog is vaccinated? I have a very healthy 5 month old golden retriever and I recently brought in a Labrador puppy which is showing parvo symptoms. I am just worried that my golden may be affected if ever my lab is infected with parvo. I would really appreciate a reply. You may email me at chris.catalina@yahoo.com

Thanks in advance.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We haven’t been able to find anything that says the vaccination is 100% effective. It definitely decreases the chances of your dog getting parvo but we aren’t sure if it’s 100% parvo proof. I suggest contacting your vet and asking.

Jamie Leggat
Jamie Leggat

I wanted to know if my puppy has had his first round of shots, can he still contract parvo?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

During our research we haven’t been able to find anything about the vaccine being 100% effective but we know that the vaccine greatly diminishes the chances of your dog getting the disease. We suggest asking your vet about the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Cynthia
Cynthia

I have a 5 month old bull mastiff that has parvo. Her name is Bailey. She has been to the vet, has been given IV fluids, antibiotics and medicine for nausea. Bailey is being really aggressive to our cat “Kitty” that she has grown up with. She is growling and snapping at animals that she has grown up with “like our neighbor’s dog”. My question is has the parvo virus made her this way?

Apollogamer
Apollogamer

My dog dexter is 6 months old and I don’t know what’s wrong with him. Since last night he has been vomiting, not moving or eating as much as he used to and he also lost weight. Now he’s shedding I don’t know if this is parvo or what? I went to a feed store and bought a vaccine kit. (I know how to give shots) I’m hoping this works but I’ll like if someone can tell me what’s wrong with him. I also don’t know what kind of dog he is (he’s a mixed breed), but he’s face kind of looks like a pitbull. Also he’s medium sized dog so don’t actually know how much to give him?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

You should take him to the vet ASAP.

Tiffany N Brittany
Tiffany N Brittany

I have a 9 week old pitt bull that was left here when the owners got evicted and now 2 weeks later it has parvo. I don’t have enough money to give the vet so they will keep her there and treat her. So what is the best thing for me to do? How can I help her? Somebody told me to give her charcoal tablets mixed with Pedialyte has anyone tried this?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hi Tiffany, I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. I suggest reading through our comments for this article. Many of our readers have had success with Pedialyte and they have shared their tips with us. Hopefully this can help you!

Kenia
Kenia

Hello, my 1 year old pitbull started vomiting on Saturday at 3 a.m. Hours later, he had fever, diarrhea, then bloody diarrhea. I bought chicken and rice canned food and he happily ate it and drank water as well. He then went to the restroom and this time it was solid brown with a bit red stool. On Sunday, he was more depressed, fever throughout the day, began shivering at around 7 p.m, and vomiting and non-bloody diarrhea continued. He refused to eat, but drank a bit of water. I will be taking him to the vet at 8 a.m. Please reply and let me know if your pet experienced the same thing. I am very concerned about the shivering on his back legs. I’m praying it is not distemper disease. His symptoms are more parvovirus though.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Please let us know how he is doing today after the vet. We are hoping for the best. We are thinking of you.

Cesar
Cesar

One of my dogs died but we are not sure of what. His fecies were fine but he did throw up. Since he has died his brother has taken it hard. He has not been eating or drinking and he has not been playing. Is he depressed or does he have parvo? Also he has not thrown up or anything.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is not easy. I suggest calling your vet and explain your dog’s characteristics. It’s possible he could be depressed but if it is parvo, you’ll want to take action immediately. Best of luck.

lexistarlight
lexistarlight

I had 11 puppies about 3 months old, 3 different mothers. They all got parvo and I took care of it but lost 3 dogs. I used the solutions this site recommends and it seems to have worked well but I still have 2 puppies who are very lethargic. My question is, when can I vaccinate the puppies who are now playing and eating?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I am so sorry you’ve lost some of your puppies. My thoughts are with you. I am glad that information from our site has helped you care for your other puppies. As for when you can vaccinate the puppies, I would give your vet a call and ask them. It may vary for each pup and they will know your situation best. Again, I am so sorry for your loss and hope for full recoveries for the rest of your pups.

Catherine
Catherine

I have an american bully only 1 year old, he isn’t exactly pooping at all, he pushes so hard but he can’t seem to get it out. He looks completely uncomfortable during this process. He’s very well trained and he can’t seem to make it even to my hallway he’ll start pushing but nothing comes out but little specks of blood. Please tell me what to do.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Take your dog to the vet ASAP. Blood in your dog’s stool is not good and can be life threatening.

lexistarlight
lexistarlight

Can I vaccinate my puppies though they already have parvo?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I would contact your vet and ask. If they currently have parvo it’s important to keep them from any other dogs.

Melissa Bagamasbad
Melissa Bagamasbad

Three of our young dogs/pups were diagnosed with parvo last month. Two of them died, while one survived. For the first time since we had dogs, we delayed vaccinations and paid the price greatly. =/

I am still getting over the death of the first one who was diagnosed, because it seemed like the vet gave the wrong recommendation. =/ He was nine months when he got it, and was lethargic, then was puking. When we got to the vet, our dog pooped bloody, smelly diarrhea right in front of her. After he tested positive for parvo, the vet said to take him home then prescribed anti-vomit meds, antibiotics and food. When we got home and gave it to him, our dog threw these up. We kept force-feeding him the food and meds until night time, even if it seemed useless; then around 12MN to 1AM, he seemed fine, no more vomiting, so I thought he had taken in what we were force-feeding him. I decided to sleep a bit at around 3AM, thinking we would bring him to the vet at 5AM. I even talked to our dog and told him we loved him, and to fight if he could. When I woke up, I found out he was gone. =/ I really wish I hadn’t slept and woke up my dad instead so we could have rushed him to the ER. =/

So when our two other dogs tested positive for parvo, we rushed them to a second vet, and had them confined with IV, ASAP.

I just kept thinking that if only the first vet had our dog confined ASAP with dextrose, after seeing his advanced symptoms, our dog would have more of a fighting chance. I wish she didn’t prescribe meds, food and water at home because vomiting dogs should have been given an IV according to the second vet. =/ I am more at peace with the death of the second parvo dog, because I know we did our best with her, and even with the best vet treatment, her body couldn’t take it anymore.

Do you think that the first vet had the wrong recommendation?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry for your loss Melissa. I think the first vet did what she thought was best for your dog. The stage of parvo that your dog was at may have been further along than your other dogs, which may have resulted in the recommendation she gave.

Don’t feel like you didn’t do everything you could to help your dog. You were doing what you thought was best. You were there for him when he needed you. You took care of him, you told him how much you loved him and you were there for him during his last hours. You did everything you could. I’m sure he appreciated that and knows how much you loved him due to the affection you showed him.

I am so sorry for your loss.

Melissa Bagamasbad
Melissa Bagamasbad

Your reply got me teary-eyed all over again, hehehe. Thank you for the words of comfort, Kimberly. I guess it hurts more when it is the “rock star” or the favorite/s of the group that had to go too early. I know our babies are now angels in heaven, and are watching over us. I will look at this as a learning experience that made me stronger, and will be more careful with our remaining dogs.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

You are so welcome Melissa and thank you for sharing your story with us. I’m sure our readers will appreciate reading your comments. Parvo is such a scary illness and progresses quickly. By sharing your experience with us you may help other pet parents who are facing this type of situation and in turn save another dog’s life. Thank you and our thoughts are with you.

Brandi
Brandi

My new puppy found another dog’s poop in our yard and was licking it. I removed her as soon as I knew what was going on. She has had only one shot this last week. Could she get sick from this, and is there anything I can do to be preemptive to prevent parvo? The other excrement has been removed, and I will be bleaching the area.

desi33us
desi33us

I have two small dogs that will turn 2 years old on March 22, 2016. They have both been fixed at a young age and have had all of their vaccinations and are up-to-date of all of their vaccinations. My mom took them to Petsmart on Saturday, February 6th. One dog walk and she carried the other one. By Saturday, February 13th, the dog that walked in Petsmart was vomiting and pooping out bright red blood. She rushed both dogs to the vet and was treated for Parvo (both dogs). The parvo test had a very light line through it so it’s hard to tell if they really have the parvo virus. I spoke with the vet and he said the line is very light because it is the first stage of parvo and we caught in time. The dogs have been on treatment this whole week and are doing very well. I want to write this to let you all know that it doesn’t matter how well you think you are taking care of your pets, there is always that 1% chance of getting parvo even when you vaccinate.

Morgan
Morgan

I don’t know if my pup has parvo or not I was told it was parvo and I was told it’s worms but he eats but not like he used to. He lays around until he sees me or someone walking to him and he’s vomiting what looks like mucus.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Who is telling you it’s parvo and/or worms? If it’s not a vet then you need to go see a vet asap.

Morgan
Morgan

Im going to go today. He’s acting normal now eating like he normally does and he has vomited since yesterday afternoon. I went ahead and wormed him just in case but your right my husband is taking him to the vet in a few minutes because we still don’t know if that’s the cause of it.

Sherrie
Sherrie

My question is. After a puppy show signs of Parvo, when did they become contagious to others?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

To be sure, I would contact your vet and ask. To be on the safe side, if your dog has parvo I would keep him from other dogs immediately. And if you know of a dog with parvo, I would keep your puppy from him/her as well. But to have a more exact answer, I suggest asking your vet.

Kenneth Shepherd
Kenneth Shepherd

I have a 8 week old pit bull puppy, that was suffering from parvo. I took him to the vet twice and he was getting worse. The vet said he might not make it. I went and bought him some pepto bismol, pedialyte, Gerber baby food. How I defeated parvo in him when the vet said he might not make it. I administered Noni Juice twice a day. Two days my lil guy is back the same. He is eating, and drinking water, playing, wrestling. My other dogs hasn’t had parvo shots. They didn’t get it. I also administered Noni Juice to them. The Noni you have to get is 100% Organic Noni. I hope this helps someone. I also use Noni for health benefits, for my heart, and my arthritis.

Maninder singh
Maninder singh

After my bully recovered from parvo what should I give him to eat to bring his immune system to normal? Because after recovery some time he vomit after giving him food.

andrew l
andrew l

Hello, I have a Jack Russell, she’s about 4 years old. I’m worried about her and at this time I don’t have the money to go to a vet. She had puppies 4 weeks ago and now she’s really skinny and the last 2 days it’s been liquid poop with blood. After she poops I see a little blood on her tail please tell me what’s happening to her.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Some vets will work with you on financing. It’s important that you get your dog to the vet.

dd

My puppy died from parvo this morning. I’m still in tears, this such a hard thing to go through.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts. Losing a pet is never easy.

may

My 4 months old shih tzu feels tired, like she always lay around. But she eats her food and pees. She doesn’t poop or drink water that much. Does that mean she has a parvo? Please answer asap.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Only your vet will be able to diagnose your dog with parvo. I suggest you take her to the vet asap.

Mark Stefan
Mark Stefan

Trixie our little angel did not survive. Huhu. How sad.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry for your loss Mark.

Rach Bennett
Rach Bennett

My puppies both got parvo from the pound. First Souljah was lethargic, then not eating, I was watching for him for signs of being sick with kennel cough, didn’t even think about parvo until he wouldn’t eat. Then he started spewing and had the runs. I googled everything, as I live in the boonies, and have limited access to things. I gave him activated charcoal tabs mixed with pedialyte. I also gave him people penicillin that I had here. Only a little bit. I ordered colloidal silver, and I alternated this with the pedialyte. When he couldn’t keep anything down, I syringed the pedialyte and the colloidal silver in his bottom. Very very slowly. To keep him hydrated. Twice I thought he was dead when I woke up. I did the pedialyte and colloidal silver every hour, including through the night, then every half hour. You can tell when they’re dehydrated because of their skin not bouncing back on their neck when you lift it up. I also gave him raw egg once it seemed like he could keep things down. After the first raw egg he seemed back to normal, then the next day he was unwell again, so I did the colloidal silver and pedialyte every half hour, on the 6th day he was better. I also tried gatorade to keep his sugars up, but he puked it every time, so in the end I used manuka honey, it’s a natural antibiotic too, and soothing on the tummy. For Thor, he went down the day after Souljah was on the mend, I’d already been giving him colloidal silver just in case, and I had been feeding him lots of raw eggs, and raw chicken, and cooked kumara for the vitamin c. I’d boil kumara and pumpkin in chicken broth, then when ready I’d mix raw egg in it and feed it to him, I was also syringing small amounts of this to Souljah throughout his illness, chicken broth is wonderful, and the kumara has vitamin c, both help with viruses, and it’s a viral infection. It was a longer, slower illness for Thor, he didn’t get as skinny as Souljah, Souljah looked like a chicken carcass after you’ve eaten it. He did puke and poop more though. I just kept up the colloidal silver, activated charcoal, and pedialyte, and Praise God, they both pulled through. That was 6 weeks ago. Do NOT give your puppy the parvo vaccine when they have parvo, it will OD them and kill them. You need to keep them hydrated and hopefully give them enough proteins and energy for their bodies to start fighting the virus and get them through it. It takes days for anyone to start making antibodies in their system, I assume animals are the same. Lots of love too. You cannot OD them on pedialyte and colloidal silver. Don’t be scared to give it to them rectally, just do it very very slowly and at body temp. If they have had enough fluids it will just come back out. Better than your dog dying because you are scared. I watched a YouTube video. Thank goodness for YouTube and Google or our pups would have died. Just a note, when Souljah went backwards again, I read something that helped me a lot. She said be aggressive in your treatment. Fight for your dog. I was unsure what I was doing before I read that, she said I couldn’t overdose my dog with pedialyte and colloidal silver. So I stepped it up to every half hour. I’m so glad I read that, even though it wasn’t written specifically for me, it felt like it. Seeing your animals sick is sad just like when your kids are sick. It can be hard to know if you’re doing what’s right. Be aggressive.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Wow what a scary situation. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I’m so glad your puppies are all better now!

Rachel
Rachel

I recently took my dog to the vet it’s $30 just for an exam for them to tell me he is not ok. Well I know he is not ok so then they tell me it will cost me $80 to test him for parvo so I deny it because I didn’t have money then they checked his feces after all for free and told me he had hook worms but they couldn’t test him for parvo. Ok they had the feces there why couldn’t they tell me and do the same? Anyways they give him some dose of medicine for his hook worm and some to give at home but here I am seeing him not knowing if he has parvo but what can I do? Can he still get the vaccine if he is already sick he is not getting any better. He still has diarrhea and no appetite which are signs of parvo. I also have been giving him pedailite.

celia dills
celia dills

Hi our three month old pup has been throwing up a lot its mostly clear but he isn’t acting right.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Take him to the vet to find out what is wrong.

zoe

My 12 week puppy has parvo and was rushed to the vet’s on Sunday. He was given antibiotics and a fluid injection under the skin. We were told he wouldn’t make it through the night. He did with lots of love and help. Monday morning we took him back and they said he was doing ok, as I’d stayed up all night giving him fluids every 30 mins, Monday night he was eating small amounts and seemed to be doing well, by late that night he had gone down hill again, so Tuesday morning the vets admitted him. He has been on iv though still being sick and runny poo. By Thursday he was eating again(only a few biscuits every hour) and was told he may be able to come home Friday (today) if he kept eating, I’ve been going in twice a day to see him, but today he was unhappy and hadn’t eaten this morning. By 12:30 the vets called saying they were worried and wanted to do more blood test, 30 mins after they called back saying his immune system wasn’t good but they can try him on some other drugs. I gave the go ahead to try as he has come this far little fighter! I was wondering if anyone knows if his immune system has a good chance of picking back up? Very worried about this and so upset.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry this is happening Zoe. I hope things have gotten better for your pup since Friday. Unfortunately, I think with cases like this it can be a “luck of the draw” kind of situation. It sounds like your little guy is a fighter. Let’s hope he can make it through this. My thoughts are with your family and I hope things have turned around.

Ayana Green
Ayana Green

My puppy is 9 weeks and I’m bringing him home tomorrow the 15th. He doesn’t go to get his first set of shots until Friday the 20th! I want to start house training immediately but not a fan of pee pads in the house! I have a gated porch and I was wondering if I put the pee pad on the porch is it ok for me to let him out to potty on the porch even though he doesn’t go for his shots until another 5 days?
Someone help please!

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Check out our housebreaking article here https://www.caninejournal.com/how-to-housebreak-a-puppy/

Maria Villalovos
Maria Villalovos

Hi I have 5 month old puppy that just got diagnosed with parvo today and the weird thing is that she doesn’t open her mouth for nothing not even to drink her pedialite and I read about parvo but I didn’t read anything about jaw locking is that normal or should I be worried please help me.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry your puppy has parvo. I suggest calling your vet and asking if there’s anything specific you can do to help. They will know what is normal and what is abnormal. I hope all goes well for your pup!

AVeryConcernedTeen
AVeryConcernedTeen

My puppy is only about 4 months old and was just diagnosed with parvo this morning. Apparently he hasn’t been eating for 4 days (which my mom just told me as I wasn’t at home) and he either pukes up bile or just dry heaves. We took him to a vet and they gave him a shot for nausea and an iv of fluid.

Now that we’re back home he’s hiding in my (dark) closet. Should I be concerned?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry your puppy has parvo. As for him hiding in the closet, I would call your vet and ask about him doing that. In the mean time, maybe try to give him extra attention so he feels loved even more. He’s not feeling too well so having you to cuddle with him or pet him may soothe him some. He’s still young so he’s probably very scared and doesn’t know why he feels so crummy. 🙁 Hope all goes well for you and your puppy.

Tay Tay (Forever&Always)
Tay Tay (Forever&Always)

If my dog got a shot for parvo, could he still get it? He is 2 years old.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Be sure to keep the vaccines for parvo up to date for your dog. We can’t find anything about the vaccine being 100% effective but we know that the vaccine greatly diminishes the chances of your dog getting the disease. Perhaps you can ask your vet the next time you are there?

Stacy
Stacy

My dog eats and drinks fine but his gums are pale. He’s been throwing up and what not but he seems normal I gave him new cheap dog food then he started getting sick. Could it be the food or worms?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I would contact your vet and ask them. Be sure to explain that you’ve changed dog foods recently as well.

Barb
Barb

If you get an animal you have to be responsible and take care of it. If you can’t afford proper vaccinations and care don’t get a pet. It’s not the fault of a veterinarian or vaccine distributor that you decided to live outside your means. I feel extreme sympathy for the animals who suffer because of human ignorance and selfishness. If you can’t afford an animal give it to someone who can so it can at least have a shot at a decent life.

Kranthi
Kranthi

I have a 4 month old puppy. By mistake we didn’t care much. He used to go on the street near our campus and one day someone threw rat poison in the water and he drank the water. After that he seemed ok for a week or so. Now he is sick and is fully blooded through and we don’t know what to do.

We’ve taken him to the government hospital and they say he’s infected with a small virus and he will be dead soon. They said if small dogs smell menstrual blood of female dogs then when it smells it, if he’s younger than one some virus affects it and dies soon.

Now we are taking him to the hospital for treatment twice a day. They say to have hope and they will try their best but not sure whether he’ll be saved.

Can this be cured?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hi Kranthi, it sounds like you’re doing everything you can. Just be sure to take him to the vet or hospital to get the best help he can get. It’s hard to say what your pup has and we are not licensed physicians so the people at the hospital and veterinarian’s office will definitely be able to help you more in this situation. Best of luck and our thoughts are with you and your pup.

Donna Watkins
Donna Watkins

Hi my baby who is 4 months old was fine. I came home from work today and now he is sick with parvo. Are the rest of my dogs going to get it? Please can some one answer me.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Donna, you should call your vet immediately. Parvo is a life threatening illness and needs to be taken seriously. Parvo can take full force within days so make sure you call ASAP.

Nathan Wojcik
Nathan Wojcik

My pup has been acting very differently the past few days and I am very worried he could possibly have parvo. He has had diarrhea the past 3 days and about every 2 hours or so he has to have a bowel movement. His poo is very watery. He also isn’t finishing his food nearly as quickly as he used to. He has only thrown up once and that was about three days ago. Today he pooped in the kitchen and I saw what looked like was a tiny bit of blood. He sleeps quite a bit, but isn’t lethargic like most parvo symptoms suggest. He still likes to play like normal. We changed his food about 4 days ago and started to give him a new kind of dog treat. Could that possibly be what the problem is or do you think we should play it safe and go ahead with the parvo test? He is a 5 month old chiweenie and weighs about 5 lbs. Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry Nathan. Whenever you think you see blood in your dog’s stool you should take him to the vet. So for your situation, I would try to get him in as soon as possible. Hopefully the vet can get him on the up and up soon. Let us know how it goes! Our thoughts are with you.

mariah
mariah

My dog has come in contact with a dog that has parvo. He has had his shots but how do I know if he will get it or not?? Got a booster shot the day I found out, just to make sure. What should I do ???

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Hi Mariah,
We would suggest that you ask whoever gave the booster shot for more advice. Likely they are a trained vet. If not, please call one to ask for specific advise on your situation. Thanks!

dennis
dennis

Hello, I have a 1 month old pitbull puppy. What should I do to prevent parvo in my puppies?

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Talk to your vet to find out whether your pet has been vaccinated and all shots are up to date. Thanks!

Nala
Nala

My recommendation to anyone who has a dog: If you see these symptoms, please contact a vet IMMEDIATELY. This virus is no joke. I have unfortunately lost my best friend to the virus and it was very horrible to see him suffer. Please contact a vet. I cannot stress that enough.

debbie
debbie

My puppy has parvo. She stayed in the vets office for 6 days and was released today. She seems fine – a little weak but almost back to her old self. She will drink water from her dish but she won’t eat. Should I be concerned or will she eat when she’s ready? I would call the vet but they are closed over the weekend. Any ideas?

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Hi Debbie,
The vet should be opened today so be sure to call them. They will know the details of your case best to offer proper advice. Thanks and take care of your sweet fur baby.

Plat
Plat

I am very lucky. my 4 month-ish rescue from the street was diagnosed with parvo 4 days ago. I was lucky since I realized she was not acting normal and we started treatment before she began showing any symptoms other then being lethargic. My vet said ” don’t worry about the bill we will calculate it when the treatment is over”. She is eating properly by herself now and as energetic as ever. My main concern is I was thinking about getting one more puppy how long will she carry the virus with her and when can I get a puppy close to her without being worried.

Sadie Cornelius
Admin
Sadie Cornelius

Glad to hear you caught your dog’s Parvo early on! Hopefully she will get on the path to recovery soon. We would recommend asking your vet when it would be okay to get another dog without transmitting anything. Very kind of you to rescue your dog and get it back to good health. Thanks for sharing your story!

juliet delnero
juliet delnero

I had a liter of 11 pups. All were healthy until about 3 days ago. 2 pups were acting real lethargic and didn’t want to eat or drink. They were pooping blood and vomiting. I must say, my eyes are watering telling this, as I raised them by hand since they were newborn (mother had mastitis). This was a slow painful death. I thought they ate cat liter. the vet was closed. I lost both of my baby boys yesterday morning. My baby girl is getting treated right now and there is a 70-80% chance it will take effect. $350 for everything. Which is not bad. But my heart hurts at this horrible disease. Please everyone be aware. Whoever lived in my house before me must have had dogs with parvo in the backyard because none of our animals have it or have had it. And the pups have never been in the front yard. So very sad my baby boys are now in doggy heaven – in peace at last. Pray for my baby girl Cayenne.

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Hi Juliet,
I am so sorry to hear this story and for your loss. I’ve never even thought of moving into a new place and it being infected… this may act as a good warning for many dog owners. Thank you for sharing your story and we will all be praying for your sweet Cheyenne.

Sending much love and healing, Michelle

Lonnie
Lonnie

I have a 5 month old Shih Tzu that has had all its parvo shots but was diagnosed this morning with parvo. The vet sent us home with antibiotics medicine and told me to keep him hydrated as this is more important than how much he eats. We are getting some water and pedialite down him, but not very much. I guess we are doing about everything we can do! We are very sad for this pup!!

Tammy
Tammy

My son has a puppy that is 4 months old and the puppy has not eaten in three days. However we have been trying to keep him hydrated with fluids. I called the vet and asked if they would take payments. They don’t but I asked what could I do because the puppy is vomiting everything he eats and drinks. She suggested that we give the puppy Gatorade. His poop is very runny and bloody. He seems to be a little warm with no high fever. This could be Parvo or a virus. Anybody know what we can do? Any help will be appreciated. We feel that we are at our wit’s end. I have a sad son who does not want to lose his puppy but can’t afford a vet at this time. Thanks in advance.

Thomas Kane
Thomas Kane

Find a vet that will treat him immediately.

script
script

Hi. How’s the puppy right now?

Bobby
Bobby

My 1 year old has been treated and released from the vet. He looks great and is being his normal energetic self. Does anyone know the answer to my question: He has never had and parvo shots, how soon after being treated can I give him his parvo shot?

Destiny Violette
Destiny Violette

Does anyone know if it is normal for my parvo surviving pup to have a saggy tummy? It hangs on the left and the right, so that when it’s hot the sides rub and create what I believe is a heat/skin rash that is red and dry.

Becky Torgerson
Becky Torgerson

I got a shelter pup that the vet says is 9 months old and the shelter says a year. I had her spayed on April 29 but I had her a week before that when I saw some blood in her stools. I thought it might be the dye in the dog food. Anyway, the vet said after spaying her that she has parvo. He gave me some meds. She doesn’t have diarrhea, is not lethargic, eats and drinks fine. I don’t understand it. Does anyone have any thoughts?

Joyce69
Joyce69

My 5 week old lab/shepherd came down with parvo. I got him from a litter my daughter had. Seems the mom was weaning the pups at 4 weeks so my daughter asked me to take my pup home because she could not manually feed 7 pups by herself.

I took the pup home not knowing he was already infected with parvo. His litter mates began to die one by one and now my pup is the only one left alive.

I looked up info about parvo online and my husband and I began to treat the pup (we named him Rambo) ourselves. It has been one week now and he is acting like he feels better but we are not sure when to expect his complete recovery. He is eating and drinking with no vomiting or diarrhea. He stands on his hind legs, wags his tail and looks at us so pitifully. He cries for us to take him out of his pen. We think he is lonely and needs to feel us close to him but we don’t want to contaminate our clothes and carpets etc. by picking him up and letting him come inside.

Also we have a new mom Pekingese with two pups that are two weeks old and we don’t want them to come in contact with the parvo. Can anyone tell me when we can safely allow Rambo back into our home without danger to our other dogs? Thank you!

Adam Cottrill
Adam Cottrill

you can’t!!!

Alejandra Damian
Alejandra Damian

What if he doesn’t have diarrhea?

Chinkee
Chinkee

Does parvo always have bloody stool/vomit?

Trish Cottrell
Trish Cottrell

I had a 4 month old pom that had no signs at all until the 28th when I found a dead bird in my living room. My dog Sammie was running around with her mom and his 1/2 sister who is 1 day older then Sammie. That day I noticed something was not right about Sam. I held him in my arms the whole day and fed him white rice and chicken broth with pedialite. He did not want any of it. The only thing that would comfort him was me getting in a warm bath with all my clothes on and laying him on my chest with his legs and tummy in the water. I stayed up with him until 4 am – no sleep at all. I then woke my husband up and said I know he is dying. We took him to the vet where they did the test. It was negative. Then they did a blood test and his white cells were a 0.5 ppl. There was no chance of survival – just minutes. would not let them put him to sleep. I wanted him home. 5 mins after we got home he took his last breath in my arms. As I was sitting on my porch, my husband was already bleaching everything up and down – no joke. So my Sam is gone but with no signs. Does anyone know how I can make sure the other 2 dogs are ok? There is no way I can go through that again. He was all white 3lbs 3oz and the cutest ever.

Charissa Weston
Charissa Weston

We just had a dog with parvo but breast milk, chicken broth and a solution of water and sugar helped him pull through.

notsure
notsure

I’m not sure if my puppies have parvo. If I give them the parvo shot will it help or not a good idea? Does anyone know?

AliceEspai
AliceEspai

I have also found an article about how parvo is spread. I’d like to know if this disease could also be transmitted to humans and how thoroughly we must disinfect your house if a dog has parvo. Would the neighbor have to clean his house if the dog went in for a short period of time?

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Hi Alice, No, parvo in humans (parvovirus B19) only infects humans. So a person cannot catch the virus from a dog or cat and humans cannot catch it from their pets. So, as long as your house is clean for your pet and your neighbor does not have pets, they should be okay. Hope this helps. Take care of your pup!

jessi
jessi

I have a 5 month old that is showing signs of parvo today. We are at the vet. Has anyone seen how much everything is? I don’t want to lose my pup but there is no why I can pay $700.00 for him to stay in the vet office. Even to take him home it’s $300 to take care of everything at home. I don’t know what they do.

April
April

I have a puppy with parvo. He was diagnosed for like 2 days. And fortunately recovers. But I have questions regarding his status right now. Is there anyone I can talk to related to this? Any professionals whom I can talk to one on one. Please help. Thank you

Chinkee
Chinkee

How’s your puppy?

Cheri
Cheri

My friend’s puppy, 8 wks old, has parvo and just got home today from the hospital. She is doing good. My dog is 1 1/2 yrs old and we are planning to be with them this weekend. Should I be concerned?

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Hi Cheri,
I would advise that you call your friend’s vet to see what they think or ask your friend to ask the dog’s vet. If you do not feel comfortable asking, I would suggest you not plan for your dogs to hang out together, just in case. Better safe than sorry.

Monica
Monica

I have a 2 year old chihuahua I got yesterday. She isn’t current on vaccination and I plan on taking her tomorrow but I took her for a tiny walk today. How do I know if she caught Parvo on the walk? Will she show symptoms? I’m very worried she won’t have symptoms but will have the virus.

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Hi Monica,
Since you are going to the vet today, they should be able to help you diagnose any possible concerns. However, it seems unlikely that she would have caught something on one short walk but could have had it before you adopted her. Please keep us posted after you talk with the vet. Hope she is healthy and well.

Cynthia Johnson
Cynthia Johnson

My girl got parvo at 4 1/2 months. No warning signs or signs of illness. She started with the vomiting and diarrhea at 8 pm and seizures at 11:30 pm. At first I thought she had eaten poison or something else that was making her sick…until the seizures. I rushed her to an emergency vet who said she had been poisoned and gave her tummy medication and fluids under the skin. $485 and go home with her. 24 hours later it all started again. By morning I was frantic and looking for a vet open on Sunday (Dobson Ranch Animal Hospital if you are in Mesa AZ). I got her there and they said it was too late. They would do what they could. She truly showed no signs of illness. She went to the office with me every day…was by my side 24/7. She was behind only one shot. I took her home Sunday because the vet closed early and she would have been alone all nite. I laid by the borrowed cage I had her in on my tile floor crying and laying my hand on her side gently…telling her I loved her and everything would be ok. I didn’t sleep a wink. I belonged to her from 4 weeks old and was not going to leave her alone for a second. Monday morning she was back at the vet 6am SHARP!!! I spent the next 3 days bleaching my house, my neighbors house, and my other neighbors house. I made 3 trips to the laundromat with everything…EVERYTHING…cloth in my house…bedding, curtains, all my clothing and theirs. All dog toys trashed. All dog bedding trashed. I planned to have a safe place for her to come home to …if she came home.
$3000 later my girl is now 2 1/2 years old. She is beautiful and smart and her personality cannot be matched. But it was not easy. After I brought her home it was 3 weeks until She was back to herself. Even then she would panic if I tried to leave. There is so much more you have to do.
Recommended time for bleaching your yard is 2 weeks. I did 6 weeks. Everyday. Twice. Went through 2 gallons a day and saturated the entire area. FYI: weeds LOVE bleach
All cloth in my house…the above list …was washed two weeks after her return home. Then again 2 weeks later and two weeks after that
Her diet was rice and chicken for 2 weeks …adding dry food slowly (this is great fun as I guarantee your dog will test you and leave the kibble behind making you feel guilty because my baby must be hungry right? Uh uh…don’t give in or it will be chicken and rice forever). I still have to watch her for the throwing up and switch her to chicken and rice when it starts. And it has been 2 years. Her growth was stunted. Her skin is hyper sensitive. She is my girl. This illness…parasite…this EVIL THING…Will change your baby forever. Remember that. You may be able to treat at home but you need a good vet to guide you. Every dog is different. An older dog came in the same day as mine…2 year old male…and died the next day. By all accounts Sassi should have died being younger. But she survived. Watch your baby for signs of what they need while they are sick and if you do all you can do and they still don’t make it do not blame yourself. Even the vet cannot save them every time.
Vaccinate
Vaccinate
VACCINATE!

DYLAN
DYLAN

One of my friend’s dog has parvo. 2 almost 3 have died. Can anyone give me more tips? I have 5 dogs. Thank you.

vanessa
vanessa

My puppy is having symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting yesterday. She wouldn’t eat but today is eating and drinking. Does anyone know, can I give her her parvo shot today?

travon bowie
travon bowie

Hey everyone,
I just lost my beautiful loving friendly blue nose Pitbull. He was my world. His name was Duke. I noticed he was having issues with holding down his food. He started to throw up and and his poop was very runny. So I thought maybe he had some bad food. But, come to find out it wasn’t that. It was later determined by the vet to be parvo and I paid the bill and got all his medication for him to survive. Not even 72 hours later I watched him die helplessly as I laid on the floor with him for two days. I am saddened by my loss. He died Saturday, November 8 at two in the morning. It’s the worst feeling ever. I wish I could have taken his pain for him but i couldn’t. I still feel like he is gonna come around the corner and surprise me like he normally does. But he doesn’t show up. I’m crying as I write this because he was like my son. I did the best I could for him. I miss him a lot. So I came home today and my girlfriend said she was gonna surprise me. Then I finally got it out of her and she told she was gonna propose to me. Well she lied. She bought me another puppy. His name is Jake, he is 8 weeks old and has had all his first shots. Please help me. I bought bleach and gloves for major clean up even though I already cleaned up when Duke passed. So if anyone has any tips for me to keep Jake alive, please feel free to respond. Thank you.

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Hi Travon,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. That is just terrible. As for the new puppy, Jake, I would advise that you call the vet where you got the first shots or took Duke and ask how to make sure everything is safe now and in the future for Jake to stay safe from the risk of Parvo. They are closer to your situation than any of us and should be able to advise by phone without an office visit. Take care, M

Dee

Also since Duke passed from parvo, it’s not wise to have the new puppy where Duke was since the virus is still active in your home. Do not put him in the area where Duke was and clean with bleach in that area every day. Good luck and I’m so sorry about your pup. I lost my Staffy Thumper a month ago… it still hurts.

Mew Ashley
Mew Ashley

I am worried my dog might have parvo. I am taking her to the vets tomorrow. She probably contracted it in this way: there was this stray dog that came to the neighborhood about a week ago. His fur was badly matted and I felt sorry for him. I believe he had a broken leg as well, so I clipped his fur and bathed him twice. Well he stuck around and my mom thought he was cute. I noticed my dog Bella, was vomiting but I thought it was because she ate cat poop. Then I noticed the stray was lying in a corner and I thought it was because he was tired. There was also a lot of diarrhea, but I thought it was coming from him. He just died and I found his body underneath my mom’s bed. Then I found a pile of bloody diarrhea and blood on my dog’s rectum, meaning it was her poop. I believe she has parvo, but I do not have money to pay for something. I don’t want her to die either. I was just trying to do the right thing by helping a stray out. I didn’t want my dog to get sick. He was very friendly, but had no collar. He didn’t seem old by his teeth. They were all there, but the back ones were slightly yellow so I’m assuming he was 2-4 years old. He also had an under bite and crooked front teeth. I think he was a Shih Tzu/Yorkie mix.

Lili
Lili

I have 7 dogs. One of them came down with parvo. I didn’t know what the symptoms of parvo were since I had never heard of it. When I realized he wasn’t eating I passed it off as nothing too bad. On the second day, he started throwing up and it was then that I knew there was something wrong. I took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with parvo. He stayed one night but I didn’t have the money to keep him any longer so we brought him home the next day. The vet gave us some pills to give him. In addition to the antibiotics, I gave my dog some Pepto Bismol (doctor told me to) and some Pedialyte in his water. It’s been 4 days now and he is now eating by himself (I’m giving him baby food) and he is drinking by himself. He is walking around and wagging his tail as well. I’m going to continue my routine for the next 2 weeks. My other concern is that 2 of my other dogs are not eating now.

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Hi Lili,
Glad to hear your pup is feeling better. However, please remember that parvo is highly contagious. So it is important to separate any sick dogs fro your well dogs until they are all fully recovered. And the one that is getting better should be quarantined for 14 days from the other dogs, even if it seems to be doing better. Keep us posted.

lee

If the dog has had the first shot and you notice it starting to be lethargic at the same time. Does anyones know: what’s the survival percentage of the dog should I take the dog to vet?

barbara robbins
barbara robbins

I just got a terrier mix pup. He’s 2 months old. I’ve had him for 2 weeks. The last days he’s been eat dirt and licking concrete. He’s laying around – not hyper like he was when we got him. He does not like dry dog food, which I don’t blame him, it stinks. My husband gave him a piece of lunch meat this morning and he ate that but his tummy looks bloated. Could it be lunch meat? Any advice would be welcomed.

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Hi Barbara,
He may just have a bug but it never hurts to call the place where you got him (shelter perhaps), to see if they have any tips. Calling the vet is always a good option too. You can call before you go in to get advice.
I would suggest you stop feeding him lunch meat though because the nitrates and sodium levels are too high for dogs. These additives help preserve the meat but may be causing bloat and other stomach discomfort for your pup. If your dog is not feeling better in two days, please contact someone who can provide expert advice.
Keep us posted and sending lots of love.

I love my dog
I love my dog

My six month Lab was diagnosed just last Thursday with parvo. I had to pick him up and carry him everywhere he went. That morning when I checked on him I thought he was dead. 4 days later it is as if he has made a full recovery, almost. He is doing much better and has started eating. He had been drinking non-stop during his hard times (I don’t blame him).

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

This is wonderful news. Did you do anything to treat him? Perhaps some tips that you could share with other readers? Thanks and hope your pup stays on the recovery path.

Allana Dutchak
Allana Dutchak

My dog survived parvo last year. Last night she gave birth to 10 beautiful puppies. She’s been showing signs again but I’ve just attributed it to pregnancy (this is my first time with dog pregnancy). Is it possible that she’s been a carrier this whole time and it just came back with lowered immune system because of having pups? She’s also an outdoor dog.

tim

I recently lost my Bella to this horrible disease. She was to go to the vet with her sister to get spayed and vaccinated but was running a fever and vomiting a little the night before. I took her to vet the next morning, he examined her and decided since she was ill not to do surgery on her and gave me some pills for the vomiting. I returned home with her and gave her the medication which she threw up, she would not eat or drink. When I picked up her sister at the vet I told him she could not keep the pills down and was still vomiting so he gave me an injection to give her. When I got home I gave her the injection and within a little while she had stopped. I went to work that afternoon and when I got home that night she had been vomiting and had bloody diarrhea in her crate. She was very weak and I suspected parvo almost immediately. I tried to give her water with a syringe but she didn’t want to swallow it. Within a couple of hours she was so week she could not even lift her head when she would vomit and I had to help. I called the only 24 emergency vet hospital which was 45 min away and I took her in. When I got there I was told she tested positive for parvo and that it would cost $1600 for 24hrs of care and could take a week or more and there was no guarantee she would survive. I was also told that she was so far gone that euthanasia was my best option. It killed me to have to make that decision but I was watching my baby suffer. She was so weak and was having trouble breathing because she had apparently aspirated some vomit into her lungs. I held her and told her how sorry I was and how much I loved her and that it killed me to have to let her go this way. Before they could do the injection she took her last breath. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. I delivered her when she was born and watched her take her first breath and had to watch her take her last a few months later. I called my vet to tell him what had happened and he felt so bad at missing the possibility that he did her cremation for free. This disease is fast, horrific and I would urge everyone to get their pet vaccinated as soon as possible to prevent it.

Ashley Canty
Ashley Canty

I just got this puppy and it won’t eat, drink, poop or pee. It has no energy. Sometimes it tries but mostly sits and lays around looking so sad. What could it be? She does have round worms.

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Hi Ashley,
Sorry to hear about your puppy. Where did you get the puppy? We would advise that you call the place where you got it to see if they have any information that could be helpful. And, as always, we recommend that you call your vet for advice on next steps. They are trained to help in these times of need. Keep us posted.

Janet
Janet

We adopted two Lab puppies at 8 weeks old. One for myself and one for my daughter’s family. She is a military family and would be home for a month before going to a new military base. So I kept her puppy here until she could pick him up. Three days after we brought the puppies here they had vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. I took them to the vet and she diagnosed parvo and started treatment. By Sunday my daughter’s pup started having bloody diarrhea. I took him to the emergency vet hospital where he spent 4 days and had to go back for an additional 2 days because he developed an ulcer and still wouldn’t eat and had diarrhea. He weighed 8 pounds. My pup the next morning was also admitted to the vet hospital where he stayed 2 days. He developed upper respiratory infection but is OK. He weighed 9 pounds.

Today, they are both almost 5 months old. My daughters puppy weighs 25+ pounds and mine weighs 33+ . They both have soft stools from time to time and have to wait longer to get neutered but they survived. Parvo is horrible but it can be survived.

jamie
jamie

If a dog does not eat, drink and just lays around, does this mean it has parvo? What if he does not pee or poop?

Ely

My dog is doing this now

Brandy Bennett
Brandy Bennett

My son’s 8 month lab passed away 6 days ago from Parvo and was at my house before we knew he was sick. I have 4 dogs and now my 5 year old American Bulldog Mix is acting funny. He won’t eat and just vomited a small amount. I’m terrified. We started him on metrodiazinole and getting Lomotil to start him on tomorrow. I was going to give him fluids but decided to wait until tomorrow just in case I’m overreacting. Any precautions anyone would suggest? Advice is welcome.

Nilda negron
Nilda negron

I took my dog to the vet cause it wouldn’t eat. They did a parvo test and it came out positive. It was in the early stage because she was still being herself and she wasn’t bleeding. The vet gave my dog three shots and stuck her like six times to put in an IV. My dog died in front of me and my daughter. I’m so hurt and I don’t know what to do. Please someone give me advice.

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Hi Nilda,
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you. Unfortunately, I am not familiar enough to offer much advice in this matter. I would suggest that you speak with your vet about your concerns and go from there. Best wishes to you and your daughter during this difficult time, Michelle

Sarai Acosta
Sarai Acosta

I had a female husky, Maya, about six weeks old. In two to three days she was lethargic and didn’t eat, she just drank water non stop. She didn’t have diarrhea or vomit. She was spotting blood though. On the last night she bled so much from her rectum and died. We aren’t sure if it was parvo because she didn’t have vomit or diarrhea. I bleached the area where she died. I have another dog who is a year and half old and he didn’t get sick at all and didn’t have any parvo vaccines. He does now though. So because he didn’t get sick, we ruled out parvo. Months later we got two new Winnie puppies, female and male. They had their first shots when we got them. Well today the female puppy was lethargic and had a fever and didn’t drink anything. Tonight she bled out of her rectum so much I’m pretty sure she’s about to die any minute now….I want to take her to the vet but my husband says it’s too late, there’s nothing that can be done…I would like to know what’s wrong with her at least. She also didn’t have diarrhea or vomit and it all happened in one day this time. My other two male dogs are fine and normal. Why are my female puppies the ones getting sick? Please if you have any idea what happened to them please reply.

Kayla
Kayla

Hello, my 12 week old puppy had his first shot three weeks ago. He is walking around and jumping on us and wagging his tail and playing with the other dogs. But he has been vomiting. His poop is normal but I don’t have the money for the vets around here as they want a huge deposit. What can I do?

Valora Lee-Garrett
Valora Lee-Garrett

Is he vomiting a clear kind of foamy vomit? It could take a day for diarrhea to start. We had 2 pitt bull puppies contract parvo 8 days after their first shots. We went to the animal hospital. They wanted $1000-1200 each to keep them for iv fluids and meds but we could not afford it. They did get sub q fluids and and antibiotic shot and meds for nausea and sent home with amoxicillin, reglan and lactated ringers for sub q fluids. I found pepto bismal worked better than the reglan… keeping them hydrated is crucial and also making sure they don’t get depleted of protein as well…So chicken broth works great, by syringe if they wont drink it. I was up day and night treating them for over a week. We lost Dean, but Kiara is still with us today and doing great. You can get the fluids and antibiotics from Tractor Supply or other feed stores and the fluids as well. Given sub q …you can also use activated charcoal. You can get it at walmart where the fish supplies are. Grind it fine using a food processor or blender and mix with pedialyte and give thru syringe if they won’t drink it. It helps to neutralize the virus.

michele
michele

hello. my 2 year old dog has had a upset stomach for like 2 weeks and my vet told me to feed her rice so I have been but it seems to not be working. so tonight i went to walmart and i got her 100% pure pumpkin they said that would firm there poop. so should i see if this works? i don’t have money to take her to the vet but i got her a parvo shot today would it hurt her to give to her if she is sick?? Please someone write me back on this please my email is twilightgirl605@gmail.com and i have gave her pepto too but that don’t seem to work. so please someone let me know what i should do about my dog and my other dog has the same thing as my 2 YEAR OLD dog does what could this be??

courtney
courtney

See my dog. I dont know what’s wrong with him and he doesn’t want to eat. But when he does, he pukes and when he stands, he falls. He is very sick and I am worried.

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Hi Courtney,
This sounds like you should give your vet a call and consider a visit. The vet is always the best local solution in times of great concern for our pets. Hope he is feeling better soon.

silvia
silvia

I took my Chihuahua tonight to the emergency vet and they took a parvo test and it came out positive so the Dr. gave him fluids, and stuff to keep his vomiting down and an antibiotic. We started to drive home and unfortunately he didn’t make it. We had left the vet 10 minutes prior to him passing. I just want to know if I am still supposed to be charged for the vaccinations since he passed right after.
Need to know what to do.

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

I am so sorry to hear of this sad news. We would suggest that you talk to your vet about the situation. They may be understanding. If you run into any concerns, we suggest you seek legal advice.

charlie
charlie

My new puppy who is two months old just started showing signs of Parvovirus yesterday. I took her to the vet and they said that she would have to under go treatment but there is a 50/ 50 chance that the treatment will work.

Stacey
Stacey

My Malamute is 7 months old and showing signs of parvo. She’s in the vets for tonight and they are gonna do x-rays in the morning. She’s won’t eat her food, doesn’t want to play or walk and does not want to be anywhere near my others dogs. I’m praying she’s just got a cold or an upset stomach .

Felix
Felix

So I was reading the comments and even his family says that the puppy has Parvo. Apparently he didn't want to get off my boyfriend's lap and he didn't eat or drink is what I was told. They took him to the vet a few hours ago this morning. They gave him Pedialyte and they said he was vomiting and had diarrhea. He's a few months old. They JUST adopted him from Petsmart, he had a sister that was already adopted by someone else, so do you think that the other dogs might have given the disease to him? I'm really worried about the puppy. Is it okay to bleach everything? Or will that make it worse? PLEASE HELP.

Lelanie
Lelanie

My 8 month old Jack Russell was diagnosed with Parvo on Friday it's now Tuesday where he spend two night with the vet with IV fluids, vet said he can go home but he needs to keep the food down, he is not eating by himself I have to feed him with a syringe, is this good or do I need to take him back?

anonymous
anonymous

As long as your dog is keeping the food down and is not spitting it back out once you put it in its mouth, it’s a good sign. The main reason why dogs/puppies die is from dehydration and shock from lack of fluids. The fact that even by forcing your dog to eat. it’s accepting the food you put in its mouth. This means that your dog has not given up. It’s just too weak to eat on its own.

Sara Logan Wilson
Admin
Sara Logan Wilson

Hi Lelanie, while it's likely ok that you're still feeding him (as long as he's keeping the food down) we do recommend you contact your vet and ask if this is a normal for your pup's stage in recovery. They should be able to guide you from there.

lilnativebeauty
lilnativebeauty

My puppy is now suffering from parvo and the vet strictly said not to force feed him. He will eat on his own when his stomach is feeling better, as long as he is keeping hydrated. My vet sent me home with a bag of fluid and needles which I insert in a pic line in his arm every hour to make sure he is well hydrated. I would take him back to the vet.

Torie
Torie

I have a year old Pittbull dog mix named Belle. She's generally very hyper! A week ago tomorrow I noticed how much weight she had lost. She wouldn't get off my couch because she had no energy at all. She refused to eat. She was drinking a little but she kept throwing it up. Finally on Monday we were able to get her into the vet. She was diagnosed with Parvo. 250 dollars later, we had her test, visit, overnight stay, fluids and medication paid for. The next morning Belle was feeling well enough to try and eat the vet as she put it lol. I got my girl out of her cage and after the vet finished with fluids I was told I could bring my baby home! With a good chance she'd make it. It is now Thursday and Belle is eating on her own as well as drinking and she's keeping it all down! My girl is getting back to her energetic self! So with a wonderful vet and treatment on time, I've got my baby on the road to recovery!

Amil Baker
Amil Baker

It is very important to have a good vet and one you trust. My vet of 34 years, I trust implicitly.
Had 3 of my dogs in a couple of weeks ago for all shots etc. My grandson living in our guest house got a new German Shepherd puppy a couple of weeks ago and we find she has Parvo and is at the vet being treated. Our 13 year old Yorkshire Terrier, 3.5 lbs has been exposed to this puppy off and on for about 2 weeks. I will take her to the vet tomorrow morning and hope for the best. I have not given her shots for a couple of years due to a intestinal problem. Wish her luck.

Issabel
Issabel

I had a pup, Alpha. He died from Parvo today. He was 11 weeks old. Had his injections up to date. Loved the little thing but now I have to make a choice. His sister doesn't have a home. I said I will take her but only when she is 17 weeks old, I cannot take another pup dying. I bleached the hose and garden. Will she get Parvo? Should I take her?

Nina S.
Nina S.

I held my puppy in my arms and watched the life go out of his eyes and I held him and told him over and over again what a good doggie he was. Parvo is evil it is a demonic disease that takes the most innocent and to this day his death upsets me more than some human ones because of the truly evil nature of this disease. By the time your puppy has symptoms it's probably too late. Instead of trying to save him, at this point we should be thinking of not letting him suffer, it is excruciatingly painful when your digestive acids are eating through your body and your jaw locks up from the pain. Please prevent it and we won't have to worry about treating it or the pain they feel or the damage they will have to live with even if they survive. Most of all I am disgusted with the way vet's so willingly allow these poor puppies to die when the vaccine should be given for free to those who can not afford them. They should be readily available at every vet, everyday, and on any payment plan. If you truly loved animals how could you be ok with letting them die when you could save them but won't unless you get paid first! In emergencies it should be just like people the vets should have to care for animals that may die…with or without money!

Jamie Gallegos
Jamie Gallegos

I completely agree with you. So sorry for your loss. I lost mine too. It was so tragic. I still see what he looked like when I found him when I close my eyes. Our vet did nothing to help us. He just blew us off. It has been over a week ago now. They have not called to check on him. I did not notify them that he died. I wish something could be done. Pets are only considered property. He was my child!

Adriana
Adriana

I completely agree with you. It’s so sad and disgusting that vets let these poor babies die if the owner cannot afford the costs. And yes! The vaccine SHOULD be free! What kind of country do we live in!? Makes me extremely upset. Sorry for your loss; you and your puppy will meet again one day, at the rainbow bridge.

Prajwal Salian
Prajwal Salian

I lost my pup this morning, he was a husky 2 months old. He was having a fever so we took him to the vet. The vet said it’s because of the temperature in India and he gave him an antibiotic. He told us lets see what happens by tomorrow. We were so naive that we couldn’t listen to his cry. Yesterday he was fine in the morning, suddenly around 9 am he couldn’t walk and he was crying so loud it literally tore my heart apart. The whole day me and my family didn’t eat or drink one drop of water we were taking care of him. I didn’t sleep at night, by morning I fell asleep while my mom was keeping an eye over our LEO. Around 8 this morning it started again. It’s just like paralysis attack. His eye balls roll back and he keeps on crying wth his tail wagging. Then Mom rushed him to vet clinic and doc said we can’t help him anymore. You know what vet said at the last. Listening to that I felt like killing him there itself. He said doesn’t know what cause the pup to behave like that. I asked him then in what basis did u give medicine to my Leo? He had no answer. When he got the pup the breeder told us to give parvo shot. We went to vet that day itself. When we asked vet to give him a shot of parvo vet said who told you about that, no need of that. This vet kept on saying same thing again and again. Please guys this in a humble request to all humans who love their pets just like their kids don’t trust vets. I’m confessing this cause I felt guilty of Leo’s death. Hope you guys won’t repeat the same mistake.

cher
cher

Our 7mos old pup just poop blood. Just now we brought him to the vet but she told us the puppy has distempered disease. But why did he poop blood. We gave him food by help of syringe and he is a playful pup but for 4 days now he is weak and no interests in playing or eating.

Lisa Maree
Lisa Maree

Hi I agree Nina, our beautiful pure bred american staffy x american bulldog was only 7 months old when I saw her on the couch the next morning I knew something was really wrong. She looked so dead, I was barely breathing inside, I was hysterical as I don’t have a car, so my neighbor at the time, her friend, was there and took my dog in her arms. She wouldn’t let me come as she new my dog was dying but I didn’t, sure enough I got a call from my neighbor that Keiser wasn’t coming home. She had parvo, so I knew my dog had to be put down, I was so distraught, numb and angry. I knew I had to go see the vet myself after she was put down. When I went inside to ask the vet her diagnosis they told me she was very sick, had 100% parvo, the highest they had seen in my town. She explained what it meant and how serious it is to get your puppies needles and shots. My attitude was animals on farms don’t get needles. I grew up with dogs all my life none of ours did vet visits, but it’s a different time and probably wasn’t around then. Keiser died on Mother’s Day 2015 worst Mother’s Day of my life. It’s now Feb 2016, we were given a puppy by a friend today so I’m off to the vet tomorrow to get everything he needs. I don’t care how much it costs, the pain me and the kids went through and still are from losing our beloved Keiser, I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. Please everyone vaccinate your dogs and if you can’t afford it simply don’t get a dog. I pray our new little boy Max has long happy life with us. Thank you all for listening. Please don’t take your dogs for granted

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We are so sorry for your loss Lisa. Losing a loved one is never easy. We wish a long, happy life for Max. Like you said, it’s extremely important to get him vaccinated so you can have him around as long as possible. You may want to consider pet insurance so if something were to happen, you would have help financially. https://www.caninejournal.com/pet-insurance-comparison/

Gina Navarrete
Gina Navarrete

Very true my puppy is dying as I type this comment, it’s so sad.

Diana Perez
Diana Perez

Yes, I agree to this because I had a small white chihuahua who was very sick and I had already paid the vet hundreds of dollars in vet visits. Then, one time I ran out of money and I had an emergency and he was denied and passed away. The veterinary clinics should make exceptions on credit or payment plans if they are really into saving dogs and other animals. They have signs stating “we care” and “we love our customers”. Is this really true? Or just a job with very expensive fees? Then when my dog passed away, they didn’t have the decency to call and say they’re sorry.

Marlene
Marlene

Oh my God, you sound like me. I just lost my 5 month old puppy to this demonic curse. Her brother came down with vomiting, took to vet the day my female was being spayed, never knowing he had the disease; they gave me meds for him; said too costly for IV and he would probably tear the IV out. Now, I ask, what kind of caring statement is that for a vet to say???? Where is the compassion? Or, do they really know deep down, chances are slim, or none at all? Gave me meds to give at home. In the meantime, picked the female up from surgery, immune system already depleted from surgery, never gave me meds just in case. Told me to isolate him from her for 4 to 7 days. Yeah right, did that and she still got it, washed everything down in the house with bleach when he came home; threw toys out, bleached bedding, floors, furniture, crates, and still I lost my baby girl. Horrific. I have to shed tears as I tell this story. It is so fresh in my mind. She laid lifeless on the couch with puppy pads under her broken and limp body, put her head in bowl of water I gently brought to her lips, then vomited the water out. That night, she crossed the rainbow bridge. I ache so much. The brother is not in the clear yet, a week since he came down with it, still dark stools, no diarrhea, just soft tar-like stools. So I am continuing with the female’s meds for a day or two. I read that the stools will still be this way for up to three weeks. Oh, by the way, my female had all of the vaccinations??? This is the worst, horrific disease I have ever heard of. A real killer, and a fast one. My prayers and heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and all of you who have lost our precious, furry friends. And you vets, why not give a vaccination after pup is born, or something to kill it immediately?!?!

Katherine
Katherine

My pup did get his first set, but the vet we went to said his next set was at 6 months old not 9 weeks like the new one said. He’s in the hospital now because of parvo that could have been prevented

jason
jason

Same thing happened to me! Did your puppy pull through?!

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Oh Katherine, That is terrible. We trust our vets to be the best source of information but it seems that sadly, we have to check behind them sometimes. I am so sorry to hear this and hope your pup is back in good health soon!

T

You don’t need to rely on a vet! You can purchase any booster vaccine for your dog and give it to them yourself. The only vaccine that HAS to be administered by a vet is the Rabies vaccine!!!! I give my dogs the parvo vaccine myself, my friends and neighbors, and my sister-in-law do the same thing. Get this… I just lost my 1 year old german shepherd/american bulldog to parvo!!! But this is where your knowledge lacks, just because a vaccine is administered doesn’t mean they won’t catch it. Just like with us, just because you get a flu or chicken pox vaccine doesn’t mean we wont catch it!!!! And to be honest… there’s no guarantee that a dog will pull through even with proper treatment. It all comes down to how strong their will power is!!! And you can treat a dog with parvo by yourself. It’s called research and knowledge of what you’re dealing/working with. So don’t blame everything on other people or corporations.

Little One
Little One

Your best all natural defense is: colloidal silver. Talk to your health food store about it.

Aidole
Aidole

I agree with you. I vaccinate my puppies according to vaccine schedule. I’ve raised 4 litters. I used Primemune on the last litter and 3 of the 7 puppies contracted parvo at one year old. One of my dogs died and the other 2 survived without complications. Parvo is nasty but if you are diligent in giving them pedialyte (every 2 hours around the clock) and there are no complications they should pull through. My dog died because he got bloat. He died 30 hours after the last time he ate and he never stopped drinking his pedialyte. I recommend Paxxin (Parvaid) it does help. They also received anti vomit meds and antibiotics. This is because I freaked when my first one died so quickly. Again they were fully immunized and they got Parvo. If you don’t have money then do your research and put in your sweat equity.

lexistarlight
lexistarlight

Thank you. I plan to order Neopar and vaccinate ALL my dogs, small and big.

Tamara Sandoval
Tamara Sandoval

If you give the dogs the vaccines and they get the parvo virus it is not a valid administration. The makers of the vaccine will pay $1500 towards parvo treatment if you had the vaccine administered by a registered veterinarian. When my puppy was diagnosed with parvo at 8 weeks old that is what I was told by the veterinarian, but I told her I bought the vaccine from the feed store and gave it to her myself. That was a horrible feeling.

Robert Stark
Robert Stark

My puppy showed first signs of parvo exactly a week ago today, and he’s home with me now sleeping on my foot. He’s 8 weeks old this week. He was supposed to get his first round of vaccinations at 6 weeks old, but the vet found hookworms and said we should wait a week to vaccinate him. The next week the day before his vaccinations he started being lethargic and had no interest in food and I thought that this was weird, and later that night he started vomiting and having diarrhea. The next day he was diagnosed with parvo. He was immediately put on IV fluids and given oseltamivir (trade name: Tamiflu).

Tamiflu works as a neuraminidase inhibitor. A parvo virion invades a healthy cell and reproduces rapidly within that cell and uses neuraminidase protein to escape the cell to infect other healthy cells. With Tamiflu inhibiting said protein they are contained within the cell and the infected cell is eliminated by white blood cells. It doesn’t cure parvo, but it slows the infection of healthy cells by parvo down considerably giving your pup’s immune system to produce antibodies to fight off the virus.

Many vets either don’t know or refuse to prescribe Tamiflu, because those who know would rather make money off your pup. I was lucky to have a vet who cares deeply about animals and when I told her about Tamiflu being a possible treatment she didn’t hesitate to try it.
Please remember this for future reference. If someone you know who has a parvo pup, tell them about Tamiflu. If given within 48 hours of first clinical symptoms, the survival rate is over 90%.

mark
mark

Robert, can you send a photo of that medicine? Cause my puppy has parvo and I admitted him and until now my puppy is still weak, always vomiting and has diarrhea. A lot of medicine has been injected into my puppy but no improvement.

AMGATES
AMGATES

I wish I had known that 🙁

kathlea7
kathlea7

Good advice

Shannon Mcgath
Shannon Mcgath

How much tamiflu?

ahansen
ahansen

Here is a relevant article from April 2014 suggesting Tamiflu is not only ineffective in treating viral infection, but can cause serious side effects: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-26969811

ahansen
ahansen

Just for the record:
My two five-week-old German Shepherd puppies came down with ELISA-diagnosed Parvo five days after I got them from the breeder. They were treated, simultaneously, at home with the standard protocol of SubQ saline drip, anti-nausea and antibiotic medications, warmth, rest, and quiet. One got Tamiflu in addition. I kept copious notes on their progress and both puppies survived, now healthy and (extremely) active at 4 months.

The pup that got a five-day course of Tamiflu had acute symptoms for 11 days. The one that did not was back to (relative) normal in six days. Tamiflu dog is far more ADD/frantic/excitable than the non-Temiflu dog. The coat is less glossy/luxurious and the animal isn’t nearly as quick to learn/respond as the other. Of course there are contingent factors here, but I controlled for many of them. Care was consistent except for the Tamiflu.

YMMV.

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Thanks for sharing your story and this important info. I am sure it will be helpful to many readers!

Lazaro
Lazaro

My puppy has been laying down for 1 day like if it was dead. But I have been giving him water. He moves but my only concern is why is my puppy cold? Does anyone know?

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Wow Robert, what a great tip! Thank you for sharing with Nina and all of our readers.

Michelle Schenker
Admin
Michelle Schenker

Wow Robert, what a great tip! Thank you for sharing with Nina and all of our readers.

Gary Paterno
Gary Paterno

Obamacare for animals. Love it! Really! I wish every vet would read your post.

Debbie Parker
Debbie Parker

This is so true! Pet owners know they are our family as much as one of our kids. They have feelings and unconditional love. I am sorry for your loss. Bless you.

Kayla
Kayla

Where did you get all the supplies to do this? I need to start my puppy on something. He ate a little yesterday but none today.

please help!
please help!

My baby girl Gya (gee-yah) is five weeks old i think maybe six its unknown for sure because we adopted her. I've had her for a little over a week now she has her shots two days ago but ever since I got her she has been gagging. No fever the vet said she was a little low on her temp but no runny stool until about an hour ago. Maybe because I changed her food? But she is very sleepy isn't that normal due to her age?

Lab Lover
Lab Lover

We adopted a black Lab mix on Thursday. Straight to the vet. Kennel cough OK could deal with that. Three days later back to the vet she wouldn't eat drink and just wanted to lay around. $1000 later, yes it was Parvovirus, we got to bring her home. Three days later and another $200 pneumonia. She survived it all. This was two years ago she was a 5 lb ball of fluff. Today she is a happy healthy 70 lb baby. Our vet worked with us on the bill and kept it as low as she could. It was expensive but worth it. Before anyone asks yes, as soon as she was diagnosed we contacted the shelter and kept our other dog away from her.

Megan
Megan

My puppy is almost eleven weeks old. She has not had any of her shots yet because everyone we have talked to about when to give her her shots said to wait until she is twelve weeks old, but the last couple of days she has been puking and had diarrhea and I've found blood that she has thrown up. She has a lot of energy and eats and drinks quite a bit and that hasn't changed, but very concerned about my baby. Any advice? 

rmiller
rmiller

My six-month-old pup is acting weird. In the last three days she went from being her normal bark-y self to barking for ten minutes straight at nothing. (I gave commands for this barking to stop but to no avail.) She started puking yesterday. My eight year old said he seen blood in her mouth. I passed it off as she lost a baby tooth, which I have seen first hand. That was the day before yesterday. Today she is very lethargic, vomiting and wont eat or drink. I'm scared poopless because she is not really peeing and hasn't pooped today. My husband has fallen ill and hasn't been able to work for awhile so all the extra money we have goes to his meds to keep him alive. I've tried to re-home my baby but her home fell through. My neighbor is a p.o.s. and may have poisoned her. I love my girl and would sell my right and left arm for her. Please some one help me. I'm scared one of my kids is gonna find her no longer with us. 

Gemma
Gemma

I had a puppy from a dog's home; she was 12 weeks old. Two days after having her we took her to the vet to be checked over and have her puppy needles. She had them then a day after she was being sick, could not stand up and had really bad diarrhea. I rang the vet and we took her down, next morning we had a phone call saying my dog was fine and they put it down to a reaction for the needles. The same night she just wasn't right, so I rang them and took her down again, then I had a phone call saying she has tested positive for Parvo. My puppy was in there for just over a week and I had a phone call saying she can come home. She is still very tired, had diarrhea with blood and just has no energy. Is it too soon for her to come home ?

Tammy
Tammy

I have two dogs, one is ten and the other, a year. The younger of the two has been vaccinated, the older hasn't. My cousin has a puppy that had Parvo less then six months ago and claims her dog is better. I told her not to bring the dog over as a precaution but she came over for a surprise visit and brought her pup anyway. Now my older dog has diarrhea a day after the puppy left. Is this a sign? Should I be worried or am I just being paranoid?

Westie Owner
Westie Owner

I think it is a bit TOO coincidental not to be concerned. I would give your vet a quick call to explain your situation and see what he/she recommends. Just noticed your comment was submitted five days ago. Has the diarrhea gone away? Hope your dog is well now!

Rowena
Rowena

I am majorly bummed.  My daughter's boyfriend found two puppies at a dump over the weekend. After consulting with the local SPCA they were told they could take one and the second was to be handed over to the shelter as it appeared to be ill.  
They took the puppy, lovingly named Cosby, to their local vet and and had him de-wormed etc. Almost immediately, Cosby took ill, (diarrhea and vomiting.) Cosby remained sickly after passing what was an inordinate amount of worms and whatnot, so they took him back to the vet, and they de-wormed Cosby again — that's twice in the space of two days!!
Cosby continued to deteriorate and despite the consults and telephonic help from YET ANOTHER VET and around-the-clock, 24-hour care, Cosby died on Tuesday…of Parvo.  
After researching the disease, I am absolutely gobsmacked and livid: How does the SPCA and three different vets overlook the obvious (diarrhea and vomiting and rancid smell)? To add insult to injury, my two other dogs have been exposed!!
What to do, what to do?  I have phoned two vets in my area and they each have their own take on what to do!! My dogs are both adults — one small breed, the other large. Do I stress? Do I take them to the vet to be checked, thus risking exposing other dogs to this disease? Do I watch and wait to see IF they get sick?  
So many questions and who do I trust with answers!?

Hannah
Hannah

I have a lab, four months old, that is now suffering from Parvo today; it's his fifth day. I want my pup to come out; when he will be recover?
 

Maggie
Maggie

He needs to be taken to the vet immediately when you notice the first symptoms, then do exactly what the vet tells you keep him hydrated. Pedialyte is very good to give him mixed with water if he doesn’t like it by itself.

Deborah Ashcraft
Deborah Ashcraft

We have a long hair chihuahua puppy we got from a friend litter of 7. We took Max to the vet one week after we got him, and the vet did not give him a distemper shot – because he was small? 3 lbs at most. He has been lively and happy. He plays hard with our cat, and loves it running around etc. At 10 weeks, this past Monday, he did not get up in the morning. Stayed sleeping all day. Monday night still being lazy but eating and going to the bathroom normally, I took him to the vet on Monday night. He had a temp so the vet gave him an antibiotic injection, took blood and also said he seemed dehydrated and gave him IV fluids. On Tuesday morning, he was walking, eating and going to the bathroom, but was holding up his hind right leg. We took him back to the vet, who determined he was just sore from the injection. Blood white cell count was extremely low. Parvo test was not done as we could not afford it after already paying $300. On Wednesday, he cannot walk or stand on his own but he did have a BM. Took him to vet again. Vet said they only check for parasites (worms) in stools and he had received treatment (pill in rectum) on Monday. He is alert, and will eat oatmeal spoon fed. But cannot walk or stand. What now? I am keeping him hydrated by spoon feeding him. Vet said not to give him oatmeal or baby food, but earlier post said that is what they did and pedialyte. Dog has never had vomiting or diarrhea at all. Will he recover?

gina
gina

Give him orange juice, ten spoonfuls per day and plenty of water and feed him watery canned puppy food up to 12 per day. This saved three of my pups.

Adriana
Adriana

Hi, I know this was 4 months ago, just wondering how your fur baby is doing.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

So sorry your pup is going through this. If the vet you are going to only checks for parasites you should take your dog to another vet. It never hurts getting a second opinion. And it sounds like he is in a lot of pain so the sooner the better.

Deborah Ashcraft
Deborah Ashcraft

Hi Kimberly – I think we had a miracle later this morning. At 6am I was frantic when I posted. I mixed up some oatmeal w/some milk and a smidge of sugar and I crushed up 1/2 regular aspirin and spoon fed Max – maybe just 2 ounces or so. At 9:30am, he got up, still limping on his hind leg a little, but he proceeded to eat dry food, had a bm, and walked all around the house looking for the cat. He then went over and went into his crate and went to sleep. Its a miracle. I think the injection they gave him might have been too much since he is only 6 lbs. and I think he had pain at the injection site. I will keep you posted on his progress. I now do not believe that he has any parvo.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

So happy to hear this Deborah! I hope things are still looking up for you and your pup. Thank you for sharing with us! 🙂

Deborah Ashcraft
Deborah Ashcraft

Thanks Kimberly – we are not out of the woods yet. He is walking better when he walks, he is still very lethargic and eating or drinking very little, so worried about dehydration. He is however having solid BMs, no vomiting or diarrhea. I talked with a friend that also got a puppy from the same litter and they said their dog had their shots and was no problem. They also said that their vet gave their dog a “treat” which was a treatment for Parvo. After $277 on Monday, my puppy did not receive that. In fact our vet wanted to test for Parvo for $96 first. We are going to take our puppy to this other vet for follow up rather than the vet in our town. Such a racket I think and our puppy is suffering. But he has made it thru the past 5 days, so I think he will be ok, we hope.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hi Deborah, just checking in. How is he doing after the weekend?

Deborah Ashcraft
Deborah Ashcraft

Hi Kimberly – thanks for checking back, after babying him and feeding him liquids by hand, he was up walking around at 4:30am on Sunday, so we just let him go for it. He spent all day Sunday walking around eating drinking on his own and even barked at the cat. So he is very much improved. Could it be they overdosed him on the shot and it just had to work thru his system? Maybe hit a muscle or even bone with the injection? Since the vet never even called back after we called them and told them he could not walk etc. we now have two new vet referrals and he will go there for follow up next week. Thanks again for your concern – we are so relieved!