The canine parvovirus (CPV) or more commonly known as Parvo is a highly contagious and potentially deadly infection that affects puppies and dogs. It is a relatively new disease that appeared for the first time in dogs in 1978. Although vet care is vital when dealing with critically sick dogs, many often ask about natural remedies for Parvo in Puppies and Dogs.
There are two different forms of the virus:
1. Intestinal virus where your dog is affected with vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of appetite, or
2. The cardiac form of the virus which is less common but attacks the heart. Often seen in puppies between 6 weeks and 6 months old, and can lead to death.
Signs And Symptoms Of Parvo In Dogs
If you are concerned that you dog has Parvo, you may see the following symptoms:
- Blood in your dogs diarrhea
- Severe weight loss
- Lack of appetite
- Fever or hypothermia
- Rapid heart beat
How To Diagnose Parvo In Dogs
If you suspect that your dog has Parvo, get to your vet if at all possible. Parvo is a serious illness in all dogs an particularly puppies. Your vet will examine your dog, run some blood and urine tests and may even do an x-ray and ultrasound.
Your vet will be looking for a low white blood cell levels and elevated liver enzymes, lymphopenia, and electrolyte imbalances. The x-ray may show intestinal obstruction, while an ultrasound may show enlarged lymph nodes or a fluid-filled intestine.
How Can My Dog Catch Parvo
Parvo is usually caught by direct contact with another dog that already has Parvo or by your dog contacting the poop of a dog that has Parvo as dog poop becomes particularly concentrated with the virus. What makes the concern even worse is that Parvo can live outside of a dog for up to a year. Areas where lots of dogs play, interact and poop will increase the chances or your dog getting infected.
Your dog can be vaccinated from Parvo, but unfortunately there are many dog owners that do not vaccinations their dogs either through complacency or ignorance. It is also very easy for a stray dog to catch and spread the virus. Improper vaccinations can also cause the spread or the virus
Some kennels or breeders have been found to inadequately vaccinate their puppies and causing a significant spread of the virus due to the numbers of puppies in one place.
Certain breeds are more susceptible to the Parvo virus that others. For unknown reasons Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Pit Bulls, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, English Springer Spaniels, and Alaskan sled dogs, are particularly vulnerable to catching the virus.
Other reasons that may increase your dogs chance of getting infected with Parvo are sickness, diseases, drugs, weakness and low immunity.
How To Prevent Parvo Virus In My Dog
Vaccinate your puppy and dog against Parvo according to your veterinarians advice. Your vet will usually recommend that puppies be vaccinated at six, nine, and twelve weeks. If your dog in in the high risk breed category, then a longer vaccination period of up to 22 weeks may be recommended.
Be conscious of who your dog is playing with and whether they are vaccinated. You should prevent your dog from socializing with other dogs until at least two weeks after their last vaccinations.
What Is The Treatment For Parvo
As with us humans, there is no real cure for viral infections. You should therefor focus on fixing the symptoms and preventing further infection and illness in your dog. Your vet will probably recommend a hospital stay and provide intensive treatment to assist recovery.
Due to your dogs lack of appetite, malnutrition and dehydration it is important to replenish the nutrients and fluids and your vet may do this intravenously. Drugs to prevent vomiting, diarrhea may also me given. Make your dog comfortable and be on hand to monitor your dog.
According to PetMD, the survival rate in dogs is about 70 percent, with death resulting from severe dehydration, a secondary infection, toxins in the blood, or intestinal haemorrhage. The survival rate is lower for puppies, since they are so young and have a less developed immune system.
Home Remedies for Parvo in Puppies and Dogs
If your dog recovers from a Parvo infection, be very aware that they will have a weakened immune system and will most likely be susceptible to illness.
Your dog will become severely dehydrated and it is essential that you give your dog water or fluids. If your dog won't drink, you will need to try anything to keep fluids up. Use a syringe, add a little gatorade or electrolytes to replace minerals lost.
2. Activated Charcoal
Make sure the activated charcoal is a fine powder and make a solution with water or Gatorade, shake well and give your dog 10mls every fifteen minutes. If your dog begins to show signs of improvement give 10mls every 30 minutes.
3. Pepto Bismol
Pepto Bismol is commonly used for intestinal issues in human and it is gentle enough to be used for puppies or dogs. Feed your dog 1 tablespoon every 4 hours with a syringe
Your dog will need to eat some food to keep energy levels up and gain strength. In the beginning you can ru some syrup or honey onto your dog's gums to increae energy. When you see your dog start to improve, add simple foods like chicken broth and boiled rice. You can even blend the rice and boiled chicken and fee through a syringe if need be.
Once improved, ensure that you keep your dog extremely well and healthy. A good diet is essential, you may even choose to read up on the pros and cons of a raw diet for your dog.
5. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is a good way to hydrate your pet while keeping them calm, relaxed and sleepy. Keep it mild, cool and feed small amounts
6. Ginger Tea and Dry Ginger
Ginger is commonly used to relieve symptoms of nausea and upset stomach. Ginger contains digestive properties that can calm the digestive system. No mroe than 1ml of ginger tea every half an hour by using a syringe. If your dog is not eating on its own, you can mix crushed dried ginger with water and give them 1ml of the mixture with a syringe every half an hour.
7. White Willow Bark
White Willow Bark can help to reduce a fever. Dosage for your dog is 250mg every four hour for fighting the fever.
8. Colloidal Silver
Colloidal Silver has high anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-viralproperties. Dosage of Colloidal Silver to give your dog will vary depending on the weight and overall size. Administer the correct dose of Colloidal Silver every four hours to help kill the virus and alleviate symptoms. If your dog is drinking, simply mix it with the water.
If you would like to administer colloidal silver daily to prevent illness, Vet Info suggests the following dosages:
- Small-breed dogs should receive 10 ml daily
- Medium-sized dogs should receive 15 ml daily
- Large dogs may receive 20 ml daily
If your dog is showing symptoms of illness, use the following dosage schedules:
- Small breed dogs should receive 10 ml, twice daily
- Medium-sized dogs should receive 30 ml, twice daily
- Large-breed dogs may receive 40 to 50 ml twice daily
Parvo is resistant to most cleaning products making it very hard to eliminate. Bleach will kill the virus. Use this in the yard and on your dogs bed, crate, dishes and toys and of course clean them afterwards to remove the bleach. For soft items likes beds and blankets, wash them separately in hot water, several times. then dry in the dryer on the hottest setting dryer. I also like direct sunlight to air out and kill any bugs.
Maintaining a clean and sterile environment to prevent the spread and growth of the Parvo virus. Pick up dog poop and preferable burn any items that may be contaminated or unable to be cleaned.
If your dog has Parvo, keep you dog isolated, do not play or mix with other dogs or people. Don't go to doggy play areas, parks or play groups. Tell your get that you dog may be contagious when visiting and don't let other dogs near your dog.
11. Vitamin C
Your dog will benefit form taking vitamin C twice a day to boost their immune system faster healing. You can also mix the Vitamin C to their food or water. Maintain a healthy dog during and after infection with vitamin C as it directly affects the immune system and will improve general health.
Echinacea is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is used to fight fever as well as the stomach inflammation that occurs in dogs with Parvo. It will help to soothe the symptoms of Parvo. Open the capsules and you can mix the capsules with the food or liquids that you will be giving your dog to comfort your dog during the healing process.
Agrimonia is a plant that soothes the inflamed membranes of the digestive tract and can be effective for healing dogs with parvo virus. It generally comes in dried or capsule form and can be given twice per day, mixed with food and water, to help relieve your dog of its symptoms.
14. Omega 3 and Omega 6
Omega 3 and 6's are essential for a healthy dog and will help with the strength to fight the virus. Add two capsules to your dog’s food or liquid and make sure they ingest the Omega. The Omega 3 and Omega 6 will hel your dog to maintain its weight. You will need to give your dog the Omega capsules twice per day for at least one week, or until they no longer have the virus.
15. Egg Yolk
Egg yolk is a high source of protein and a powerful Parvo fighting agent. Chicken egg yolk contains powerful immunoglobulins that assist in the treatment of the virus. A Japanese study undertaken by at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences found that the immunoglobulins derived from chicken egg yolk are effective in protecting dogs against the Canine Parvo Virus 2 strain.
Hawthorn extract has high antioxidant qualities to promote artery strength and overall health of the cardiovascular system and is a useful homeopathic remedy for dogs with Parvo virus. Dried. Administer the Hawthorn at least twice per day with or after a meal.
Probiotics are great for general health but even better when your dog is sick. Probiotics in yogurt, curd, and probiotic supplements can alleviated Parvo symptoms. The probiotics will work to restore healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract and will help to prevent diarrhea. Probiotics can be given during and after the virus to maintain a healthy level of good bacteria and stop diarrhea.
18. Oatmeal and Oatmeal Water
Oatmeal and oatmeal water are both great for sustenance and hydration. Oatmeal is high energy to give your dog strength while being gentle on the stomach for digestion. To make Oatmeal Water eHomeremedies suggests:
- Boil half a gallon (i.e. eight cups) of water.
- Add the half cup of oatmeal, one teaspoon of salt and one third cup of maple or pancake syrup, and give it a really good stir, to mix it all in.
- Take it off the heat.
- Let it sit for 20 minutes.
- Strain off the oatmeal, but keep this in the refrigerator for later, as most dogs love oatmeal, and it's good for them.
- The liquid that is left is the Oatmeal Water.
Once you have the oatmeal water, you can add to or replace your dog’s current liquid hydration treatments or create a new mixture to further heal and hydrate your dog. You can give your dog this highly effective mixture of remedies several times per day to reduce dehydration.
19. Beef Liver
Beef Liver is a high protein meal replacement that will give your dog energy which is needed to fight the virus and prevent severe weight loss. Depending on how sick the puppy is will depend on how you will need to prepare it. Different methods of preparation include:
- Chopped into small pieces
- The juice from boiling the liver.
Ongoing Management and Prevention Of Parvo
There are ways to ensure a healthy dog and in particular a reoccurrence or reinfection of Parvo. Here are some tips for ongoing health:
- See your Vet regularly for a healthy checkup
- Get your dogs regular and required vaccinations.
- Keep your yard clean of dog poop.
- Check whether your doggy play mates are vaccinated and healthy.
- Feed your dog a healthy diet and required vitamins
- Disinfect (bleach) and wash your dogs bedding and toys.
- Watch for signs of your dog becoming unwell.
For your dogs ongoing comfort, you might like to try something like Paxxin. It is a natural blend of herbs designed to give you and your dog some comfort.
- Rosehip Fruit
- Goldenseal Root
- Oregan Grape Root
- Peppermint Leaf
- Spearmint Leaf
- Hibiscus Flower
Paxxin works to help keep your dog in good condition and maintain proper and normal digestion, and can help when your dog little extra help.
- Supporting the gastrointestinal tract
- Supporting the normal functions of the gut
- Supporting the immune system
- Occasional loose stool
- Occasional rumbling
- Occasional change of color in stool
- Lethargy ( associated with normal body stress)