To those that have questions about how to help your dog through parvo; please read through all of the Treating Parvo page. There is a treasure trove of information there that can help you save your dog. Please be careful about the questions that you ask, I just cannot get to all of them and would hate for someone to rely on my answer alone without reading the content. Some questions can be rather redundant and I want to keep the comments section rather specific as opposed to “What can I do to heal/cure my dog from parvo?” So please, before you ask a question read thoroughly through the Treating Parvo content. Thank you.
New how-to for cleaning up after parvo is in the making. This is so important, you can get rid of 98% traces of parvo on your property and reduce the likelihood that another puppy of yours or someone else’s puppy will get parvo just by spending a few hours cleaning up.
Did you know that your dog can get parvo just by sniffing your car’s tires? The amount of virus particles your dog needs to inhale/ingest to be infected is so tiny that car tires can pick up virus particles of other car tires that have driven through or on infected defecation/vomit. You can bring parvo to your home just by driving over the very area that other infected vehicle tires have driven!
The how-to will be published Monday so check back then for new content!
First of all, if you haven’t found it yet, go to http://ambertech.com/ and scroll to the very bottom. Under “Quick Guides” there will be a pdf called “Self-Help Treating Parvo”. This is GOLD, and the fact that it is free is very honorable for Ambertech labs. You will NEED this information for helping your dog survive parvo.
Enemas are VITAL for puppies who have parvo. Not administering enemas substantially decreases the chance that your puppy will survive. Some people are “put off” by enemas, but it is an extremely useful practice as long as it’s done correctly. As a dog groomer, I can say that it is not nearly as degrading as expelling compacted anal glands.
You will want to administer an enema if the puppy is dehydrated. To test if he is dehydrated, pull up at the neck skin and let go. If the skin takes more than 3 seconds to snap back, he is dehydrated. You can also tell by the gums, press on the gums and if they take more than a few seconds to turn back to pink your puppy is dehydrated.
Sometimes puppies vomit when they are dehydrated, keeping your dog hydrated through another means is of vital importance.
If he is dehydrated, you will want to give him an enema EVERY HOUR, until he is hydrated again.
1. Always use warm water. Not hot! And not cold! You can slightly warm the fluid in a pan on the stove if you are using a refrigerated base like pedialyte or coconut water.
2. The fluid MUST have electrolytes! NEVER EVER give a straight water enema. The reason for this is because a straight water enema will only dehydrate your dog further.
3. You do not need to elevate the hind end while giving the enema, although you may want to if you find that the fluid is just not being absorbed.
Supplies you will need:
Dosing Syringe or childrens enema bag- If you have a larger dog, you can use a childrens enema bag, but if you have a puppy 20lbs or less, it is a good idea to use a LONG TIP dosing syringe (without a needle obviously). These can be difficult to find, you may have to plan on spending a couple hours searching the stores. Sometimes you can luck out and find one at a feed store but usually they are in the children’s medicine or baby area. If you get one at a feed store, don’t get the super huge one that you can’t plunge with one hand. You want your other hand free to either hold the tail, or hold the puppy. I prefer one with a plunger, and not the bulb syringes (ones used for sucking). You can’t see how much is going in or if your putting air into the intestine, plus its impossible to completely clean.
This is an excellent example of what to get; notice the long tip.
You can get the above at Cal Vet Supply
Pedialyte, coconut water, oat water- I use coconut water, its benefits far outweigh pedialyte. I have tried to oat water in a pinch, but I wouldn’t recommend it for continued use.
Parvaid- Parvaid is expensive, but trust me, it is well worth it.
Vaseline- To lube the tip
|Under 3lbs||1tsp||2 drops|
|11-20lbs||1 Tbsp||5 drops|
|21-30lbs||2 Tbsp||10 drops|
|31-40lbs||3 Tbsp||15 drops|
|41-50lbs||4 Tbsp||15 drops|
Step 1: Pre prep the electrolyte fluid by warming it on stove top or microwave to a warm BUT NOT HOT temperature. Mix with parvaid into a small dish. Suck the fluid up with the syringe.
Step 2: Lube tip with vaseline. Your dog can be laying down on his side with his SPINE STRAIGHT. Usually they are not feeling well enough to struggle and will just lay there completely compliant. Insert syringe tip 1/2″-1″ into the rectum.
Step 3: SLOWLY plunge the contents inside. For a dog weighing 3lbs, it should take you 2-3 minutes. For a larger dog weighing 30lbs, it should take you around 8 minutes. The goal is to slowly administer the fluid. If any leaks back out, stop, make sure the spine is still straight and wait for a minute. Make sure the tip is still inserted 1/2″ to and inch in.
After a few minutes, your dog may get up and expel all that you just dosed. Administer again if this happens. It is not recommended that you do enemas for more than a 24 hour period but that is more like a guide than a rule. If your dog just isn’t taking in the fluid you will need another source of hydration for your dog if he/she is still vomiting and not interested in drinking himself.
Other Types of Enemas:
Diatomaceous earth enema: If your dog has not yet expelled any diarrhea for the whole duration of parvo he may have worms preventing his healing. You can sprinkle a bit of DE with the electrolyte fluid and dose as a regular enema.
Colloidal Silver: A STRONG natural antibiotic, You can put 10-20 drops or so in an enema solution.
Activated Charcoal: 1/2 a capsule for a medium sized dog or 1/4 capsule for a small dog is great for absorbing toxins, mix with the electrolyte fluid.
Disinfecting the Syringe
After EACH use, wash with hot water and soap then disinfect with bleach. Rinse well, and never use the enema syringe for the oral dosing syringe.
I am *NOT* a veterinarian, the information I have given here on this entire blog is based on my experiences dealing with the Parvo Virus, PLEASE do your own research, get second opinions on what to do for your dog and make educated opinions based on what you know. The information in this blog is not meant to be a substitute for advice of a trained Veterinarian. I am not responsible for any damages from any of these treatments stated in this blog.
I’m putting together a How-to post called How to give your dog an Enema. I get asked frequently how to do this. It is frustrating to understand for someone who has never given their dog an enema before, and its very important that you do it right. Even more frustrating if your a hands on learner like me- someone can talk me through the steps of how to do something verbally, but it goes in one ear and out the other. I have to SEE it to understand it.
Without really knowing what your doing or even a vague sense of what your doing, fluids can leak everywhere, it can be done too fast giving your dog intestinal cramps, etc. Its not a pretty subject, but vitally important to dogs who have parvo. Without giving enemas, the chances of survival are very slim. If you cannot or refuse to do enemas you MUST do intravenous fluids from the vet.
Just letting everyone know that I had a problem with my email, it wasn’t notifying me of comments or would notify me several days late! I have fixed the problem, and I am getting comments on time now. I am very sorry to those that had a delayed response from me.
I have also personally been going through some health problems that have been making it hard to keep the blog updated. Lately I have been doing much better and I am about to start redoing the blog and developing it more, adding articles, pictures and How-To’s. So many people out there just cannot afford to spend $1,000+ on vet bills, and I really feel for those people because I have been one of those people (and hell, still am!). It never is about not WILLING to spend the money, it’s that you would do anything to save your little friend and sometimes alternative methods are the only way.
When I first started this blog, I had in mind that it probably never get very many visitors, being that alternative methods are controversial and most people don’t research parvo on their own. It was mostly created for that one or two rogue people who were desperately searching for other ways to help their dog. However, currently looking at the blog’s stats tells a different story. There are FAR more people looking into alternative parvo care than I origionally anticipated.
So for those of you who are new or frequent visitors, new content with pictures and how-to’s is coming!
Good wishes to those fighting for their dogs and puppies with parvo, always keep positive thoughts and healing in mind. Never let negativity enter the mind and never give up hope.