Treating Parvo

The page is for the treatment of a dog that is diagnosed with Parvo or show parvo symptoms of any dog or puppy, ANY age, vaccinated or not.

  • lethargic
  • vomiting
  • bloody diarrhea or no stools
  • fever or chilled
  • not drinking/not eating
  • excessive drooling, not swallowing

Remember that your dog may not show ALL of the above, and maybe some additional things.

List of things you MUST HAVE

  • Parvaid and Vibactra Plus (if you do not have these the Amber Tech Labs website has a free E-book on treating parvo HERE and there is a rescue tea for until you get the parvaid)
  • Colloidal Silver (highest QUALITY you can afford, Soveriegn Silver is a good brand, anything boasting above 20ppm is not as effective)
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Bentonite Clay
  • Activated Charcoal
  • Diatomaceous Earth
  • Adizone or MSM or both
  • Aloe Vera Juice with no alcohol- unfiltered preferably
  • molasses
  • coconut WATER- not milk
  • rolled barley
  • turmeric
  • milk thistle seed
  • lemon juice
  • vitamin C (the complete complex like Ester-C, not the cheap ascorbic acid)
  • Yogi Tea Throat Coat- has awesome ingredients
  • Ginger
  • raw cow, goat or sheep milk
  • childs enema bottle or childs syringe for small dogs or the bulb type
  • lots of needless syringes varying from 1cc to 20-30cc
  • paper bowls (you will do a lot of mixing of ingredients for enemas an oral fluids)
  • paper towels
  • spray bottle of bleach solution for disinfecting


There are other sites that help with parvo homecare: Wolf Creek Ranch, ParvoBuster, Amber Tech Labs, Canine health101. I won’t go into the hour by hour advice, like these other sites have already done since that would be just simply redundant.


All dogs will need an antibiotic, whether you choose a natural one or conventional one is up to you. Colloidal silver covers many more things than conventional antibiotics. Vibactra Plus is a natural antibiotic. I personally, would not give any dog a conventional antibiotic while they are vomiting as the antibiotic can be vomited up and sit in their mouth and “burn” the tissues in the mouth. We had this happen with our Blue, and it prolonged his recovery. It also eats the enamel off of the teeth and turns them gray. We switched to natural antibiotics after one dose and it helped our Blue tremendously.


The enemas purpose is to hydrate the puppy enough to administer oral fluids that will not be immidiatly vomited back up. You should not have to do this for more than 24 hours, but the more extreme cases may need longer. Herbs can be mixed into the enema to be absorbed directly through the lower intestine. Some vets that virtually nothing happens in the intestine while parvo is going on, that they can’t absorb anything due to the sloughing. There is reduced absorption, but it is never completely destroyed- or the dog would have NO intestine. If you are worried though, you can get half the amount of Sub q fluids for your dog and half the regular enemas and oral doses.

If your dog is not presenting stools, enemas help to stimulate this.

How to administer an Enema:

The dog can be laying down, flat on its side (not curled up). Insert the needless syringe or enema bulb 1/2″ for small dogs or 3/4 ” for large dogs. SLOWLY administer the fluid. Two teaspoons will take about 7 minutes.


A puppy is lethargic from stomach and intestinal pain, usually more so when they’ve got food in their belly. Parvo sloughs off the lining of the intestines so to say the least they are in a great deal of pain. Dogs who have a low tolerance to pain may breathe heavily and half-way moan upon exhale.


From light to constant vomiting. Can be clear, watery, mucousy, yellow tinted or bloody and any combination of those. Vomiting is usually almost because the dog is dehydrated.


In the very beginnings of parvo, the stools are coated in mucous or have some mucous in them and are normally shaped. This indicates intestinal upset. Eventually the stools will be diarrhea and can be bright red, dark red, further along parvo they are more redish-tan, to tan with no red–All along smelling like nothing you have every smelled before. Nothing will jar your gag reflex like parvo dogs’ diarrhea. And there is ALOT of it, diarrhea can dehydrate your dog very quickly **ESPECIALLY** in a small dog.

Some dogs do not have stools, in this case the intestines may be swelled shut OR the presence of a worm overload. Enemas are very important in this case. Dogs whose intestines have swollen shut will not survive at the veterinarian on IVs. Parvo puppies should have AT LEAST 3-4 bowel movements per day. It is your choice, but I personally would NOT accept anti-diarrhea medication from a vet, this is a contradiction in practice. You would not try to block up a cyst that wants to drain? Why would you block up intestines that are trying to eradicate the virus by sweeping them out with watery diarrhea? Yes, this can and does dehydrate the dog, but there are other less invasive ways that re-hydrate them that ALSO lets the infection drain.

Without stools, continue to do the enemas and make sure to use adizone orally. You can also use it in the enema, but boil out the alcohol first by dropping the same number of drops you dose for your dog of water into a bowl, then suck it back up and put it in the enema solution, but remember this counts as a dose, and the box says not to exceed 3X per day. If you do not have Adizone, you can use MSM- in the enema. DOSE:

If it is a worm overload, which there really is no way to tell the difference if the intestines have swollen shut or if its worms- you will need to dose Parasite Tea until you can get some diatomaceous earth. Usually the worms respond right to the worm tea, but you may not get all of the worms. DE insures all of the worms are swept out. Dose orally or through enema. DOSE:


Puppies initially start vomiting as the bodies way of ridding the virus, but the vomiting takes precious fluid and soon the puppy is dehydrated and now is vomiting because it is dehydrated.

(pull up on neck, back, thigh to test for dehydration if the skin does not bounce back immediatly the puppy is dehydrated, capillary refill- check gums if they are bubblegum pink and if you put your finger over the canine and release, the color should return within 1-2 seconds. White gums indicate dehydrate as does a dry mouth. The pulling the skin method does not work for dogs that are extremely emaciated- there is no more elasticity to the skin, work off of capillary refill method if your dog has reached the point of extreme emaciation.

Excessive drooling

Your dog may drool if he is nausous or dehydrated, or both. They may be so nauseous They may not swallow or it is a chore to get them to swallow. Dogs also drool if they have vomited up the antibiotics and it sat in their mouth, killing the tongue and gum tissue. We experienced this with Blue, and I personally would not give any conventional antibiotics if the dog is still vomiting.

Chilled or Fever

Anything under 100.5 is a chilled dog, anything over 101.5 is a fever. Parvo dogs chill easily, especially if they are emaciated, do not let them remain chilled or they will be wasting their effort keeping warm instead of fighting the virus. A warm water bottle or a heating pad will keep them warm, just make sure to keep taking their temp so they don’t overheat. A fever indicates a secondary infection. Anything above 104* is dangerous, cool wet rags help fevers but remember, a fever is the body’s effort to kill the infection, let the fever go as long as it is not going above the 103-104 range. Otherwise seek veterinarian care or apply cool, wet rags. In some cases plunging the dog into cold water is necessary if veterinarian care cannot be sought and the fever keeps climbing. Over heating means they are using their fluids faster, so you may have to give enemas or oral fluids more often.

Lagging On

Sensitive breeds, breeds prone to parvo, recently chemically wormed or vaccinated puppies can lag on or stay the same for days. Sensitive breeds include any dog of greyhound build or any sight hound, some breeds prone to parvo are Labradors, Rottweilers, Dobermans, and other black and tan colored breeds. These dogs may take twice as long to heal from parvo than other breeds. Our 7 pound Italian Greyhound took 12 full days to completley heal, while his 9 pound sister on preventative was only mildly sick for 3 days. She still ate and drank, vomited once or twice and had semi-solid bowel movements, with tiny bits of blood. Prevention really is the cure.

Don’t lose hope if your dog seems to be lagging on, even if he won’t even lift his head or swollow- he can still bounce back. Just make sure that he is hydrated properly, he is warm and his heart rate is not going through the roof. This can indicate the beginnings of cardiac arrest, but usually if the dog is hydrated properly the organs will not have to work so hard so you shouldn’t have to worry about cardiac arrest UNLESS the dog is dehydrated.

Lagging on can also be caused by toxin build up in the system. Try dosing orally and through enema a bentonite OR activated charcoal and water solution. Sometimes this really helps those that are lagging on- but only do it every 8 hours for 1 day. Do not consistently dose either of these because they can coat the stomach and prevent absorption of nutrients and they also sweep out not only the bad things but the good things also. DOSE:

Lastly, the lagging can could be an indication of liver failure. If you have been giving conventional anti-nausea meds, anti-diarrhea meds, pain meds, and the antibiotics from your veterinarian, your dog is more susceptible to liver failure. The dog is trying to filter and detox and utilize all of these meds ON TOP OF trying to fight parvo and infections. We took our dog off of the anti nausea and pain meds and he got a little better. AGAIN, use your own judgement this is was just my experience. Live failure can cause pooling of fluids in the legs, yellow spots in various places on the body, and white gums but sometimes not all of these things or any of these things may present themselves. Just be sure to be diligent, know what your dogs norm is. For liver issues, milk thistle seed, dandelion, the cabbage tea in the parvaid self help site, and lemon juice is used. DOSE:

Beginning Treatment

A couple of things first, in order to boost the chances of your puppy surviving you will need to either have someone take care of your dog while your at work or take some time off. If you work an 8 hour job and come home without anyone caring for the dog during the day, it is almost certain that your dog will have passed from dehydration during that time.

If your dog goes from bad to worse, try to stay calm. Sometimes they have to get worse to get better. If he is your best friend, it is very hard to see them lying on the floor lifeless and the possibility that you may see them again happy and wagging their tail seems so far away. Keep in mind that even if you catch the symptoms late, your dog or puppy still has a good chance. Even when they are wasted to skin and bone, there is still hope.

1. You will need to dose the Parvaid and oral fluids hourly if your dog not eating. Let me say this again: EVERY HOUR UNTIL THE DOG IS EATING AND KEEPING IT DOWN  The Parvaid website says before each dose of oral fluids rub molasses on the gums. I did not have good luck with this. My dog vomited BECAUSE there was molasses on his gums. The way I see it is if you are feeling the most nauseous you have ever felt in your life and someone rubs something pungent all over your mouth, your going to vomit too. Depends on the dog though, my point is to keep this in mind if you can’t figure out why your dog is doing (fill in the blank). And keep in mind it may be that the dog personally does not like the taste of something.

2. When you dose orally, use Coconut Water, vita coco is an excellent brand. Coconut water is superior to Pedialyte or barley/oat water. It has all 5 electrolytes, is an anti-inflammitory, anti viral, antioxidant and antibacterial. It has sugar, so your dog cannot become deficient in glucose either. It is easily and rapidly absorbed, and even can be used intravenously as a replacement for plasma in an emergency. I had better results with coconut water, than using the pedialyte or barley water. When a dog first starts coming around but still won’t take water, try offering some coconut water instead, sometimes this is just enough to get them to drink the coconut water but plain water is still unappetizing. This will stimulate them to want to drink water in the future if they take the coconut water.

I also replaced the enemas with half coconut water and half aloe vera juice. I had greater results and the both combined are EXTREMELY soothing.

3. There are some times when your dog seems like he is not keeping the fluids that you give him in. He may diarrhea right after an enema several times and not be able to keep anything down. This is usually not the case but it can happen. In this case I would suggest sub q fluids, these are inexpensive and fast. Dose Oral or enema doses full strength until your dog is not dehydrated any longer, then dose the oral or enema half strength.

There is some info on the Parvaid care at home site that warns that sub q fluids may cause overhydration. I’m not really sure why they put that in there, it would be extremely hard to over hydrate a parvo dog. Do not worry about over hydration.

What is Wrong with Vet’s Hospitilization of Dogs?

Parvo is a money-maker, plain and simple. Some vets just put a puppy in a stainless steel cage with some IVs and hope for the best and that’s that. Problem is, you don’t know if your vet is one of those vets. They always recommend IV hospitalization because it is the most profitable, not because it is the best decision. I literally have had a vet throw a fit at me over not allowing my dog to be hospitalized.

Dogs are kept in air-conditioned areas where the drafts can easily flow into the hard kennels. Parvo dogs and puppies can very easily get chilled, they don’t get a comfy quiet spot where they can rest they must lie on a hard surface in an unknown place with unknown people and their owner is nowhere to be seen or smelled. Top it off with other smells of dogs that may be around, whining and barking and that is a very terrifying place for a little one who is very sick.

Fevers are usually not addressed. The vet or helpers do not have time to keep taking temps.

Unless you can find a 24 hour manned hospital, your dog will be alone all night with maybe one check in during the night if you have a good vet place. Even then, be very careful with the 24 hour pet hospitals- unless you have got a really really good one- the trainees and vets are usually new in training or cast offs from other employers.

47 thoughts on “Treating Parvo

  1. We have a sick two year old dog. It started Thursday night with just a few times of vomiting that lasted to Friday. I did not think much was wrong at first. Saturday it hit hard, with many times of vomiting. It started as yellowish and then clear. Saturday night we did get a bowel movement out of her. Yes it smelled really bad. At first I thought she got into something, but I am thinking it is parvo? She does have the drool. She wants to stay in the creek or go over to her water bowl. We are giving her fluids every 30 minutes. I have been giving her barley water with sage, honey and salt, Tincture made with veg. glycerin, This morning I started with some watered down apple cider vinegar that had yellow dock root in it. Yesterday she had a moment of moving around more and looking a little bit better, but this morning she seemed down again. She is still vomiting a lot. No stools. I believe I need to do the enema, because she is still vomiting and has had no bowel movement since Saturday night. I have never done this. Can you give a little bit more information on how? I just found my silver water and will start giving it to her. Thank you so much for your site. This has been incredibly hard and your site has been great.

    • It sounds like you are on top of things, the good start will really give your dog a good chance. Always, always treat everything like it is parvo, but keep in mind it may be she got into some type of poison. Your vet can also do a test to find out if it really is parvo. As for giving an enema, it will depend on the size of your dog- for a large dog you can use a human enema bag, for a small dog I’ve found that baby oral dosing syringes work well- if you can find one. Lube up the tip and insert about one inch, and very slowly let the liquid in, the slower the better. Make sure the solution is body temp warm, and not too hot or too cold. has a lot of info about enemas and the dosage in their parvo info portion. Amber tech labs website also has the dosage info and recipes for enemas. Start trying some different things to stop or at least slow the vomiting, I had luck with peptobismol, but you have to be careful how much you give because I believe it is a blood thinner. Keep checking for dehydration via pulling on the skin, if the skin does not snap immediately back into place she is dehydrated, and being dehydrated in itself causes vomiting. She may need sub q fluids if she is too dehydrated. Wolf creek ranch also has an amazing emergency consultation any time, day or night. They are always right on and an extreme help, they often will talk with you for more than the allotted time. I wish you the best of luck, and thank you for your kind comments.

  2. Hi Krystina, Nani is doing really good this morning. She is wagging her tail and smiling. She is moving around slow. . Yesterday after reading your article I had a friend bring over some silver water (she makes it) We gave her 4 TBS. of the silver water 3 times yesterday. I did one enema and it worked awesome. She did not vomit from 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Last night when she did vomit It was only a little. I also had made a mix of slippery elm, honey, raw garlic, tincture of golden seal, and echinacea, licorice root and marshmallow root tea. We would put this mixture on her gums and on the roof of her mouth several times throughout the day. Water was given at 30 minutes intervals and only 5 licks. As the night went on she had energy enough she was waiting at the water bowl spot. This was really hard not to give in! My daughter set her alarm and woke up every hour last night to give her 5 licks of water.
    Like, I said this morning she is doing way better! My question now is when should I introduce food? I am thinking after there has been no vomiting for a certain amount of hours? The honey mixture I made has calories in it. I am going to read back through your information and wolf creek’s to see what foods to start with. I have organic buttermilk, I am thinking that might be good and some eggs. Thank you so much for your site and all of its information.

    • Yes, I’ve used slippery elm many times, but mostly once the pup is coming out of parvo and is eating well with no vomiting. I have used it also as a preventative measure when my dogs have come in contact with parvo as a digestive expulsion. I always try to use very finely ground, the shredded can sometimes encourage vomiting.

  3. OMG thank you so much. I lost a 6mo Chihuahua last friday to Parvo and Tue am her sister started showing signs. I did give Activated Charcoal the first day but it seemed to really upset her tummy and she was throwing up so much it scared me. Tue night I remember I had Siver and had read that Silver and Pedialyte would help so started that orally tues night. Giving her 1 teaspoon every half hour. She kept it down until the following afternoon when she threw up once, it was black due to the charcoal I am sure, then had two bowel movements that were completely runny and yes smelled awful. I let her tummy settle for about 20 mins then gave her more that she kept down. all through the night I woke and gave her more fluids. She got up Wed morning and peed, yellow, and had two more bouts of diarrera. I continued the fluids. She did well and Wed afternoon when my daughter got home from school she ran down the hallway to great her. She also ate some boiled chicken. and kept it down. I kept the vigil up of the fluids until she started vomiting it all out so I started with enemas. Have had to do them since. I have been so worried that I was going to make something explode and I found your article. First thing in the am I am going to be buying the Coconut water and tha Aloe Juice and start her on that. I would do it tonight but it is almost midnight and nothing is open.

    I feel so much better knowing that I have been doing the right things I will sleep better between enemas tonight.

    I do have one question what are the best herbs to use in the enema?

  4. My puppy is doing great except she still refuses to drink sowe are still having to force by mouth or enemas. She is eating boiled chicken and rice and acts like she can’t get enough.

    How do I get her to drink on her own. I have tried regular water, Coconut Water and even goat’s miklk. Any ideas ?

    Thank you

    • Hi, sorry my responses have been delayed. Diarrhea is a natural part of the process it is the body’s way of quickly evacuating virus material and other harmful bacteria, I personally would not try to “stop” it with vet meds anti-diarrhea medication. However, that is for you to decide and consult with a vet. If your dog is well enough to eat you can give very small amounts of canned pumpkin, broth, yogurt or raw milk. Slippery elm can also be given, for a small dog I would not give more than 1 Tablespoon at a time of any of the above. It is imperative that you do not force feed, if your dog will eat on its own that is a good sign but if she is still refusing then it is her natural body response to not accept anything to further burden the intestinal tract. Also do not let eat until full or until they stop on their own, many many dogs and puppies have relapsed because of this.

      • activated charcoal mixed with gatorade or other non caffeinated liquid…oops I meant to reply to cathy caseri about he diarrhes

  5. I have 4 puppies with Parvo. I gave them activated charcoal, and yes, they vomited it up. Gave them a second dose and they vomited again. But after that, the vomiting stopped. They started drinking water and keeping it down. I started them on the charcoal around 5 p.m. and they were doing so much better by 9 p.m. This was last night. One of them is eating a little this morning.They are still weak but recovering.

    I have had several dogs with Parvo over the years and have never seen anything work soooo fast! I started treating 3 of them within 12 hours of showing symptoms. One puppy had it 2 days before I realized it was Parvo because he didn’t have that awful bloody diarrhea. As I was about to leave to go to the vet, another puppy started vomiting. Then I suspected it. The dehydrated pup tested positive and had to have I.V. fluids . He is the one that is eating this morning. The others didn’t get dehydrated , thanks to the charcoal.

    I hope this info will help save other puppies/dogs and also save on vet bills. Activated charcoal will help many illnesses in pets and people.

  6. Thank you for the helpful information on your site. I am fighting with parvo now. My husky had a litter of puppies and they just turned 6 weeks old a couple of days ago. She had 7 beautiful boys. Well now I only have 1 left now. Parvo took 6 of them out within 24 hours. 3 of the 6 that died held on an fought for about 12 hours, the other 3 died within 1 to 3 hours after they first starting acting like they felt bad. The remaining one (Wolfie) has held on now for 48 hrs. We’ve been doing penicillin and B-12 injections as well as pepto, pedialyte, and probiotics. I found an article about Apple Cider Vinegar. I just gave him a dose of that watered down. But I can’t seem to find out how often should I give him the ACV. How often should I give it to him? I’m going to CVS in the morning to get some activated charcoal.
    This isn’t my first time fighting parvo. I fought with it a couple of years ago and the penicillin and B-12 injections, pepto, and pedialyte did the trick. But the puppy was older than these are. And I don’t know if it’s because these puppies were/are so much younger than the last time I dealt with it or if this is a stronger strain of the virus, but this time is soooooooo much harder and it’s so rough on Wolfie and his poor brothers that didn’t make it. It has been a very tiring 72 hours. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,

    • Hi there, I’m so sorry to hear that. I would probably do the ACV twice a day. I had more luck with coconut water than pedialyte, so you could also try adding that also. I hope your little guy pulls through, I am truly sympathetic to those fighting against parvo, it is so horrible. The younger the puppy is, the harder it is for them to fight through, it also has a lot to do with their weight. A 6 week old large breed puppy has a much better chance than say a 6 week old chihuahua puppy.
      All the best,

  7. Thank you. Unfortunately, Wolfie passed just before 11:30 this morning. He put up a good fight but his little body couldn’t fight anymore. Ellie (the mother of the puppies) is moping around and whining. She knows something is wrong. But she’ll be ok in a few days. I keep loving on her and talking to her. I just pray that I never have to see another puppy die from parvo. Wolfie went peacefully, but a few of his liter mates suffered to the point it had me crying.
    Again, thank you for the information. It’ll be very useful if (God forbid) I ever have to go thru this again.

  8. When do u let your puppy to start eating dog food after getting better from parvo? Also when can u let it around the other dogs if sure they wont get parvo? He wants to play with the other doggies so bad! :(

  9. This is our third and fourth battle with parvo, after losing the first two, we grit out teeth and persevered this time. The first one, a 7 month old JRT/Red Heeler mix, was introduced after the loss of our first puppy to parvo. He was 6 weeks old then, and grew up just fine and perfectly healthy. We had come into contact with some parvo somewhere, couldn’t tell you where, but he got sick. After dosing colloidal silver, activated charcoal with Gatorade, and beef broth, 3 days and he is running around chasing our cats and being his normal self. Amazing, huh? Well next is little Charley, a 6 month old beagle mix. He started showing symptoms yesterday morning, with no appetite, lethargy, and vomiting. After one dose of stronger Activated Charcoal, and about 50ml of SubQ fluids, he started acting better. Last night we dosed him with colloidal silver, and today he is acting like the normal goofy pup we’ve known forever. Let me tell you folks, that stuff works wonders! I would recommend it to any person without any hesitation.

  10. My dogs seemed to be feeling better and started eating but wouldn’t drink on their own. The problem was that I had given them so much fluids that they didn’t need to drink. hahaha Once they are eating….just leave them alone and give them time….they will start drinking :)

  11. Hi there my pit/dalmation mix puppy that I just got contracted parvo after I gave him his frost puppy shots pretty much frost night I brought him home I been dosing him with colloidal silver and pedilyte hourly I’m quite tired cause of being up all night when and how do I know he is getting better he has regular bowl movements not bloody he’s been good about keeping all liquids down had a few gagging spells but nothing is coming up he he is alot move active then he was 12 hours before I just need alittle hope that my little Guy is going make it he is well hydrated even tho I figured he hates pedilyte thanks amber

    • Hi Amber, It is an extremely good sign that he does not have bloody stools and that he is not throwing up. If he continues to not have either of these symptoms then he is in the green. Continue to watch him however, and my advice is not to feed him. I’m not sure if your pup is in the early stages but every parvo dog that I’ve encountered in the early stages really goes downhill once they are fed, especially if it is kibble. At first they will still want food, but don’t give it to them if you suspect or if it is diagnosed parvo. Wait a day, and see if his appetite is still there and give him a tiny amount. Best wishes for you and your pup!

  12. My dog is 14 weeks old he has at the system of parvo I am giving him Parvoaid. he wont eat or drink. I have to force him to drink. His diarrhea was bloody but today there was no blood. Is there anything I can do more to help him

    • Hi there, I would look at my pages on how to treat parvo. There is lots of great advice and easily obtained things at the grocery store that is gold for parvo! Coconut water and colloidal siver are my stars. I would never be without them during parvo. Be very careful about forcing him to drink, plain water will dehydrate him further if he is vomiting it back up and there is a risk of him aspirating the water. He must have electolytes. If he still won’t drink on his own you may have to do enemas or get subq fluids from a veterinarian.

  13. Welp my puppy is doing good he trying to drink water puts his face in but no tongue action yet I’m fighting hypoglycemia right now and he’s running a slight fever 102.6 I have recipe for beef liver but I was curious if I should make some sugar water I’ve noticed he wants to drink so badly I don’t know why his tongue isn’t going in the bowl this has been a total battle and were almost there parvaid is the bomb any suggestions would be appricated

    • I’m glad your pup is doing better! I would highly recommend coconut water. It can be found at pretty much any grocery store. It has a high sugar content plus all 5 electrolytes naturally. I’ve seen nearly every parvo pup go through the “tongue withholding” thing. They are still feeling sick and apprehensive to try anything that might make them feel sicker. If you sit there long enough and watch he may after a few minutes start to drink. Coconut water really helps them want to drink, it has a sweet smell to them that sick dogs like more than any other plain water or laced water I’ve tried.

  14. Krystina, I lost him I don’t know what happened he finally started to drink water so I was giving him beef broth and some pureed beef liver and banana to help with the glucose then every thing went down hill from there. He was getting really weak and disoriented and he just closed his eyes and wouldnt open them up again I had to take him to the vet to cease his suffering I tried so Hard i was up fours days with him doing everything I could but I do definitely recommend parvaid it really works and a antibotic like that they make you gotta be on it every hour like clock work and love him as much as you can that’s what really pulls them through and lots of encouragement always think positive and don’t give up my vep was a soldier till the end thanks for encouragement and your advice it was really helpful amber

  15. These stories are so encouraging to hear. Monday my 5 month old doberman was diagnosed with parvo. The vet gave me the option of hospitalization or at home treatment. My ginger is such a mommas girl and I didn’t have the $1500 for the vet. He basically told me I’d be paying him for this time anyways and that if I had the time he thought her survival rate would be better at home with me. He gave me antibiotics for her and I really do think they’re helping but she still won’t keep any food down. I’ve tried wet food mixed with water in a syreinge and she threw it back up. Even blended bland chicken very thin and she couldn’t keep that down either. She’s no longer as dehydrated seeing as though her gums are pink and nose is damp but she is still very lethargic. Her stool is liquid but has no blood in it. I’ve cleaned the house and yard top to bottom with bleach making sure to get the virus out. I finally found out about colloidal sikver and ordered some and it should be here tomorrow. Do you think she’s heading in a good direction? She’s not as wobbly as she was in the beginning and hasn’t been drooling for two days now. She usually keeps down her pedialyte except on the occasion when I pick her up and upset her stomach. I was wondering if maybe the pepto would coat her stomach to help her get her appetite back? Is there anything else I’m not doing that will quicken her recovery? Any suggestions or comments would be wonderful!!

    • Hi there, She sounds like she is headed in a good direction. It is always good to not see blood in the stool. The only thing I would suggest is to be careful about the feeding and force feeding. If she doesn’t want food, it is for a reason. What I try to think of is when we are feeling the most nausea we have ever felt in our lives, it would make us feel sicker if someone force fed us food or even let us smell it. Her body is trying to tell her not to eat anything, the food can weigh the body down, which is already overloaded with trying to cope with the parvo. They can go longer than we would think with absolutely no food. Given they will start to look very emaciated and it will be scary to see them like that. Sometimes though, it takes some experimenting. I tried everything with my Blue, he wouldn’t eat cooked chicken, lots of high end canned food, broth or yogurt. He FINALLY ate the chicken liver flavored Hill’s Prescription Diet canned food that they sell at vet offices. It must have had just the right scent for him to want it. Just try lots and lots of different types of foods and brands of canned food. I hope this finds your pup still improving and overcoming parvo. Best wishes, Krystina

  16. Last night I started her on the colloidal silver around 9:30 for first dose and 1 am for the second. At four she was up having dierreah again but a little thicker and still no blood so very good sign. At 6 I gave her antibiotics and then another dose of the silver. At 9 she propped her little head up and followed me to the kitchen ( like she use to, she used to be my little shadow ) she sat pretty for me in the kitchen and gave me pawl like she wanted a treat. I had some roasted white meat chicken that I tore up and put out for her she gobbled it up and loved it! All day long she has are little pieces, pranced in the yard, and played with me! It was a crazy success!! I’m continuing her on all her meds until they are gone to ensure the virus is gone. Today is the first day she has eaten since last Sunday and showed signs of her normal goofy self. I can’t thank y’all enough for posting feedback!

  17. My chuy was just fisgmoded with parvo at the hospital n has been given hydration stomach n vomiting meds. Diarhea meds but has not vomitted or pooped….I have brought him home he in his bed n I give him I tbls of pedialyte n activated carbontwo doses mixed in with his pedialyte. .I am worried because he has not vomitted or pooped…..he is just lying there trying to sleep but I cant im so worried…can u tell me how activsted carbon do I give him…carbon/charcoal are supposed to be the same…

    • Hi there, It depends on his size. 1/4 of an activated charcoal capsule for very small dogs and up to a full capsule for larger dogs. The charcoal is for absorbing toxins, try not to use it more than twice a day because it can absorb the “good stuff” as well. It is always a good sign to not see vomiting. To help along the bowels I would try an aloe juice enema, but if you are not comfortable with enemas just mix in some aloe juice with the pedialyte orally. You can try half pedialyte half aloe juice. Hoping for the best, Krystina.

  18. Hey krystina! I have a 8 week old cocker spaniel puppy with me, my girlfriend and I just got him last Friday. We were so excited! On Tuesday night he started to vomit, he threw up until nothing came out anymore. I suspected it was parvo and that was confirmed after we went to the vet on Wednesday, they said he had a high chance of success! They gave him antibiotics that should last for two weeks and some fluids! When we got home we gave him some active charcol and he seemed to be coming back to his old self, but then later that night he pooped the aweful yellow mucus. He still was as chipper as ever though. He’s been eating his food and we’ve been giving him coconut water. He seemed. Much better! But then lastnight he threw up again until there was nothing in his stomach, but he is eating and drinking today. But he also pooped a very solid and MUCH less mucusy stool lastnight. He hasn’t been pooping regularly, but that’s been the case since we’ve gotten him. This morning he is a little laggy(it’s understandable after his long night, but still wants to play and is wagging his tail. Idk if he is getting worse or better. What’s your opinion on his progress And should I give him more active charcole? Thanks so much for your time! Before I read this I thought helping his was a lost cause!

    • Hi! It’s hard to say if he is getting better or worse, parvo is tricky like that. At any moment they can take a dive for the worse or right when you think they are getting worse, they perk back up. I would give very light meals at a time, it is very important not to let them fill themselves on kibble or canned food. Plain chicken or yogurt with a tablespoon of aloe juice will help keep things moving and sooth the intestines. You can give more charcoal and if you can get your hands on colloidal silver or Parvaid that always helps. Sometimes local natural foods stores carry parvaid. I hope your little guy is doing well as this point and continues to get better. Try to stay positive :)

  19. Hi,
    Please help!
    I have dealt w/ parvo twice before, so today when one of my beagle puppies pooped, I noticed the bloody mucous rite away. I used parvaid last time but I wont be able to purchase it til Friday. My puppies are 6 wks old and my question is on the dosage amount on the ACV,the parvo emergency tea & the frequency of administration.Any other suggestions on curing my puppies would be greatly appreciated! :-) Thank you

    • Hi! For the Emergency tea : 1 cup Pedialyte or Oat Water (electrolyte fluid), 2 tea bags herbal Peppermint with Spearmint tea (A good source – Bigelow’s Mint Medley. If the mixture is not available find peppermint and spearmint separated – use 1 tea bag of each. If only one is available (ie :Peppermint) use 2 tea bags, 2 Teabags Chamomile tea / DO NOT USE TEA WHICH CONTAINS CAFFEINE, 2 capsules Echinacea (This can usually be found in the vitamin section near the pharmacy), 2 Teaspoons finely chopped Garlic. Needs to be fresh garlic not dry (garlic packaged in a jar sitting in water or oil is suitable). If your puppy has worms increase the garlic to 2 tablespoons. Heat 1 cup of Pedialyte or Oat Water until hot but DO NOT BOIL. Add 2 tea bags of mint tea, 2 tea bags of chamomile tea, empty 2 capsules of Echinacea, and add 2 Tsp. of fresh garlic. Stir and let cool for 20 min.
      For dosing, give one dose then 15 minutes after that. Then wait another 15 minutes and give another dose.( 3 15 minute intervals) Then EVERY HOUR after that.
      Under 3lbs- 1 tsp, 4-10lbs 2 tsp, 11-20lbs 1 Tablespoon, 21-20lbs 2 TBSP.
      And for the ACV, twice a day with the above dosages.
      Good Luck :)

  20. I used K9 Bluelite instant hydration mix with my last parvo puppy. It helped a lot but I had to give it via enema due to the vomiting. I’m sure other brands would help too.

  21. My 6 month old bulldog didn’t eat all of his foo Thursday night and I really didn’t think much of it. By last night he couldn’t stop throwing up. I have been forcing 15 mL of Pedialyte and Gatorade every 10 minutes. This morning his diarrhea was bloody. From 1:30 to 6:30 he hadn’t thrown up or had diarrhea so I though he might be doing better. But at 6:30 he had another bloody stool. Excessive drooling started around 5:30. Through all of this I have continued to give the Pedialyte and Gatorade. I have no way to get to a vet. I also live in a very small town where the things mentioned above are not available. What is the prognosis and what can I do?!?!? Help please!!

    • I’m so sorry to here that. First of all read my whole page “treating parvo” and I’d recommend stopping the pedialyte by force. They can accidentally aspirate and it can get in their lungs. You will need to do enemas to rehydrate. I also have a post on how to do enemas. There is so much involved with parvo home care it really is a full time job, but can be successful if followed religiously. Tomorrow you may need to pick up some supplies from the store, I have a list in my treating parvo page. I hope your pup pulls through. You may also need to at least get some sub q fluids at the vet tomorrow if your dog is too dehydrated. -Krystina

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  23. my 6 months old siberian husky has been diagnosed with parvo since early this week , we’ve been giving her vitamin needles and water to keep her hydrated..she stopped vomiting blood since yesterday ..but she still has diarrhea with blood ! is there anything more i can do ? will she get better ?since the vomiting stopped?

    • It’s a good sign she has stopped vomiting. Keep her hydrated and don’t let her eat very much at a time and more than likely she is getting better.

  24. My 10 week old maltipoo Dexter was lethargic and wasn’t eating or drinking this afternoon and started throwing up. I put a little honey on his gums and took him to the vet for fluids before going to work at 7pm just to be safe and right before I left he had normal brown diarrhea and threw up a lot of water. I put him in the bathroom with water and food and was gone for a few hours. when I got home and he still wasn’t acting normal, I started giving him small amounts of pedialite and a few drops of pepto. At 230am he had diarrhea again and this time it was yellow and slimy. Since I got home from work he hasn’t thrown up but he still can barely lift his head and refuses to eat. He did drink a little from his water dish at around 4am. I’m going to give him pedialite every hour through the night to be safe. Does it sound like parvo or something else? At this point, after reading all the info online I know I’m going to treat him at home, is there any reason to take him to the vet besides to test for parvo? Can I get antibiotics or the parvaid somewhere other than the vet? Should I try to feed him something soon and what should I feed him? Should I continue to put honey on his gums or does the pedialite regulate the blood sugar?

    Thank you in advance for your help!
    Very concerned puppy mother,

    • Hi Erin,
      It definitely sounds like parvo. The honey on the gums is a very good idea it would be great to continue doing in conjunction with a fluid. He may be dehydrated, the easiest way to tell is by the skin on his neck. If it snaps back he is good for now, but if it slowly goes back down he is probably dehydrated. Forcing liquids is never a good idea, so either enemas or a vet trip for sub q fluids is the best option. Unless you can afford to get an IV done and leave him there for only a few hours. It is better than sub q or an enema. You can get antibiotics if you want, but the vet likely won’t have parvaid. can overnight it to you, but your area may have some natural pet stores or natural local stores that may carry it.

      I personally would not feed him anything. My post has guidelines for not feeding or forcing liquid.

      Good luck with your dog, I wish all the best!

  25. Hii there,
    My mother in laws puppy passed of parvo a couple days ago, but wasnt given the a chance.. now, our 4 month old pup is carrying, ive taken her to the vet and the vet gave us a variety of antiboitics for her, tamaflu, ceretia for nausea, and a banana flavored stuff. Were keeping a very close eye on her never leaving her side. Today is the first day of any bowel movement and it was soft stool but not diahrea. Shes thrown up 3 times since her diagnoses… and we started giving her gatorade to help hydrate… what is this collidoil silver, and where can i get it… also do i sound on tje right track? Should i do more?

    • You can get colloidal silver in the natural section of almost any grocery store, it is usually in a 1oz bottle either spray or dropper. I hope she is doing well, and getting better. Everything sounds about right, just continue to watch her closely.

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