How to Treat Parvo Symptoms in Your Puppy Inexpensively and Naturally

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Home treatments for parvo saves costly veterinarian and clinic expenses.
Home treatments for parvo saves costly veterinarian and clinic expenses. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

The parvovirus is a life-threatening infection that attacks the lining of a puppy's intestine. Initial symptoms of the parvo include a high-grade fever, followed by decreased appetite, weariness, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. If treated in a veterinary clinic, the puppy will receive symptomatic treatment to maintain the body fluids, body temperature and balance electrolyte levels. The expensive clinic costs can be avoided to those willing to spend up to 72 hours giving their puppy constant care and attention at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital thermometer
  • Organic herbal food supplement
  • Enema
  • Plain yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Cooked chicken
  • Rice
  • Ground beef or turkey

Take the puppy's temperature regularly with a digital thermometer. The normal temperature for a puppy is 100.5 to 101.5 Fahrenheit. A low temperature requires the chilled dog to be covered with a light blanket and offered warmed fluids. A high-grade fever can lead to dehydration or indicate a secondary infection. Puppies with a fever should not be fed solid foods.

Check the color of the puppy's gums. Very light pink, white or grayish gums indicate dehydration or worms. Perform a hydration test on the puppy's skin by pinching it; if it returns back into place immediately the puppy is hydrated.

Purchase and slowly administer organic herbal food supplement through enemas to dehydrated puppies until the he keeps fluids down orally and is hydrated again. Herbal food supplements are available online and in pet stores.

Reintroduce the puppy to fluids, such as those used to rehydrate and replenish a child's fluids and minerals. Products can be found in the baby section of grocery stores and pharmacies.

Offer small meals consisting of plain yogurt, scrambled eggs, cooked chicken, rice, ground beef and turkey throughout the day.

Keep a chart to record all pertinent information regarding temperature, diarrhea and vomiting, as well as liquid and solid intake.

Tips & Warnings

  • Read all instructions carefully before administering and follow all instructions as directed.
  • Talk to your puppy and reassure her that everything is going to be ok. She is as scared as you are and miserable.
  • Bleach everything the puppy touches. The Parvovirus is very resilient and can be tracked all over the house and infect other dogs. It is important to quarantine the dog.
  • If your puppy hasn't eaten in three days, put some egg yolk into her feeding syringe. This will give her some protein until she starts to eat.
  • Antibiotics should be administered to prevent secondary infection.
  • Bring the puppy to a veterinarian, if he expels the enema fluids shortly after administering.

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