Natural Cures For Parvo
The well know and highly ‘feared by puppy owners’ deadly virus, Canine parvovirus will attack the GI tracts of puppies and some adult dogs as well, affecting both domesticated and wild canines, often fatally. Are there natural cures? Yes, but one must be very well educated about this disease to even think about treating it yourself. Even though the cost of Veterinarian treatment is often unaffordable for dog owners, viruses like Parvo are the reason we often turn to the allopathic system for emergency care for our pets.
This dreadful disease is caused by what is known as CPV-2 or type 2, referred to most commonly as just Parvo. Parvo is very highly contagious and is one of the most serious diseases we deal with as pet owners.
In addition parvo’s attack on the gastrointestinal system in very young and unborn puppies, it can attack and harm damage the heart as well. So you can see this disease has to be taken very seriously when treating it naturally.
There are several differing strains of parvo – some much more serious than others. However, both CPV-2b and CPV-2c are the most common na d frequently diagnosed variant we come across in the United States anyway.
The Parvo virus can show up in any dog, as the disease is so very easily passed on from infected dogs and is extremely hardy in the environment, and in some instances can survive 3 to 7 years.
Parvo is known for it’s extreme resilience and can be transmitted in just about any secretion from the infected dog. It is passed mostly through the feces and vomit.
The Parvovirus can withstand a very wide variety in temperature fluctuations and can withstand almost every cleaning agents we have.
Parvo can be carried home to your dog on your own shoes, hands, that have touched it, even on your car tires, and even flies and birds can be carriers. Areas that are thought to be contaminated with Parvo should be thoroughly washed with bleach immediately
There is a product called ‘Kennel Kare’ that can be used on fabrics and bleach sensitive materials, a disinfectant by HTProducts (found HERE) can be used to kill the virus without affecting the fabrics.
For soil, lawns and other porous materials there is a good disinfectant called ‘ TekTrol’ should be used to disinfect the entire surface. Bleach will no wok to get rid of 100% of the Parvovirus in soil, and TekTrol is one of the only products that actually can.
Dogs that that have survived Parvo can be carriers for up to 30 days after they have gotten better and stopped having any signs left of the disease. So please do not take your pup to the dog park, or even out for a walk on the streets, that is how virulent this virus is. Especially do not have any contact with other puppies for this period.
Make sure to clean up all his poops immediately and dispose of them properly. Also, make sure to clean all and any surface the feces touches with an appropriate disinfectant.
Parvo can and will spread through the soil and will typically re-surface through rain water that is flooding the area, so try to avoid letting your puppy play in any puddles until they are for sure well over the disease for a month at least.
For any new home owners with dogs or a new puppy that even slightly suspect their yard may be contaminated, thoroughly cover the landscape with TekTrol and let sit for a week before bringing your puppy home. This is how serious this disease is!
Again remember_ Parvo is so extremely contagious!
Keep in mind that it is passed by any type of dog-to-dog contact and contact- especially with contaminated feces, or their environments and people that have touch or walk in the places that it exists.
This deadly virus can contaminate everywhere dogs are and everything your dog touches, including:
- Bedding and kennel/crate surfaces
- All Feeding and watering bowls
- Collars, leashes, harnesses etc.
- All humans that pet or touch your dog and their clothing
- Dog parks
- Doggie daycare or boarding kennels
- Grooming shops
- Humane societies or animal rescue organizations
Parvo is a a very hardy type of virus – it can handle almost any extreme in temperature.
It lives in any kind of environment it is connected to for extremely long periods of time. And it is really everywhere-parvo has spread not only to all the dog shows, veterinary clinics, all grooming salon, and obedience schools, all our streets, the parks, (especially dog parks) , our houses, schools, our shopping malls, airplane, bus, and office in the world actually.
Even the most minute amounts of parvo-infected feces can infect an area and pass the disease to other pets coming into that area, so if you are even the slightest concerned with a unprotected puppy to not go to the dog park.
Parvo causes these similar symptoms in most all dogs, including:
- Severe and usually bloody diarrhea
- Intense Vomiting
- Fever and feeling very cold
- no appetite
Dehydration can come on so quickly. This of course is a result of the watery and sometimes explosive diarrhea and intense vomiting, especially in very young.
This is why when treating your pet yourself you have to keep them very hydrated. Using a turkey baster if you have to – you must keep them hydrated. That is not often easy!
Most deaths from parvo happen within 48 to 72 hours after first signs of symptoms. That’s why it’s extremely critical that you take your pet to an emergency Vet clinic if he shows any signs of this infection.- or if you are able to home treat do extreme measures immediately. It is a great idea if you have or breed dogs or have puppies to have on hand the necessary remedies for treatment of Parvo and be well versed in what to do. It is an emergency and should be treated as such.
Best Treatment and Diagnosis
Definitive diagnosis of parvo requires laboratory and fecal testing. This is in my opinion one of the best uses of the Allopathic Veterinarian system. To get proper diagnostics.
There is no specific drug or holistic treatment specifically that is available that will just immediately remedy the situation. There is nothing that can just kill parvo in an infected dog. Treatment involves boosting up your pet’s organs and body systems until her immune response can conquer the infection.
There are holistic support products and methods that can turn the condition around however, if given properly and done with most diligent of care.
Treatment should be started immediately as soon as the disease is suspect. Start with giving fluid and electrolyte replacement to combat dehydration, efforts to control the vomiting and diarrhea, and preventing secondary infections. You can give large amounts of colloidal silver with the use of either an eyedropper with puppies or a turkey baster with adult dogs. For a big dog up to a quart a day. For a small dog a pint is not too much to give.
There are also many great homeopathic and herbal remedies that can be useful in treating the symptoms of parvo. One that should be used and kept on hand is Parvaid. Parvaid – All-Natural Parvo Aid for Dogs (1oz)
We highly recommend you work with a holistic veterinarian if you are not familiar with home treating- this is to determine what natural therapies are most helpful and advisable for your sick pet, and if it is best to consider hospitalization until your dog is stable.
It is true and something to consider that treatment for the parvo virus can be highly expensive through an allopathic Veterinarian, and there is certainly no guarantee that your beloved puppy is not going to die anyway no matter how aggressively the Parvo is treated and how much you spend.
Early prevention, good intervention and very aggressive treatment generally result in better outcomes.
We feel the very best natural cure is prevention and boosting the puppy’s immune system through a high quality and raw food diet – giving colloidal silver in the water on a daily basis as a puppy to keep away bad viruses, parasites and bacteria to begin with and use common sense. Decide if you are going to give minimal vaccinations, full vaccine program, nosodes or none at all.
If you are not vaccinating your puppy, (which many people opt for these days due to health issues with vaccinating) One must weigh the risks- and do the preventative measures. Have a good homeopathic first aid kit on hand., use colloidal silver, buy some parv-aid ( see above) just in case and do your best to prevent the infection in the first place.
Using Colloidal Silver to Cure Parvo in Dogs:
Even though there may not be any hard clinical or veterinary support or clear evidence that colloidal silver can actually cure Parvovirus in dogs, there is quite a lot of of anecdotal evidence that it works or at least helps many, many pets recover quickly . The truth is many people have been using colloidal silver on their “Parvo puppies” (and grown dogs with Parvo, as well) for several years with amazing results, and often with great success, as this video attests.
Our 20 PPM Nano-Particle Colloidal Silver can be administered orally, several times throughout the day until your puppy’s appetite returns to normal and the Parvo symptoms are completely gone.
This might be anywhere from just 3-4 of days to 2 weeks or so. For most “parvo puppies” in which the virus caught early enough, sit can be administered up to five eyedroppers full of 20 ppm colloidal silver, up to five times a day.
For most larger dogs sit can be used up to five, 10cc plastic syringes full (no needle) of colloidal silver or even a turkey baser full can work. given to them orally, up to five times a day, until the dog’s appetite is back and Parvo symptoms are gone.
Colloidal silver is not a “guaranteed” cure for Parvo in dogs, as even veterinary treated dogs often die of Parvo (up to 80% of the time). But the anecdotal evidence for its ability to work on killing viruses is significant, as the example in the below video suggests.
More interesting reading about Parvo –
To vaccinate or not – http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/5_6/features/5458-1.html
– Parvo Self Help Guide: http://ambertech.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Parvo_Information_Self_Help_Guide.pdf