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Treat Parvo In Dogs With These Home Remedies

Parvo or Canine Parvovirus can be a very deadly disease if not treated in time. These home remedies for parvo will however help you cure the illness in no time.

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If your dog is suffering from parvo, then it necessary you give it immediate treatment. If hospitalizing your pet is not an option for you, then you can begin treatment at home with these natural remedies. These remedies are easy and yet effective. Also you can find most of these already lying in your kitchen cabinet.

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According to healthcommunities,

“Canine parvovirus is caused by infection with CPV, most often, CPV-2a or CPV-2b. All dogs are at risk for developing canine parvovirus. Puppies less than 4 months old and dogs that have not been vaccinated against the virus are at increased risk for infection.

Newborn puppies receive antibodies from their mothers that help provide immunity, but immunity to CPV wears off before the puppies’ immune systems are developed enough to destroy the virus and fight off infection.

Dogs in pet stores, animal shelters, and breeding kennels also are at increased risk. Overcrowding and poor sanitary conditions make it easier for the virus to spread. Certain breeds of dog (e.g., English springer spaniels, rottweilers, Doberman pinschers) and dogs that have another health condition may have a higher risk for developing severe disease.”

Signs and symptoms

The symptoms associated with parvo originate and develop suddenly. Within just a couple of days of exposure to the virus, you can expect the symptoms to start showing.

Parvo can even be fatal in puppies and so, it is necessary you begin treatment at home almost immediately.

The usual signs and symptoms of parvo are:

  • Bloody diarrhea (often severe)
  • Fever
  • Lethargy (lack of energy)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Malaise (discomfort associated with illness)
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Vomiting

Home remedies for parvo

Here are 10 home remedies that will treat your dog’s parvovirus in no time.

1. Hydration

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The first remedy on this list is making sure your dog is hydrated. Your pet will not be able to tell you whether it is dehydrated or not. And when it is suffering parvo, it might become necessary to force feed water. You can do this with the help of a pipe or even a syringe. You might even want to give your dog some Gatorade (make sure it is unflavored), to provide more hydration.

During the infection, you dog will get dehydrated very fast, and it is important you monitor its hydration levels closely. To check how hydrated your dog is, you need to lift its skin above the shoulder black. If you see that the skin is snapping quickly back into place, then your dog is hydrated. If, however, the skin remains pulled up, then your dog needs water.

2. ​Activated Charcoal

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The next remedy on our list is activated charcoal. This is available at health food stores. Activated charcoal is known to cure parvo in dogs.

To use it as a remedy, you need to prepare a solution of activated charcoal. To prepare the solution, you will need a bottle. To it add a cup of water. Now add a tablet of activated charcoal. Remember to crush the tablet before adding it to water. Now you can add some Gatorade to make the solution a hydrating beast. Shake the bottle well and feed it to your pet. You need to do this treatment every half an hour.

This solution can cure parvo quickly.

3. Pepto Bismol

The next remedy on our list is pepto bismol. This can be availed at a drug store. Though used mainly for intestinal issues in humans, you can use it for treating parvo in dogs too. To give your dog a teaspoon of pepto bismol, you will need a pipette or a syringe.

Do this treatment every four hours, and for three days. The symptoms associated with parvo will be gone by then, especially symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea.

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4. Diet


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A loss appetite is likely once the dog contracts parvo, but this is also the time when the dog needs to eat more. If the dog does not eat healthy food during this period, then its immune system is likely to get weakened, and that will impede the healing process.

To help regain appetite, here’s what you can do: Rub some pancake syrup onto your pet’s gums. This not only makes them hungrier, it will also ensure their energy level does not fall, as they will need energy to eat.

You can feed your dog some chicken broth and some boiled rice. This will ensure the immune system does not get weak.

According to PetMD,

“Once dogs are able to hold down food, water, and medications without vomiting, they can usually leave the veterinary clinic and go home to continue their recovery. Most will need to eat small, frequent meals of a bland diet and continue taking anti-nausea medications until they are able to hold down their normal food (usually a week or two). Give your dog the full course of any antibiotics that have been prescribed even if he or she appears to be back to normal.”

5. Chamomile Tea

The next remedy on our list is chamomile tea. This is because the tea can hydrate the pet’s body and also soothes its pain making it feel sleepy. Sleep is vital cause during sleep your doggy’s body will heal itself.

To use this as a remedy, you need to first brew a cup of chamomile tea. Use two tea bags to brew the tea. You should ensure the eta is caffeine free. Now give your dog the tea gradually. Do not force feed. You can give your pet hot or cold brew, depending on its taste. Give 1 mL of this tea to your pet every half an hour.

6. Ginger Tea and Dry Ginger

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Ginger is an amazing remedy that works like a wonder drug on an upset stomach. It also treats symptoms like nausea, which is associated with parvo. This is mainly because ginger has digestive properties that soothe the digestive system.

To use it as a cure for the parvovirus, you can either prepare a cup of ginger tea or give our pet some dry ginger with food. To give the dry ginger with food, make sure you crush it into a powder first and then sprinkle it on the pet’s food.

7. White Willow Bark

The next natural treatment for parvo involves white willow bark. White willow bark is a popular home remedy because it reduces fever and also fights the bacteria that is causing the fever.

You might have difficulty finding white willow bark, but you might have some luck finding it at a local herb shop. Once you get hold of some white willow bark, give your unwell pet 250mg of the herb, every 4 hours. This will help fight the fever in a jiffy.

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8. Colloidal Silver

The next remedy on our list is colloidal silver. Colloidal silver is anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It is also anti-microbial which makes it an amazing treatment for parvo in dogs.

How much colloidal silver you should give your dog depends on your dog’s weight and overall size. Therefore, the amount of colloidal silver varies. You need to administer the right dosage of colloidal silver to your unwell dog every four hours. You can consult a vet to find out what is the right dosage for your dog. You can mix the silver in your dog’s water and administer the colloidal silver.

Even after the virus is cured, you can give your dog colloidal silver.

According to The Silver Edge,

“While there’s no clinical or published veterinary evidence that colloidal silver can be used to cure Parvovirus in dogs, there’s TONS of anecdotal evidence. Indeed, people have been using colloidal silver on their “Parvo puppies” (and grown dogs with Parvo, as well) for many years, and often with great success, as this video attests. Colloidal silver is generally administered orally, multiple times throughout the day until the dog’s appetite returns and the Parvo symptoms are gone. This can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. For “parvo puppies” in which the disease is caught early, some people administer up to five eyedroppers full of 10 ppm colloidal silver, up to five times a day. And for larger dogs some people use up to five, 10cc plastic syringes full (no needle) of colloidal silver, orally, up to five times a day, until the dog’s appetite returns and Parvo symptoms are gone.”

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Parvo or Canine Parvovirus can be a deadly disease if not treated in time. These home remedies for parvo will however help you cure the illness quickly.
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