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Healing Parvo Puppies at Home Page 2 Topics include:
Topics covered on Page 1 of our Healing Parvo at Home webpage are:
- Hydration Methods
- Home Treatment
- Enemas - Oh My!
- What Should I Feed My Puppy
- Treating a Litter of Parvo Puppies?
- How did my puppy get parvo?
- Is it REALLY Parvo?
- Vaccinations & Parvo
Oops, and can't forget our DISCLAIMER: This information has not been approved by the FDA or AVMA. We are NOT veterinarians. This info has been gathered and based on our parvo puppy experience working personally with 47 parvo puppies, along with relayed information and experience with thousands of parvo puppy guardians all over the globe.
The following material is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a trained veterinarian. This information is not intended as a substitute for your independent judgment and personal responsibility. Health issues are far too important to delegate to anyone else, ESPECIALLY dis-eases that can terminate the life of your beloved companion. It is highly recommended you seek information and counsel from as wide a variety of sources as possible, as in the end YOU make the decisions.
- WILL MY RECOVERED PARVO PUPPY GET PARVO AGAIN? ~ We had heard that once a puppy recovers from parvo they should NEVER get it again. As such, we experimented with our own recovered parvo puppies that recovered from parvo with the Parvaid remedy 6 years ago. Others have continued to bring us their parvo puppies, when our own were as young as five months of age, many with a different strain of parvo than the strain our own had and our recovered puppies have never again come down with parvo again. Mind you, we did NOT disinfect ourselves when working with sick parvo puppies and playing with our own. Once they recover, they have natural immunity.
Possibly if a puppy was living on the streets or very poorly taken care of they could succumb to parvo again, but when people ask "our" opinion, we advise once their puppy recovers from parvo, we do not believe they should EVER be vaccinated for parvo again. They have natural antibodies and since parvo is a disease of puppies, annual revaccination is unnecessary and possibly toxic to our beloved furry friends. Of course, it is always best to seek advice from your veterinarian.
- PARVO PREVENTATIVE TREATMENT ~ PARVAID is useful as a preventative for puppies who have been exposed to the parvo virus, but are not exhibiting symptoms. Dosed the oral 2-15 drops of Parvaid (based on their weight), 4x/day for 5 days, along with the Vibactra Plus 2x/day for 5 days helps to prevent majority of exposed puppies from coming down with the disease, if dosed as soon as you know they have been exposed. Preventative dosing helped prevent 2 of our own 5 puppies from coming down with any parvo symptoms. Unfortunately, we did not know about Parvaid before our own puppies started coming down with parvo and it took 24 hours to find out about it and obtain it. This is why I recommend everyone who has dogs have it on hand "just in case", as if dosed immediately upon seeing signs, the puppies will recover more quickly and treating non symptomatic puppies "immediately" will help prevent them from having any symptoms.
Our own puppies were 8 weeks of age when they came down with parvo. I made it a point to feed them ALL with one bowl, so the sick ones would see their siblings eating, knowing they would eat "their" share if they didn't eat. I made a fresh rosemary and sage tea and then mixed this in their meals of raw hamburger, liver, gizzards, etc. Even tho they weren't happy with the "tea" in their food, they would eat it, as they knew the others would eat it if they didn't...so I "believe" that feeding pups together might be useful in coaxing others to eat, especially when putting in ingredients they might otherwise not eat if fed alone. We did not force feed anyone.
- TREATING A LITTER OF PARVO PUPPIES ~ There are a few things to consider if you are treating a litter of parvo puppies:
- #1 ~ WEIGH each and every puppy in the litter! Often, some puppies weigh less than others in a litter, so just weighing ONE puppy and figuring ALL the other puppies weigh the same can be a life - death mistake. EVEN if you think they weigh the same, PLEASE weigh each puppy. For example, one of the girl puppies weighs 8 lbs., but one of the boys might weigh 13 lbs. The girl's hourly dosage would be 2 tsps., but the boy's dose would be 1 tbsp. every hour on the hour. Dosing the girl the 2 tsps. would be fine, but over time, 2 tsps. will NOT be enough for the boy who weighs more and it would be terrible to lose a puppy simply because it wasn't getting enough hourly fluids. So, PLEASE weigh each and every puppy you are treating.
#2 ~ We have found when feeding a litter of puppies, IF we feed them ALL in ONE bowl, sometimes it helps prompt those who aren't eating, to eat, knowing that their siblings will eat ALL the food, if they don't hurry up and try and grab a few bites.
- THINK GOOD THOUGHTS ~ ALWAYS think good thoughts about your puppy recovering from parvo. Our animals often know what we are thinking and if we think, "Gee, I don't think my parvo puppy is going to make it", it is possible for them to pick up on this thought and say to themselves, "Gee, they don't think I'm going to make it" and then they will start to think this as well. After all, they already think you know everything, as you are their family and you feed and care for them.
There were times that we had seen parvo puppies curled up in a heep on the floor, so very listless, not moving when we would come at them with their hourly oral syringe of Parvaid and pedialyte and we would literally have to lift their heads and open their mouths to give them these doses and I started to think they wouldn't make it. I would let their owners talk to them through the phone and their eyes might open or their ears perk up, saying, "Gee, maybe they didn't 'abandon' me here afterall". All, except one of the 47 parvo puppies we helped heal with Parvaid made it. After their recoveries, they are running around, chewing on things, eating, barking, licking, and driving me NUTS! Just like healthy puppies are supposed to do!! So again, always think good thoughts and keep up the hourly doses until they are eating and drinking on their own.
- AFTER RECOVERY ~ Once your puppy is eating, drinking, and playing again, we suggest continuing to dose just the 2-15 oral drops of Parvaid, based on their weight, 4x/day for 2 days, along with giving the Vibactra Plus 2 to 15 drops twice/day for 2 days, to prevent a relapse. Even if your puppy was treated at the vet office on IV's, the 2 days of Parvaid oral dosing will help hasten their complete recovery.
Feed small, light, numerous meals throughout the day if possible. Overloading the puppy's tummy with too much food all at once is not recommended. Monitor their play time, just a little bit, so they don't overdo it. Again though, if you used Parvaid to help your puppy heal and are continuing the 4x/day for 2 days preventative treatment to prevent a parvo relapse, your puppy should be fine without this monitoring, but for safety's sake, keeping an eye on them and not letting them overdo won't hurt them.
Raw chicken liver (organic if you can obtain it) is one of the best things to feed parvo puppies just a small amount daily to provide lots of easily assimilated iron, vitamin A, and other excellent nutrients. Do not feed your puppy dry kibble for at least the same number of days the puppy hasn't eaten while being sick. Since puppies are carnivores with teeth designed for ripping and tearing at meat, the very best thing to feed them is real human grade raw meat and bones, aka species appropriate nutrition. For more information go to our Animal Nutrition web page.
100% New Zealand Colostrum is excellent for all puppies recovering from illness and helps keep healthy puppies well. If your puppy was treated traditionally and on IV's at the vet hospital for numerous days, it is especially useful in helping to heal the intestinal tract and should be given 3x/day at 2 to 3 times the recommended maintenance dose. Probiotics are also excellent to hasten complete recovery.
Food grade diatomaceous earth is the best organic wormer and is more effective than traditional chemical wormers. we recommend feeding it to your puppy and adult dog(s) 365 days/year. Since over use of chemical wormers and excessive worm loads lower the immune system and often cause parvo, keeping your puppy on it will help prevent health issues caused by intestinal worms and parasites. If your puppy hasn't fully recovered from parvo or had a difficult time recovering, the addition of food grade diatomaceous earth to their daily diet is always helpful.
If your puppy had the heart strain of parvo, continue to give Hawthorn & Dandelion orally 4 to 6 times/day to strengthen and support the heart and circulatory system. Here again, a raw meat and bone diet is supportive to provide the needed calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients the heart needs for optimum health and feeding raw chicken or turkey heart daily is especially excellent for them. Coenzyme Q10 is also excellent for the heart.
We have had people call or e-mail us, who had their puppy treated at the vet office on IV's without the assistance of Parvaid, telling us that their puppy recovered from parvo one month to six months ago, but they still aren't "quite right" and wanting to know WHEN will they be themselves again. One of the reasons this occurs is because even though parvo is in the intestinal tract, traditional medicine treats by hydrating via IV and nothing is given to calm, soothe, and heal the intestinal tract where the parvo virus sheds the intestinal lining. Traditional medicine also gives anti-diarrheal and anti-vomiting meds, both of which keep the virus in the system which makes it harder for the body to recover as these toxins are kept inside the body. Blood and plasma transfusions are sometimes given to replace protein loss, provide antibodies, and help with anemia. Parvaid helps prevent the need for plasma transfusions. "Simple" parvo cases are 110%, usually within 48 hours, using Parvaid & Vibactra Plus. As per Juliette de Bairacli Levy's books, once they recover with herbal remedies, they seem to have even greater health than they did prior to becoming ill.
- WILL MY VETERINARIAN ADMINISTER PARVAID? ~ Many holistic and traditional veterinarians are presently using Parvaid & Vibactra Plus in their vet hospitals to aid their parvo puppy treatment protocol (and other intestinal diseases) and boost their success rate for healing parvo puppies and other animal diseases. Some veterinarian's will administer just the 2-15 oral drops of Parvaid every hour someone is in the vet office while a puppy is on IV's, others will not. Parvaid is not FDA approved, largely because it costs over $350,000.00 per product to get this approval, at which point, it would make Parvaid cost a lot more to people who cannot afford traditional parvo treatment. Some owner's take their veterinarian information about Parvaid and they decide it is okay to use as it is just a combination of herbs that can't be harmful. The veterinarian's who have administered the oral drops of Parvaid to puppies on vet office IV's have commented within 12 to 24 hours of oral dosing, the puppy is eating and they don't know whether it was the customer's prayers or the Parvaid that helped them recover so quickly. This is AFTER the vet was suggesting euthanizing the puppy as it wasn't showing improvement after being on IV's for 4 to 6 days.
Some veterinarian's will not give the oral drops of Parvaid and after suggesting the owner have their puppy put to sleep, as it wasn't improving on the IV's after many days, the customers have taken their sick parvo puppy home and treated them with Parvaid and pedialyte every hour and most of these puppies are eating within 12 to 24 hours. Please note, these people get a good tongue lashing from the vet, advising it is "cruel" to take their puppy home and attempt treatment...the puppy will die...etc.
It would be MY contention that if YOU have a puppy at the vet office on IV's and YOU are paying the vet bill whether the puppy lives or dies, YOU should have a say in the treatment of YOUR parvo puppy - PERIOD. It would be one thing if they chose not to use a remedy you suggest and if the puppy dies, THEY pay the bill or don't charge you (WELL, that's still NOT good enough, as we want ALL puppies to survive parvo and be healthy again and YOU want your puppy to come home), but it is my belief it is a totally different story if you are asking them to give something that they refuse to give and the puppy dies and YOU still have to pay the bill.
Note too, the local veterinarian's office that cremated our 90 lb. great pyrenees rescue parvo puppy and euthanized our alpha male 8 week old parvo puppy (prior to us discovering Parvaid) does not recommend Parvaid, even after his vet techs saw our recovered Parvaid Parvo Puppies and we took them a sample bottle of Parvaid. One of his client's could not afford his IV treatment for their parvo puppy and they took a bottle of Parvaid to the vet that they had purchased at a pet store in the same shopping center and this vet told them they "wasted their money" on "snake oil"!! This parvo puppy was treated at home with Parvaid and is alive today because of Parvaid...
Lastly, we have many parvo puppy people who have had their parvo puppies treated at the vet hospital on IV's for 4 or 5 days and their vet was suggesting putting their puppy to sleep because it wasn't doing well and/or they didn't feel it would survive. These vets refused to give the Parvaid & Vibactra Plus as the owner requested. Many of these puppy owners chose to take their sick puppy home, rather than give up on them and started the hourly dosing with Parvaid. Most of these puppies are eating within 24 hours...REALLY, I am not pulling your leg or telling stories here.
Please note, the puppy owners devote round the clock, every hour on the hour oral dosing to these puppies. You can't take a nap from 3 am to 6 am, as a puppy can die in that short time frame. So choosing to bring a puppy home after having been on IV's for numerous days is an undertaking that requires work on your part and/or the assistance of others to keep up the hourly dosing. Many of the people who have chosen to take the life of their puppy into their own hands call us and ask for guidance.
- WHAT ABOUT THAT PARVOGUARD? ~ Parvoguard appeared on the internet in April 2004. Here is some info about Parvoguard that people have sent us:
- 1. Pesticide Products - Scroll towards the bottom of the page and find Parvoguard.
http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Product.jsp?REG_NR=00183900101&DIST_NR=074104 2. Type Parvoguard in the search box andhit enter - it advises Parvoguard is an insecticide.
http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Search_Products.jsp#ProdSearch 3. Selmedica Health Care - LiceRx http://www.licerx.com/selmedica-healthcare.htm 4. Rip Off Report
We have had many customers call us to order Parvaid & Vibactra Plus, after they tried Parvoguard and it didn't work. One Parvoguard retailer quit selling Parvoguard, because he said Parvoguard didn't work and called us to become a Parvaid retailer, after trying Parvaid and finding it actually does work to heal parvo puppies. He has been selling Parvaid for over 2 years now.
PARVAID has been on the internet for 10 years. Parvaid and Vibactra Plus are available in many pet stores, feed stores, grooming shops, rescues, shelters, and many veterinarian offices are using them and/or recommending them to their customers who cannot afford traditional parvo treatment.
- WHAT ABOUT TAMIFLU? ~ Some veterinarians are recommending Tamiflu for parvo puppies. Of course, we get the hysterical telephone calls from parvo puppy breeders and
rescues when products like Tamiflu or Parvoguard aren't working for them and the people are seeking a better alternative than dead puppies, so we can't vouch for their effectiveness.
I can only say, from what I have read about Tamiflu, it is NOT supposed to be given to children under 1 year of age. And most parvo puppies are under 1 year of age. And the list of side effects are ALL symptoms of parvo, so it appears Tamiflu could actually make parvo puppies symptoms worsen.
Here again, YOU are the decision maker in your household. Use your best judgement.
- DISINFECTING ~ It is important to disinfect all areas infected with parvo. You don't want your infected shoes, clothing, home, or grounds to possibly infect someone else's puppy. As such, here are some disinfecting suggestions:
1. Chlorine bleach and water mixed at a ratio of 1 part bleach to 30 parts water. Be careful using this indoors and make sure you have plenty of ventilation. Many people use this mixture and pour it over a towel in a foot sized rubbermaid container, so people can come in and out of an infected home and bleach their shoes to prevent transporting the parvo virus with them.
2. http://www.htproducts.net has a product that kills viruses and bacteria indoors and out, in carpets, etc., called "Kennel Care". Their telephone number is (800) 424-7536 and they are open Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm PST and closed Saturdays & Sundays. Tell them Wolf Creek Ranch sent you to obtain a special customer discount. And no, we don't make money from that, but because we deal in viruses such as parvo and distemper, they are happy we recommend their products and volunteered to offer a discount to our customers.
3. Distilled Vinegar, water, and hydrogen peroxide mixed with antiviral essential oils and/or grapefruit seed extract have worked well for us. I always put lavendar essential oil into this mix (tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus...) as we are often mopping up around sick puppies and it helps to calm them and smells great to me. Great for cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms with too. Just be easy on the essential oils, as puppies can smell lots better than we can and we don't want to overload their noses.
4. Wash all infected clothing and linens in hot water. Bleach, distilled vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide can also be used in the wash. Just note, all of these can bleach the color in clothing and fabrics.
- WHY DOES PARVAID WORK? ~ The number one reason Parvaid works is because of the herbs Parvaid contains. Read our Parvaid Page for information about the herbs in Parvaid.
Additionally, it is MY belief, and again, I am not a veterinarian, the Parvaid & Vibactra Plus remedies work most often more quickly than traditional vet IV's because Parvaid is administered orally, every hour on the hour and therefore goes through the digestive and intestinal tracts where the dis-ease is. Vet IV's keep puppies hydrated through the veins, NOT in the digestive tract where the disease proliferates. This is similar to keeping you hydrated by putting you in a bath tub. The herbs in Parvaid go directly to the intestinal tract to calm and soothe the digestive tract, stop the bleeding, boost the immune system which helps make the puppy feel better, and help bring back the puppy's appetite. The Vibactra Plus goes to work, again, in the digestive tract to attack the parvo virus and prevent any secondary infections the parvo virus can cause, plus it eliminates single celled organisms such as coccidia protozoan.
Even when having to give an enema, the herbs in Parvaid and Vibactra Plus are absorbed into the system and permeate the body, helping it heal.
And, often times, I believe they heal because they are at home with their family members and not stuffed in a cage, all alone, or with a bunch of other strange sick animals they don't know. The owners or foster parents of ALL parvo puppies we have helped heal with Parvaid would call us or we would call them while treating their puppies and we would allow the owner to talk through the phone to their puppy. So their puppy KNEW they weren't abandoned here with us. Some of these puppies were incredibly listless, but as soon as they heard their family member's voice on the phone their eyes would open or their ears would perk up.
If you have a parvo puppy at the vets on IV's, I would suggest visiting as often as you can and of course, I would also suggest you make all possible attempts at getting your veterinarian to administer "just" the hourly 2 to 15 drops of Parvaid orally, every hour someone is in the vet office to help hasten your puppy's recovery. It would further be "my" opinion, if you can get them to dump their traditional antibiotic and use the Vibactra Plus instead, do it!!
- STRESS ~ You say you are "stressed", due to this parvo you are dealing with? Try one or more of the following:
- 1. Bach's Rescue Remedy
2. Chamomile tea
3. Valerian, Hops, and/or Scullcap
4. Lavendar or chamomile essential oil is calming and relaxing
5. Take some colloidal silver or Vibactra Plus to prevent you from getting sick too. 15 drops, 4x/day.
- PARVO CONSULTATIONS ~ Most parvo puppies are relatively easy to heal by just keeping up the hourly doses of the Parvaid remedy and electrolyte fluid and 4x/day doses of Vibactra Plus. Within as little as 6 hours, some puppies are already eating, worst case scenarios generally take 48 hours of round the clock, every hour on the hour dosing, until they are 110% well again.
I have contributed endless hours on the phone with parvo puppy customers for the past 6 years, 365 days/year, at all hours of the day and night, free of charge. Of course, the goal is for all puppies to survive parvo or parvo's imitators and be healthy again, but this has also consumed my life to the point of not being able to sit down to a normal dinner during the holidays (pups are ALWAYS sick on holidays) and it "stops" my life to a large degree as it is difficult to talk to someone on the phone while trying to shop in the store, do normal chores, including running my business, taking care of my own animal guardians, and trying to get sleep. I literally shut down what I am doing for these emergency calls. Due to the high volume of calls we receive and the fact that I have NO days or time off from this work, I am charging $25.00 per fifteen minute consultation for all parvo calls or e-mail consultations, during M-F 10am-5pm PST normal business hours. After hours, weekends, and holiday consultations are more expensive. Unfortunately, I realize some of the tougher parvo cases and especially those that either don't have parvo at all or have a combination of parvo and another dis-ease, many customers will not want to pay or be able to afford for these services, which means some puppies will be lost in the process. Hopefully, YOUR case will be a simple one and for those needing "extra" care they will be willing to pay a few dollars, just as they would if they called their veterinarian or other knowledgeable/experienced person for a consultation.
Parvo is our speciality. I have provided LOTS of information, guidance, and experience in working with parvo puppies. PLEASE, PLEASE, read this information. Parvaid & Vibactra Plus have healed parvo puppies, even after traditional vets had given up on them after 4 or 5 days on IV's and the puppy owner REFUSED to give up on their puppy so took them home to administer Parvaid & Vibactra Plus, against their vet's recommendations of course and many, but NOT all are eating within 24 hours.
BUT there are some cases that are tougher:
- a. Those with excessive worm loads.
b. Those with aflatoxin poisoning from kibbles that have been recalled.
c. Those with salmonella poisoning which can be gotten from mouse, rat, or bird feces in the yard or bad poultry - chicken, turkey, etc.
d. Those with severely inflamed intestinal tracts that can COMPLETELY close up, which is NOT normal, but it occurs in some puppies who have been overly subjected to chemical wormers and sometimes vaccinations.
e. Those whose liver is thrashed from the chemical wormers, vacc's, poisoning and upon autopsy show the liver had turned to mush.
It has been my experience that IF the diagnosis is correctly made and most often the puppy's history and sometimes the history of the parents can help determine where there are issues that need to be dealt with to help the puppy get well.
Again, most of the information you should need is on this web page. Some is in the E-Book. MOST parvo cases are recovered within 48 hours of dosing with Parvaid & Vibactra Plus, IF the puppy is kept properly hydrated. For those who think they may have other issues, if you can't find the answers on this web page or the e-book, we recommend calling us. ALL parvo or parvo imitator puppies are healable, some just need a little more help than others.
IF you feel the need to contact us, we will need the following information:
- 1. Age and weight of puppy
2. Worming (and whether you've seen worms in the stool or vomit) and vaccination history
3. Type of food you normally feed your puppy
4. Puppy's current rectal temperature
5. Frequency, consistency, smell, and color of puppy's bowel movements
6. Color of puppy's gums and results of the skin hydration pinch test
7. Frequency, consistency, smell, and color of puppy's vomiting
8. Name, city, state, phone number
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