Healing Parvo Puppies
These healing parvo pages are the beginning of numerous pages to come, in my "spare" time (yeah right!). We are not veterinarians, but we have worked with many parvo puppies. Many have asked for us to put together helpful ideas, thoughts, and experience in healing parvo puppies. As such, this is the beginning of our parvo puppy information. Please check back for updates that are sure to come in the future.
Parvo is a disease of puppies. In the past 9 years, dealing with over 20,000 parvo puppies, ALL have been 15 months of age or younger, EXCEPT 2 that I am aware of. One was 6 years old and did not have a definitive parvo diagnosis from a vet, so it is possible this one may have had coccidia, campylobacter, or something else.
We have personally helped 46 out of 47 parvo puppies heal themselves with natural remedies, mainly Paxxin (formerly Parvaid) and Colloidal Silver (actually, NOT Colloidal Silver, but Electrically Isolated Silver). We just had the pleasure of helping a 4 lb. Chihuahua named Zoey recover from parvo. She went home with her family after being with us for 48 hours happy, healthy, and parvo free. :-) Via phone, we work with many more parvo puppy owners and veterinarians 365 days a year.
There are many dis-eases that can mimic parvo. Some of these diseases are viral, some bacterial, others are worms or protozoan. Here is a partial listing of dis-eases that mimic parvovirus:
MANY parvo like dis-eases will test positive for parvo, such as: Campylobacter and Salmonella. AND, IF a puppy was just vaccinated for parvo, it will test positive for parvo for at least 2 weeks post vaccination, even if it doesn't have parvo.
Being vaccinated can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and/or lethargy in some puppies for 1 or 2 days post vaccination. Traditional wormers can exhibit these symptoms immediately after dosing as well. When we used to vaccinate for parvo, distemper, lymes, corona, adenovirus, lepto, bordetella, etc., one of my canine companions would vomit and have diarrhea for days after being vaccinated. She was still eating and running around, but just being vaccinated caused her to have diarrhea and vomit for a few days after her vaccinations. I didn't correlate it at the time, but now I know this was her way of saying she was extremely sensitive to the vaccines.
Many holistic and traditional veterinarians are presently using Paxxin & 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 Paxxin every hour someone is in the vet office while a puppy is on IV's, others will not. Paxxin 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 Paxxin 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 Paxxin 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 veterinarians will not give the oral drops of Paxxin (aka 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 Paxxin 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 Paxxin) does not recommend Paxxin (aka Parvaid), even after his vet techs saw our recovered Paxxin Parvo Puppies and we took them a sample bottle of Paxxin. One of his client's could not afford his IV treatment for their parvo puppy and they took a bottle of Paxxin (aka 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 Paxxin and is alive today because of Paxxin...
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 Paxxin (formerly 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 Paxxin. 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.
Due to the fact that we did not have $4800-$7200.00 cash to treat our own 5 parvo puppies in early 2001, we did the home treatment route with Paxxin (formerly Parvaid) and Colloidal Silver (CS). This experience enlightened us greatly to home treatment, as have the other 42 parvo puppies people have brought us to help heal them with Paxxin and CS. The following are important guidelines for those desiring to treat their own parvo puppies at home:
I'm a "Temp-a-holic", so I always monitor a parvo puppy's temperature. Holistic norm is 100.5 to 101.5, anything other than this is either a low or high grade fever. We use those nice digital thermometers. We ALWAYS tell parvo puppies WHY we are taking their temperature. If someone was putting a thermometer in my rectum, I'd want to know WHY! A sick puppy's temperature tells us many things:
NEVER feed solid food to a puppy with a fever, as this can prevent recovery and/or make them worse. The old saying, "Feed a cold, starve a fever" applies here.
HYDRATION ~ Well hydrated puppies have dark pink gums, well, in those breeds that have pink gums to begin with. Very light pink, white, or grayish gums means one of two things - either the puppy has excessive worms or they are dehydrated. You can also pinch their skin to test hydration. Pinch the skin on your forearm and it immediately goes back into place meaning YOU are NOT dehydrated. Pinch the puppies skin, if it goes back into place immediately, this indicates they are hydrated. If their skin sticks and takes a second or two to go back into place, they are dehydrated. When checking puppy hydration, we use both the gum and pinch the skin method for added assurance.
Hydration is important. You can lose a parvo puppy to dehydration or secondary infection, PRIOR to losing them of parvo. This is why parvo puppies are put on IV's at the vet office, to prevent dehydration. Dehydration causes the organs to work harder and the body can shut down quickly, resulting in death.
HYDRATION METHODS ~ There are 5 hydration methods that I have heard about. They are:
IV's and Subcue fluids are hydration methods that a vet or a person trained in these methods can do easily. We recommend IV's or oral/enema dosing, as we are hearing that Sub Q fluids are not releasing fluids back into the system fast enough, when a puppy is continuing to vomit or have diarrhea, so they can still dehydrate. Personally, we have always used the oral and enema methods to keep parvo puppies hydrated. If a parvo puppy continues to vomit oral fluids, we generally use the enema method to help get them them hydrated again, until they can keep fluids down orally. Using Paxxin (aka Parvaid), Pedialyte, and sometimes Colloidal Silver (aka Electrically Isolated Silver), per the Paxxin insert instructions we have found enema fluids are completely retained in puppies who are dehydrated.
It is recommended to use an antibiotic in conjunction with Paxxin (formerly Parvaid), to prevent secondary infection. Parvo can eat through arteries, therefore, Parvo can create a secondary infection. As noted above, a parvo puppy can die of dehydration OR secondary infection PRIOR to dying of parvo, so a good antibiotic is very important.
Please note, we highly recommend using Vibactra Plus or Colloidal Silver in conjunction with Paxxin (aka Parvaid} when treating parvo. #1 because Vibactra Plus and Colloidal Silver are known to kill viruses, which NO traditional antibiotic can do and #2 because too frequently, puppies are being diagnosed with parvo when they either don't have it or they have BOTH parvo and coccidia. Vibactra Plus or Colloidal Silver kill microscopic single celled organisms/parasites, such as coccidia protozoan (they do not kill "worms" like roundworms, tapeworms, etc.). Instances where a puppy is treated for "parvo" and their puppy really had "coccidia", puppies die, whether treated on vet IV's or at home. Therefore, using Vibactra Plus or Colloidal Silver helps heal puppies or dogs whether they have parvo, coccidia, giardia, etc. So ALL parvo like dis-eases are covered.
Parvo puppies generally have a dark bloody diarrhea, tho we have seen some with a bright red bloody diarrhea and there is the F-Strain where there is no blood, but a mucousy diarrhea, often a yellowish tan color. Regardless of whether a parvo puppy has dark bloody diarrhea, bright red bloody diarrhea, or the F-Strain mucousy diarrhea, we have seen all types heal with Paxxin (formerly Parvaid) and a natural antibiotic. There have been some parvo puppies who just have spots of blood in their diarrhea and others who have a total mass of complete dark or bright red diarrhea.
Parvo puppies do not feel well, hence, they are lethargic. Just as we are lethargic when we have the flu. We believe it is important to give them lots of TLC, time, attention, and be at their beckon call, just as we would want someone to be there for us if we were so sick. We also believe, it is important for them to be able to recover in a household that is conducive of getting better. Not saying we want them glued to a hospital bed, but that excessive noise and play with other family members is best kept to a minimum, to help allow them to heal.
Enemas are not as bad as many people think they are or will be. Enemas are an excellent way of preventing puppies from dehydrating, especially if they are not keeping fluids down orally. If a puppy is not dehydrated, the enema fluids will come back out, but when they are dehydrating (do the gum and skin test above), their bodies maintain all the enema fluids given. IF a parvo puppy expels the enema fluids within seconds of giving an enema, its intestines may have tortioned (twisted). IF this occurs, you should get your puppy to a vet immediately.
You can give an enema with a fleet enema bag, an infant enema bag, a bulb syringe, or a standard clear syringe, like the one you may be using for oral doses. We prefer using clear syringes, as it's easy to see how much fluid is in them and it's easy to see how clean they are after washing. ALWAYS make sure to clearly mark an enema syringe with a good permanent marker and NEVER use an enema syringe even after it's been thoroughly washed to give an oral dose, as you can reinfect a puppy with parvo.
Please note, there are 2 kinds of syringes. One is made to screw a needle into, which does NOT make a good syringe for giving enema doses. If using a syringe for giving enemas, make sure the tip is nice and clean, without that flowery thing typical needle syringes have. Here's a photo of a good syringe to use for enemas.
Lubricate the end of your enema applicator with KY jelly, vitamin E, or similar. Make sure the puppy's spine is straight, as you cannot give an enema to a puppy that,s curled up. We've found some parvo pup's have even lifted their legs while getting their enema (NOTE: MOST do not do this). Those who have, apparently realized the benefit the enema was giving them and they recovered the quickest.
Administer the enema fluids VERY slowly. We pet the puppy and tell them why we are giving them an enema...to help them get better so they can be happy, healthy, eat, and play. Giving 5 cc's of enema fluids may take you 2 to 3 minutes to give. Again, do it slowly.
IF your parvo puppy has a low grade fever, we recommend heating the fluids to body temperature, so their cute little furry bodies do not have to work hard at bringing the enema fluids to their body temperature. They need to be working on healing from parvo and should not be having to waste their energy bringing their body temp back up after getting a room temp - 70 degree cold enema. It may help make their recovery easier and quicker.
If giving an enema still sounds gross, please know that there have been one or two Paxxin (aka Parvaid) customers the past 4 years who, despite our repeated informing of the importance of enemas, along with the written Paxxin (formerly Parvaid) instructions, did NOT give the enemas and both these puppies died. When it comes to life or death choices, if you aren't giving IV fluids, or if your puppy isn't keeping down the oral doses, give the enema(s) - PERIOD. They really aren't gross (and even if they were, SO WHAT) and could make the difference of whether or not your puppy lives or dies.
Just note, it can take 10 to 15 minutes to give a 45 lb. parvo puppy 4 tbsps. (60 cc's) of enema fluids. If you are giving the enema via syringe and the fluid starts to come back out, stop for a few seconds, pet your puppy so it can relax, and then slowly administer more of the enema fluid. So again, give very slowly.
Please also note, the purpose of an enema is to hydrate a puppy so that they will be better able to hold down oral fluids. We do not recommend giving enemas 24 hours straight or in lieu of oral dosing. Enemas are needed if a puppy is vomiting excessively, but the goal is to get them hydrated enough so that they can keep their oral fluids down.
There are a few things to consider if you are treating a litter of parvo puppies:
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 Paxxin (aka 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 Paxxin 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.
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