Treating and Preventing Parvo Virus in Puppys?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by mustangrooster, May 14, 2016.

  1. mustangrooster

    mustangrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi [​IMG]

    Its been a while since I've posted a thread on here, But I'm back,

    Alright so 2 weeks ago I brought a 4 1/2 week old puppy. Yes you are reading this right. A backyard breeder sold me one of his puppies at 4 1/2 weeks. Regardless the female puppy was in TERRIBLE condition let alone HEALTH. Never the less we nursed her back to health. Healed her bladder infection and put her on vet bought formula (Which we ordered) and mushy puppy kibbles. Now she is a big fat healthy 6 week (almost) old puppy

    We live in the middle of NOWWHERE on a farm. Im not interested in driving hours or whatsoever to a vet to give her all her shots. In my point of view most of the time its an overdose and ends up killing them TO YOUNG.

    We have plenty of dogs out here and only ONE has had all of his shots. The others have strived and lived healthily and happily without vaccinations and shots- We cure them with homemade remedies' if they start to get ill but they DO recover . Sure vet checks and worming etc. is fine by me when we have a vet nearby but that's not my point.

    Recently my family and I went to a Fair-we drove 3 hours to get there, And in this case our new puppy HAD to come with us because she is to young to be left home alone. She is LEASH trained I advise you to NOT argue with me that I trained her to young. In fact the leash training took 1 day in all once I bribed her with tiny turkey pieces. I didn't have to pull/jerk once. And for your information I don't hit/smack my dogs I just don't do it.

    Anyway she met with heaps of dogs at one point she met a Miniature bull terrier who was also female and was vaccinated/had all her shots. I didn't let her get to close to other dogs as I started to become slightly weary. She got heaps of attention from anyone I passed because she was so 'Small and tiny' for a Bull Arab x Pitbull. This resulted in heaps of pats from everyone.

    I am worried now. She was exposed to many animals and people which MAY result with Parvo. However it has been 1 1/2 days since the Fair and no symptoms have been shown what so ever.

    My main question is how can I prevent her coming down with Parvo? We are very isolated out here so im not to worried. I know all the Pills and medication id have to buy if she did but we don't have that sort of luck here.

    I've been building her immune system up to. I've been adding high protein things to her diet as well as various fruits and vegetables. Would plain vanilla Yoghurt be ok to add into her soaked and mushed Kibble?

    If she came down with Parvo (Im not at my ODDS but im just preparing incase. Yanno I don't want to not know what to do if she started showing symptoms) What would be my best option? I've heard homemade tea does well for keeping up hydration. Any homemade dog tea's you guys know of? What about something to ease her pain? I've heard Human Panadol would do the trick. Is this true? If not would any other human Pills work? What would be the best move if she started to show symptoms?

    YES I know that it would be my fault if she came down with Parvo. But she will have a high survival rate because of all my research and im prepared to take what ever life throws at me. Please I advise that before you post, check the words I have written in Capitals. They are there for a reason-So that you don't mistaken me.

    Please no rude or nasty or "Your the WORST dog owner" comments, I WILL NOT tolerate it. There are thousands of folks out there that do exactly what I do.

  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Vaccinate pup as soon as possible. Keep it away from wildlife and dogs not vaccinated until vaccination is realized. Dog in good health has better odds against Parvo although odds of survival very low once infected even when starting off in excellent health. Bout we dealt with required extensive intravenous treatment and pup would have been lost without the intervention. She was in excellent health at the time of infection by encounter with Mink older dog killed.

    Treated as by a vet dogs have a much better survival rate than feral dogs and those having to get buy only with the home remedies. The latter group likely does do a little better than the feral and wild canids but there is a cost effectiveness issue where I consider even my pups to be valuable.
  3. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    if there were dogs there that were exposed to parvo or humans that walked in an area that dogs with parvo were in, she could have been exposed. you could have brought it home on your shoes and infected your yard.

    I do limited vaccine protocols but initial puppy vaccines are vital. If she has been exposed, there may be no way of preventing it now. Incubation is generally 7-10 days.
    Learn the early warning signs and watch her carefully. Then get a full compliment of puppy vaccines to build her resistance. If you don't want to pay the vet for them, you can do everything but rabies yourself.

  4. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    It's generally recommended not to let puppies around other dogs or in areas that other dogs frequent until they have had their first puppy shot. This can be as young as 6 weeks and then they need a booster about two weeks after. Generally, I think it's better to start puppies with the parvo vaccination at 8 weeks (though puppies should be socialized after the first shot, you do not need to wait until the full course is done) At six weeks, the immunity from mom may interfere with the vaccine. Vaccination is the BEST way to prevent parvo, as proven by scientific research.

    If her mom was vaccinated or exposed to parvo at some point, your puppy may still have protective immunity from mom. There's not really much at this point that you can do ther than keep a close eye on her. Make sure she is drinking plenty of fluids.

    Do not give her any medications or tea. Tea can be toxic to dogs (caffeine is toxic) and a lot of the home remedies can do more damage than good. It is always a good idea to have a vet on hand in case of emergencies. With parvo, a puppy will need lots of IV fluids at the very least to have a shot at survival. Even with round the clock care, the survival rate is low. However, for the best chance, I would recommend having her see a vet should she come down with symptoms. Many vets will do take home protocols for parvo. They are not the best for dogs, but will work in some cases.

    Many shelters and pet stores do cheap vaccine clinics. Dogs at the very least should get a DHPP and a rabies vaccine. After the puppy shot course, dogs need to be vaccinated again the next year and then many areas will allow the vaccines to last legally for three years. Rabies is actually a legal requirement in many states, but if a dog comes down with rabies (they are quite easily infected) they will die and can expose your entire family and other pets.

    Many sites like tractor supply also sell shots such as DHPP. It would be a good idea to start your puppy on that when she is old enough. I can link you to recommended vaccine protocols. I agree that vaccines may instill immunity in dogs and cats longer than the recommended vaccination times, but I still think vaccinating dogs, especially at risk outdoor dogs is a very good idea.

    If you have other questions, I would be happy to dig up some info for you! I'm crossing my fingers that she does ok, but it will be hard to tell until the incubation period has passed.
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    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    Void where prohibited.
    I'm certainly not about telling anybody what to do, but as far as I'm concerned, not getting your dog it's shots, is like playing Russian roulette.
    He may be fine his whole life, he might not. Is it worth the risk?

    I had a dog that was maybe a year or so old. He was never around any other dogs. Circumstances dictated that I give him up to go on the road.
    I gave him to a friend who was in population. The dog caught parvo, and was toast pretty quick.
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  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
  7. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    You don't have to take your puppy to a vet to get it vaccinated. You can get vaccines from your local livestock supply or by mail order from a livestock veterinary supply. Not giving shots to your puppy is just plain irresponsible.
  8. mustangrooster

    mustangrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    For your information we DO give our puppy's shots. Just not boosters and all that crap. When we were children and babys our mother and father never gave us ANY vaccinations what so ever. They don't believe in it. They were told we were at high risk of Death. Funny that were still living now and we've never had any diseases or major sickness apart from the flu. See the difference? I MAY of worded my thread wrong but they get IMPORTANT vaccinations and that's it. We are extremely isolated out here.
  9. mustangrooster

    mustangrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our dogs and puppy's do have vaccinations. But no boosters and all that other stuff. They only get the most important ones. We as kids only had two important Vaccinations. We were told "Oh you guys are so Irresponsible" Funny cause we are still alive now and the only sickness we've had is the odd Flu.

    Sorry about your loss. [​IMG]
  10. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    Void where prohibited.
    Well if you're getting your puppies the most important shots, you shouldn't have to worry about Parvo.

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