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Dog Parvo Home Remedies
Once you have received veterinary treatment for your dog’s case of Parvo, there are some things you can do at home to help him recover faster, as well as prevent the spread of Parvo to other dogs. Your puppy or dog will need to be isolated for at least a month until he fully recovers from the virus, as it is extremely contagious.
After a few days of medical treatment, home remedies for parvo and a bland diet can be given to help your dog recover. A bland diet should not be given until the vomiting and diarrhea is finished. The most important thing is keeping your puppy hydrated.
A bland diet consists of plain yogurt, scrambled eggs, plain oatmeal, but dog kibble is not recommended for up to a week as their stomachs are weak and they cannot properly digest dog food. Read below for more information on home remedies for parvo.
Probiotics – Probiotics are great to help dogs with Parvo. Probiotics help to replenish the intestines and prevent secondary infections. There are many different foods given rich in probiotics to be given at home as well. Some probiotics include plain yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.
Vitamins B and C – These vitamins help to boost your dog’s immune system and prevent further infection.
Echinacea – This also boots the immune system. It can be given in tea, tablets or liquid form.
Glucosamine – Glucosamine helps coat the intestines and provides relief against inflamed stomach and intestinal tract.
Ginger – This helps with nausea and vomiting, much the same as it does in humans. Ginger also helps to boost the immune system to prevent secondary infections.
Colostrum – Colostrum can be found in health food stores. It is used to help replenish the body with protein, as well as helps to control sugar levels in your sick puppy.
Aloe vera juice – Aloe vera juice helps to coat the stomach from acidic effects. It is anti-inflammatory and helps to prevent nausea. It should only be given if your dog’s diarrhea is over.
Electrolytes- Pedialyte can be given to dogs who may suffer from dehydration. Pedialyte replaces fluids and minerals in your dog’s system after he vomits or has diarrhea.
Chicken broth – This can be given to dogs to help with rehydration.
Disinfecting Your Home
The Parvovirus is very contagious and a strong virus. It can live in the same environment for months. It is important to clean and decontaminate your home to avoid infecting other dogs in the house as well as prevent your sick puppy from contracting the virus again. Throw away any old toys or blankets that may be contaminated.
Parvovirus can survive in both freezing temperatures and warm temperatures. Areas that are shaded may be contaminated for up to 6-8 months. Parvovirus can thrive in any type of environment, whether it’s humid and moist or very dry.
Be sure to clear the yard of any feces to avoid “homes” for the Parvovirus to thrive. Note that Parvo can last in your dog’s feces for up to three months.
Parvo usually only lives in the house for around two months. To speed up the process, you can have your home professionally cleaned, or use bleach. Avoid bringing puppies or other dogs into the home for up to a month, as cleaning your home does not always guarantee the virus is gone.
Bleach is the most effective product to use and will kill the bacteria when it comes in contact. Mix one part bleach per 10 parts water. Stronger solutions are recommended for areas that can handle bleach, such as glass or plastic. Yards may also be bleached, but it may kill grass and plants.
Some areas to bleach include dog bowls, crates, floors, and bedding.