Parvo Disease – Misinformation That Could Kill Your Dog

The Canine Parvovirus is one of the biggest killers of dogs today, which is why where is so much information on the Internet about it.

We monitor the websites and blogs for news about Parvo on a daily basis, so we see all sorts of stuff being published, but the problem is that a lot of this so-called information is actually mis-information, and when you’re talking about a virus as lethal as Parvo, then if you believe what these sites and blogs tell you, then you could end up losing your dog unnecessarily.

Now, you may well be wondering, so how can I trust what you’re telling me?

Well, as you’ll see from the sidebar to the right, we have helped treat over 5,620 dogs (and cats) since March 2007, so we have a ton of experience with this virus – probably more than most vets encounter in a life-time.

So, to illustrate what we mean about this mis-information, and without picking on the site specifically (it’s just the most recent article we came across), please have a quick read of an article called “How Do You Know if Your Dog Has Parvovirus?” on a site called Biopathics Research before returning here (otherwise the rest of what we have to say won’t make a great deal of sense).

(This article will open up in a new browser window, so when you’re done, you can just close it and you’ll be back here.)


OK, so you’ve read that article and you’re back.

As we said, it’s a relatively short article, so you’re probably wondering, what on earth is wrong with it?

Well, on one level, nothing – it’s trying to educate dog owners about the dangers of Parvo.

But sadly, the article doesn’t tell you the full story, and that’s dangerous too.

Firstly, the list of Parvo symptoms is dangerously incomplete.

While it’s true that many people do know that Parvo causes diarrhea (especially foul-smelling diarrhea that often contains blood) and vomiting, what this article fails to mention is that physical symptoms such as these are not what you usually see first.

No, the most common early signs of Parvo are behavioural in nature: you’ll find that your dog loses his appetite and won’t eat, he may not want to drink either, and he’ll probably appear lethargic and not want to play like he usually does.

Now, we’re not saying that these signs definitely indicate Parvo, but they can and often do, and to not notice these and/or ignore them is a potentially fatal mistake to make, because by the time you find that your dog start vomiting and having diarrhea, you can already have wasted one or more precious days – days that your dog may not have.

And this brings us on to the second problem with this article.

They do state that Parvo can kill a dog within two days, and that’s probably already scary enough, but the sad fact is that this virus, especially the latest 2c strain, can claim a dog’s life within as little as five hours after the first bout of diarrhea.

This is not scare-mongering – this has actually happened to at least one of our customers!

That is so fast that, even if you could get your dog to a vet’s in time, which is sometimes doubtful given that Parvo can strike at any time of day and night, and frequently does (i.e. when there are no vets open), it probably doesn’t give you enough time to save him.

And that’s just one of the reasons why we strongly encourage all dog owners to have a Parvo Treatment Kit on hand at all times, because that way, you can start treatment the instant you notice anything wrong. As with any illness, the sooner you start treatment, the better chance you have of a successful outcome.

Finally, and although the above-referenced article does not commit this final sin, this would be an appropriate time to point out too that many sites (and vets) will talk about dogs being “immune to Parvo” once they’ve had their first series of puppy shots and have reached 20 weeks of age.

Unfortunately, this is simply not true!

We have had many customers whose dogs are fully-vaccinated and up-to-date with all of their shots, and this includes both puppies and adult dogs up to five years of age, who are getting Parvo – full-blown Parvo, that is, which can and does kill them if they are not treated promptly and correctly.

So, please, do not believe everything you read on the Internet about Parvo (or even everything your vet tells you), because it may cost your beloved pet his life.


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24 Responses to “Parvo Disease – Misinformation That Could Kill Your Dog”

  1. Rachel says:

    Well done!!!!!!!! Least someone is doing their best to get the correct information out there to dog owners. I know too well the effects of parvovirus, with my puppy dying from it :( If I had of realised the early signs such as lethargy and not eating then I believe my puppy would still be alive. Do not ignore these initial signs as it may cost you your dogs life.

  2. Deb says:

    I guess I have been really ignorant. I had never heard of Parvo. I now have been introduced to it. My 5 month old has it. He was in the hospital for 2 days. At home now, still vomiting, he is dying. I plan to take him to the Humane Society on Sunday. My heart is broken over this. I love dogs, but this has broken my spirit. It will be a very long time before I get another pet.

  3. Rae and Mark says:

    Deb,

    Firstly, we are sorry, of course, to hear that your puppy has Parvo.

    Far too many dog owners (and some breeders) have never heard of this disease, and in our view, this is part of an information pack that should be provided when you first get the dog, wherever you get him from.

    The important thing is what you do now.

    Now, you have to realise that if you take him to the Humane Society, they will probably just put him down. This, of course, gives him a zero chance of survival, and it’s a decision you’ll have to live with forever.

    What we would suggest is placing an order for one of our Parvo Treatment Kits.

    We can’t guarantee that any dog will survive, but we can guarantee that if you have him put down, he definitely won’t make it, which is why we never, ever give up on any animal.

    This being weekend, we can’t ship orders out now until Monday, for delivery on Tuesday. However, all of our customers are also provided with our comprehensive Parvo Treatment Guide.

    Apart from telling you exactly how to use the products in the Parvo Treatment Kit, it also contains various home remedies that are designed to keep sick dogs going for several days.

    There is a detailed shopping list of items you’ll be able to get at somewhere like Walmart, and maybe a Walgreens and a pet store, and there are a few simple recipes that you’ll need to make using these ingredients.

    Finally, our Parvo Treatment Guide tells you exactly how much to give of these home remedies, and when.

    You need to be aware that treating Parvo at home requires an aggressive treatment schedule – you’ll need to administer something every hour, day and night, for several days.

    However, this protocol has proven very successful, and as you’ll see from this page, we’ve helped treat over 3,900 dogs (and cats) over the past few years.

    Far too many people don’t find our site until it’s too late, or decide not to because they come under a lot of pressure from friends and family to take their sick pet to the vet’s, but as you’ve probably already discovered, vets charge a lot of money ($500 to $12,000 in our experience), and their success rate is only around 50%, compared to about 90% using our home treatment kit.

    If you don’t do everything in your power to try to save your dog, then you’ll always be wondering “what if?”

    If you want to place your order, then our Product Calculator will tell you exactly what you need to get.

    Whatever you decide to do, we hope your doggie pulls through.

  4. Walter says:

    Thanks for this information that truly can save your dogs life. It’s true, the internet offers a wealth of helpful information, the big downside being that often the information being offered is incomplete or even downright wrong (misleading).

    My mum lost her dog to parvo last year. We had never heard of parvo before, like so many other dog lovers, and there seemed to be nothing we could have done to save Miras (a beautiful German shepherd) life. Now we know better. Since then mum didn’t want to consider having a pet again, but I hope that by the end of this year she will be ready for another one.

    Walter Baer

  5. Rhonda W. says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information, I am really a dog lover and I do not want my dogs to have this kind of disease

  6. Jasmine says:

    How long does it from the day that a puppy is exposed to Parvo that you can tell it is sick? URGENT!
    Thanks

    • Rae and Mark says:

      Jasmine,

      You will see symptoms any time from three to fifteen days after a dog has been exposed, although most dogs show symptoms after five to seven days.

      Usually (but not always), you’ll see behavioural symptoms first, such as not eating / loss of appetite, lethargy / not wanting to play, maybe not drinking and depression.

      Physical symptoms normally follow shortly (hours to a day or two) thereafter, and these include vomiting, diarrhea / bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and fever or chills.

      If you see any of these symptoms, it’s safest to assume that it is Parvo, even though other diseases and illnesses (e.g. Campylobacter) can mimic Parvo, as this Parvovirus does not wait around while you decide what to do.

      If you wish to order a Safe, Affordable, Natural and Effective home Parvo treatment kit, you can do so here: http://www.ParvoEmergencyTreatment.com/

  7. julie says:

    What a joke. Parvo kit? You disgusting money hungry losers. DONT BUY IT

    • Rae and Mark says:

      You may have thousands of dollars to have your sick dog treated by a vet, but the majority of our customers do not.

      Are you trying to tell the thousands of people whom we’ve helped that their dogs should die (because that’s what most dogs with Parvo do if they’re not treated), just because you don’t think we should be selling safe, affordable, natural and effective products? Isn’t that a bit selfish?

      If your dog had Parvo and you couldn’t afford the vet’s bill, would you just sit there and watch him die? Would you murder your dog (we know, they call it euthanasia, but let’s call it like it is) rather than try something that might just work? If so, then you have no business having a pet in the first place.

      Many of our customers may not believe in herbal products when they find our sites, but because they love their dogs and have very limited funds, they give them a try, usually with an unexpectedly successful outcome.

      When you’ve helped treat over 5,000 dogs (and cats) and saved the vast majority of those, maybe you’ll have a right to comment. In the meantime, stop wasting our valuable time which can be better used in trying to help save even more pets.

  8. Ryan Felts says:

    My dog has parvo, she is about 5 to 6 months old. i took her to the vet and they did the test and it was positive. but the vet just sent us home and told me to let nature do its course. now im sitting here stressed out and depressed becuase im watching my dog suffer. sshe isnt eating or drinking, im forcin her to drink pedialyte so she doesnt get dehydrated. she has diahrea and i dnt know what to do since the v et wont help here.. i have no money whats so ever. i love my dog to death, and i dnt want her to pass away on me she is all that i have. if anyone can tell me what to do to keep her alive please help me and thanks very much!

    • Rae and Mark says:

      Ryan,

      We are, of course, sorry to hear about your dog – it’s a bad enough virus at the best of times, but when you are low on funds, it simply adds to your stress levels.

      Firstly, although Pedialyte is often suggested by vets, and it can work, we don’t recommend it because it can make the vomiting worse, and that’s the last thing you need when your dog has Parvo.

      A much better and safer home hydration treatment is the Parvo Emergency Tea recipe that you can find here: http://www.ParvoEmergencyTreatment.com/ParvoTea

      If you can’t afford to buy all of the ingredients, even the Oatmeal Water by itself will be better than Pedialyte.

      However, what you really need is a Parvo Treatment Kit (http://www.ParvoEmergencyTreatment.com/ProductCalculator), which would cost from $100 – $200 (including the cost of FedEx Overnight shipping). If you don’t have this sort of money available, and we assume you’ve already asked family members, friends, neighbours, co-workers, etc. if they could front you the money, then the Parvo Tea / Oatmeal Water is the best thing you can do, but note that, as it says on the site, it is not enough to treat the virus itself – it really is only designed to keep a dog hydrated.

      We wish we could be of more assistance, and we hope your doggie pulls through.

  9. Ryan Felts says:

    She past away tonight in my arms her body was lifeless but she was breathing and her eyes were blinking then all of a sudden her heart stopped and i been highly depressed since):

    • Rae and Mark says:

      Ryan,

      We’re very sorry to hear this sad news. Parvo really can be a devastating illness, both physically and emotionally. You’re obviously a dog lover, so when you decide to get another dog, please get in touch with us and we’ll let you know what you need to do to help prevent your new dog from getting the virus too.

  10. Nicole says:

    I have hospitalized my puppy(4-5 months old) this a.m. for parvo. He recieved a vaccine shot on Friday afternoon, three days ago.

    • Rae and Mark says:

      Nicole,

      We’re sorry, of course, to hear about your puppy, and hope he pulls through. (Remember that the herbal products we sell are beneficial even after vets’ treatment: http://www.ParvoEmergencyTreatment.com/ProductCalculator )

      Sadly, this is something we hear about many time a week, but too many dog owners think it’s all some big conspiracy theory, when in fact, dogs are getting sick and even dying, in some cases, because of these dangerous chemical concoctions.

  11. Nicole says:

    I want to know if the clinic keeping him for 3-4 days is a good choice. I am regretting getting him the vaccine shot($34) since before, he was a lively happy, seemingly healthy puppy. I understand he really needs to get hydrated, so if nothing else, I am expecting they can do that for him during his hospitalization stay. What more should/ can I do?

    • Nicole says:

      One more question/concern before I get back to bleaching and disinfecting the house, as suggested by the vet clinic- Is my puppy going to have long term illnesses after we make it through the parvo infection?

      • Rae and Mark says:

        Most dogs that recover from Parvo are fine, and are, of course, immune to that strain of Parvo for the rest of their lives. (When a new strain emerges, which it undoubtedly will, at some stage, then they may or may not be fully or partially immune to it.) A very small number of dogs do suffer long-term weakness, especially those dogs where the Parvo has attacked the heart too.

        Your best bet is to make sure that you keep his immune system as strong as you can. For us, with our dogs, that means no chemicals of any kind (i.e. no optional vaccinations, no chemical-based dewormers or heartworm preventatives, no cheap crappy mass-produced commercial dog food, no access to products such as bleach or weedkillers), and a stress-free environment.

        Finally, although bleach will kill the virus, we’ve always hated having to recommend such a toxic chemical, so we recently found a safer alternative: http://www.ParvoEmergencyTreatment.com/recommends/DINPOO

    • Rae and Mark says:

      Nicole,

      Unless there are serious complications, we always recommend home treatment using a combination of home remedies and herbal tinctures. Not only are they almost always cheaper, but they are usually more effective too.

      The home remedies included in our Parvo Treatment Guide, which should be downloaded after placing an order, address two major problems – dehydration and hypoglycemia. The first is what vets treat using IV fluids, but based on what our customers tell us, very few vets do anything about the fact that dogs with Parvo need nutrition to counter the severe drop in blood sugar levels.

      The other problem with vets’ treatment is the prescription drugs they use (e.g. antibiotics, anti-emetics) can make matters worse (e.g. cause additional vomiting).

      So, at the very least, you should check out our Parvo Treatment Kits (you would need the larger of the two, since he’s just been vaccinated):

      http://www.ParvoEmergencyTreatment.com/ProductCalculator

      In the meantime, assuming that you are able to be with him all day and administer the aggressive dosage schedule required, we would bring him back home and do the treatment yourself.

  12. Nicole says:

    Oh yes, and the vet did use the term “coincidence” when addressing the vaccine administered to the symptoms afterward. This is the first puppy, Ive owned and I found him six weeks ago. When I couldnt find his owner, is when I took him for the vet exam. They subjected my puppy to this virus and I was too ignorant to object to it. Our other dog is 11 years old and not up to date on vaccinations, but also, seemingly healthy. I’m scared for my puppy.

    • Rae and Mark says:

      Nicole,

      Yes, of course – they could never actually admit that vaccines can cause the very disease they’re meant to prevent, even though a former vaccine developer has publicly stated that this can happen.

      It is possible that he already had the virus but was not yet showing symptoms, but then vets should not be giving vaccines to dogs who aren’t healthy – and a dog with Parvo is not healthy. However, not one of our thousands of customers have ever told us that their vet did a Parvo test before administering a vaccine.

      Your older dog should probably be OK (although any age of dog can get the virus), especially if his immune system is strong, but if you do order a Parvo Treatment Kit, you’ll find that a single kit will probably be more than enough to treat both dogs, if necessary.


Mark Farrar