Wake Up And Smell The Parvo!

If there’s one common theme that we can see in many of the 850+ customers we’ve worked with over the past two years, it’s this: people don’t seem to comprehend just how fast-acting and aggressive the Canine Parvo virus is.

You can go to bed one night, with a perfectly healthy-looking, happy dog, and wake up in the morning to a very sick one – and, yes, the title of this article is not just a play on a popular expression, because Parvo has an unmistakable smell, as the diarrhea, which is frequently one of the first symptoms to appear with the latest 2c strain of this virus, is absolutely disgusting and unlike anything else you may have experienced before.

We had one customer, in the Pacific Northwest, whose dog first showed symptoms of Parvo on a Sunday morning, and by later that afternoon, it was already dead.

Although not every dog dies this quickly, it can happen, but the point is, too many dog owners sit around for day after day, with their dog clearly not well, and doing nothing about it, because they believe they have time.

But nothing could be further from the truth!

You know what dogs are like – most of them, if not all, absolutely love their food, so if you noticed that your dog skipped even one meal, wouldn’t you be concerned that something could be gravely wrong?

Even if one of our dogs throws up, if they’re healthy (and ours are), then they are eager to eat again just minutes later, so a dog that’s off his food for several hours (which is in many cases the first sign you’ll see that your dog has Parvo, provided you’re observant, of course) should be a big, red warning sign.

The sad thing is, there is such a lot of misinformation about Parvo that a lot of dog owners are lulled into a false sense of security.

These dog owners think they’re secure because:

  • Their dog has had all of its vaccinations (including boosters). Here’s the reality: Parvo vaccinations are ineffective against the 2c strain (which is why we are seeing more and more customers with fully-vaccinated adult dogs still getting Parvo and, if they’re not treated, dying), and can even give your dog full-blown Parvo symptoms (particularly if your dog was vaccinated after he was infected, which is just about the worst possible thing you can ever do).
  • Their dog is no longer a puppy, and only puppies get Parvo. Oops, wrong again! Parvo may still primarily be a puppy illness, but more and more adult dogs are getting it now as well. If this sounds like a broken record, then we’re not making any apologies, but vaccinations do not work like they used to – the 2c strain is simply too virulent and most vaccines on the market today are only effective against the older 2a and 2b strains (and that’s besides the long-term health problems with all vaccinations, which most vets won’t tell you about).
  • They try to do the right thing by having their dog tested for Parvo at the vet’s, but do nothing because the test comes back negative. Reality check time again: the 2c strain of Parvo is well-known for generating a false-negative result, and this particularly applies to the in-clinic stool sample tests that are very popular these days. This means that although you are told your dog does not have Parvo, he actually does, and that leads to more days of inaction while your dog is getting sicker and sicker.
  • Their dog never goes outside, so it can’t get Parvo. This is another myth, as one of the most common reasons that dogs who are confined to living indoors all of the time get Parvo is because they get it from their owners / breeders! Yes, you can walk this virus into your house without even knowing it (or transmit it via your hands or clothes). This is why we always suggest that people (including visitors) change their shoes whenever they go indoors.

So, given that there is a ton of bad advice and uninformed hearsay to be found, mainly on the Internet, of course, where can you go to get up-to-date and reliable information that you can use, safe in the knowledge that it will help your dog, and not make matters worse?

Because another problem we see all the time is that people have never even heard of Parvo – until their dog gets it, of course – and, somewhat amazingly, we even come across people who breed dogs commercially who don’t know what Parvo is. It seems to us that this is basic information and knowledge that you must have if you’re going to work in the doggie business!

Well, you’ll be glad to know that we have written a free, 100+ page ebook all about Parvo, called Parvo Treatment 101, that you can download to your computer in minutes.

This book contains more or less everything you need to know about Parvo (e.g. the symptoms, including the different types of stool to look out for, treatment options), which makes it a great place to start.

If your dog is already sick, however, and by that, we mean that a vet has confirmed that your dog does have Parvo, or he shows one or more of the standard Parvo symptoms, or even if you believe or know that he was exposed to the virus within the last two or three days, then you should delay reading this book, because you need to administer Parvo treatment right away, because the one thing you don’t have with this virus is time. Although this book contains a lot of useful information, you would be far better reading it once your dog is successfully treated.

Well, we hope you have found this article useful – it may even save your precious dog’s life – but we have a load more Parvo treatment information available for you, over and above what’s in our free book.

If nothing else, we hope we’ve inspired you to find out more about this devastating virus, and about the treatment options that are available (because contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to take your dog to the vet and spend anywhere from $500 USD to over $10,000 USD, for a success rate that offers no better odds than tossing a coin, because effective, inexpensive, safe Parvo home remedies are available), so please, if you know anybody with a dog, then do forward this article, or our free book, on to them – you just never know who might need it, and there’s nothing better than knowing that you’ve helped to save somebody’s beloved pet from the excruciatingly painful death that the Canine Parvovirus often brings.

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14 Responses to “Wake Up And Smell The Parvo!”

  1. Cindi Atkins says:

    I lost my job 2 weeks ago. We just spent our last $60 on a vet visit. Our 5 month old puppy has parvo. We love scruffy more than anyone could ever imagine. The vet wanted to keep him. We know he would not understand were we were and why we left him. We just got him 2 months ago from a lady who said she couldn’t take care of him. He was pittiful, but after a week he was so happy. I don’t know what to do I have no money but I would cut my right arm off if it meant he would live. Help

  2. jeanette says:

    Im glad i stumbled across your site, my dog died last year of parvo, we took him to the vets the afternoon after he emptied his entire stomach to which the vets did not recognise the symptoms and thought it was just a stomach bug. To which they gave him an injection for what i dont know what for and some thing like a rehydration powder, which also did not work. By which he was dying quick, by the evening. He had problems standing his balance was failing, he only walked a few steps that evening, by midnight he couldnt move as the virus had over takern his immune system and his nerve system. The next morning he was practically dead, he only had a few hours to live, we got him in to the car and he did not move, he had no muscle traction, couldnt lift his head or body, we lifted him in to the car, took him to the vets by which time he had a stench coming of him, it was then i new it was parvo. We arrived at the vets, and time was wasted by the nurse to come and look at him, i checked his heart beat to which was very faint, by the time the nurse had come out he was still warm but had died in the back seat of my x partners car.

    Only to be told by the nurse that he had passed away. Which i already knew.

    The vets did not even notice what it was, hadnt a clue, I had already research a little on parvo and till then i did not know that there was 3 types of parvo. I knew then by the stench given off from my dog benji that this was parvo type 2.

    Vets over in the Uk are cluless, and with my beloved pet dying at just of the age of 7 i would like to try and get vets to notice this so that more can be done for animals and to try find a cure for this, and to find away of making awareness of parvo more to the vets and owners of pets.

    The cremation of benji cost £250.

    Is there any way that we can get awareness of parvo going for pet owners and vets, and to find a cure for this disease/ infection.

    I am in the uk and would love to have more info on this to get an awareness going.

    much apreciated.


  3. Rae and Mark says:


    Firstly, we are, of course, very sorry to hear about Benji.

    Secondly, the best way you can help spread the word about Parvo is to sign up for our free ParvoBuster affiliate program and then tell people about our free downloadable book, Parvo Treatment 101, The main URL for this site is http://www.ParvoBook.com/, but once you sign up for our affiliate program, you will be given your own unique URL that you can pass out / promote to others, and any sales we receive as a result will be tracked back to you and you will be paid a small commission.

    You are also, of course, free to point people to our site or this blog.

    Anything you can do to spread awareness of how devastating Parvo can be, and how it can be treated successfully at home, would be greatly appreciated.

    Rae & Mark

  4. jeanette says:

    Add on:

    the only way to save the annimal is via fluid through vein or a blood transplant, if i am right in thinking dogs have 8 blood types!

  5. Rae and Mark says:


    Firstly, IV fluids and blood transplants are not the only way to save a dog that has Parvo.

    The Parvo home treatment remedies and protocols that we provide use neither of these procedures, except in very rare cases (probably less than 0.1%).

    It is true that you need to keep Parvo dogs hydrated, but there are other means that work very well in the vast majority of cases, including the Parvo Emergency Tea.

    Problems with oral rehydration may occur, however, where a dog has been vaccinated and/or dewormed within the past two to four weeks, as the chemicals contained in these drugs can cause excessive and uncontrollable vomiting, which makes any orally-administered treatment in effective. Read our post about why we don’t recommend vaccinations for more information.

    As for doggie blood types, then Wikipedia reports that there may be up to 13, but only 8 internationally-agreed ones, as this article on their site describes.

    We hope this helps,

    Rae & Mark

  6. jeanette says:


    Thanks for the email and reply back, i am trying to make awareness of parvo in the uk as alot of vets dont know or dont want to know about the different types of parvo, its basically well the parvo injection that is given to pets is acceptable for parvo and will protect your pet, for the mere price of £35 for 2 injections is a little of a rip of if it does not fully protect your pet.
    It seems that a lot of vets are like doctors , have no interest of the patient.just want the money for half of service, and noit interested in saving the animal or researching more into viruses that pets can get or how to help your pet when they get struck down with the parvo virus.

    I know that the parvo virus works quick when it strikes, but when the virus takes the pets nervous system is there any thing that can be done when it gets to this stage? or to help in the later stages, it took the parvo aprox 24 hours to attack benji’s stomach, immune system, nervous system, heart and brain(leading to heamorage of the brain) what would work quick to help stop this from happening.

    I even consulted some one who was a vet and was part of a study course on animals, and they even said that there was no such thing as parvo type 2 and 3 , i sent them a copy of an article that was done in america saying that there was two other types of parvo, i heard no more of them. If i find there mail i will re direct them to your site.

    Why is it not more known of the treatments available in the uk and why dont vets in the uk have any of the medicines available from the usa?

    The UK needs to get more aware of Parvo and to help more animals that suffer from it.


  7. jeanette says:

    Hi again,

    Heres some thing else that may be some use to others on here,its by Provet health care.


    Note for Pet Owners:

    This information is provided by Provet for educational purposes only.

    You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet. (to which alot of vets havent a clue about parvo or how it effects the pet if you take the pet to them)

    Topics on this Page: Description
    Breed Occurrence
    Long-term problems


    Canine Parvovirus only emerged during the 1970s as a serious infectious disease which causes acute gastrointestinal disease or heart disease in young dogs. In the most serious cases it can be rapidly fatal.


    The cause of Canine Parvovirus disease is a highly contagious DNA-containing virus of which there are two types: CPV-1 and CPV-2 . The virus is transmitted through the mouth or nose from faeces. CPV-2 is responsible for the most serious outbreaks of parvovirus enteritis and it can be passed by out in the faeces of a dog within 3-4 days after infection and before clinical signs are seen.


    Breed Occurrence
    Canine parvovirus (CPV-2) affects all breeds of domesticated dog, as well as wild dogs (including bush-dogs, coyotes, maned wolves) and the virus may also be transmitted to cats, ferrets and mink. CVP-1 appears to only affect domesticated dogs..

    Puppies aged 6 weeks – 6 months in some breeds of dog have been reported to have a higher risk of developing canine parvovirus (CPV-2) disease than others, including :

    Alaskan sled dogs
    Doberman Pinschers
    German Shepherd Dogs
    Labrador Retrievers
    Staffordshire Terriers (American)
    [ParvoBuster Comment: Other dogs on the “at risk” list, according to Merck, include Pit Bulls and Black & Tan Coonhounds.]



    Some dogs can be infected with canine parvovirus and show no signs at all or just a mild gastroenteritis. Clinical signs are first seen after an incubation period of about 4-5 days. [ParvoBuster Comment: The incubation period can be as little as three days, and as many as 15.] There are two main organ systems involved in canine parvovirus disease (CVP-2):

    Gastrointestinal tract – parvoviral enteritis
    Bloody diarrhoea
    Rapid dehydration
    High fever
    Heart disease – can be seen in pups born to unvaccinated mothers
    Heart muscle inflammation (called myocarditis)
    Heart failure – listless
    Distressed pups – crying, difficulty breathing
    Canine parvovirus disease due to CVP-1 affects the same organs in young puppies up to 3 weeks of age and causes :

    mild diarrhoea
    difficulty breathing
    Death – “fading puppy” syndrome
    In adult bitches CPV-1 infection may cause :

    fading puppy syndrome in her litters
    foetal abnormalities


    Secondary infections including septicaemia and giardia occur in some patients following recovery from the disease. [ParvoBuster Comment: We are also seeing pneumonia in many dogs that have and survive Parvo.]


    Diagnosis of CPV-2 infection can be made by testing faeces with an ELISA antigen test up to 1 week after clinical signs are seen. After this time the dog is no longer shedding virus in its faeces. [ParvoBuster Comment: Our research shows that dogs will shed the virus in their faeces for up to six weeks after they recover.] NB This test does not detect CPV-1. [ParvoBuster Comment: You should also be aware that both false-positives and false-negatives occur.]

    Diagnosis of both CPV-2 and CPV-1 can be made from histopathological examination of infected tissue samples or faeces for virus particles.


    There is no specific treatment for canine parvovirus, so puppies should be vaccinated against according to the local veterinary practice’s normal protocol – usually at least 2 doses from 6 weeks of age. Some pups have strong immunity from the mother and they need to be vaccinated much later. Protection from a vaccine may only last for up to 15 months, so regular boosters are needed. The vaccine is only effective against CPV-2 and there is no vaccine available against CPV-1.

    [ParvoBuster Comment: We suggest you read our post about why we don’t recommend vaccinations before making this decision for your dogs.]

    For clinical cases fluid therapy is essential to reverse dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities. Other drugs may also help such as antibiotics and antiemetic drugs (eg metoclopramide) to prevent vomiting. Puppies should be kept warm and in isolation when being treated. [ParvoBuster Comment: Isolation is rarely enough to protect non-sick dogs as it is frequently the owner themselves who transmit the virus from the sick dog to other dogs in the household or on the property.] Dietary management is important in the recovery of parvovirus patients because the gastrointestinal tract may take some time to recover from the damage caused by the virus. A highly digestible, low fibre ration is usually recommended.

    CPV-2 is responsible for the most serious disease outbreaks and it can survive in the environment on inanimate objects for up to 5 months. [ParvoBuster Comment: Some experts claim it can survive outdoors for up to 20 years, including both extremes of temperature.] Unfortunately the virus is resistant to many disinfectants – but it is sensitive to bleach (sodium hypochlorite) at a dilution rate of 1:30 bleach:water and this should be used to clean areas in which an infected dog has been kept.


    Puppies that survive CPV-2 infection usually do so within 7 days, but the younger the pups are when they succumb to the disease the poorer the prognosis

    Puppies with CPV-1 infection usually die despite treatment, but they should be kept warm and given nutritional support as well as pups with CVP-2 infection.


    Long term problems

    Copyright (c) 1999 – 2010 Provet. All rights reserved. Email: info@provet.co.uk

  8. jeanette says:

    there is also this site that i have found information off/


    i will post your site to them to help other animals.


  9. jeanette says:

    Just found this on one of my surfed web sites,


    totally different to parvo i think but may be of some use to your visitors and your selves.

  10. Rosie Coyote says:

    Two years ago when my chihuahua was 12 and was due for her parvo shot,shot clinic told me she already built up an immunity and it was no longer needed.Now at 14 years of age she is showing the symtoms of parvo.

    A half a block away a dog that has no shots Is showing all symtoms and is dieing.I’m pretty mad right now about this.

  11. Rae and Mark says:


    We are, of course, really sorry to hear about your Chihuahua.

    We have to say that yours is by far the oldest dog we have ever come across that is showing symptoms of Parvo – previously, the oldest was seven years old.

    However, this just goes to show that the virus is getting worse all the time, and the problem is that vaccinations are increasingly ineffective against the latest strain of Parvo.

    On top of that, the Parvo shots can actually give a dog Parvo.

    Research these days indicates that these vaccines do not need to be given every year, or even every three years – they are reckoned to last for seven years, or even longer.

    But that’s assuming that they work in the first place.

    The other problem wtih vaccinations, as well as dewormers and most commercial dogs foods, is that the chemicals they contains will progressively weaken a dog’s immune system, and lead to issues such as chronic inflammation and even cancer.

    Anyway, the best thing you can do is to order one of our Home Parvo Treatment Kits, and remember to enter details of ALL your dogs, if you have any others.

    In the meantime, once you’ve placed your order, you should make and administer the Parvo Emergency Tea Recipe, which will help keep her hydrated.

    Whatever you decide to do, we hope she pulls through.

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