My foster pup is really sick...I need support

I foster pups and one of them is super sick. I was up all night with him, and he was at the vet all day. If he makes it through the night, he will be back there tomorrow. It could be parvo…negative fecal test, now they are testing his blood. I am trying to find info about parvo but am not getting lucky…does anyone know anything that can help? I heard use bleach on everything…is there anything else? Does anyone know any natural remedies? He has been on I’ve, antibiotics and numerous other things the last two days. I just want to try everything to help the poor guy.

Answer #1

don’t let anyone touch this puppy, only one or two poeple should. also before touching, petting or taking care of the puppy wash your hands. this is so that any harmful bacteria won’t be as great as risk. obviously a sick dog will take up more of your time. if the dog is throwing up avoid any meat substance, things like pieces of bread are good.Take time to sit with the dog and show some affection to help ease the stress his body and mind are enduring.


The virus likes to grow in rapidly dividing cells. The intestinal lining has the biggest concentration of rapidly dividing cells in a puppy’s body. The virus attacks and kills these cells, causing diarrhea (often bloody), depression and suppression of white blood cells – which come from another group of rapidly dividing cells. In very young puppies it can infect the heart muscle and lead to “sudden” death. Symptoms usually begin with a high fever, lethargy, depression, and loss of appetite. Secondary symptoms appear as severe gastrointestinal distress, such as vomiting and bloody diarrhea. In many cases, dehydration, shock, and death follow. Without intense treatment, the victims of parvo die of dehydration. Treatment generally consists of I’ve or sub-cutaneous fluids and antibiotics. There is no cure. Veterinarians can only treat the symptoms palliatively, and try to keep the dog alive by preventing dehydration and loss of proteins. As there is no cure for any virus, treatment for parvo is mostly that of supporting the different systems in the body during the course of the disease. This includes giving fluids, regulating electrolyte levels, controlling body temperature and giving blood transfusions when necessary.

*  Keep the infected dog isolated from all other dogs for at least one month after full recovery.

* Clean up all the dog's stools in your yard.

* Use a 1:30 ratio of chlorine bleach and water to clean food and water bowls (4 oz. in 1 gallon of water). Wash any bedding the dog has been in contact with in this same bleach solution and hot water. You should also try to disinfect any other areas that the dog has been, like linoleum, concrete kennels, crates, etc.

* If you have any other dogs that are two years old or younger, or who have never been vaccinated for parvo, please bring them in for a booster as soon as possible.

* Be sure to feed your dog a bland diet, such as Canine Prescription I/d, until he is fully recovered. When switching back to his normal diet, mix the regular food with the I/d for 2-3 days to help your pet gradually adjust to the change.
Answer #2

do you have natural bleach?? because that would be healthier for everyone. as for natural remedies, you’d have to have it approved by the vet but there are many herbal supplements out there that boost the immune system, those would be good. GOOD LUCK!!!

Answer #3

That is how I feel about the Vet Hospital I work for. Well with the right fluids and lots of TLC, I hope he bounce’s back fast. I do know sometimes it will get worse (with blow outs) before it gets better. Good luck with cleaning the house and where he potties. it can live for up to 13 months in the enviorment.

Answer #4

Keep bleaching all the areas down were your puppy is or has been in. The solution is 1 cup bleach to 1 gal water set 20 mins and than rinse and wipe everything down. Keep your puppy confined to one area because Parvo lives in an area for years.

Sounds like you have a great Vet, follow his instructions. But I do believe that taking care of the pup at home helps a lot IF you have the time. The reason for this is I think many times the puppy gives up if it is kept in a clinic away from the love you can give it. It is a lot of hard work, so make sure you can do it if you take this option.

Answer #5

Actually the vet did run a parvo test that was done in seven minutes. It came back negative. Its not always so simple. However, his symptoms were still pointing to Parvo. They sent in a blood test that is more accurate but takes 24 hours to get the results, we received blood test today, he is positive. Our vet has been great and very generous with us in treating this foster puppy. The fastest answers aren’t always the best. I rest assured knowing that this puppy is in great hands and everything is being done for him. I wish everyone could have a vet as great as this clinic.

Answer #6

so did the vet not do a parvo test. it only takes 7 minutes to run. It is a snap test. you put the q-tip in the anus and then mix the conjigate with it and dump it inot the snap control and then it runs for 7 minutes and it will tell you if he is positive are not. I am cheering for him. I hope it all works out.

Answer #7

thanks to all who replied. He made it through the night, now lets pray for today! Awaiting test results. One step at a time for him, right what a little fighter he is.

Answer #8

good luck. it will take a lot of work. but please keep him away from all other animals. he will need the rest anyway.

Answer #9

Absolutely…bleach EVERYTHING!! We have a gal in our Dog Group who pulled a whole litter thru parvo (she only lost one pup)…I’m going to send you an invite to that Group, so you can ask questions as they come up…I do remember she fed them a concoction of yougurt, wheatgerm, meat babyfood and other goodies in it, to keep their tummies coated…She may have had to do this with an eyedropper, I just can’t remember…She also Sub-q’d glucose…most all Parvo care is simply supportive care.

Her name on here is magichalo1…maybe send her a funmail??

I did send you the invitation…this is magic’s group…


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