How I Healed* My Puppy’s Parvo, Without A Vet
When our puppy Spot was five months old, my husband and I noticed he seemed a little out of sorts. On Wednesday he appeared to be fine then late that evening he started to vomit. On Thursday morning we woke up and Spot had bloody loose stools and he wouldn’t or couldn’t open his eyes. He wasn’t even moving. We rushed him to our vet and heard those words that are every dog lover’s worst nightmare, Parvo. Our vet told us we should put him to sleep, that he was too far gone.
I absolutely could not do it. The vet sent us home with our precious puppy after giving him antibiotic injections and sub q fluids and no hope at all. By Thursday night Spot seemed a little bit better. He wasn’t eating or drinking, but he was looking at us and thumping his tail a little.
Friday morning came, and Spot suddenly looked like he wasn’t going to make it. At this point, I got online desperate to find anything more I could do to save our baby. I found a blog (for the life of me I can’t remember the name of that blog!) telling about an herbal remedy called Paxxin, formerly known as Parvaid (See it here), after reading the testimonials and reviews (you can read them for yourself here) I ordered a bottle immediately with next day shipping.
When the Paxxin got here, Spot looked horrible. He wouldn’t even respond to me at all. I started enema’s right away. Within two hours he was opening his eyes when I said his name. All night Friday I gave him enema’s, and by morning I was able to give it orally. He was walking around our house by Saturday afternoon. We ordered more Paxxin. By that Saturday night, Spot was counter surfing for food!
After that Saturday he was eating more and more. He’s started chasing his ball and “talking” to us when we didn’t throw it for him. I thought he was sick?? 🙂 He started filling out again, and I could no longer see his ribs!!
I have no words at all that will properly thank the makers of Paxxin and everyone else that helped us search for a way to save our baby. I remember making an entry in my diary, watching Spot running up and down our stairs with his ball and I was crying tears of relief and happiness.
I now keep a bottle of Paxxin in my medicine chest!
DISCLAIMER: This post contains my personal experience and opinions and is not intended to replace professional diagnosis or treatment.
What is Parvo?
The canine parvovirus can be transmitted by direct contact or indirectly by contact with vomit, diarrhea or any contaminated discharges from an infected dog. It strikes with a quick vengeance, and pet owners often make the comment that their dog was up and playing a few hours before the animal becoming extremely ill. Unfortunately, parvo is often fatal.
Do not Take your puppy out of your home where it can infect or be infected until it has had the complete series of shots. By keeping it isolated, you may save its life.
Talk with a reputable Veterinarian about the recommended shots or vaccination for your puppy.
If you’ve recently lost a dog to Parvo, veterinarians recommend that you wait six months to a year before putting a new puppy or non-vaccinated dog into an infected environment (even if you have disinfected it). To immediately bring an animal into a situation where one has recently died of Parvo is a virtual death sentence for the new puppy. Common sense and regular visits to the veterinarian can save your dog’s life.
The symptoms of Parvo include… a sudden onset of vomiting, bloody diarrhea, dehydration, lethargy, high temperature and sometimes sudden death. Symptoms are similar in adults, although they can be less acute.
Because Parvo attacks swiftly, time is of the essence. If you feel your dog has been exposed to Parvo, or it is showing symptoms, contact your veterinarian or an emergency veterinary hospital immediately.
There is a recent mutation of the parvo virus which is more virulent. It attacks the lower intestinal tract or large intestine. Dogs contracting this new strain will have accelerated symptoms. Care should be given immediately!
Symptoms to watch for:
- Gelatin-like stool with some blood.
- Vomiting with bile and foam.
- Rapid weight loss (within a few hours after becoming ill.)
In humans, parvovirus is responsible for the childhood illness fifth disease.
Canine parvovirus, also called parvoviral enteritis, is a contagious disease of dogs that affects puppies more often than older dogs. The disease was uncommon before the summer of 1978 when it became an epidemic in the United States. The fatality rate is extremely high. Canine parvovirus infects the entire intestinal tract of a dog, causing diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, and malaise. Puppies usually develop a high fever, but older dogs may have subnormal temperatures. Some dogs also develop a cough or swelling of the cornea of the eye. The illness usually begins suddenly, and without treatment, the animal often dies within a few days.
Treatment for canine parvovirus consists of giving fluids through a vein and giving antibiotics. A sick animal must be isolated from other dogs. A vaccine is available, and veterinarians recommend that all puppies be immunized and that dogs receive booster injections annually.
Parvoviruses are a group of extremely small viruses that affect humans, dogs, rodents, pigs, cattle, and other animals.
Erythema infectiosum, or Fifth disease, a mild, usually nonfebrile rash illness is caused by a human parvovirus (B19). For many years, fifth disease was viewed as an unimportant illness of children. Recently, studies have shown that the virus may be responsible for serious complications in certain individuals. Anyone can be affected, but the disease seems to occur more often in elementary school children.
The virus is spread by exposure to airborne droplets from the nose and throat of infected people. One to two weeks after exposure, some children will experience a low-grade fever and tiredness. By the third week, a red rash generally appears on the cheeks giving a “slapped face” appearance. The rash may then extend to the body and tends to fade and reappear. Sometimes, the rash is lacy in appearance and may be itchy. Some children may have vague signs of illness or no symptoms at all.
Fifth disease derives its name from an early 20th-century list of pediatric diseases that show similar rash symptoms. Erythema infectiosum was the fifth entry on that list.
Parvovirus can persist in the environment for long periods. It is important to clean up after an infection. Washing the animal’s area with bleach and water in a 1:30 dilution will kill the virus. The bowls should be thrown away and the bedding either bleached or thrown away to prevent further spread of the infection. Discard all feces from the infected dog. Humans can also spread the disease on their hands if they touch feces from an infected dog and then touch a puppy without washing properly. Very small amounts of fecal material on the dog’s coat can contain large numbers of viral organisms and can easily be transmitted to a susceptible dog.
Amber Technology Paxxin (Formerly Known As Parvaid)
Amber Technology came to life in 1996. Cindy Van Komen and her mother, Pat Griffiths, are the principles in the partner owned company (LLC). Amber Technology was started to provide a way for them to earn an income and yet remain at home where they could take care of their families.
The family originally intended to sell office supplies and computer parts. They had a business license and contacts to do so. But it was at this time that the daughter’s puppy came down with parvo.
They took him to the vet where they were told he would die. Cindy pleaded with her mother to dig into her herbal chest and do something to help her puppy! Her mother came up with an herbal concoction that they gave to the puppy. Well, he didn’t die and when Cindy saw the vet’s reaction she knew she had something special.
The vet asked for some of the concoction. He had two dogs he was going to put to sleep, because of their advanced state with parvo, and he wanted to try it on them. One dog died, but the other lived! The vet told them the one who died was nearly dead when he gave it the treatment.
Cindy and Pat found more parvo victims, and when given the mother’s concoction they all recovered. They were excited! Here was something they could provide and feel good about. Who wants to sell office supplies anyway?
The big problem was how to market it. Their attorney made it clear that they couldn’t sell Parvaid as a cure. To do that we would need FDA approval. They investigated the process of attaining FDA approval and discovered, just like any other government process, the red tape and expense were more than they (the average citizen) could bear.
They tried to get their vets to provide testimonials but because of the FDA situation and the laws governing ‘Community Accepted Practices,’ the vets wouldn’t.
After discussing the problem with their attorney and veterinarians, they decided to sell Parvaid as a food supplement that may help parvo victims recover. To get as many testimonials as possible and let Parvaid speak for itself.
Helpful Tips for Using Paxxin
It is obviously best to bring the dog to your veterinarian on a daily basis for the necessary medications, vitamin supplements and most importantly to be hydrated by IV. However many of us are not fortunate enough to be able to afford such costly visits. Some vets will simply do the IV for around $10-$20 per visit. Most of the dogs that don’t survive die from dehydration, so it is imperative that fluids are given.
If you are doing your own treatment then in conjunction with the Paxxin purchase the following inexpensive products:
1 – Pedialyte liquid for children (plain) – use this instead of water. It has calories to keep them nourished.
2 – Nutrical – probably the single most important item (excluding Paxxin). This super high-calorie substance in a tube is available for less than $10 at your local pet store or vet. When your animal is not eating, this is imperative. Squeeze onto your index finger about halfway and force open your dog’s mouth. Once your dog is feeling better, they will actually eat directly from the tube.
When your dog is ready to begin eating:
BABY FOOD! Stage One. Peas, Carrots, Turkey and Rice, Sweet Potatoes, etc…Remember, your little one hasn’t eaten in quite some time, and kibble can be quite rough on their belly after one week of keeping the baby food down then gradually stir in a little of your puppy chow and add a little more daily.
Continue using Paxxin until your dog is back on solids. I highly recommend keeping a bottle on hand for future use. If my dog so much as sneezes or has a little vomit, then I pull it out. Paxxin is not a cure, but it is an aid that proved to be a miracle worker in my home. Use for all intestinal problems and even colds!
Frequently Asked Questions
Note: This is taken from a 2001 FAQ section. In 2001 the herbal mixture was called Parvaid. Parvaid has since been renamed Paxxin
What did you feed your puppy as he was recovering from Parvo?
Parvo can be very hard on a young dog, and we know it’s difficult to see them so sick. Remember that your puppy hasn’t eaten for a while so start him out on baby food first (peas, carrots, soft meat, etc.) then gradually add his regular dog food to it. It will be easier on his little tummy if you do it this way.
How can I tell if my dog is dehydrated?
Check his gums. If they are light pink or white, then you need to get fluids into him. Another way to tell is by pinching the skin. If it does not go back down then you know he needs fluids.
My dog has all the symptoms of Parvo, but the test is negative. She also has green muck coming from her eyes.
Go to the store and buy some peppermint tea and a bottle of goldenseal. Make the tea in 1/2 cup of water and add two capsules of goldenseal. Let this sit for 10-15 min. Then give your puppy two teaspoons full then wait 15 min. Give it again and then every hour after that. A capsule of Vitamin A should help the green gunk in her eyes.
My son has Fifth Disease. Can he infect our dogs?
According to our sources, (Vets), the human parvovirus is not transferable to your dogs just as the canine parvovirus is not transferable to humans so your dogs should be ok.
I would like to know if Parvaid is safe to use on our nine-year-old dog who has had diarrhea due to the chemo treatments she started this past Monday for Lymphosarcoma?
The vomiting and diarrhea are caused by the parvovirus invading the intestinal tract. The antimicrobials in PARVAID kill the virus. Diarrhea caused by chemotherapy is caused by the absence of good bacteria in the intestines. PARVAID can’t replace that bacteria. If you could get her to eat some yogurt, it would help to regrow some of that bacteria. Chamomile tea is also soothing to the intestinal tract and will help alleviate some of the cramps.
What is the success rate for Parvo?
We have an 85% success rate.
What is the best way to give Parvaid to my dog?
Use a syringe and lift the dogs’ upper lip and shoot it between the back teeth.
My dog is still vomiting after 4 hours of Parvaid doses. What can I do?
The most common reason would be dehydration. There are three ways to deal with this. First, you can take the dog to a vet and have it put on an IV. Second, you can get subcutaneous fluid injections from your vet. Third, if the other two ways are not an option, then you can do an enema using the same amount of Parvaid and Pedialyte as you give by mouth. The directions for this are on our web page under “Using Parvaid.” You can do the enema every 2 hours.
My dog still has diarrhea after 4 hours on Parvaid. Is there anything else I can do?
Give Parvaid or the tea recipe as an enema. Use the same amount of tea as you give him by mouth. You can do the enema every 2 hours but do not stop giving Parvaid by mouth.
If my dog is taking Parvaid why does he need to be on an antibiotic?
Parvo is a virus and antibiotics won’t kill a virus, but because of the nature of parvo, it takes the immune system down to nothing, anything present in the body can flourish so if your dog is harboring any other illness, he will come down with it as a complication. It also prevents diseases such as pneumonia and meningitis.
My dog has blood in his stool. What can I do?
If your dog has been on Parvaid or the tea recipe for four hours the blood should be noticeably less. If it isn’t this works quite well. Take two tsp. of Yarrow and make a tea with 1 cup of Pedialyte. Give it as an enema alternating every 2 hours with an enema using Parvaid or the tea recipe until the bleeding has stopped. Sometimes the virus will eat through, and artery or a vein and the dog will bleed out, but that doesn’t happen too often especially if the disease is caught early.
We have other dogs that have been exposed to parvo. Is there anything I can do for them?
Parvo works very well as a preventative once your dog has been exposed. Use the recommended dosage for your dog’s weight and give it to them four times a day for five days.
My dog is on an IV. Do I still need to mix Parvaid with Pedialyte?
No. We use Pedialyte to keep your dog from becoming dehydrated. If your dog is on an IV or getting fluids from subcutaneous injections, you can give him the drops directly into his mouth.
How long will my dog be sick?
Parvo runs its course in 5 days. If your dog survives through the fifth day, he will usually be ok. Sometimes it takes a couple more days for your dogs’appetite to return. Sometimes you can stimulate it by letting your dog lick a little honey off of your fingers.
Will Parvaid interfere with vet treatment?
No. Parvaid works very well with everything your vet will do for your dog.
Can I get Parvo from my dog?
Humans and most animals have a form of parvo that affects them, but the virus does not cross species, so you can’t ‘catch’ it from your dog.
Will my vet use Parvaid?
Most vets are not allowed to use anything but the prescribed treatment, but if you take it to your vet and ask him to use it on your dog, most vets will follow your wishes. Sometimes you will get one that is a little hard nosed. If you do, you have two options. You can follow his suggestions, or you can find another vet.
Will Parvaid kill worms or coccidian?
No. Parvaid won’t kill parasites.
If I give Parvaid to my dog and he doesn’t need it will it hurt him?
What if I accidentally overdose my dog on Parvaid. Will, it hurt him?
No. If the dog is very small, you may need to give him a little sugar water. The goldenseal in the formula can suppress pancreatic function in very small animals. ( under 4 lbs.)
If my child drinks some of this, will it hurt them?
No. If your child drinks a lot of it, you may want to give him/her something sweet.
My dog has parvo. I have other dogs in the house. Should I get them vaccinated?
No. It takes seven days for parvo to incubate and 15 days for the vaccine to take effect. In the meantime, the vaccinations will take the immune system down to nothing leaving the dog with nothing to fight the virus with.
This post contains my personal experience and opinions and is not intended to replace professional diagnosis or treatment.
* (Uncle Sam says you can’t use the word “Cure”….. )
About Amber Technology – Amber Technology. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ambertech.com/parvo-amber-tech-amber-technologies/
FAQ Amber Tech – http://www.ambertech.com/faq.html 2001