Holistic Healing: 10 Homeopathic Remedies for Battling Canine Parvovirus

Little History

Canine parvovirus, a serious illness affecting dogs, especially puppies, first emerged in the 1970s. Interestingly, it’s closely related to a cat virus, but it doesn’t usually jump between species without significant genetic changes, possibly in a lab. This virus is just two amino acids different from the cat version.

Parvo in dogs was a new, devastating disease causing rapid death in some cases. It kills in two main ways: by attacking the heart muscle, leading to swift death in puppies, or by causing severe intestinal issues with very foul-smelling, orange-yellow diarrhea. This intestinal form damages the gut lining, allowing toxins to flood into the bloodstream.

This highly contagious virus mainly affects puppies between 6 and 20 weeks old, but older dogs can catch it too. 

Can a human get canine parvo?

CDC confirms that humans cannot catch canine parvovirus because this virus cannot replicate in a human host. But there is a form of human parvovirus called Parvovirus B19.

Can dogs catch human parvo?

CDC confirms that canines cannot get the human form of parvovirus which is called Parvovirus B19.

Can a 7 year old dog get parvo?

Vaccinated and unvaccinated dogs of any age can be susceptible to infection if they come into contact with canine parvovirus particles. There isn’t a vaccine that produces 100% protection 100% of the time.

How is Parvo can be diagnostic?

Parvo can be quickly identified by veterinarians through a SNAP test. This test efficiently spots the presence of the parvovirus antigen in a dog’s stool, typically providing results within 10 minutes.

 

Symptoms of parvo

The incubation period from the time of exposure to the onset of clinical disease ranges from 2 to 14 days but typically is 5 to 7 days. The virus is shed in the faeces of infected dogs within 4–5 days of exposure (often before clinical signs develop), throughout the period of illness, and for approximately 10 days after clinical recovery.

Vomiting

Vomits food or water, bile or all

Diarrhoea

It could be extremely watery, bloody, explosive or all

Lethargy

Can range from low energy to unresponsible.

Lack of appetite

 Won’t eat regular food or treats, may not drink

Warm ears. Possibly red eyes. Shivering temperature 103 or higher.

 Weight Loss

 visible and a rapid weight loss.

Severe dehydration

The most significant danger with Parvo isn’t the virus itself but the severe dehydration it can cause. If your puppy struggles to retain fluids orally, it’s crucial to find an alternative method to ensure they stay hydrated.

You can make a  homemade electrolyte solution is to prepare oat water.

Oat Water Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 gallon of filtered water
  • 1 cup of oats (avoid instant oatmeal; you can use Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats or organic oats from a health store)
  • 1/3 cup of molasses
  • 1 tsp of sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Boil the water.
  2. Add the oats, molasses, and sea salt into the boiling water.
  3. Allow it to simmer for 5 minutes, then remove it from heat and let it stand for 20 minutes.
  4. After 20 minutes, strain the mixture to remove the oats, and the remaining liquid is your homemade oat water.
 

Since homeopathy is tailored to individual symptoms rather than the specific disease, you don’t need to wait for a parvo diagnosis to start using most remedies (the exception being the parvo nosode).

 When preparing a liquid dose:

1. Dissolve 2 or 3 pellets or a small amount of granules in a glass of filtered or spring water — avoid using unfiltered tap water and direct contact with the pellets to preserve the remedy’s integrity.
2. Stir thoroughly around 15 – 20 times. 
3. Administer the liquid to your puppy’s gums using a dropper or teaspoon.
4. Store the remaining mixture in a dark cupboard; it should last 2-3 days without refrigeration. Stir it well before each subsequent dose.
5. Monitor your puppy closely after each dose. If there’s improvement, wait before giving more. If symptoms return, administer another dose promptly. If there’s no change, consider a higher potency or a different remedy.

It’s often better to administer an extra dose than to give too little. Quick and effective support is crucial. If one remedy doesn’t work, you might need to try another.

When considering natural, homeopathic remedies for a dog suffering from parvovirus, it’s essential to work closely with a professional who is experienced in veterinary homeopathy. Each dog is different, and remedies are chosen based on the individual dog’s specific symptoms. Here’s a simplified list of ten homeopathic remedies that might be suggested, but remember, only use these under professional guidance:

 

  1. Arsenicum Album – For severe vomiting and diarrhea, especially if your dog seems restless.
  2. Phosphorus – If your dog can’t keep water down and is vomiting frequently.
  3. Parvo-Nosode – A special remedy made from the parvovirus itself, potentially used for early treatment or prevention.
  4. Belladonna – For early stages of illness, especially if your dog has a fever and seems very agitated.
  5. Mercurius Solubilis – If your dog has bloody diarrhea and bad breath.
  6. Sulphur – For intense thirst, smelly odor, and if your dog’s gums look red.
  7. Nux Vomica – For intense vomiting and if your dog seems very irritable.
  8. Ipecacuanha – For ongoing nausea and greenish vomit.
  9. Veratrum Album – For severe diarrhea and dehydration, especially if your dog seems cold and weak.
  10. Podophyllum – For watery, smelly diarrhea that might come and go.

 

These remedies aim to support your dog’s natural healing processes. The exact choice and dose depend on your dog’s specific situation. Remember, parvo is a severe, life-threatening illness, and these homeopathic options should be used alongside regular veterinary care, not as a replacement. Immediate medical attention, supportive care, and hydration are crucial for helping your dog recover from parvo.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *