My daughter's dog was diagnosed with Parvo a couple days ago. He died because she could not afford $400 a night to stay at the vet. He may have had a chance, if her vet was as kind as mine and sent him home with an IV bag for subcutaneous fluids. But I digress.
I have learned so much from Earth Clinic and it has inspired me to do further research on herbal remedies. As you know, Parvo is a dogs' version of the 1918 flu epidemic.
I told her to start her other 3 dogs on Turmeric (1 1/2 tsp 2x daily) fresh ground cloves (1/4 tsp 1x daily) and 1 slice of crystalized ginger (1x daily) in hope of keeping them alive. Parvo has an incubation period of 3 -14 days (though they could have been exposed at the same time)so I was hoping to get enough in their system to combat this terrible virus. The first dog died early in the morning, one of the other dogs had a fever that night with vomiting and diarrhea. They continued the herbs but upped the dosage a little. This morning (she got sick last night) she was doing much better. This evening she is "whole body wagging!" Though it may or may not help the one diagnosed in multi dog families, it may help the others that live in the household.
Parvo is said to survive in contaminated areas for 6-0 months and can be spread by birds, rodents and even people. Every place I read said to disinfect with bleach. They also say that Parvo does well in an acidic environment. I told them to disinfect all they could with bleach (obviously can'd do that to the car seats) to kill all they could. The virus' that survived would hopefully be killed by baking soda sprinkled heavily on carpets, yard, car, etc. I have no proof on that, but it would be worth a try since it is so cheap. Ted would probably be the real authority on that one so please add anything else you think may work Ted!
I hope this helps someones beloved companion!
Parvo is a very easy virus to avoid if you just VACCINATE your pets. This means taking you puppy for regular visits to your veterinarian to be vaccinated properly. This does NOT mean purchasing vaccines at the local store and giving them yourself. Once a dog/puppy gets Parvo, there is only a 50/50 chance of survival NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO! The Parvo virus itself doesn't kill dogs, the effects of Parvo, such as dehydration, secondary infection, hypoglycemia DO kill dogs. Supportive care is important. IV fluids, antibiotics, anti vomiting medication, etc.
If you take in a stray puppy and your other pets are not vaccinated, you should keep that puppy separate from your other pets for 14 days. JUST VACCINATE!! Dogs that have survived with all of these "alternative" treatments were just on the lucky side of the 50/50 chances of survival.