I have a puppy who has Parvovirus, and I wanted to pool some tricks for homecare (what I've heard so far and devised myself, and what any of you might know or have thought of.
I know that hydration is one of the biggest issues. We have fluids to inject under the skin (from the vet), and I have an electrolyte fluid, and a friend mentioned alkaline water (which I haven't had a break to locate and purchase yet, so we may not be able to use). I know some people used a syringe to insert fluids into the mouth, and I am really excited to have remembered/thought of how those water bowls that continuously cycle water are said to encourage animals to drink more. So, my puppy who hasn't drank water out of his bowl for about 17 hours came over and drank gobs of water just now when I poured it slowly from a pitcher into his water bowl. I'm going to try to add a touch of electrolyte water to it next time, I think. Or maybe I will just leave well-enough alone for now (when I keep trying to "make it better", he gets totally on to me and stops partaking in whatever it was). I also made a mixture of electrolyte water and a daily multivitamin made for dogs (details below) that I plan to give via syringe a few times a day if I feel like he is very dehydrated or could use a boost of vitamins.
Nutrition is another concern during this time. I have heard of feeding chicken and rice since it is gentle on the tummy, and I have considered making it into a paste if need be (maybe putting a dab on his paw if he will lick it to clean it). I made a dog smoothie this morning that I look forward to using if it feels like he is needing some nutrition -- it is made of chicken, rice, pure pumpkin (helps settle upset tummies), electrolyte water, and a daily multivitamin (called Fidonutrients, which contain essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and digestive enzymes).
Sterilization. A fiend of mine who was a vet assistant said that she thinks that is what makes the biggest difference between the hospital and the home, so I am trying to be as serious about this part as possible. I usually use all green cleaning in my home but am using bleach to clean everything multiple times daily, especially where he defecates and any other bodily fluids. I am using puppy shampoo to wash his backside and paws after defacating/going into the backyard (which is sprayed the patio down with bleach water) and I let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing off. I am using disposable gloves and papertowels to clean body fluids and marching it straight out to the dumpster (routine cleaning I am doing with cloths that get washed in bleach water). I am washing any bedding he sleeps on every night with bleach and plan to replace his dog beds once he is all better.
Medicine. He is taking 2 different antibiotics (1 is for his digestive track) and a pain reliever (and I am putting fluids under the skin every evening). I have also heard of some of my more nature-oriented mama friends feeding them expressed breastmilk. One of my friends swears that was how she (without medication) cured her puppy a year ago at home. I understand some vets don't recommend mixing the milk of different species (which baffles me since we drink cows milk and some drink goats milk), but I figured I would share anyway. If I could pump (I gave my pump away), I would do it.
Some other stuff -- trying to keep his stress levels low (which is hard as a single homeschooling mama of 3, ages 12, 4, and 1). Giving him LOTS of comfy spaces and love whenever he even thinks he might need it. I don't want to bug him too much, though, either. I want him to have plenty of space for quiet dark self-healing.
I have been gauging his wellness a few different ways. The first is the fluids that come from him. The second is his ability to move around comfortably. And the third is how easily excitable he is when one of the cats runs by him.
I'm really excited to hear any other tips or tricks <3 Thanks in advance:))
Edited by wildzen, 10 March 2011 - 05:11 PM.