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How does one treat parvo at home?

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To treat parvo puppies at home, use Parvaid and an antibiotic in conjunction with proper hydration and heat management, according to the Whispering Winds Wholistic Animal Sanctuary. Colorado State University has found Convenia and Maropitant to be effective home treatments for parvo combined with subcutaneous fluid administration.

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Parvaid is an herbal supplement that reduces vomiting and diarrhea and boosts the animal's immune system, reports the Whispering Winds Wholistic Animal Sanctuary. Colloidal silver is recommended as well, since it is thought to have both antibiotic and antiviral effects. As parvo can cause secondary infections due to ruptures in arteries, an antibiotic is also used in this treatment method. Hydration is key, as a dog loses fluids through vomiting and diarrhea when infected with parvo. Sometimes IV hydration or enemas are required. Puppies with high-grade fevers dehydrate more quickly, while low-grade fevers require fluids warmed to body temperature to prevent chilling of the dog, according to the sanctuary.

Convenia is a long-term antibiotic that can last up to two weeks after injection, while Maropitant is an antinausea medication that is injected daily. Both drugs havebeen released for veterinary use by Pfizer Animal Health and are recommended by Colorado State University as part of an at-home treatment plan.

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