The most vital aspect in treating any disease is prevention. If you make the decision not to vaccinate your puppy, you have taken a major step toward preventing your fur child from becoming sick in the first place.
Even though that goes against what most vets will tell you there is a holistic protocol behind this method.
To keep your pet healthy and high vibe, they have to have a strong, vibrant working immune system. We often recommend using colloidal silver for preventing parvo in young puppies as part of a holistic immune building program. So yes, you can use colloidal silver to prevent and treat parvo as part of this health building protocol along with the other recommendations listed below.
Colloidal Silver can play a big part in treating parvo if your puppy should they get the parvo virus.
Should You Vaccinate For Parvo?
Humans have been basically brainwashed into believing in vaccination. We are repeatedly told that vaccines create immunity. However, it just isn’t the whole picture nor is it the whole truth. Sometimes it works, but there is no guarantee about a vaccine's efficacy.
Giving your pet a round of vaccines does not actually immunize your dog. What it does is sensitize the immune system so it forces your puppy’s body to respond to adjuvants in the vaccine.
Our immune system as well as our pet’s is a fine tuned aspect of a healthy body that has been working quite well since time immemorial, without needing vaccines to work effectively.
To avoid parvo and more significantly, to prevent your dog from dying from parvo it’s essential to build your little fur kids immune system, the natural, healthy way.
Here are some ways to prevent parvo from ever affecting your pooch:
1: Just Say No To Vaccinations:
Vaccinations are made with adjuvants which are made from mineral salts, emulsions, microparticles, saponins, cytokines, microbial components/products and liposomes. These small quantities of genetically modified ingredients and chemically preserved antigens are injected into your pup ’s body. This artificial way of stimulating an immune response is actually lowering their immunity.
2: Don’t Use The Conventional Dewormers:
Puppies who have been chemically wormed within two weeks of coming down with the parvo virus are more susceptible to dying from parvo.
Just as healthy litters can acquire immunity on their own, healthy puppies are able to fight off worm infestations. Healthy puppies are generally not good hosts for parasites.
It is a good idea to get a fecal test done however, as a puppy does show positive for worms, it’s important to resolve this straight away because it increases their threat of parvo. There are some very effective, natural chemical-free wormers. However, dissimilar to the chemical wormers, they don’t mess with the immune system. Some choices we recommend are a combination of diatomaceous earth and pumpkin seeds or check out our Natural wormer here: HOLISTIC PET DEWORMER
3: Feed Your Puppy a Species Appropriate Raw Meat Diet
Feed your puppy a fresh, raw whole meat with the bone that has the best possible nutrition for a carnivore and provides the most appropriate, vital diet for your puppy.
4: Socialize Your Puppy Appropriately
If you choose not to vaccinate and even if you do vaccinate, be conscious about where you taking your young dog. Every single trip away from home, your furbaby is in some contact to even minute amounts of bacteria, viruses and new germs that is helping them to build natural immunity.
Just be aware that to expose him to an area where lots of dogs have been means also with considerable amounts of shedded parvo virus, places like big pet stores, training classes and dog parks. So expose to these places a few steps at a time. Just a minute or two in the beginning and slowly work up to more and more exposure.
There is always the possibility that your puppy could get parvo whether you vaccinated or you did everything totally naturally. If that ever were to happen of course you’ll want to be be prepared.
5: Give Homeopathic Nosodes starting at a young age
A nosode is a homeopathic remedy made from the virus itself and the Tautodes are made from the vaccine itself.
Here's a link: Homeopathic Nosodes
Some homeopathic vets recommend nosodes as a preventative and have clinical results that suggest its efficacy. While there are also homeopathic vets that say use them when disease symptoms are existent. I say you can use them in both ways.
There is always the possibility that your puppy could get parvo whether you vaccinated or did everything totally naturally. If that ever were to happen of course you’ll want to be be prepared.
You might what to start with our Holistic Puppy Pack. Which includes HighVibe Silver, 2 Nosodes, and the Natural Dewormer.
How To Manage Parvo At Home
It’s a good idea to find a holistic vet before you get your puppy. That way you’ll have the expertise you need as soon as you need it. You don’t want to get caught with a sick puppy and nobody to help you take care of him. I recommend you put together a parvo kit to have on hand in case the need arises. Ask your vet to supply you with the lactated ringer saline bag and tell you how to use it just as a precaution.
If your dog is infected with parvo, there are 3 areas you need to cover:
- Hydration ( keep fluids coming)
- Diarrhea (allow the toxins to flush naturally)
- Blood Sugar & Body Temp ( keep blood sugar up and body temp down)
Keep Your Puppy Hydrated
Parvo itself isn’t the worst threat. Severe dehydration is much more dangerous. If your puppy can’t keep his liquids down by mouth … you need to get them into him another way.
To check for dehydration: Pinch the skin at the back of your puppy’s neck. It should bounce back immediately. If the fold takes 2 seconds or longer to return to normal, your puppy’s dehydrated. You need to get fluids into him fast.
There are a few ways to do this:
You can give the colloidal silver via mouth:
Give as much as 10 cc via mouth every hour or as much as you can get into your puppy. Syringe it in with an oral syringe a little at a time. If he vomits it up immediately everytime you give it you must get fluids in another way.
You may also want to add electrolytes to colloidal silver if the puppy is doing better and keeping fluids down. Such as the powdered form below. The amount you give will depend on how big your puppy is and how he’s doing. So ask your holistic vet for the best dose for your puppy. Your pup needs to have their electrolytes replenished.
You can also use Pedialyte for children purchased at the drug store or this product Bullyade is an electrolyte for for dogs to help them make a quicker safe recovery from parvo, illness, dehydration.
You can get a Sub-Q lactated ringer bag from your vet or you can purchase one online. Or if you don't have the saline solution in a pinch you ca use distilled water in a drip with needle just under the skin.
This requires putting a drip via a needle under the puppy’s skin, where the fluid pools and the pups body then absorbs. Make sure the bag of saline or distilled water is body temp.
Use Colloidal Silver in an Enema
Enemas are a good, fast way to get fluids into your puppy as well.
The amount of fluid needed you give depends on the size of the puppy. Puppies less than 10 lbs would need about 10 ml of fluid whereas puppies 40 lbs or more would need 60 ml. To find out exactly how much to give your puppy, ask your holistic vet.
You can give the enema in either an infant enema bag with a bulb syringe, or a standard, clear syringe with catheter tip. You can get this from your vet or supply store, or online.
You want to give the enema gradually over a few minutes. If you give it too fast, the liquid will just come right back out. If the dog doesn’t can’t really use the extra hydration, the liquid will just squirt out again even with slow administration.
Although we should not try to stop up the diarrhea from cleansing out the toxins with a suppressing medicine from the pharmacy as this is the way the body cleanses the virus and toxins from the body. However, there are some natural solutions to help remove the toxins and soothe and restore the intestines.
Activated charcoal can be used to help with diarrhea in puppies. This is a natural product one with pets should always have on hand. Mix it with colloidal silver as well as can be added some of the electrolyte powder in if you have it to support & restore some of the minerals that have been lost from the diarrhea and vomiting.
Mix 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal into about 4-6 oz of CS. Shake the mixture before each dose.
At first you will want to give a dose of the charcoal/ silver/electrolyte solution every hour or as often as you can. However, not so much that your puppy pukes it back up. Take it slowly- give a little at a time.
Slippery Elm Bark powder:
Slippery Elm soothes and lubricates the mucous membranes that line the digestive tract. That makes it an excellent treatment for diarrhea. It’s high in fiber, which helps normalize intestinal action. This means it can be used to relieve the diarrhea of parvo. It could also be mixed with the activated charcoal as well if need be.
MIx 1/2 teaspoon per 10 pound of body weight with colloidal silver, water or bone broth. Enough liquid to make a gel that is not too thick in the syringe. For best results give via oral syringe before breakfast and again at bedtime.
The gel can be added to food but needs to be mixed with water first. Leftover gel can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Arsenicum Album – Arsenicum Album is a good homeopathic remedy to treat diarrhea. Arsenicum is considered the “food poisoning” remedy.
In the acute situation of parvo, you would dose homeopathic arsenicum often (every few minutes to start) until you start to your puppy improving somewhat. Once you begin to see them getting better, you will then give less frequently.
Probiotics are the good bacteria that your puppy needs to return to normal. They are beneficial in restoring the bacterial balance in your pups’ body, particularly in GI tract. Sometimes if you give them probiotics, you will often see a change in the diarrhea right away, as it begins to restore the good bacteria in their body.
We also recommend you have on hand Paxxin by Amber Naturalz ( renamed Paxaid)
Paxxin is an herbal blend designed for puppies and also adult dogs to support the digestive tract. However, many breeders and pet parents swear by this product for use in parvo puppies.
Keep a check on the Puppy’s Blood Sugar Level & Body Temp
The easiest method to check the puppy’s blood sugar level is to look at the color of their gums. Normal gums should be pink in color. Of course some do have brownish or black colored gums, however even so there should still be some color in them.
White or pale gums could mean the puppy has low blood sugar. If you see that the gums look pale you can rub molasses or honey on his gums every hour. You should start to see the gum color improving and energy coming back.
Take their temp every few hours as well.
IF the body temp soars too high you are going to need to help reduce your pups’ fever— if it goes 103 degrees or higher—try putting cool water around his paws and ears. You can use a soaked washcloth or rag. Continue to take his temperature, and when it drops below 103, you can stop applying the water. Parvo can cause a puppy to not be able to regulate their own body temperature. Sometimes you might have to use a warm blanket to wrap up your puppy in to make sure that they stay warm enough and comfortable. Keeping warmed blankets available especially after you give your puppy a cold water treatment, as your dog can become easily chilled after the water.
So basically, It takes 7 days to cure parvo in puppies if you are diligent with treatment.
You do not necessarily have to go for expensive medical treatment for parvo. (unless there is not another way for you to treat it on your own of course)
You only need to rehydrate your dog, kill the bacterial and viral infections with frequent doses of colloidal silver, and replenish the nutrients and electrolytes that have been lost.