To all dog lover's out there; especially ones that have lost a puppy or dog to the virus known as Parvo, following is a brief guide on the signs of Parvo and what to do when you start to see the signs appear in your animal.

My husband and I have a pure bred chocolate labrador names, Bubby. When he was about six months old he became very sick. We did not know exactly what it was until a dog breeder friend of ours put a name to all the symptoms that we expressed that we had seen. Some of these symptoms include: vomiting, unwillingness to eat or drink, slower movements, and unwillingness to move at all, and weight loss.

Bubby lost about fifteen pounds and got to the point that it seemed as if a stick breeze would knock him over. We did not have a lot of money and heard that the vet would just try and give him some injections of electrolytes. With the help of our dog breeder friend we began Bubby on a electrolyte diet of our very own.

About every half hour, when we could, we would force feed Bubbl either pedialyte or gatoraid. We also forced pepto bismal down his throat. It is easier to give him the liquids with a squeeze bottle, especially if you have a larger dog with a strong jaw. Often it would take my husband prying open his jaw and me squirting the fluids down in order for it to work. After a few days of this Bubby began to be able to hold down the fluids.

When he was able to hold the gatoraid down he began to drink water on his own again out of the hose and then finally his bowl. After that I was able to feed him boiled chicked. After a few more days he was able to eat his own dog food again.

So if you don't really have the money to spend, but still love your animal and want to do anything possible, you might give this a try. When you are done with the dog you should get a bottle or two of bleach (depending on the size of your yard) and sprinkle the bleach around the yard. Parvo can linger in the yard. We did this and never had any trouble with the virus again.

Things You Will Need

You will need gatoraid or pedialyte, bleach, and chicken. Not to mention lots of love.

Tips & Warnings

This might not work for all animals. In some cases it may depend on the sze of your animal or how long the virus has been at work before it was discovered.