After Parvo – Tips on Helping Your Dog or Puppy in Recovering from Parvo Virus and Life Beyond

While many dogs and puppies lose their battle to Parvo, just as many tend to survive, make a full recovery, and live a long life after Parvo. With that being said, if your dog or pup beats Parvo, that is surely something to celebrate, but it is also important to plan for the care of your puppy after Parvo. What will life be like for your puppy or dog after Parvo? Well, for starters, much better than before he or she was diagnosed with Parvovirus!

If your dog or puppy is recovering from Parvo, there are some essential tips you’ll need to consider and steps you’ll need to take to ensure the safe recovery of your pet. To aid your pooch in recovering from Parvo, consider these “After Parvo” dog and puppy care tips to make your home a safe and comfortable place for your recovering pet after Parvo treatment.

9 Tips for “After Parvo” Treatment and Survival

1.    Throw away all cloth toys. You can buy new ones and the cost of a few new toys is so very worth the safety and health of your pet, not to mention ensuring your pooch does not inadvertently infect another dog after Parvo. While your dog is recovering from Parvo, avoid introducing new cloth toys.

2.    Bleach everything – plastic and rubber dog toys, pet food bowls and water bowls, floors, crate, etc. After Parvo, it is important to eradicate every last trace of the Parvovirus that you possibly can.

3.    Wash all of your dog’s bedding in hot water with color-safe bleach.
If you cannot do so effectively, consider getting your dog or puppy a new pet bed rather than allowing him or her to sleep on the old bed after Parvo survival. Recovery from Parvo essentially depends on hydration, proper feeding, and disinfecting anything affected by the Parvovirus.

4.    Keep your dog away from other dogs for at least three weeks after Parvo. Your veterinarian will most definitely inform you of this, but Parvovirus is highly contagious to other dogs, and even though your dog may have survived, not all dogs and owners are that lucky. After Parvo, keep your dog separate from other dogs until your vet clears him or her.

5.    Make sure your pup has all Parvo shots / boosters and other vaccines as needed. Vets tend to disagree on whether dogs can get Parvo a second time, so the safest thing to do is ensure your pet’s safety and the safety of other dogs in the neighborhood by getting your dog fully vaccinated against Parvovirus. (It typically takes a series of three shots.) If your pup only had one of two shots before getting sick, you can still finish up the last shot or two (or all if needed) after Parvo recovery.

6.    Ensure that your dog or puppy gets lots of water and stays hydrated. By the time your vet sends the puppy home, he or she should eat and drink willingly and without a fuss. The vet may put your dog on a bland diet after Parvo, including plain or vanilla yogurt, until the intestines get back to normal. If your dog refuses food while recovering from Parvo, consult your vet.

7.    Keep an eye on your dog’s droppings to ensure the stool is no longer diarrhea or containing blood after Parvo.
If your dog continues to have problems in this area while recovering from Parvo or if the problems resolve but return after Parvo treatment, consult your veterinarian.

8.    As far as your yard goes, clean up all dog droppings and hose down the areas if possible after Parvo diagnosis and during recovery from Parvo. Parvovirus can stay in the environment for an undeclared number of months, if not longer, so it is imperative to attempt to disinfect the area as much as possible. Avoid inviting over any dogs that are not up-to-date on shots to avoid contamination after Parvo diagnosis and during recovery from Parvo. If possible, while your dog is recovering from Parvo, try to get your pooch in the habit of going to potty in the same part of the yard, and clean up the droppings right away.

9.    As far as your home, consult your vet for any further cleaning and modifications after Parvo.
You most likely will need to disinfect your floors and any areas where your dog may have been after Parvo diagnosis. Chances are that you will not have to replace floors or repaint walls, etc., but check with your vet to aid your dog in recovering from Parvo.

After Parvo, your dog or puppy can live a long and happy, healthy life. Your dog might even serve as a blood donor for other dogs suffering from Parvovirus or recovering from Parvo now that he or she has the antibodies after Parvo survival. Dogs that are lucky enough to survive Parvovirus don’t often experience lasting effects after Parvo, although there is one strain of Parvovirus that affects the heart. If your dog had the type of Parvo that affects the cardiac muscle, it could possibly leave some lasting damage, but you should consult your vet for the facts.

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9 thoughts on “After Parvo – Tips on Helping Your Dog or Puppy in Recovering from Parvo Virus and Life Beyond

  1. My 11 week old black lab mix was diagnosed with Parvo yesterday. We are hoping for a full recovery, but it is now in the control of the vets. How do I sterilize the house effectively? What about the couches and carpets that our puppy was on?

    • Hi Lindsey,
      Sorry to hear you are going through this – best wishes for your pup! Hoping you get some good news soon – our border collie made a 100% recovery and is now 4 and amazingly healthy and active. Hope the same for you. We used a bleach & water solution to disinfect the floors and toys and surfaces like that. We threw out fabric / stuffed toys, towels, etc. Our pup wasn’t on the furniture so we didn’t do anything there. My best recommendation would be to do a pretty serious cleaning via upholstery cleaning and carpet steamer or shampooer if you can manage it, just to be safe. We didn’t, but our pup came down with parvo just 5 days after we got her and she had barely been anywhere but our kitchen and her crate.

      Here’s a great forum post that gives a lot of really good tips beyond our personal experience –

      Do you have other pets? It can also live in the ground outside your home for a pretty long time so just be careful with that as far as any other pets or visiting pets.

      Keep us posted and I hope your puppy feels better soon! Wishing you the best of luck!

      – Kate

  2. My 9 week old samoyed puppy was diagnosed with parvovirus today..the emergency vet says she has a fifty fifty chance of surving. As if I didn’t have enough stress my kids are only worried about my savings and that if I fall ill they will have to take care of me. I can’t pull the plug on my puppy, she is sweet and beautiful and I love her so much.
    I feel so betrayed, I have never given up on my children and have always been there them.

  3. my advice for those of you that love their dogs is do not listen to anyone that tells you to give up on your dogs and let it be ! take matters into your own hand and love your puppy ! everything then falls in place and the outcome will most likely be pleasant to both of you:)

  4. My 7 month old dane baby broke with parvo last Thursday. He had no vomiting or diarrhea we just knew something was wrong. He was kept in isolation at the vet on IV fluids and I visited daily. The time at the vet allowed him to get treatment under the watchful eyes of professionals and allowed me to get my house disinfected and ready for his return. We brought him home on Tuesday and he is doing well. Very scary, but counting our blessings.

  5. Well,my puppy was diganosed with “Strong Parvo” virus. I can say he is recovering very well after the Vet said he only had 2% of making it from one day to the next. My pup is my only survivor from his mom’s first litter. She had 6 pups and 5 died. Maxi my only survivor. The mom would not nurse them. I nursed and cared for this pup for the past 6 month. Now he came down with this horrible virus. He still has the bloody stool but he slowly recovering after 6 days in the hospital.
    The only thing is not to lose hope.

  6. My 3 year old chihuahua Teddy was taken to the to vet Saturday. He was sick, but we never expected parvo as there was no diarrhea. The vet gave him a shot of sirenia, and told us to bring him back if he got worse. Well, he did get worse. Sunday he still didn’t feel well, and out local vet wasn’t open. A friend and I rushed him the ER. I knew it was parvo then, and they kept him for the night. the next day he was sent to our local vet, where now, 5 days later, i am happy to report he is recovering well. 🙂 I may get to bring him home tomorrow.

  7. Hi all,
    It has bee a log struggle for me and my rotty pup against parvo infection. but finally he has fully recovederd. may god bless Dr Ali for his in time treatment and special attention towards the dog.
    i would like to tell you all that how you can save your dog from this deadly attack. isolate your dog from other pets and keep him in a non hectic environment away from TV and sound system. take your dog to the vet every morning and evening for IV fluids and antibiotics. check his stools for the color and odor. if blood and odor is still present make sure you do not miss the vet visits for medication. if possible ask your vet to have an IV of parvo treated dog so that your dog will get anti bodies to fight. bleach your house and sterilize everything that came in contact with the dog. do it for at least three to 4 days without miss and and the dog will hopefully be fine.

  8. One more thing to help puppy out with after parvo care I learned is pedialite in the baby section just get the unflavored stuff. helps keep the electrolites that little ones need and it did wonders for my parvo pup survivor

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