Standard Medical Protocol

This document contains the basic treatment guidelines for treating Parvo as done at Austin Pets Alive! under veterinary supervision. All dosages and treatment guidelines are not meant to be used without veterinary support.  We recommend that all people interested in treating parvo patients work with a licensed veterinarian to be sure that this works for your program.

The veterinarian can direct medical volunteers/staff to set patients up on "core" SQ or IV treatments as described below.

Additional medications or changes to the basic treatment plan may be required. Check with the veterinarian on call if any additional treatments may be needed. See medical chart for drug concentrations.

All dogs are started on Panacur (0.2mL/lb) SID for 5 days.
  • inappetence
  • infrequent vomiting (1-2X/day)
  • moderate, non-bloody diarrhea

Core SQ Medications

  1. Baytril SQ- 0.05 mL/lb. SID (Always give in SQ fluids diluted at least 1:20. Do not give twice a day!) 
  2. Polyflex SQ- 0.05 mL/lb. BID
  3. Cerenia SQ - 0.04ml/lb. SID
  4. Reglan SQ- 0.05 mL/lb. BID
  5. Fluids SQ- 10 mL/lb. BID
  6. Force Feed patients w/ inappetence at least 2-5 mL/lb BID-QID. If  vomiting, wait 15-20 minutes after Cerenia. 

IV Treatment

For dogs with severe symptoms including 
  • frequent vomiting
  • frequent and/or bloody diarrhea
  • lethargy
  • not absorbing SQ fluids

Core IV medications/protocols

  1. Ampicillin or Cefazolin IV - 0.04 mL/lb BID-TID
  2. Baytril SQ (diluted at least 1:20 with SQ fluids) - 0.05mL/lb SID
  3. Cerenia IV - 0.04ml/lb SID
  4. LRS + Reglan (0.015mg/ml) CRI at 1x maintenance (1 mL/lb/hour) 
    • If dog is dehydrated, ask vet whether fluid rate should be increased.
    • Per DVM, add 5%-10% Dextrose if patient is < 5lbs or low blood sugar. 
    • Per DVM add KCl to the IV bag on day 3 of IV treatment if not doing well. KCl can kill if given too fast, see the KCl protocol.
  5. Force Feed patients w/ inappetence at least 2-5 mL/lb BID-QID. If  vomiting, wait 15-20 minutes after Cerenia. 

Possible IV Add-Ons

Given as needed per DVM
  • Hetastarch- given for bloody diarrhea, shock, and hypoproteinemia.
  • Anti-emetics/Antacids Add Ons
    • Ondansetron SQ/IV- 0.05 mL/lb BID
    • Famotidine- SQ/IV 0.04 mL/lb BID