how to prevent parvo


I recently talked to a client on the phone who said, “Dr Todd, I just found out my pup was exposed to parvo, and I talked to the rescue group leader where I adopted him. She said to get him in for a ‘shot vaccine’ asap, because that homeopathic stuff doesn’t work!”

After he and I discussed the realities of vaccination and immunity (which aren’t the same) and our experience here with pups developing strong immunity in ways other than “shot vaccines,” he felt much better. His pup had received a nosode for parvo at our clinic the week before, and continued to do well, with no symptoms of parvo disease. The client’s confidence in homeopathy grew while his fear of parvo shrank.

Parvo comes from the Latin parvus’, meaning “tiny,” as it is one of the smallest viruses known. It causes great fear among dog lovers, with the fast moving syndrome of collapse, vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes death. It is a relatively new epidemic disease among dogs, first appearing in the late 1970s and still causing havoc in the canine world.

The conventional world tells you to vaccinate early and often to stay ahead of parvo, but is this really the best option? My experience as a homeopathic veterinarian clearly says we can prevent parvo naturally.

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Switching From Vaccines To Nosodes

I began to question the wisdom of injectable vaccines several years ago, especially when the fibrosarcoma issue in cats surfaced and was linked to vaccination, and then the Purdue study with dogs appeared, linking vaccination to auto-antibody production and autoimmune disease.

After completing Dr Richard Pitcairn’s Professional Homeopathy course for veterinarians, I began to adjust my approach to vaccination in practice, as my mind began to think like a homeopath’s. I started to give pups only two doses of injectable DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvo, parainfluenza), then later reduced it to one, followed by a homeopathic nosode. In 2010, I began using nosodes exclusively, no longer using injectable DHPP at all.

First, I stopped seeing anaphylactic reactions such as hives, facial swelling, etc. after vaccine administration. And the little pups certainly appreciated not being “jabbed” on their first visit to the clinic. But as I began to really look at the data from my practice, other less obvious truths emerged.

Our practice offers a wellness package for puppies in which they receive homeopathic nosodes instead of injectable vaccines, with the exception of legally required rabies vaccines.

Nosodes are homeopathic medicines made from the products of disease, and have a long history of providing great protection against various diseases, especially if given close to the time of exposure. Christopher Day, a British homeopathic veterinarian, has reported on the effectiveness of nosodes in kennel cough outbreaks in dogs, as well as use on other species.

I currently use nosodes prepared by Hahnemann Laboratory, dissolved in solution (ethanol and water), and given orally in small amounts (3-5 drops per dose). I use the 200C potency mostly, but have also used 30C. Our goal is to give nosodes at ages where susceptibility and exposure are likely.

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The Results

I reviewed case records from our practice over an 18 month period to look at the incidence of parvo in our puppy population. The findings are similar to those reported in a previous Dogs Naturally article (November 2011), which stated 28 per cent of vaccinated pups still get parvo disease, and parvo kills more vaccinated pups than unvaccinated.

During this time, we saw 275 pups for wellness packages, and 12 of these became ill and tested parvo positive. 10 of the 12 survived. 35 other pups who were not receiving the wellness packages tested positive; 20 survived and 15 died.

Of the total 30 survivor pups, only 6 were vaccinated (20 per cent), whereas 13 of 17 pups that died were vaccinated (76 per cent). Fifteen of the 30 survivor pups received nosodes only and no vaccines (50 per cent), whereas none of the pups who died received nosodes only. A small number of pups received vaccines first, then nosodes later (1 out 30 survivors, or 3 per cent; 5 out of 17 dead pups, or 29 per cent). All pups received only homeopathic medicines for treatment, which are well known historically for treating acute epidemic diseases such as typhus and cholera in humans. The top three remedies we used were Arsenicum album, Phosphorus, and Nux vomica. Nonvaccinated pups usually respond much more quickly to a homeopathic remedy, and are more likely to survive, compared to vaccinated pups.

So, a total of 19 of 47 pups were vaccinated and still got parvo disease (40 per cent). Pups receiving nosodes only who contracted the disease had 0 per cent mortality, compared to vaccinated pups with 76 per cent mortality. This agrees with the results reported previously in Dogs Naturally. These findings confirmed the impression I had for years that vaccinated pups still get sick with parvo, and when they do, are much less likely to survive the ordeal.

I continue to inform my clients of these facts, and this encourages them with positive news as they choose the no-vaccine route for their pups, and focus instead on optimizing the pup’s immune system with excellent nutrition and dietary supplementation. This allows the pup to develop a robust immune defense against the many challenges it will face, be it parvo or other pathogens and parasites. The pups who survive parvo disease grow into some of the healthiest animals I’ve seen in almost 30 years of practice.