What Is Parvo Virus: Dog Diarrhea Blood

If you see bloody stools from your pet, that DOES NOT mean his fate is sealed. DO NOT throw in the towel – there is hope and we know, because we’ve dealt with over 5,550 Parvo cases and almost all of those dogs had bloody diarrhea at some stage.

Let’s back up for a moment.

If you are not familiar with the Canine Parvovirus, or perhaps you have not seen the classic Parvo SymptomsParvovirus Symptoms: lethargy and a lack of playfulness; not eating or drinking; vomit (often starting as an off-white mucus, turning later on to a yellow frothy vomit); diarrhea (normally foul-smelling and frequently bloody); dehydration; fever; chills; depression., then you will need to get up to speed. This site, What Is Parvovirus, is designed to help answer the basic questions about Parvo.

What kind of diarrhea can you expect if your dog is infected with Parvo?

You will probably see a range in the consistency, the color, the texture, etc. It may start off just loose, it may then become very watery, it will definitely have a very distinctive obnoxiously foul odor (it will be nothing like your ever smelled before, so you will know it when you see it), and at some point there will be blood in the stools.

With the older strains of Parvo (i.e. 2a and 2b prevalent in the 70s, 80s, and 90s), you might not see blood in the stools for a few days into the Parvo cycle. However, with the 2c Strain of Parvo that has been going around in the US since 2006, you could see blood in your pet’s stools within hours after seeing the very first symptom.

Most people fail to realize just how serious this virus is. Please pay attention: if you see your dog moping around, depressed, sad eyes, vomiting, diarrhea (any type), not eating, not drinking, etc. then this is a wake-up call. This is not normal behavior by any means. Your dog is very sick and it will just go downhill from here.

If you decide to take your dog to the vet, then they will do an in-the-clinic Parvo test. This is unreliable and often comes back with a false negative (i.e. the test comes back negative yet your dog does indeed have Parvo). The first thing most vets will tell you to do is to give him a Parvo vaccination. This is the absolute worst thing in the world for your dog: he’s been exposed to Parvo, is showing Parvo symptoms, and mostly he’s infected with the virus.

By giving your infected dog a Parvo shot, you’ve just given the virus an army of reinforcements and a tactical coup, since the Parvo shot is engineered to lower the dog’s immune system, then your dog will have no chance in this situation. From that Parvo shot, he will be inundated with virus particles, greatly suffering all sorts of side-effects from a potent toxic cocktail loaded with all types of chemicals, and regardless of age, any dog, or cat for that matter, will not be able to just bounce back from this type of hideous attack.

Now, if you found yourself in this particular situation, then the clock if ticking and it is not in your dog’s favor. Stop researching and get him started on a safe effective Home Parvo Treatment Plan that is made up of organic products and natural Home Remedies for Parvo. You will increase his chances for survival (we see 90% successes vs. the average that most vets offer of 50%, and they will charge you an arm and a leg – expect a bill in the thousands easily).

What does the bloody diarrhea look like?

This can be a few spots, some streaks, or out and out gushing.

The virus has eaten through the intestinal walls and this is now causing a large, painful wound. The bright red blood means the virus is doing considerable damage to your pet. It doesn’t mean an automatic death sentence, but believe me, this has to be stopped and fast. Your dog will not be able to function under these barbaric conditions for too long.

If you see dark brownish blood, this means that the blood is old and the body is trying to get rid of it. It does not necessarily mean the virus is gone – it could be taking a rest and a Parvo relapse could be on the way.

This is why we stress treating your dog with an at home Parvo Treatment Kit. You will help him stop the virus from multiplying any further, you will help him heal secondary infections, stimulate his appetite, boost his immune system and more.

Bottom-line: if you see bloody diarrhea dogs, then it is way past time to spend hours researching. This is precious time that you could be spending on treatment. This is the problem with Parvo – it acts so quickly that in the morning your dog seems fine, but later that day, he’s a totally different dog, looking like he’s on his last legs.

Treating dog diarrhea, especially if it comes from Parvo virus, will be a challenge, to say the least. There is no magic pill that you can give your dog and poof, within a couple of hours, he’ll be back to normal. Nope, we have not found anything like this available. You will have to roll up your sleeves and be prepared for some grueling, long hard hours.

But in the end, he’s your family and isn’t he worth it?

When my dog has diarrhea, there’s no hesitation – it is time for fast action, and that’s part of why our dogs are healthy. Anything out of the ordinary, we are on top of it immediately so that whatever it is, there’s less likely a chance for viruses, germs, bacteria, parasites, etc. to get started. We pounce and knock them out cold.

When we see dogs with diarrhea, we don’t take chances and neither should you. It may just be a simple upset stomach, but it may not, so we always give them a few treatments of the products in the Parvo Treatment Kit, and all should be well in a few hours. If it something more serious, such as Parvo, then you’re prepared to step it up to the full treatment plan.

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11 Responses to “Dog Diarrhea Blood”

  1. danielle hood Says:

    how do u know if they got parvo

  2. Rae and Mark Says:

    Danielle,

    The main symptoms are described in our Signs Of Parvo post.

    You can take your dog to the vet’s to be tested, but please be aware that these tests are not 100% reliable- you can get both false positives (i.e. the test shows your dog has Parvo when he doesn’t) and false negatives (i.e. your dog does have Parvo even though the test says he doesn’t).

    Also, there are other conditions that can mimic Parvo (e.g. Campylobacter), and which can even generate a positive Parvo test.

    Our policy is that if it looks like Parvo, you’d better treat it as though it is, because by the time you realise it really is Parvo, you may have waited too long and lost your dog. This is one reason why we advise all dog owners to have a Home Parvo Treatment Kit on hand at all times, as you never known when Parvo will strike.

  3. kevin Says:

    Who are you and what are you qualifications to post this information?

    I’m guessing you’re not vets because no vet would make the statement “By giving your infected dog a Parvo shot, you’ve just given the virus an army of reinforcements and a tactical coup, since the Parvo shot is engineered to lower the dog’s immune system…”

    Vaccines introduce attenuated virii (can’t cause infection) so that the body builds defenses against them. They, in fact, strengthen the immune system.

  4. Rae and Mark Says:

    Parvo shots can give a dog Parvo!

    Read this post: Vaccines Lower Immunity.

  5. LAVON Says:

    OK,MY DOGS WERE IN MY HOUSE WHEN THEY CONTRACTED PARVO .HOW DO I CLEAN MY HOUSE (WOODEN FLOORS) TO KEEP OTHERS FROM CATCHING PARVO.THEY WERE IN MY HOUSE WHEN THEY DIED I HAVE BLEACHED CRATES,AND MOPPED IN BLEACH WATER IS THIS ENOUGH OR WHAT DO I NEED TO DO.I THINK MY DOGS CAUGHT PARVO FROM BIRD DROPPINGS ,WE FIRST THOUGHT THEY HAD GOTTEN POISON.HELP,LET ME KNOW HOW TO CLEAN UP? THANKS

  6. LAVON Says:

    ME AGAIN,THE DOGS HAD BEEN OUT DAILY IN THE YARD FENCED IN WHEN THEY GOT SICK THATS WHY I’M THINKING BIRD DROPPINGS.I STILL HAVE OLDER DOGS IN HOUSE (DACHSHUNDS) I NEED TO KNOW ASAP ABOUT THE CLEANING. THANKS AGAIN

  7. Rae and Mark Says:

    Lavon,

    The only substance we know of that is guaranteed to get rid of the Parvo virus is regular bleach (in a 1:30 dilution), which you can obviously only use on certain surfaces. If you do bleach, remember to rinse it off / mop it up after 30 – 60 minutes, because you don’t want dogs ingesting bleach either.

    Some people steam clean, but that’s not guaranteed to do the job.

    Outdoors, if’s practically impossible to get rid of the virus – even if you could bleach your entire yard, it only takes on bird or insect to reinfect you again.

  8. Rae and Mark Says:

    Lavon,

    There are many ways in which dogs can get Parvo, and as you say, bird droppings are one. Have a read of a couple of posts on another of our blogs, called How Did My Dog Get Parvo?, and Why The Dog Grooming Salon May Not Be As Safe As You Thought.

    As for your older dogs, then they could still get the virus. We’ve heard of dogs as old as 14 getting Parvo, even though they had been fully-vaccinated their entire lives. We suggest you get a Parvo Treatment Kit and keep it on hand, just in case.

  9. immunesystemking Says:

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  10. lezley nixon Says:

    Hello,

    I’m worried about my 8month old pit. She has been throwing up since Sunday. We took her to the vet Monday and the parvo test came back positive. I took her to another vet, that said since she playful, and no bloody stool, no fever, that t she could not have parvo. On Wednesday I decided to take her back to the vet cause she kept throwing up. At this point they are treating her as parvo. Still no fever, no bloody stool, but throwing up yellow, and sometimes its clear, with substances that look like cold or mucus. Please help, will my baby be Okay?

  11. Rae and Mark Says:

    Lezley,

    It does sound like Parvo – your description of the vomit is about right, not all dogs have blood in their diarrhea (although most do), and fever is not an especially common symptom in our experience.

    As to whether she will be OK, we obviously cannot say. Vets’ success rates with Parvo are typically 50%, but there are many factors that determine whether a dog will make it or not (e.g. has she been vaccinated and/or dewormed recently, what food does she eat, is she on prescription meds, has she had access to any chemicals by accidents, such as bleach or weedkillers, for example, how strong is her immune system, how much does she weigh).

    Except in extreme circumstances, we always recommend treating Parvo at home using a home Parvo Treatment Kit (http://www.ParvoEmergencyTreatment.com/ProductCalculator), as it’s a lot cheaper than taking your dog to the vet, and we usually have a better success rate (around 90%).

    Whatever you decide to do, we hope your dog pulls through.

Mark Farrar