#3 Dr. Todd Cooney: Parvo – Better, safer prevention + treatments

Dr. Todd Cooney is a fellow homeopathic vet with a busy practice that offers Puppy Wellness packs. He’s seen more parvo cases in the past decade that I have in forty years of practice.

What’s most interesting to hear in my interview today is how Dr. Cooney’s parvo experience (with 20 years of vaccinating for parvo) shifted 180º when he stopped vaccinating and used homeopathic prevention instead.

Luckily, Todd kept good records on these many, many cases and he presents some striking data that shows vaccines were causing more damage than he ever realized.

Some of the highlights you’ll hear in today’s interview:

  • “Vaccine failure” was and still is very common with parvo vaccine. It’s not unusual for 40% of vaccinated pups to still get parvo!

  • When vaccinated pups came down with parvo, they died far more often than those who’d had zero vaccines. Dr. Cooney shares his data that he’s also presenting to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association’s Annual Conference 2020

  • Dr. Cooney’s clients seek out nosode prevention and his clinic population hasn’t seen a case of parvo in nearly three years.

  • The only parvo cases they see? Those referred by local vets! They know homeopathy from Dr. Cooney will have far greater success than their conventional methods.

  • The immune system in animals who were vaccinated even once appears to let them down if parvo strikes at any age.

  • Parvo is everywhere dogs live. Protection is important, but you’ll want to hear HOW to best prevent this disease, and it’s clearly NOT vaccinations.

  • Dr. Cooney shares his top parvo remedies with us and their indications for use.

Be sure to tune in to hear this episode if you are a dog owner. Dr. Todd Cooney has the working vet’s data that can intelligently inform your prevention decisions.


Dr. Todd Cooney’s website

The Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy   [Dr. Cooney is on the faculty]

Dr. Cooney’s Parvo Data Summation

Vital Animal has Parvo+Distemper Nosode Kits for purchase

Dr. Falconer’s Report on Puppy Immunization without Vaccination

Vital Animal Detox

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  1. Tina on October 23, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    Hello Dr Falconer, I just learned about Nosodes from my holistic vet. I have a 8 week old puppy which I have just ordered the Nosodes Kit.
    I have two older dogs in the household that I walk daily, should I stop taking my older dogs for walks until the puppy is on Nosodes for the full 6-9 months?

    • Will Falconer, DVM on October 30, 2023 at 10:46 am

      Older dogs don’t die of infectious disease, especially parvo, so mingle away. Good for your pup’s socialization, side benefit!

      • Tina on November 1, 2023 at 1:34 pm

        Thank for getting back to me. I’m not really concerned about the older dogs getting sick, I was more worried about them bring it home to the puppy. We just started the nosodes on Monday Oct 1st.

        I asked my holistic vet if I should wait a certain amount of time with holding back the older dogs walks until the puppy builds up the nosodes in her system. My holistic vet suggested that holding off walking the older dogs for 2 weeks and then resume and even maybe taking the puppy out on the outing. Do you think that is a good idea as well?

        • Will Falconer, DVM on November 3, 2023 at 10:22 am

          It’s unnecessary. As soon as you start the nosodes, your pup is protected. Just follow the protocol I’ve laid out and feel free to let the pup and the adults do as they would normally do. No glass bubbles for pups when nosodes are at play.

  2. Chelsea on February 27, 2023 at 11:45 pm

    This episode was amazing! For a very young puppy on your nosode protocol (before their natural immunization is complete starting at 12 weeks), do you think it necessary to still keep them home somewhat, or should they be ok in dog-frequented areas, and with other dogs that could have vaccine shedding? I’m not sure if other vaccines shed besides parvo and distemper, there’s so many vaccines nowadays… Any insight so much appreciated!!

    • Will Falconer, DVM on March 3, 2023 at 11:46 pm

      No “pup in a bubble” is necessary once you start the nosodes. Get them out in the world, they are safe and this is prime time for socialization, a rather short window that lays the foundation for good behavior throughout life.
      Parvo and distemper are the only diseases capable of killing a youngster (beside rabies, depending on where/how you live) and shedded viruses won’t be a problem worth worrying about.

  3. joya on October 11, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Dr. Cooney uses a different concentration and mixes in brandy with a different dosing schedule. Why do you recommend the pellets twice/week of 30C up until 9 month, vs. his liquid – “we dissolve pellets in water, add a small amount of ethanol (brandy) as preservative; store in amber or cobalt blue glass dropper bottles to dispense. – I use the 200c potency mostly; 2-3 drops orally per dose.” from your own website…

    AND, does Parvo affect older dogs? Or is it just a puppy thing? This is our first puppy, we’ve always adopted before.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on December 1, 2022 at 11:17 pm

      Different strokes for different folks.

      A group of long time homeopathic vets I met with decided years back that, parasites being more a physical challenge than an energetic one, 30C made the best sense. Dry or wet doses matter not a lick.

      Parvo is almost exclusively a puppy disease. Older dogs will be more susceptible the more vaccines, pesticides, and kibble they’ve lived with throughout their lives.

  4. Renne Chilson on March 27, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Hello, our 4 month old puppy (Great Dane/English mastiff mix) received Parvo and distemper vaccines at 6 weeks and 9 weeks prior to us getting her. I don’t want to give her anymore vaccines. Can I start the Nosodes protocol now through 9 months of age?

    • Will Falconer, DVM on March 27, 2022 at 10:18 am


      • Renne Chilson on March 28, 2022 at 8:23 am

        Thank you! Do I follow the protocol starting at week 1 and then continue until she’s 9 months? I really appreciate your reply and podcasts!!

        • Will Falconer, DVM on March 28, 2022 at 8:45 pm

          You don’t need to start that early, no. Mom’s antibodies are still there from her colostrum until at least 8 weeks. Some start nosodes at 6 weeks just to be sure, but 8 weeks is fine for most.

    • Lora on December 1, 2022 at 10:38 pm

      I have 2 puppies 6 months ( male standard poodles)of age against my better judgement i have given the puppy’s there parvo/ distemper shots. I do not want to give them the 1 year booster or any other vaccinations. Can i start the protocol now and go until 9 months ? I also do not want to do the heart worms and flea and tick medicine . But we need to have something as we live with woods around us..

  5. Jennifer Gallentine on January 25, 2022 at 2:34 am

    I recently purchased the distemper/parvo nosodes kit from your site and I’m curious on dosing. I’m giving 5 pellets of each, both together at the same time, 2x per week. Is it safe to give them together like that? I raise French Bulldogs and I would like to start using them on all my puppies. I’m currently giving them to an 8 wk old girl that I’m keeping. I look forward to hearing from you

  6. Constance Hibbard on December 9, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    I just found this site And so happy to hear that there is. Natural way to protect my fur kids. I took my small yorkies to their vet last year for their annual cost and rabies shots. On the way home my dogs had a reaction to something in the shots , I was so scared I was about to lose my babies . I called the vet immediately and he said next time he wou!d give them something to help. Them with their shots . Right then I said that’s it No More Shots . I make my own flea m powder and been cooking extra lean hamburger for their food. Also white meat. Chicken. I need all the advice I can get. Winny is nine years old between 5-6# ,Ruger is five years old and 10# and Emma is 5 years old and 4-5 # .they are mom and her two siblings

    • Kris King on July 24, 2023 at 7:37 pm

      Your vet should be willing to write a Letter of Exemption for the rabies vaccine. It is appalling that vets will continue vaccinating dogs that have reactions to vaccines.

  7. Fain Zimmerman on October 6, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    At what age are the nosodes begun and how often? What about those for heartworm and Lyme?
    Also why doesn’t the parvo nosode work in sick dogs?
    Thank you!
    Fain Z

  8. Viola on September 30, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    So good to hear this!!!! I am on my 3rd generation of naturally raised dogs, including raw fed & nosodes. They are strong, healthy, and active out in the world training and competing. Nice to have science/data to support my decisions🙂

    • Will Falconer, DVM on October 2, 2020 at 10:20 am

      Nice, Viola! Love to hear your success with this! You are making waves that will touch many others in a positive way. Carry on.

  9. Glenn Wyman on September 20, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Dr. Will,
    Thanks for all the great information! I just listened to your podcast with Dr. Cooney and now feel I have let my precious Shasta down due to my ignorance. She is 16 months old and has been through the typical routine of puppy vaccinations. Fortunately she is extremely healthy and happy, and I want to do all I can to help her stay that way. After listening to the discussion on nosode therapy, I am still unclear as to what recommendation you or Dr. Cooney might give to someone that has already followed the standard vet vaccination protocols.
    Would it be advisable to follow the Parvo/Distemper Dry Nosode protocol to enhance her immunity to those dreaded diseases?
    I would greatly appreciate any guidance you are willing to share.
    Thanks again,
    btw – I just ordered Canine Immune Complete to supplement Shasta’s raw diet.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on September 21, 2020 at 12:42 am

      Hey Glenn,

      No worries about what’s already happened. You need not use nosodes on an adult animal, as they are not at risk (with the very rare exception of distemper, but if you’re not hearing about an outbreak near you, odds are there’s no worry there). Dr. Cooney was speaking about weekly parvo nosodes for youngsters only, and I do a similar protocol, but I have owners stop at 9 mo of age. At the point, the risk of parvo is very low. As he pointed out, it’s still possible in vaccinated adults (that handful of cases in older dogs had all been previously vac’d, and they had a harder time surviving).

      For now, adding the Canine Immune Complete to your regimen as you’ve done, avoiding junk food (kibble) in favor of balanced raw (my fave example here), and avoiding future vaccines, recognizing what the immunologists recognize as a longggg DOI (duration of immunity) and avoiding the usual poisons vets tend to recommend (fleas/ticks, Heartworm), you have the best chances to keep Shasta living a long vital life.

      I’ve got lots of resources for you to learn more on this site, and almost anything you’re curious about, you’ll find when you drop a term or a phrase into the search box over on the right column.

      As always, add in lots of TLC, fresh air, clean water, and exercise, with minimal stress and good sleeping conditions and you and she will be in great shape!

      • Glenn Wyman on September 22, 2020 at 7:30 am

        Thanks Dr. Will!

        I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question and provide additional guidance and encouragement.

        At this point I believe Shasta embodies your definition of a Vital Animal and I am committed to helping her stay that way.

        All the best,

  10. Deby Estel on September 18, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Lost a puppy 6 weeks ago to parvo. She was transported from TX to CA with other dogs. One of them got vaccinated at transport pick up. She was fine for 11 days and then she got sick…$5300 later, I took her home to die in my arms. I have all the remedies here now and muscle test when I need to use one, how much, and how often. Thank you for sharing this information.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on September 20, 2020 at 7:03 am

      Oh, I’m so sorry, Deby. I had a long distance consult with my friend about a parvo case like this: after about 48 hours of transport, talk about stress! Luckily, homeopathy saved the day, and very, very quickly.

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