Caring for a Dog with Parvo?

I have a 8 month old Blue Heeler mix breed and I took him to the vet yesterday and found out he has parvo. He only seemed to have symptoms the day before. I took him to the vet the next day and they gave him IVs, anti-nausea medicine, and antibiotics. Today he's more energized, wanting to eat and drink and I gave him some chicken and rice and water and he has managed to keep it down so far. It's been a few hours. So my question is, is he getting better even after only a day of treatment or is it not even parvo, even though he tested positive?


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September 14, 20170 found this helpful

I have had dogs with parvo. He probably does have parvo, but is responding well to the treatment. Sounds good he is eating and drinking.

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September 15, 20170 found this helpful

Im sure he did and he's making a great recovery.

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September 21, 20170 found this helpful

Hopefully, your puppy has passed the dangers of parvo and is on his road to full recovery.

  • Important - Parvo issues do not just disappear even after a full recovery because the puppy is still a carrier of this virus and can infect other dogs for up to 6 weeks at least.
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  • Special clean-up is necessary to remove this virus from your home and yard - anywhere the puppy has been in the 2 to 3 weeks before he showed symptoms and during the time of recovery.
  • Parvovirus is a tough, resistant critter and lives for long periods of time on floors, even food containers, and other household objects.
  • The best solution for killing this virus is common household bleach. One part of ordinary household bleach, diluted with 20-32 parts tap water (4 ounces of bleach to a gallon of water) will inactivate (kill) parvovirus. (it can also ruin fabrics and rugs). When you use bleach solution, do so in open or airy areas and wear gloves. Remove all pets and plants from the area until no bleach smell remains.
  • Bleach solution is great for indoor, smooth surfaces or when applied in sufficient quantity to get down into cracks, crevices and porous surfaces. When in doubt, leave it on longer or increase the strength of the solution.
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  • Here is a link that answers a lot of questions about Parvo. It is a long but you can just select the parts that might pertain to your situation.

Although your dog will be immune to Parvo now it may be difficult to keep dogs from areas your pup has been so please think about what needs to be done to prevent a case of Parvo in another puppy.

As mentioned earlier, the virus can hang around in its infective form for about 5 months.
Areas that contain parvovirus, particularly outdoor areas and runs can look and smell perfectly clean - but still be dangerous.

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