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Feeding a Parvo Survivor?

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Once your dog recovers from the parvo virus you can begin introducing some solid food. Your vet will probably have good advice. Bland foods, such as chicken broth, boiled chicken, and rice are good options. Their regular food is also good for pups who don't eat people food. Additionally, you will want to introduce food in small quantities. Add more as your pet continues to improve.
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December 3, 2020

My dog has tested positive for the parvo virus and has been confined in the vet clinic for 3 days. He hasn't eaten anything for 4 days total.

He has been on IV fluids and the vet is putting antibiotics and liquid vitamins in it. Should I be worried?

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December 4, 20201 found this helpful
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This is quite normal. When the dog is sick it will not eat. I had one of my dogs spend 8 days at the vet and for the first 6 days, he was on an IV and did not eat. Finally, he started to eat small amounts of food. The vets are there to monitor the dogs and to take care of them. You have to trust your vet and allow them to do the job.

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I was so worried about my dog and how skinny he was. The vet told me this was normal and he had enough weight on him that he would be fine for a few days of not eating. He said as long as he was getting enough hydration it would be fine and it was best to not force him to eat just yet.

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December 9, 20200 found this helpful
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I hope your puppy is home and doing well.
Although a puppy that has recovered from Parvo cannot become infected again there are several things that need to be done in the home and in an outdoor area so you are sure everything is clean and any lasting effects of the Parvo is gone just in case you have other dogs that may visit. You also want to know that you do not have any lasting effects of the virus in your home.

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Everything that was in the area where your puppy stayed should be cleaned and most vets recommend a bleach solution to kill the virus.
Many people do not know that a recovering puppy still carries the virus for 10-30 days after they have been officially declared 'well' by the vet. Because of this, be sure to keep your puppy away from unvaccinated and partially vaccinated dogs.
Also, outside of your dog, the virus can survive indoors for at least one month, and outdoors it can survive for many months and even a year under the right conditions.

Please follow all instructions that your vet provided and keep them up to date on how your puppy is doing.
There is a lot of useful information online about what needs to be done after your puppy recovers so please take a few minutes and read what the vets have to say.

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I have provided a couple of links but there are lots of other good sites.
www.marvistavet.com/caring-for-the-recovered-dog.pml
www.thesprucepets.com/parvovirus-disinfecting-the-environment...

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February 10, 2021

My dog is on his fourth day of parvo. He's been drinking water on his own, but hasn't been eating. I'm giving him penicillin, pedialyte and chicken broth, but he still gets happy to see people, like he's being so strong for us.

His sister unfortunately didn't make it, so I'm scared he won't but I'm trying to stay positive. My question here is, how do I give him the nutrients from food? If he doesn't want to eat, what can I do to replace the meal?

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February 10, 20210 found this helpful
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So sad - sorry that his sister did not make it.
There are a couple of links on ThriftyFun about this that might help you take care of your pup.

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Please read them and use whatever info you can for your situation.
It is usually recommended that you do not 'force feed' when they do not want to eat but should keep trying to find ways to provide some sort of nourishment in their fluids.
Please be careful about his 'playing' as he really needs to conserve his strength and should be provided an out of the way area to sleep and rest.
Love and encouragement seems to help so be sure to talk to him and give him extra attention. This is the kind of illness that takes a lot of your attention until he has recovered. Sometimes he may need fluids every 15 to 20 minutes when he is not drinking on his own. If he gets dehydrated, he may not make it.
This is from one vet:
'While your puppy is recovering it is important to make sure you do not feed table scraps. Stick to the diet recommended by your veterinarian. A prescription diet may have been sent home or a home cooked diet may have been recommended (such as boiled chicken and white rice, or fat free cottage cheese and pasta).'
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We sincerely hope your pup will recover soon.

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March 11, 2020

A few weeks ago, we adopted a 2mo old Pit Mastiff puppy from a shelter. A couple of days after we got her, she was diagnosed with parvo. After vet treatment, she's completely recovered and is almost as good as new. The problem we're having is feeding her. She is obviously ravenous and can eat a lot of food super fast if we let her, but she's quick to vomit if we feed her too much or if we let her eat too fast.

The only food she'll touch is her large breed puppy kibble - she hates people food, the healthy, puppy-approved people food like chicken and rice, and wet dog food. So we've been measuring out her food and through trial and error have discovered she can keep down 1/4 cup of kibble three times a day (a fourth feeding and she throws it up, at 1/2 cup at each feeding she throws it up). We've been able to try 1/3 cup today, so far it's been successful.

But, by restricting her food, and with her being a giant breed mix, I fear we're starving her. She's been home a week and hasn't really gained any weight. How much should be feeding her? Are there any tips to help her get what she needs without eating too much and too fast for her recovering GI system?

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March 11, 20200 found this helpful

It appears that you are handling this correctly. I had 2 dogs that survived parvo and feeding them was a hit and miss. I was lucky that both of my dogs loved pasta, rice, and boiled chicken. This made it easier on their system and easier to feed them like this. My vet said to feed the dog very small meals several times a day. He told me to look to see if the dog could handle the amount of food I was giving them or not. You just need to keep an eye on the dog and regulate the food accordingly.

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March 11, 20200 found this helpful

Try feeding smaller meals and maybe adding a little more as her stomach gets stronger. Parvo takes time, more for some than others. She is small but she will get there. Be sure to follow the Vet's advice!

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March 11, 20200 found this helpful

You're doing fine, the pup's stomach will get better. If you're concerned about nutrition, maybe try a liquid (ensure) or something similar and see how the puppy tolerates it. One week isn't bad. Also, Science Diet has some for sensitive stomach that may work.

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March 13, 20200 found this helpful

Parvo survivors do well with soup and other soft foods. Also just whatever he wants to eat.

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March 13, 20200 found this helpful

Your feeding him just right.Your introducing it back to him slowly.

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June 16, 2009

My six month old puppy is recovering from parvo. What kind of diet should she be on?

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June 17, 20090 found this helpful

I am sure that the vet that treated your dog would be happy to give suggestions. I had one that would get sick often, but not with Parvo, and our vet always said to feed mild foods, like soft boiled chicken, unseasoned, use the thigh meat, and yogurt. He just had a regular stomach virus. I would check with your vet though.

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June 18, 20090 found this helpful

We gave my moms toy poodle baby food and pedialite on suggestion from vet, till he was ready for more.

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September 19, 20090 found this helpful

I am nursing a puppy back from Parvo right now, and he has been doing well after seeing the Vet and getting medication to stop to vomiting, and giving him Pedialyte every 2-3 hours for the past 24 hours. Our Vet told us that we needed to start him on Chicken broth for the frist couple days after he is keeping water down without aid of his anit-vomiting medication. We are suppse to give him this for a couple days then start him on a diet of plan foods. If he will eat his dry high-quality pupppy food that wold be best. If not then boiled chicken or blan food until his bowl movements are normal again.

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