Nursing a Dog Recovering from Parvo?

I saw that my dog was sick on the 9th and called vet on the 10th when he wasn't eating at all. I got him in there on the 11th, he wasn't eating and seemed very sick and out of it. They did a fecal check he had a typical fecal parasite. They me gave antibiotics and something for his stomach, but the vet missed the fact he had parvo.

Then on the 12th he pooped a "bloody nightmare" so I rushed him to an ER vet and they said he had parvo and low blood pressure and that if I wanted him to live I would have to leave him there. (This is not word for word, but it is what they said to me.) Leaving him there was high/low estimate $9,000 high $4,000 low, way out of my price range! So they sent us home with IV bags and some more meds and a few cans of wet food.

He started drinking water almost right away, but no food! He stayed alert and is alert and moving around barking at the door and stuff like that. The vets where not as helpful as I would have liked. I called a few times and they just said to bring him back in each time, with a little advice on what I could do at home to help him. So I dug around on the internet and found that using a dropper to force feed teaspoons of Pedialyte and baby food (after the vomiting stops do baby food) can help. Also there were recommendations to rub corn syrup on their gums to help keep sugar levels up. Vitamin B complex helps as well. I only used a little as well as some Pepto and an acid reducer.

Now he seems as if his gotten over the worst of the parvovirus no more vomiting, no more bloody poop, and he wants to run around more like himself even. And best of all his taken food on his own! I gave him rice and chicken, not a lot, just a few nice spoonfuls and a dog treat after days and days, today being the 19th, so about 10 days without eating on his own. Now he still has watery poop, brown watery poop that he is having trouble holding in it's so watery. It's not incontinence I don't think cause his very aware of it and doesn't like the little drops when they happen.

So what do I do now? Yes, I believe he made it past parvo, but he didn't eat for 8 days and the last 2 days he had 90% of a jar of baby food, sweet potatoes. There is a list of other issues that can pop up even after surviving the parvovirus? I'm scared.


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October 19, 20190 found this helpful

It may be time to get a new vet just to give him a once over. It sounds like he made it through the parvo and this is just the residual issues that that horrible disease causes.

All of the parvo survivors I know had full vet care that included several day up to a week stay in the pet hospital, so it is truly wonderful to hear you were able to avoid that and still had a good outcome. That is really rare.

It is important since you are worried, to get a vet just to look him over.

Post back with an update! Prayers for healing!! Sounds like you are on the right track.

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October 19, 20190 found this helpful

Yes, I feel you need a second opinion for follow up! He's getting better,but you want him to be himself,see another Vet!!

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October 19, 20190 found this helpful

He sounds like he is getting better. He was very sick, so expect the recovery to be slow.

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October 20, 20190 found this helpful

You are very lucky and you have done the right thing. Once they start to poop blood in many cases the dog has a hard time to recover. The eating is not so bad right now and he will get back to himself soon enough. At times baby food can cause the runny poop you are describing. No matter what you need to get a new vet and have him checked again.


Just make sure he keeps drinking and eating some white rice or pasta mixed with some chicken. Do not try and force him to eat too much because he can get sick again. I have been through this twice now with 2 different dogs. it seems that so many puppys here on the islands end up with this becvause the owners of the dogs do not get them their shots. I also get my dogs their shots to prevent this.

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October 21, 20190 found this helpful

It is great to hear your dog has come through this awful disease. It can take a month for dogs to get back to normal. I agree with other posters that you may need a new Vet. Try not feeding the baby food but instead mix some finely diced cooked chicken and cooked white rice. That should be safe. Remember it will take your dog awhile to return to normal. Report changes to your Vet.

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