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Parvo Positive Dog Not Eating?

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. 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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December 3, 20201 found this helpful

Have faith in the veterinary care and keep thinking positive. You did the right thing by getting your pup care. He is getting nutrition through the IV so that is good.

Prayers for healing! Post back with an update

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December 4, 20200 found this helpful

Not to worry, this is normal and your fur baby is in the right place. They are giving him nutrients so he can be on his way to getting stronger. There is a process with this virus, and each animal handles it different.

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He is definitely on the right track. When they release him, be sure to ask questions on his care for home. What to expect, in his further healing. Sending Thoughts and Prayers !

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December 6, 20200 found this helpful

As long as the dog is drinking, that is good. Inform your vet of any bloody stool or vomiting.

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December 14, 20200 found this helpful

I am so sorry to hear this it is heart breaking. I have had a batch of puppies who contracted parvo. The mortality rate of survival for a dog with parvo is 9%.

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I wish your baby all the luck in the world. I will pray for you and your dog. Good luck

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