Prognosis for a Puppy With Parvo

I'm a first time pet owner. Everywhere I go, he's always beside or behind me even when I sleep. It breaks my heart that my pup has parvo. I'm really devastated.

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Last Thursday afternoon he became weak after going to the vet just to check if he had ear mites. Then Thursday night he became dull, slow, and had no interest in food. I was worried because he was sick. Friday morning he had a high temp i.e,. 40. He also puked and made a crying sound. I thought it came from the TV, but it was from him.

So we rushed him to the vet. My vet injected him with paracetamol. I asked my vet if he has parvo and she said, "I don't think so as he is updated with his vaccines." He only lacks 1 vaccination because his temp is high and he has runny nose. Friday night he became energetic again, he pooped 2 times and it was solid. He retrieved all of the food he puked yesterday, so he ate a lot. I gave him white rice and wet recovery food. There was no sign of illness. He was barking and messing around. I was so happy. Saturday, he was lethargic, no appetite of food or water and he became really thin so we rushed him to a better vet. He kept puking on the car. When we made it to the vet, it was proven that he's positive for parvo. I cried everyday after we depart from the vet because I'm very much heartbroken and I can't let him see me crying as he will also be affected. Sigh.

Last Monday, he stood up in his cage and welcomed us, telling us he wants to go home and he was trying to kiss me. I felt his love and affection. I'm sure he missed us so badly, but the next day, he was completely the opposite. I expected that he would be a bit lively again, but my hopes were gone. It's his 4th day and I thought he won't poop, but he had bloody diarrhea again. The vet force feeds him everyday. Good thing, he doesn't throw up.

So I am here still fighting his battle. I also have my ups and down. I wish that he can make it. My parents/relatives always remind me to be positive, but sometimes I can't help but to dwell on my own emotions as I find it hard to see him struggle every time we visit him in the vet. :(

Can somebody share a positive parvo story and tell me how to be there for my puppy? :( Thanks.

PS. I always cheer him every time I see him at the vet. Telling him he can make it. He's a fighter.

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August 8, 20180 found this helpful

He is getting the best care possible. The vet would know better than anyone here his prognosis. Good luck.

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August 8, 20180 found this helpful

I have I think before shared about my miniature poodle I had growing up - we got him when I was 10 or something. Well, within a month he got sick - it was parvo. I remember him being at the vet and I remember us taking care of him and being really desperate that he make it - we had very recently lost another dog and thisone was so cute!

somehow he made it! And he was so healthy afterwards that he lived past 20.

The only thing that happened to him was that the disease process somehow ruined his teeth enamel - they all looked yucky and brown and he did have God awful breath, poor thing.

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But we just dealth with it and gave him special dental food and it was all OK. He was a very happy lively dog for his whole life

I don't remember as it was a long time ago what we did to ensure he pulled through - as long as he does not dehydrate he will pull through. Animals want to live and all you have to do is make sure he is given a chance to use his immune system to beat the bad thing

best of luck!

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August 8, 20180 found this helpful

when we visited him yesterday, he welcomed us. he was moving and licking his body then he moved next to me, I carried him and I tried returning him back on the cage but he hesitated. He keeps coming back to me then I asked our doc if I can carry him and she said I can. So i carried him and I lay him on my lap.. Looking at him, he feel so comfortable. he was moving at his comfortable side and he slept then I tried putting him back again, he refused.

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He keeps going back at me. I know he doesn't want to stay there anymore... I told him you have to eat my baby wacky, You're a fighter. you can do it.

Also, my doctor told us that he doesn't look dehydrated anymore. There was no puking but there was abit poop. there was a glow in him too. Sigh. Keep on praying. Prayer is powerful. Thanks for the encouragement guys.

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August 8, 20180 found this helpful

Sending up lots of prayers for your pup! You are doing everything right getting him the best care possible.

One of my dearest friend's pup, Beau, is a parvo survivor. My friend just followed the vet guidance, and we all prayed for him. He is now a wild and crazy boy, and acts more like a puppy now at 3 than he did as a puppy.

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It is hard not to let your emotions take over...just take deep breathes, and instead of worry, pray! I have learned it works.

Wishing you and your pup all the best!! Let us know how it goes!

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August 8, 20180 found this helpful

when we visited him yesterday, he welcomed us. he was moving and licking his body then he moved next to me, I carried him and I tried returning him back on the cage but he hesitated. He keeps coming back to me then I asked our doc if I can carry him and she said I can. So i carried him and I lay him on my lap.. Looking at him, he feel so comfortable. he was moving at his comfortable side and he slept then I tried putting him back again, he refused. He keeps going back at me. I know he doesn't want to stay there anymore... I told him you have to eat my baby wacky, You're a fighter. you can do it.

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Also, my doctor told us that he doesn't look dehydrated anymore. There was no puking but there was abit poop. there was a glow in him too. Sigh. Keep on praying. Prayer is powerful. Thanks for the encouragement guys.

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August 9, 20180 found this helpful

I have 2 positive parvo stories I can share with you. The first dog we took had all his puppy shots and was doing fantastic. At 8 months I noticed the dog was just laying around and wouldn't eat or drink. He never got blood in his poop, but he also refused to eat or even drink. I had him at the vet and he gave him a series of shots and had us take him home. The first night he still wouldn't eat and the second day he started to drink a bit and move around. By the third day, he decided to eat just a little bit in the evening. It took around 6 days for him to regain his strength and eat again.

The second dog was around 4 months old when he attracted parvo from my nephew's dog. He didn't show signs of not eat. This was on a Friday. On Sunday I noticed him hiding in the back of our yard and didn't move at all. I rushed him to the vet. He was immediately given shots and put on an IV. Before the vet could take him in the back and put him in a cage he started to have blood in his poop.

The dog was sick for 5 days and didn't eat or even move around much at all. He kept having blood in his poop. On the 6th day, he started to show some signs of improvement and started to eat and drink a little bit of water. By the 7th day, he was up and moving around and the blood had stopped. He spent 9 days at the vet before he was released to come home.

It will take time and the vet that are here on the islands won't force the dog to eat. They will just keep him on an IV and continue to give him shots to help the dog. I had 2 dogs with parvo and both of them survived. If you get them to the vet on time they will live. It just looks so bad and it is hard to take.

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August 10, 20180 found this helpful

Hi,
thank you for your positive stories. Latest update with my pup is that yesterday he already ate and still continue eating since now. He has an improvement ever since his first day. I thank God everyday and still continue praying to be fully recovered. He didn't puke or poop. They just removed his dextrose to ease his feet as it attached.

I know my puppy can fight parvo! GOD is bigger than parvo! GODBLESS US.

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August 10, 20180 found this helpful

Prayers will continue!! YOU GO PUPPY!!

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August 10, 20180 found this helpful

I am so glad your puppy is improving. When your puppy has survived parvo he will be immune to the virus for the rest of his life.

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August 12, 20180 found this helpful

I hope your pup has reached a stage that you can take him home as I know you will take great care of him on his journey to being completely well again.
You should commend yourself for your loving care as you were doing all the right things by getting his shots/vaccinations to hopefully keep him from getting this terrible virus.

  • It just happened that he happened to travel to an infected place before his shots were finished. Parvo cannot be detected in the house or outside so you would have no way to know how to protect him unless you know the area where another pup has had Parvo. So this was unfortunate but it does happened sometimes no matter how protective we are.
  • Your puppy will be immune to this virus but the germs themselves will still be in your house and in your yard so be sure to follow suggestions on how to clean and disinfect everything so that a "visitor" will not pick up the virus (even a human can pick it up on their shoes and take it home with them).
  • There are lots of good sites explaining how to clean but this is a good one to check:
  • Please take your time but try to read up on how to disinfect your house as soon as you can. Here are a couple of good sites to check:
  • www.thesprucepets.com/parvovirus-disinfecting-the-environment...
  • www.aspcapro.org/.../tips-prevent-and-manage-canine-parvovirus
  • dudleystail.wordpress.com/.../
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