Recovery Time for Parvo?

Recovery Time for Parvo - puppy at the vetI noticed last week that my almost 4 month old puppy was vomiting. I figured she had gotten sick due to my 7 year old feeding her old lunch meat out of the fridge (she doesn't get human food) so I didn't think anything of it. The next day she seemed completely normal. No vomiting no diarrhea. I wormed her that night also not thinking anything of it since she was eating and drinking. It wasn't until Wednesday that I noticed she was sick and vomiting profusely.


I sat for hours pushing chicken broth, Pedialyte, and water, but she kept puking. She finally started drinking around 11:30 that night on her own and drank a lot, but didn't keep anything down. Her gums were still pink and she was still urinating. The next morning I started giving her salt water enemas to get fluids to the colon.

Around 11:30 yesterday I took her to the vet and they started IV fluids and meds immediately. Today I called and checked on her and they said she was really lethargic today, but hadn't gotten any worse. They also said that she had several big blowouts which is to expected I know, but no vomiting.

Even with being so lethargic do you think she'll be OK? Not being able to see her or know 24/7 how she's doing scares me and gets my belly knotted up. They were kind enough to send me pictures of her and she looks so sad. I'm just worried about her being so lethargic, but not sure what to think of that.


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January 29, 20180 found this helpful
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You did the right thing taking her to the vet. There is no guarantee that she will recover, but, even if she does, expect her to be lethargic for a few weeks.

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January 29, 20181 found this helpful

She finally got to come home today. She had a touch of the flu on top of parvo so she was super sick. When we got there to get her she used just all the energy she had wagging her tail. It took her a minute to notice us standing there but when she did you could see her eyes light up. Shes happy to be home.

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January 29, 20182 found this helpful
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It will take time and could be close to 7 days before you see much change in your puppy. However, she is at the vet's now with an IV and has been given antibiotics and they are monitoring her. For now all you can do is hope for the best. You tried what you could at home and hopefully giving her all the liquids that you did helped.


For now you need to be patient and let the medication and IV work. I had a puppy and it ended up in the vet's like yours. It took 6 days to see any major improvement in the dog, but he is still with me today and that was 9 years ago.

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July 28, 20180 found this helpful

My dog is 4 months old and she was very active before but suddenly she started vomiting and did not had anything from couple of days.we immediately rushed to the nearby vet and doctor said that she was met with parvo disease.After the treatment she started doing blood is their any chance to get recover from these disease to my dog

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August 1, 20190 found this helpful

There are no antibiotics for parvo. Vets give electrolytes and fluids and that is it. The virus has to run its course.


Yes vet care is the best move. But if they can hold down liquids just keep offering them

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June 4, 20210 found this helpful

This gave me so much hope!

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June 4, 20210 found this helpful

This post is helping me stay sane!

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February 1, 20181 found this helpful

Thank you everyone, Ruby finally got to come home a couple days ago. She is eating small amounts and drinking. Today she was super spunky. Barker, growling, and playing with my 7 year old like normal. I noticed I can put as much food down for her and she dont over engorge herself. Shes been doing great and starting to put her weight back on.


She has never been a puppy for cuddling but the minute we got in the car to come home all she wanted to do was cuddle and be right next to me. I know she was happy to see us. The vet bill I wasnt so glad to see butbin the end it was well worth it and not near as much as I thought it was going to be.

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

Looks like this post is 6 months old. How is your puppy now? Our 4 month old was diagnosed a week ago. It's been rough as she is touch and go but she is getting antibiotics and daily IV to keep hydrated. She has moments of being perky so we are hopeful!

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