Recovery Time for a Puppy with Parvo

We have a 3 month old German Shepherd puppy, who has contracted the parvo virus. She has been in the hospital for 3 days now. The vet says she is still vomiting and has diarrhea, but is not dehydrated and they are feeding her through a tube. What does this mean for us? How much longer till she gets to come home? She is our first pet so it is heartbreaking for her to be away from us.


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February 12, 20180 found this helpful
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This can take 5 to 10 days to cure at the vets. My dog spent 6 days at the vet's before he was eating again on his own and could come home. Even after he came home it took a few weeks for him to be back to his old self. He is in good hands with the vet and they are doing everything necessary for the dog. He should be fine and will come home soon.

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February 12, 20180 found this helpful

It is good that she is not dehydrated. Dogs can start eating solid food when diarrhea and vomiting have stopped for 24 hours. You did the right thing by taking her to the vet, and I hope she recovers completely.

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February 15, 20180 found this helpful

The Parvo virus may not react the same in every dog and each case has to be evaluated by the vet through the use of several tests.


  • Most dogs, if the virus is caught quickly, may be able to go home in 4-10 days but only your vet should make that decision.
  • Any questions about the actual condition of your dog should be directed to your vet as they are the only ones able to give you an answer.
  • Your vet will/should give you a set of instructions as to what to expect when your pet is "safe" to take home.
  • It is sad that you were not aware of the important vaccinations your puppy needed so maybe this would not have happened.
  • Here is some basic information from a vet:
  • Once dogs are able to hold down food, water, and medications without vomiting, they can usually leave the veterinary clinic and go home to continue their recovery. Most will need to eat small, frequent meals of a bland diet and continue taking anti-nausea medications until they are able to hold down their normal food (usually a week or two). Give your dog the full course of any antibiotics that have been prescribed even if he or she appears to be back to normal.
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  • There is a lot of information about Parvo available but I have selected a couple of sites that have some basic information.
  • The first site is very long and detailed but has a lot of information that dog owners should read. In your case you may want to start at the link "Is Parvo Always Fatal" and read from there.
  • The other link has information on caring for your dog when he is sent home.
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