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March 21, 2018

My 5-month-old American Bully has been diagnosed with parvovirus and was admitted to a vet clinic for almost 5 days. The vet allowed us to take him home even though he was not eating yet.

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That day (when we took him home) was his second day of drinking the water on his own and taking meds orally. He was active for 2 hours after getting home, but then started to get lethargic again. He refuses to drink water, too. We cannot afford to take him to the vet again and it's a little far from home and we have to commute him to get there.

I do not want him to be stressed again just because he needs to be checked by the vet. Today's his second day here at home and he's still the same (lethargic and doesn't drink on his own). He has not pooped and vomited since yesterday. We have been supporting him with fluid around the clock. We force feed him with oatmeal so he can continue taking meds orally.

What can you say about his situation? Is he just recovering? Is it possible that he just got stressed from the travel (from the vet to home)? Do you have any suggestion on what we have to do? Thanks a lot!

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March 21, 20180 found this helpful
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As long as he isn't throwing up again or pooping blood you fine for now. Just keep giving him water and don't force feed him. I know you need to give him some foods so he can take his meds, but it is better to see if he will do this on his own.

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Cooked pasta or white rice is also very good for a dog recovering from Parvo. Just make sure he is getting plenty to drink and his medication on time.

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February 11, 2018

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.

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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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January 5, 2018

I have a GSD; he is 2 and a half months old. He has been infected with parvo for the last 6 days. He was given IV fluids by the vet, but still he has nausea and vomiting. He has no sign of an appetite. What is the problem with my dog?
What can I do?

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January 5, 20180 found this helpful
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Parvo takes time to recover from. Tell your vet about the vomiting and not eating. You should force small amounts of water down your dog's throat.

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Your dog should start showing signs of improvement within a couple of days of the treatment, the vet may have to change the treatment.

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February 8, 2018

I have a 13 week old male Pit Bull. He started showing symptoms of parvo about a day and half after we got him and it's been about 5 days since we took him to get tested which came back positive. The throwing up has subsided and diarrhea has now turned back to solid poop. Are we out of the woods?

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February 8, 20180 found this helpful
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Your dog is on the way to recovery now. However, you'll still need to keep a close eye on him for signs of vomiting and diarrhea.

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You'll also need to keep him on a very light diet for a few more days. Normally they recommend that you only feed the dog cooked pasta or white cooked rice for about a week after he starts to recover.

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August 8, 2018

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.

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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November 18, 2018

I sent my dogs in the morning to the vet to be treated for parvo. After I gave them to the vet they were smiling, walking up and down, growling, and drinking water. But now it is the afternoon and they are shaking, twitching, and bleeding, but they are still moving up and around.

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They are also defecating, no vomiting and peeing. Are they going to get better and how long will it take?

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June 27, 2013

On June 24th I took my new Lab Skoal to the vet and found out he has parvo. I bought the IV fluid and connector and needles giving him 150mL twice a day. He's on antivomiting pills and antibiotics. I'm also giving him 5ml of Pedialyte 6-8 times a day and white rice with chicken. He never stopped eating, but he did stop drinking on the first day. He has had diarrhea, but sometimes its thicker than others. Today is the 4th day and I got the first tiny very small bloody stool.

Today he showed so much activity he was barking and growling and pouncing. He was acting so normal I felt like he is at the end of this horrible road. My family has been helping and just right now my sister thought is was OK to take him outside and put him down on the cement. He was on the cement for 18 seconds (we have cameras so I was able to see what happen). I'm worried he was getting better and now that she took him outside he isn't going to be OK. I'm actually freaking out! Will he be OK?

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July 14, 20130 found this helpful
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I had a dog that came down with parvo. You are doing everything correctly in the house. The cement needs to be scrubbed down several times with bleach and water. Do not let your dogs out for several hours after cleaning the cement. After about a week of cleaning the cement, and cleaning it again after your dog goes potty there should not be any more issues. My dogs were back to normal after about 10 days, but it does take a lot of work.

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July 17, 2017

I have a 13 month old bully. He had parvo. The diarrhea stopped 3 days ago and the vomiting stopped 2 days ago. I fed pureed pumpkin for stopping diarrhea and coating stomach. Plus Bounce Back for vitamins and electrolytes. Since he stopped vomiting and defecating his appetite has not returned. It has been 6 days and all he has eaten is the pumpkin and 2 chicken nuggets last night.

I started force feeding him pureed boiled chicken and rice today. He is walking around with his back hunched and stiff legged so I know his gut is still hurting. I've dealt with parvo before, but I've never had a dog go so long without eating. I've put him on 3 ml of penicillin 2x a day in case of secondary infection. So my questions are. Has anyone had this problem before with the appetite not returning for an extended period? Should I be forcing him with the chicken and rice? What else can I give him to reduce the irritation and swelling in his gut so he will eat?

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July 17, 20170 found this helpful

It is more important that he drink than eat. Hopefully he gets a little stronger each day. It takes a while for them to recover.

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July 17, 20170 found this helpful

He is probably still dehydrated. If so, his legs could be cramping and that would cause him to walk differently. Has he had iv solutions? Maybe d5w or basic saline if he is getting the electrolytes. (I would avoid d10 and is may lower his sodium and electrolites)...

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July 17, 20170 found this helpful

I never allowed him to dehydrate. I use a solution called bounce back ( can be purchased at tax) it's like pedialite x 1000. He is tucking his gut .

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July 17, 20170 found this helpful

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July 18, 20170 found this helpful

It's better if you give him more water and stopped to serve chicken and rice.
It takes the time to recover or you can provide some foods if he likes to eat.
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July 19, 20170 found this helpful

I personally do not think you should force feed him especially anything like table food that may be difficult to digest.
Vets usually recommend a soft easily digested diet for up to 2 weeks after a puppy has parvo.
Here is what my vet told a friend:
Do not feed table scraps. A home cooked diet is recommended (such as boiled chicken and white rice, or fat-free cottage cheese and pasta). It is important for your puppy's food to be easily digestible, so stick to the protocol from your vet.
Another recommendation is plain or vanilla yogurt but keeping them hydrated is more important than anything.
Hope he recovers soon and returns to normal "bully" behavior.

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November 28, 2018

My 11 month old terrier/Cattle dog mix has parvo. The day after he started showing signs, we took him to an emergency vet clinic where they confirmed parvo. We chose the outpatient treatment; he got anti-nausea injections and fluids. He isn't throwing up and doesn't have diarrhea yet. Will these symptoms come later down the road? We've been giving him Pedialyte and Pepto Bismol, but he's still not showing any signs of improvement.

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August 28, 2018

Our little Boxer puppy is now on its 6th day with parvo. He drinks water on his own and can finally keep some food down. He is still very tired and his eye sockets are popping out. Is this normal?

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August 1, 2018

My Shih Tzu puppy is four and half months old and fully vaccinated. On Sunday night she had her food and after few minutes she vomited all of it up, then she slept. The next morning she was just not having food and sitting calmly and just walking in the house. In the evening at 4 she did her 1st stool with a bad smell, but no blood. Immediately I took her to the vet, who started treatment with fluids and antibiotics.

After coming home she had drops of water. The next morning, Tuesday, she had green/black sticky stool. We took her to the vet and again he gave fluids and antibiotics. She felt better and came home and drank some water herself. In the evening again we took her to the vet for fluids and antibiotics. After coming home she had green/black sticky stool and vomited one time.

She is sleeping more and standing and walking around. We are still taking her to vet twice a day for treatment. While the process is going on she is only vomiting. Tomorrow is her 4th day of treatment.

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July 16, 2018

My 2 month pup that I rescued contracted parvovirus. She stayed at the vet's for 7 days and when I picked her up she was very emaciated and she can't walk. They said she refused to eat and drink on her own so they fed her with a tube. She is eating for me, but she still can't get up. Is this normal?

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March 2, 2018

My dog is 1.5 years old. He was diagnosed with parvo about 7 days ago. For the last 2 days he has been eating and drinking normally and all the symptoms are gone. He is still on medication for a better recovery. My question is how much time will it will take to fully recover?

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March 2, 20181 found this helpful

It can be several weeks for a full recovery. Keep giving the dog its medication until the vet tells you to stop.

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March 3, 20181 found this helpful

This basically depends on the dog and the number of vaccinations the dog has received. It sounds like your dog is snapping out of this quite quickly. It can take as long as a month to recover from Parvo. While other dogs can recover in a week or so.

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March 3, 20181 found this helpful

Parvo is a highly infectious disease. It can take 4-6 weeks sometimes longer for a little one to heal completely. Make sure to continue with all medications until finished. It can live years in your home & yard so be careful not to subject other dogs to the virus. Puppies & older dogs are most likely to get it. Make sure to keep your little one up to date on all shots to prevent any further problems. Give him a little hug for me.
I fostered 5 5-week old puppies with parvo years ago. The 3 boys didn't survive, I kept one of the females & she is now 16 & still healthy as can be, her eyesight & hearing aren't like they used to be but I've decided she will live forever. I am so glad your little one is going to make it thru.

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July 24, 2017

Our pup has parvo. We're going into the fourth day in a few hours. He hasn't gotten any worse, but isn't showing any signs of getting better either. I wake every two hours to give him Karo syrup, anti diarrhea meds, Pepcid, his IV fluids, also a mixture of vitamins and extra iron added, and baby rice cereal with chicken broth! I'm doing everything I was told to do and more. When should we notice a change in him? And yes he's been to the vet. They gave him an antibiotic shot as well as an injection for the vomiting. Someone please give me some insight. I'm exhausted already and I know he is.

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July 25, 20170 found this helpful

It is a good sign that he is drinking. Parvo takes a while to recover from. You may want to keep in touch with the vet

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July 25, 20170 found this helpful

Sometimes it can take up to a month to see recovery. Keep an eye on him as I am sure you are and if you see any relapse, take him to the vet. Otherwise, it's a longish, slow process. I am wishing you the best!

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July 25, 20170 found this helpful

I have had 2 dogs with Parvo. One of my dogs received 3 injections and it took around 3 weeks for him to recover. My vet told me to start feeding him rice or pasta during the recovery period. My other dog had to stay at the vet's for over a week with an IV, He was very sick and had blood in his poop. When the two dogs were sick, I kept them hydrated and feed them small amounts of pasta and rice. So far you are doing all you can do for him. The only other thing that can be done is to have him stay at the vets with an IV. Here in Tahiti Parvo is a major problem for small dogs. That's why I start their vacations at 6 weeks old. I don't want another dog to get Parvo. it is very hard on you and the animal.

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July 26, 20171 found this helpful

i hope you and your puppy are well on the way to recovery but be patient as it will take a while to get back to normal - and - you will want to be doing some extra cleaning to remove any traces of this illness. Although once a puppy has had Parvo he/she is immune to this virus you will still want to get rid of what is in your house just in case another animal visits in the future.

Here are a couple of links to important information about Parvo and the after effects. Both are lengthy so grab a cup of coffee and be patient as there are a lot of facts to cover.

http://ehomeremedies.com/parvo/

http://www.2ndc  e.info/parvo.htm

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October 25, 20170 found this helpful

If you start a vaccination too early in a puppy the immune system got from mum could reject the vaccine, i have two puppies with parvo, had first vaccination just Parvo at 6 weeks and the Boost After two weeks..but they got it!!We have to say also that The virus have mutations and vaccine doesn t always Work! Anyaway if Dog start eating and drink water he should came up of this devastating virus!usually take 6/7 days to get better ! Never loose hope!

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January 25, 2019

Anybody have experience with their puppy having Parvo and surviving? Our puppy, Oliver, has been in the hospital for 6 days (with true clinical symptoms for the past 4 days, we just caught it really early). There have been a lot of ups and downs the past few days, today was one of the lowest. He's just today had his first bloody diarrhea (only a few times before that with a few spots of blood).

I had a talk with one of the rotating doctors tonight (one that has not seen him before and she said she only quickly read his chart) and she made it clear she thought he should be feeling better at this point.

He's been on all the standard care since he got there, antibiotics, IV fluids, anti-nausea, etc., and had a plasma transfusion on the second day of severe symptoms (2 days ago).

I've read everything about parvo that I can get my hands on, and it all seems to lean towards at least a week, sometimes more, before seeing an improvement. I know I want to give him more time to fight it, but was told in so many words I should consider euthanasia.

Has anyone else experienced a puppy surviving this long, seemingly in the middle of fighting this absolutely shi**y virus, and the puppy dying? Am I clinging onto false hope? I've been scouring the internet, and it led me here. I am hoping for some recent stories of other people who have experienced this.

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July 26, 2018

I'm so greatly thankful my puppy survived that scary parvo, but I think she's blind now. I have 4 other dogs, I'm glad they never got it. I never even knew about that horrible parvo. I have never felt so helpless when she was so sick. It was really all up to the medication to help her. And like a miracle it felt like she came back to life after a few weeks.

But right away I noticed she couldn't see. Once she was able to walk a bit I realized she was bumping into things, the wall, falling off the bed, and just staring off instead of actually looking. Is that a side effect? She's in the process of the shots, but why can't my baby see? Is it because of the parvo? Nena, is only 6 months old.

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March 15, 2018

My puppy is 7 weeks old and was diagnosed with parvo 4 days ago. She was throwing up and had diarrhea, but no blood. She has not thrown up since the vet visit and I've been giving her an IV and medication from the vet. She started eating shredded chicken yesterday evening and I have been feeding her a little bit every 4 hours and she has kept it all down since. How long do I have to wait to retest her for parvo?

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December 28, 2018

My pup got parvo at 6 months old. We took her to the vet the first day she showed symptoms and she was kept there from the Monday till Sunday. By that Tuesday you wouldn't have even know she had been ill. She was running about playing, eating, and drinking just like she used to.

She has been home 3 and a half weeks now and she's been sick 3 times in the past week and a half. She's still her happy energetic self and she's eating and drinking and she does not have diarrhoea.

The sick is whole chunks of meat so I'm hoping it's where she's just not chewing her food (she's a tiny Chihuahua). Is this something I should be worried about?

I would be grateful for any help.

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November 26, 2018

We got an American Bulldog puppy on Thursday. By Friday we knew he had parvo. We put him outside because of the smell from all the blood and vomit. We can't afford to go to a vet, so he's not had any meds. My husband swears he hasn't been sick anymore and has brought him back inside. It is now Sunday night. He is acting better and more like a puppy now. Drinking some water and ate a few bites of food, first time since we got him. And not listening lol.. So is it safe to say he could be recovering or am I right by still worrying about him getting sick again on our camper floor?

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November 1, 2018

I have a 3 month old German Shepherd puppy. It has had no vaccinations and was infected with parvo. After 10 days it recovered from parvo under treatment, but is continuously nauseous, has dry bloody stool and is on fluid therapy. Its temperature is normal. Please give me a suggestion for how I can help my pet recover. How long before we see improvement?

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