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Parvo Survival Rate?

Many factors can effect the survival rate of pets infected with this highly contagious disease. Proper care either at home or in your vet's office will certainly improve their odds. Vaccinations and house and yard decontamination are also recommended to protect future pets. This is a page about parvo survival rate.
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September 28, 2009

I have a 12 week old Puggle named Snickers. I took him to the vet today to find out if he had Parvo like we thought and he did. He is now in the hospital for 5-7 days. I hope and pray that my baby will make it. What are his chances of living?

By Courtney from Friendly, WV

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September 28, 20091 found this helpful
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About a 50% chance now, and the vet bill will be huge. Prevention (vaccination) is far cheaper than the cure. The sad thing is that survivors of parvo often die unexpectedly before they are 5 years old. Suspicion is this is due to organ damage by parvo.

Your yard is contaminated now. You cannot bring an unvaccinated dog in it, or it can easily get sick too. You need to be pet free for a good year, as the virus lives in the soil.

An animal must be FULLY vaccinated (boosted too) in order to be safe in your yard. Pick up and burn poo and dog bedding. Pick up Vircon at (eg) UFA Farmstores along with a weed sprayer and douse everything in your yard. If the pup came into the house, douse the house too. Yes, I mean soak the couch too.

Bleach will work, Vircon is better. The volume you need will cost about $170.

You can spread the virus on your hands, shoes, and clothing. You can drive it out on your vehicle tires. You need to thoroughly treat everything or you put all the neighbourhood dogs at risk too. Please post that parvo is in the neighbourhood so others who have not vaccinated get the heads up to do so. Sorry to have dour news.

Sincerely,
Janet, animal rescue volunteer

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September 29, 20090 found this helpful
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Our great dane puppy got parvo and survived. It sounds like you caught it early enough for the vets to be able to help out your sweet doggie. Once they let him out everything will be ok. Parvo does live in the ground and i would suggest that you don't put any more puppies in that area but any dog over a year old will be fine in your yard. I wouldn't worry about notifying the neighboors because if your dog got parvo then that means its been in your yard and the other dogs have already been exposed to it. When snickers returns everything will be ok, he may stay a little small for his age but will be healthy.

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September 29, 20091 found this helpful
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My dog came down with parvo when he was young. He was up to date on all his vaccinations. Be aware that they act as an insurance policy; make odds better that your dog won't contract it, but do not guarantee that he won't. He was kept in our yard with our other pets. He was a Rottie, which is a breed that has one of the lowest survival rates, but we caught it early. He lived through it. We did not have an extremely high or unreasonable vet bill. None of our other pets caught it, and we failed to treat our yard in any way. (We were ignorant of the fact that we should, and no one--not even the vet, told us that we should.)

Our Rottweiler's growth wasn't stunted in any way, in fact, he grew to be the largest one in our area. My point is, we did almost everything wrong, but ours pulled through. I believe the main factor was that we caught it early. Visit your pet, keep his spirits up, and let him know that you love him. Dogs heal from miraculous things. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your puppy.

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September 30, 20090 found this helpful
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So very sorry to hear about Snickers, tough way to get started off in life. We had an akita puppy, Yuri, who got parvo at the vet clinic where we'd gotten her puppy shots on the way home after buying her. She did survive after a struggle but was one sick little baby for awhile. Medical- care costs are negligible compared to the joy & love we receive from our pets who are bonafide members of our families.
Best of luck to you & Snickers ~ wishing you many years of happiness together!

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May 1, 2020

My dog has parvo. He didn't have any diarrhea or blood in his stool or vomit. The nurse taking care of him says he has a 98% chance of getting better.

Should I be worried? I'm just so afraid to lose him.

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May 4, 20200 found this helpful
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It sounds like your dog has a light case. So I agree you should feel optimistic. Take good care of him and contact your Vet if there are any worrying changes. Parvo can take a month to run its course. In your case I think it will be a shorter illness.

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May 5, 20200 found this helpful
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If the dog is under care by a vet or nurse the dog is in good hands. They know what to do to help the dog and take care of him. I don't feel you have anything to worry about. Since the dog did not have diarrhea or even vomit it seems like it has been caught early on. I have had 2 dogs with this and both of them turned out fine. One was worse off than the other one and I did not think he would make it because he dis have blood and diarrhea.

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December 1, 2017

I have a dog that was diagnosed with parvo. He started showing signs on Monday with vomit and bloody diarrhea and we took him to the vet on Tuesday. He got injected and given medication.

So we continued doing the treatment at home, but he was OK for the first day, but then got worse. He is now hospitalized with a vet for a 3 day treatment. What are his chances?

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December 1, 20170 found this helpful
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No way to tell. In the old days, dogs with parvo were kept at the vet until they recovered, so it would not spread. Parvo was rare. They were on iv fluids almost the entire time. Now, it is so much more common and the trend seems to be for vets to send them home after they are diagnosed. I do hope the vet told you how to disinfect everything, including the yard (from it tracking on your feet). If you don't disinfect, it will continue to spread. Even if you don't have another dog, someone visiting could get the virus on their shoes while visiting and take it back to their place.

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December 1, 20170 found this helpful
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No one can guarantee anything, but you are giving the dog the best chance by leaving him at the vet and taking him there at the first sign of illness. Good luck.

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December 1, 20170 found this helpful
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This all depends on the dog. I had 2 dogs that had parvo in the past. One of them was treated at home and the second spent 7 days at the vet's with an IV and shots. Both of the dogs survived and were fine after the treatments.

It is harder on a small dog such as yours because of their weight. They don't have as much weight to lose as a larger dog does. However, my nephew's Bichon Frise was hospitalized the same time as my dog and they both were very sick when they went in. Both dogs survived. I'd say leaving the dog with the vet is your best chance on a full recovery. They are there to monitor the dog and give the dog injections when needed.

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My dog Miley has caught parvo. She only had her first set of shots. She will make 2 in December. The vet said we caught it early and she's at the vet being treated. She hasn't vomited or had bloody stool since yesterday at 3pm. Today they said she's stable, but she still hasn't used the bathroom.

But her color on her gums is pink. She's not eating or drinking on her own yet, but this is only her second night there. Any advice or hope for this one. I'm heart broken.

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June 9, 20180 found this helpful
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Having a sick pet can be very stressful especially because we feel so helpless. I hope your Miley is well on the road to recovery; as rule of thumb, dogs that get past the three to four days marker with intensive veterinary care, are likely to pull through.

  • There will be very important instructions for taking care of her once she is well enough to be taken home so be sure to get some written instructions.
  • Prepare some questions to ask before leaving the vet and make sure you have a number to call if you have questions in the future.
  • You can read about after care but it is best if you know you can ask questions and get immediate answers.
  • Here is one site that has a lot of information (and I do mean a LOT) but you can sort through to get answers that you need.
  • www.2ndchance.info/parvo.htm
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May 9, 2020

My 2 month old German Shepherd got parvo 3 days ago. The breeder didn't vaccinate him. The next morning, after he came to live with us, we brought him to get vaccinated. Two hours later he started vomiting. We supposed it was because of the vaccines. The next morning he had bloody diarrhea. We brought him to the vet and they gave him fluids, antibiotics, and some medicine called as polyglob. That treatment cost so much.

Every day we have to bring him to the vet to get him medicines and fluids. The vet said that he has a 50% chance of survival. I don't know if that is true or not. I wanted to ask you as well. He is moving more than before; maybe he is getting better.

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May 10, 20200 found this helpful
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This takes time, sometimes weeks. He is a puppy therefore will take more care and watched like a baby. Do everything your Vet said and watch him close. The process is slow to be 100%. Do not be discourage if it seems slow. Everyday that he is taking in liquids and getting a little active is great!

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May 11, 20200 found this helpful
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Parvo is very hard on a dog and it does take time for the dog to get better. In most cases the dog will show signs of improvement within the first 4 to 5 days of being treated by a vet. In a lot of cases the dog will be up and around and start eating again within 5 to 7 days but it can take up to 30 days before the dog is completely over Parvo. I know this because I had 2 dogs with Parvo and both cases were so different from each other. One of my dogs was much older when he got it and he jumped back a lot faster than the 4 month old puppy did. The puppy was very sick and had to stay at the vet for 10 days. The first few days were very scary and the dog kept pooping blood. After the 6th day he showed great signs of improvement and finally started to eat again after the 8th day. The vet was able to release him back to me after 10 days and he was in good health but not as active as he was before. It took a few more days for him to be really active and about another 10 days for me to see he was back to his old self. The vet knows how to treat the dog it is just painful to see the dog do sick and worry about him. If the vet thought there was any danger to the dog he would keep the dog and not allow you to bring him home.

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I just adopted a 35 day old Labrador. He was fine for three days and then started with vomiting and diarrhea. I took him to the vet who started him on oral antibiotics, but as it got worse he is also on IV fluids and injectable medication. Today is the fourth day and he has been diagnosed with parvovirus.

The stools have gotten bloody since today in the afternoon. Although he is on medication he is very lethargic and weak. What are the chances of his survival? It is already more than 72 hours.

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October 7, 2019

I have a 40 day old Pug puppy and he is suffering from parvo stage-3. He is very weak and couldn't even move his body. Is there is any chance of recovery?


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August 29, 2018

My 8 months old Rottweiler has parvo, he started vomiting yesterday, and has bloody stool. We took him to the vet right when we saw him vomiting. He hasn't been eating for 3 days. Last night he got admitted, he got his medication and IV fluid. Today he only vomited just once.

He is able to walk a little bit and he was able to pee today. But still has bloody stool. I'm really scared for him, will I lose him? Is there any chance of survival? He was my first dog and I got him when he was 40 days old.

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My pup is going on his 4th day with parvo. The vet has been giving him under the skin fluids every 12 hours, plus antibiotics, anti-nausea meds, and probiotics. We are feeding him chicken broth, and Pedialyte with a syringe. He now drinks water on his own, but still has bloody diarrhea. Any chances he'll pull through?


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March 15, 20180 found this helpful

You are doing everything you can to save your dog. The fact he is drinking is a good sign. I wish you luck.

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March 15, 20180 found this helpful

For right now you and the vet are doing all they can do to help the dog. This takes time and can go on like this for a few more days, or up to a week longer. Just keep doing what you're doing. It is a good sign the dog is starting to drink water now.

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March 16, 20180 found this helpful

This is sad and I hope your puppy is doing okay and will be completely well soon.

  • Sounds like you and your vet are doing everything possible to bring him through this.
  • The biggest problem during this time seems to be the schedule of giving water/liquids.
  • I hope your vet gave you clear instructions on how often offer fluids to your dog and that you are able to follow through with this schedule as this seems to be one of the keys to saving puppies.
  • Here is one link that has some suggestions for care at home.
  • ehomeremedies.com/.../
  • The following is a link to a very extensive article on Parvo but you might want to read some of it.
  • www.2ndchance.info/parvo.htm#heading15
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September 3, 2018

I have a Pug and it is 40 days old. Two days after getting it we found out it has parvo. The doctor says it is too small not even 40 days old. The person who who sold it to us told us that it is 40 days old.

The doctor says the chances are only 50-50 and the treatment is too expensive. Is it okay to continue with the treatment?

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August 14, 2018

I'm wondering if I can put my Kristen Coach purse with sequins in the washer?


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August 14, 2018

My German Shepherd puppy is 3 and a half years old and she is infected with the parvo virus. Her treatment is going on. She is receiving an IV daily, morning and evening. Can she survive?


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June 28, 2018

My Labrador puppy is about 8 and a half weeks old. We picked him up on Sunday, and that night around 1 AM he began throwing up white froth and was making noises as though in pain. We took him to the vet the next morning when it opened and found out it was parvo, and the vet immediately put him into intensive care. He has had two vaccinations, one when he was about 4-6 weeks and one in the last week.

Tuesday he was doing a lot better, but this morning, Wednesday, it has deteriorated slightly. We were told it would fluctuate, that it would get worse before it gets better. He has not had any bloody stool, he eats and drinks, but not a lot. He's hooked up to an IV, and he's still with the vet. What are his chances? We're hoping and praying that hell make it through.

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January 11, 2019

My 5 month old puppy had been infected for the last 7 days even though it was vaccinated. VAT doctor pushed IV saline 500 ml every day from date of proof of infection till today, around 7 days. He does not drink water or eat food.

We are worried. How long can he survive without food and water?

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