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Parvo Symptoms and Treatment

Updated on May 10, 2017

Q: What Is Parvovirus?

Canine parvovirus is a very contagious and sometimes life-threatening viral disease that attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog's body and manifests severely in the intestinal tract.

Is Parvo a Death Sentence for Your Dog?

Unfortunately, it can be. But the rate at which parvovirus kills has been greatly diminished in recent years due to scientific understanding on how to replace the vital elements in your dog's body that are lost in the throes of this decimating virus.

If you think your dog may have parvo, please continue reading to learn what you can, must, and should do to help them through this devastating illness.

How Can My Dog Be Exposed to Parvo?

Dogs do not have to be taken into to new surroundings to be exposed, although doing so regularly does increase the risk of contracting parvovirus. In fact, even if your dog stays in an enclosed area (such as your back yard), it may still be at risk for exposure. Some of the most common places your dog can be exposed include...

  • Vet or clinic visits
  • Dog parks
  • Through a person who has been in contact with a sick dog
  • If a contaminated dog visits your home or just enters your yard.

Although these certainly are not the only means by which your dog can contract this deadly virus, this list gives you a good idea of how easy and how wide-reaching it can be. Something as simple as a bird landing on parvo'd fecal matter and then perching on a dog's food or water dish could spread the virus. The parvovirus is known to stay alive and active, even in your yard, for anywhere from six months to two years. For this reason, be sure you read the section on Cleaning Up After Parvo.

Which Dogs Are Susceptible to Parvo?

Although a dog of age dog can contract the parvo virus, it most commonly affects puppies. Pups six months and younger are most susceptible. It can also affect older dogs, though dogs over a year old have a 90% chance of survival if proper care is provided. Older dogs experience the symptoms very mildly compared to what the pups go through. Dogs with a compromised immune system may also pick up the virus.

The best known preventative is to have your dog immunized: However, even fully immunized dogs have been known to contract the parvovirus.

Two Different Types of Parvovirus

There is an intestinal form of the virus, as well as a cardiac form.

Intestinal

The most common form of parvovirus attacks the intestines and causes the inner layer to slough off.

Cardiac

Pups under 8 weeks old are more likely to suffer from the cardiac form. This form attacks the heart muscles and the symptoms and outlook is very grim for these affected puppies. Although pups from 8 weeks to 1 year old have a survival rate of around 70% with proper care. The signs include...

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Crying, gasping, or difficulty breathing
  • Serious depression
  • Refusal to nurse
  • Sudden death

Most vets will suggest a humane euthanasia for the animal instead of a 'peaceful death' at home with their families due to the extreme pain and suffering they can experience until their heart stops.

Can Cats Contract Parvo?

Parvovirus is contagious to dogs only, not to humans or cats.

The First Signs of Parvo

Since the earliest signs can easily go unnoticed, you may not recognize them at all until the next stage sets in.

  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy / sleeping more than usual
  • Excessive drooling

If you worry that your pup is sick, offer its absolute favorite treat. If the pup refuses the treat, you have a sick pup.

With parvo, the earlier you can begin to treat the symptoms, the better chance the dog has. The onset to the peak of the symptoms can take anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours on average. It is also possible for the dog to begin to experience all of the symptoms at once.

When Parvo Breaks

When the virus breaks, you can expect a lot of upsetting things to begin occurring:

  • Dog quits eating and drinking
  • Vomiting: Can be muscus-y, bloody, white, yellow, or green
  • Diarrhea or projectile diarrhea: The stool will become very watery and is often made up of 'old blood' in the intestinal tract
  • Limb weakness and shaking

It is not the virus itself that can kill your beloved pet, but the dehydration and secondary infections that result from it. There should be no need to tell you that at this point, you will want to get your pet to the vet as soon as possible. Call ahead of time and letting the vet staff know that your pup may have parvo so they can be prepared and direct you toward a less-traveled entrance (to prevent exposing other animals).

Vomiting will be almost constant, even after doses of water or even IV fluids given by a vet. After water is ingested, you can expect it to be vomited up from 45 minutes to 1 hour later. You will know that your pup is on the mend when they go much longer between bouts.

This stage is the worst, not to mention by far the most dangerous to your pet's survival. The second stage of parvo, marked by the first time your dog suffers from projectile or bloody diarrhea, can last anywhere from 4 to 10 days.

How Long Will the Worst Last?

The second stage of parvo, marked by the first time your dog suffers from projectile or bloody diarrhea, can last anywhere from 4 to 10 days.

What to Expect at the Vet

The sooner you get to the vet, the better chance of survival your dog has. At the vet, your dog will likely:

  • Be stool-tested.
  • Receive intravenous fluids—don't freak out over the bubble it puts on the back of their neck because this hump will provide them fluids when needed, sort of like a camel.
  • Be tested for dehydration—you too can do this test at home, so watch how the vet pulls and releases the loose skin up on their back: The slower this skin snaps back, the more dehydrated, and in danger, your pup is.

At this point, if your dog's heath is in a critical stage, you will want to discuss two very real possibilities with the vet:

  • Hospitalization
  • Euthanasia

Don't panic. Your vet will likely tell you, and hopefully with compassion, what they would do if the dog were their own. Although it doesn't happen with regularity, some animals can suffer from an enlarged heart or painful nervous conditions as side effects.

Should your dog begin to show signs that your very touch is extremely painful, you may want to seriously consider ending their misery as humanely as possible.

If however, your dog is just severely dehydrated, and your schedule will not allow you to nurse them, hospitalization may be the only option.

Meds the Vet May Administer

If your dog was vomiting before you took it to the vet, the vet may give it a shot to help control the nausea. Be sure to take advantage of this time to get some fluids in it when you get home if they do not give IV fluids at the vet office. If they do, do not force any more fluids. The vet will likely administer:

  • Cerenia, an anti-nausea medication
  • Metronidazole, an antibiotic
  • Proviable, a probiotic

Be aware that your vet may use different brands of these medications. They, along with a few items you can purchase at any grocery store, can and likely will mean the difference between your dog's survival and its very untimely death.

Parvaid: A Miracle Option for Dogs with Parvo?

An organic herbal food supplement has been tried and proven to help. It is also known to be highly beneficial to dogs who have other intestinal problems. Made by a highly resourceful herbalist, this remedy (or series of remedies) helps to replenish the vital vitamins and minerals your dog loses due to vomiting and diarrhea stages of a parvo reaction. It is well known to not only save the lives of dogs on whom other remedies and medications have not worked, but to also greatly shorten the time your animal suffers from this illness.

Important: Stay Hydrated!!!

Items You Will Need to Treat Your Dog at Home

After the vet visit, gather up these items:

  • Pedialyte
  • Chicken baby food
  • Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate (for dogs)
  • Cooked chicken
  • Cooked rice
  • Towels
  • Eye dropper
  • Unscented puppy pads
  • Bleach (mixed with water 1:10 as a cleaning solution)

Although it may seem like quite a list, many of these items you will already have available in your home.

Nutri-Cal

If your pet has gone a long time without eating, you may want to consider purchasing a tube of Nutri-Cal. This can be squirted as small dollops on their noses and they most likely will lick it off. This can replenish depleting nutrients that they need since they are not getting them from their usual food source.

You May Be Solely Responsible for Nursing Your Dog Back to Life

You will need to be prepared to care for your pup about every three hours, even at night. Not doing so can cause a dog that is very dehydrated to take a sudden turn and pass on before you can get fluids in them. Do not let them go 6 to 8 hours without being offered liquids.

If your vet has given you a few different medications, be sure to write down their dosage times. Do not rely on your memory since you are likely to be experiencing a bit of chaos for the next few days.

You will be making use of all those things you purchased at the grocery store now.

Staying Hydrated

Whenever possible, offer your pup Pedialyte in place of water, even though it has a sweet taste and some dogs may turn up their nose to it because it doesn't smell like water. If this is an issue, offer the dog water. The point is to stay as hydrated as possible, the Pedialyte just helps to replace the electrolytes lost during vomiting and diarrhea. If you do not have Pedialyte handy, you can substitute Gatorade highly cut to around 1/10 with water. Although it isn't created to help weak tummies in babies like Pedialyte is, it does have the vital electrolytes that your pup needs to survive.

If your pup absolutely will not drink, there is one more thing you can try. Fill a small, light-colored bowl (salad size) with water and pour in one teaspoon of milk. The light bowl prevents them from seeing that the water is altered, and for some reason many dogs will take water, even if they really don't want to, if it has a bit of milk in it. This is NOT the best idea as if the pup is fevered and hasn't had food on their belly for a while, as milk can turn the stomach a bit. However, an upset tummy is better than a dehydrated dog.

Also keep in mind that no dog should go more than 24 hours without some water or Pedialyte. If you have tried all of the tricks and your pup hasn't had water in an entire day, call your vet and ask if you can bring it in for IV fluids. Many vets are kind enough to offer this service at a fee of around $10 to $20 dollars, without charging for an office visit. Never hesitate to ask!

Forcing Fluids

If you get to the point where the dog is no longer taking water willingly, and the vet is not an option or you feel the situation is an emergency one, you can use the eyedropper you purchased to force a bit of water into your dog. However, if it comes to where you are forcing fluid intake, it would be better to use Pedialyte instead of water. This way your pup gets fluids and electrolytes. If you have to force it, may as well force the most beneficial liquids on them.

Drinking Again? Slow it Down

Parvo is a horrible and sometimes deadly roller coaster ride. Even though your pup may feel a bit better one moment, doesn't mean it can go free-for-all in the water bowl. Not only can drinking loads of water after a dry spell cause the tummy to spasm, a pup can quickly backpedal on their recovery if a barely healing tummy begins to spasm and vomit its contents again.

It may be very hard to pull your obviously thirsty pup away from the water dish, but not doing so can turn one ounce of recovery into a deadly game of sympathy.

Poop Stinks!

I Mean Reaaalllly Stinks

One of the most concrete signs of the virus is when your pet's stool turns into a brown or red watery liquid. The other side effect is that it really stinks, far more than usual. You may be thinking to yourself, well, all poop stinks doesn't it. Yes, it does, but once you smell a parvo poop, you will definitely notice the difference.

It will be very important to you of course to prevent your pup from releasing any of this seriously smelly poop inside your home. In order to have the best chance of preventing this, be sure to keep an eye on your pup for when they get restless, move around, or look for corners or dark places in your home. The best thing you can do is offer to take them outside every time they do perk up. Chances are during the parvo stint, if they are moving, they are about to poop or vomit.

With parvo it seems that often the real symptoms, or the heaviest part of the illness, do not truly kick in until they release this toxic smelling poop. After this begins, you can plan on another 4 to 9 days of pup nursing.

Stay Clean and Prevent the Spread of Parvovirus

When your pup begins to get ill with this virus you will want to go ahead and drag out all of the old towels, rags, and carpet or upholstery cleaning items. When your pup begins to get sick, gently urge them towards the door or to the area in your house where vomit may be the easiest to clean. Doing so right off the bat will quickly train the pup to head to those areas, or to run to the door when they are about to vomit. However, this is only if your pup is able to stand and walk. Many dogs with parvo will not be able to stand or obey your rules and you must be prepared to keep towels, rags, or items you are willing to wash or dispose of around their head and neck area.

You can expect, like slightly broken clockwork, that after every ingestion of fluids, your pup will likely expel them. Often they will actually have a bit of spit up right after drinking, and then 45 minutes to 2 hours later, the rest will follow. But even if they are seemingly vomiting up every bit of liquid they drank, they are still keeping some extremely vital water in them, even if just a little bit.

Make a habit of grabbing a towel quickly to clean up any accidents, and there will be many. Follow up by using a spray bottle with the bleach mix to coat the soiled area, then let it air dry. You can also use the puppy pads to create a nest for your pet. Puppy pads have waterproof plastic on them to help prevent your furniture, carpet, or flooring from absorbing the water from the vomit.

Bleach the Yard?

Even once your dog's health begins to improve, you need to stay vigilant about cleaning up the areas it may have soiled with virus. You should even take a bleach mix and a hose to clean the areas of your yard your dog may have used. Parvovirus has been known to live up to 2 years in the environment and the only thing that will kill it is bleach.

Help! My Dog's Head is Shaking!

Is he/she having a seizure?

Most likely this head-shaking is due to hypoglycemia. This is because they are not getting their daily sugars. This head shaking can be stopped by giving your pet a half teaspoon of sugar in a bowl of water once per day.

Generalized Parvo Timeline

  • Day 1: Exposure to the virus
  • Days 2 — 5: Pup shows first signs (not eating, drooling, etc.)
  • Days 3 — 6: Projectile (or very watery) stool begins
  • Days 4 — 10: Virus runs its course with periods of extreme depression, lethargy, dehydration, and vomiting
  • Days 5 — 21: Pup slowly recovers, begins showing interest in food, stops vomiting, stool slowly begins to harden.

Don't Forget the Love!

Human touch is vital to healing. Even if they look at you as if they could go the rest of their lives without your touch, don't let there be a chance that happens. Touch them, croon to them, sing to them, baby-talk to them, do anything and everything you can do to get a perk of the ears, a lifted head, or a noticeable glare. The important part is that they know they are loved. Dogs that are extremely ill can be just like any other mammals, including humans, and just get to a point where they would like to give up. You may even recognize this in their eyes. There is nothing harder to witness. But DO NOT GIVE UP!!!

Keep forcing those fluids, cleaning those messes, and baby-talking until your dog is so angry they look ready to bite. Do anything and everything you can do to keep their spirits up, even if their spirit is sort of cranky at the moment. That spark, that fire, and the fight to want to live may be the most vital part of their survival.

What if the Medicines, Vet, and Nursing Don't Help?

If you do all of these things and still lose your pup, the first thing you must do is grieve. Who cares if people think you a little odd for crying over a pup you had for only x months or weeks? Remember that you did your absolute best, and ignore any judgmental comments you may hear.

Also, be sure you clean your house, your entire property, and anything exposed to the parvovirus with a fairly strong bleach mixture before you consider bringing any other dogs back into your home.

As you have just bore witness to exactly how ravaging this virus can be, you are certainly likely to be first in line when it comes to wanting to prevent this from occurring to any other dogs. Until you can kill this virus, let friends and family members know that your home is not safe for their dogs.

I am no expert but have researched and used many different methods for keeping a parvo dog hydrated, the most important thing. Please feel free to leave any questions or comments here and I will reply within a few hours.

Does Your Dog Have Parvo? or Do You Suspect It?

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      Anonymous 21 months ago

      Hi. I just lost my puppy from the virus. He had all the symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea with blood, no appetite, crying. We had to put an iv on him because he wouldnt eat nor drink. But tonight, i noticed that his chest was swollen. I wasnt sure if theres such a thing as over hydration but i was kinda upset with myself that I probably shouldnt have put an iv on him for three straight days. Now he's gone and i feel like its my fault.

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      Laura Lincoln 23 months ago

      My puppy was diagnosed Saturday morning with parvo. I noticed Friday afternoon the change in him. He's at home with me. I'm giving him pro pectalin, albon, reglan, pedialite and subcutaneous fluids. Yesterday he drank water by himself and walked from bedroom to kitchen and jumped on the couch and stayed there for awhile. Last night he went in the closet and has been there ever since, except for the 2 times he went to pee. He has not eaten anything since Friday morning and is not interested in any food I offer. I have not tried baby food. Should that be my next step? Or is keeping him hydrated the most important thing. I thought he was getting better and now I fear he's crashing.

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      Desiree 24 months ago

      My 2 month old boxer has parvo. I took her to the vet and they gave her fluids which created a camel hump on her back and also gave her two more shots which were for antibiotics and for vomiting. They precribed her puppy pedialyte and medicated food aside with pills to help with vomiting. I wanna know if i should also give her pepto bismol and if yes. Evry when ? before force feeding her or after ? Im realy hoping she gets better shes been ill for 3 days already she was running and sniffing around yesterday and today but after the vet check she became weaker and no longer wants to get up. :( I am making shure to keeping her hydrated. And that shes in a quiet warm place because tje vet said her temp was at 97° out of 100° so she looks for a warm place cause she does feel cold. I was wondering if mabe i can gave her a warm bath and blow dry her and keep her warm after ?

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      Alexis 2 years ago

      My puppy has tested positive for parvo at the vet. She is about 6 months old. She seems to be doing very well, we have kept her hydrated and she has drank a little it and even eaten a small amount of chicken on her own. What concerns me is that she has only had one bowel movement yesterday morning and has only peed 3 times. Is this normal?

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      Michelle 2 years ago

      I just wanted to say thank you for your very well written article. It has been very useful. Yours was one of the only articles I could find that mentioned nervous system effects, in particular the pup being painful to the touch. Can you share any other sources that have info on this? A puppy we are supposed to adopt survived a relatively mild case of parvo, but now has neurological symptoms (painful to touch has improved slightly). Thanks again.

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      imran 2 years ago

      Hi need your advice , my dog recovered from Parvo in 3 days and running around' playing eating, on a the 4th day dog started shivering and felt on the ground' its been 5 days dog cannot standd up eats and drink stool is fine. Only gets up for stool with great difficulty , not anemic vet has no idea why he is not walking around.

      please advise what to do.

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      Joy Lynskey 3 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @maryandderek: You are doing literally, every single thing you can. He has a better chance than most at this rate. Keep forcing the fluids. Don't worry about the vomiting though I know it sucks. Thing is, some of that liquid WILL stay down and that is what will force him to live, even if his eyes tell you he doesn't want to. They might, be prepared for that, but certainly don't give up.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Three nights ago my 7 month old lab mix puppy came in from outside and didn't want to eat. This alarmed me as he eats anything and everything. So I watched him. The next day I called and got an apointment for Sunday as Myles my puppy was now puking and had diariaha but no blood in either. Today we took him to the vet and they said he has parvo. They wanted 1000.00 to keep him at the pet hospital but sadly my husband and I just got back from Colorado after my father passed away so we didn't have that kind of money. They gave him a shot and sent us home with meds. I am trying to give him a couple ounces of fluid pedilyte and water or chicken broth and water. I have also added in sugar water as he is shaking from time to time. Please tell me if there is anything else I can do. I bleached and blocked off a room in the house for him and go spend time with him every hour. I just lost my dad I can't bear the thought of lossing my puppy now.

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      maryandderek 3 years ago

      My 4 month old lab tested positive for Parvo on Friday. He was fine Thursday night, eating, drinking and playing. He was sleeping when I left for work on Friday morning which wasn't unusual. When I got home at 3:30, I could tell immediately that he was ill. Went straight to the vet and got the parvo diagnosis. Dexter received anti nausea, antibiotics and a paste for food replacement. The vet told me he had a 50/50 chance of survival. We came home and immediately began fluids. I am not sure how much he vomited or had diarrhea on Friday because he stays outside and we live on several acres. I am giving him subcutaneous injections of dextrose (6ml every 3 hours) and IV fluids(20 ml every 4 hours). He had 2-3 small bouts of diarrhea Friday evening before midnight, but only one since then this afternoon (projectile). It is dark brown in color. I did not see any vomiting until early this morning. He vomited small clear amounts until around 9 am. He did not vomit again until around 5:00 this evening. I am also giving him pedialyte from a syringe (9ml every hour) and the food replacement (Enercal) every 3 hours. I gave him some Pepto last night, but that was the first thing he vomited so I haven't tried that again. He was drinking on his own this morning, but now refuses everything. I have offered chicken broth, but he heaves when he smells it. I am making the chicken and rice now to see if he is interested in that. He is so lethargic and sad--that is what worries me the most. I am giving him round the clock love and attention to try and keep his spirits up. He last urinated this morning around 10 am. Do you think the fluids I am giving are sufficient? He can sit and walk a little, but seems so weak. Is this to be expected? Should I see improvement in the next day or so if he is going to get better? Thanks for any advice! I have read the other posts and they have been helpful, but I am still worried sick.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Aww! I am so sorry to hear that. We lost one of our babies too to parvo and I very much understand the feeling. You will make it through and time will help a bit but you never have to forget! The paw print from the vet is so very sweet!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Everything u said here was true.it happened to me n I tryed saving him.I took him to the vet 2times n to an 24hour vet hospital n Fed him thru a syringe at home n still my 3 turning 4 months old pitbull puppy died n I'm Soo hurt.I never had a dog die on me.I did everything.Everything.Everything.nothing can bring my baby back but till we meet again.I miss him Soo much.he died today 4/7/13 @12:41pm lunch time in my arm's.hugging him n crying he started to breathe slowly n took his lasts breaths as I laid him on the floor.rip.Tyson.mommy n the kids misses u Soto much.they still asking for u.I told them u went to sleep in heaven n it protecting us from above.the vet hospital gave me a clay paw print of it foot n I baked it n will forever protect it.I don't KNOW how I'm going to live without you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: day six and no diarrhea but still vomiting, she is drinking water with electrolites and sugar but still will not eat, she has a fever again today actually she looks worst than yesterday, the vet said she seems to have plateaued, so still on the iv. we have every thing crossed such a horrible disease.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I need help i have a small puppy and he's very sick, i know it's parvo because I've cared for many dogs with it and was able to nurse them back to health thankfully...but, my puppy seems as if he is having a slightly hard time breathing..his breath hitches a bit..im giving electrolytes every hour can you tell me if he may have the cardiac form i don't want him to suffer :(

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: I agree with the Vet, at that point, it's rare for them to go backwards. However, if you do bring her home, remember to force water, but not food. I have seen forced food make them backpeddle into the illness again

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: on day five and my miss is still having diahrea with some blood still was not vomiting during the night, sniffing at food in an interested way but not eating, she is drinking plenty and still on iv fluids and antibiotics, i put a small amount of baby food consistency rice and chicken with a bit of manuka honey mixed through, but this brought on a bout of vomiting , as its been the long weekend the vet is only in twice a day for an hour and the diahrea is still happening i decided to buy toddler nappies make a hole for her tail and put it on her cause i can't stand the thought of her being covered in her poo. i can't take her home till shes eating and holding it down for twenty four hours, but feel i could nurse her and clean her at home better for i have the time to do it. this is the first day that the vet has showed some positivity saying " i have rarely seen them go down from here" which gives me hope but she still is extremely sick, has lost alot of weight and is completely miserable.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: She will likely start to improve soon. Most often the worst of the illness runs for about 7 days. Having a vet taking care of her means she has better chances than most.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i should also add for people who are looking out for symptoms that she did shiver on friday i had to cool her down for she did have a fever and her little heart felt like it was going a hundred mile an hour and was about to jump out of her chest also she was weak but refused to lay down, i believe it was due to pain in her belly that she could'nt lay down .also her paws were curled up tightly and would not relax, she wanted to be ln a cool dark place and refused to eat or drink.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i should also add for people who are looking out for symptoms that she did shiver on friday i had to cool her down for she did have a fever and her little heart felt like it was going a hundred mile an hour and was about to jump out of her chest also she was weak but refused to lay down, i believe it was due to pain in her belly that she could'nt lay down .also her paws were curled up tightly and would not relax, she wanted to be ln a cool dark place and refused to eat or drink.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my 6 month old pup was lathargic on thursday night and friday morning i found vomit on her bed, she was missing after alot of searching i found her under the house with muscle stiffness and odvious pain.i started syringing water too her but each time she vomited it strait back up, after an hour or so she was so sick looking i took her to the vet thinking she had been poisoned by something because the vomit was a bit frothy. the vet tested her for parvo using what looked like a pregnancy test and it showed she had parvo within 10 minutes. the vet said that without treatment there was a 90% chance she would die, with aggresive treatment including putting her on an intravenous drip of plasma and another with iv, antibiotics, glucose and electolites she would have a 95% chance of survival. the vet giving me all options including putting her down left me for 5 minutes to decide what to do, i could not give up on my furbaby so i took the option of aggresive treatment knowing it would be a minumum of $900 australian dollars perhaps more depending on how long she needed the treatment. my girl had not had any diarrhea yet, we caught it early, had always been dewormed, had great body mass and i had already been forcing water into her so the vet said she had a great start to fight from. so she started on the plasma from dogs who had a high immunity to parvo, the iv with antibiotic, glucose, electolites and fluids on friday afternoon. she continued to vomit all that night the rank smelling bloody stool started the next morning, i was allowed to visit her for an hour saturday afternoon, she was so weak she coulnt lift her head but still managed to lick at some water when i put it to her mouth, she had already lost condition and her hair was shedding from shock. it was the hardest thing to walk away when the vets said its time to go. after a restless night the vet rang saturday morning while i was cooking up some rice boiled in chicken broth and pureed lean steak mixing it up too baby food consistancy to tempt her that afternoon, the vet said she had stopped vomiting during the night and her stool no longer had fresh blood in it but she had a constant leaking of diahrea, she had a bath and was a little purkier. i really thought she was on the mend so when i visited this afternoon i had great faith she had kicked it, when i entered the room she lifted her ears, she had a drink when i offered it but would not take food, she stood up and wanted to move for a smootch but was to weak and the effort seemed to pain her then she started to vomit more feverently than before, my hour was up in amongst this and i had to leave her again, i wont get an update from the vet till tomorrow morning and can not stop researching, asking questions and just plain freaking out am i kidding myself that she could recover i have taken out a personal loan to pay for this treatment but am i just prolonging her suffering, everyone says its an up and down disease but when will she start to improve?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: The only way to tell really is to touch them and if they react violently or as if you are hurting them badly they may have it. The cardiac version usually kills very quickly, I've never seen it last beyond 12 hours in any dog, any age.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: My pup roco, i think he might have parvo.about 2 or 3 days ago i started hearing him vomit, for a few weeks now his poo was watery then it would go solid. but now its starting to get soft, i noticed him yesterday eating a little and drinking some water but today i have been having a hard time getting him to drink water, i dont have any pedialight or a seringes at this time so i gave him water and milk about a hour, hour n a half and he hasnt vomited it back up, i havent seen any blood in his stool. planning to take him to a vet today, should i keep trying the milk/water solution until then?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It sounds like she's doing fine, but the moaning is not a good sign. Keep going, keep her hydrated and follow all of the tips here. Please let me know if she takes a turn for the worse.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: If you have any pet antibiotics on hand it is okay to use them. Probiotics are usually used as well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm nearly %100 positive my little rescue has parvo. However her sister was sick as well about a week ago and it only lasted two days and with one dose of pepto she was feeling much better. After about two days of her feeling better her sis lost her appetite. After a day of no appetite she appeared to also begin recovering. However as soon as she ate some rice, she began vomiting and hasn't stopped. Last night the watery, smelly diarrhea began. I stayed up with her all night giving her fluids even though she vomitted immediately. And continually. Every five minutes just about. I also began enemas of pedialyte and vitamin c. This morning she is holding in her fluids a little longer. About two hours. She's had one diarrhea this morning. She is moaning constantly though. I'm just trying to love her and keep her hydrated. Please tell me if she sounds like she is doing on with my treatment.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: sounds like worms to me i would do that first

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi my name is rita garcia i live in juarez mexico we just got a puppy last week dont have any shots yet and today it started throwing up and right after that came the runs i already gave him some antibotics i have but not sure if they will work or not dont have much help here in mexico and the vets really dont care im the best shot they have at this point will eritromicina help at all and if so how much and how offen thanks my email is ritagarcia53@gmail.com

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: So very sorry you lost your pup. Parvo is a horrible illness and the unfortunate truth is that not all of them can live through it no matter how hard you try. You did try hard though, and you should try to remember that the pup knew you were trying too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: She din make it. She passed away yesterday evening at the clinic. I am so sad though i know the suffering for her has definitely ended. Just cant bear the thought she was alone that time. Cant bear the scene of the empty kennel. I miss her.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: I gave her honey with sugar and dilute it water. I gave her to drink 4-5 ml a time. But she is still shaking. Her two front legs are weak now. She still can stand but i see that she is still very weak. Gave her pork meat and rice. Blender it and inject into her mouth. She likes it but still not much. Late at night, she started barking and whining. She looks so weak. She rejected all the electrolyte and sugar drink. I am giving her multivit and protein and antobiotic too. Not much help. I am so sad that my husband decided it is better to let her sleep. I stopped giving her fluid since 2am. I stayed awake whole night in my room awake and didnt visit her anymore. I feel so bad. I had two days leave to take care of her and i don't see improvemnet. I worry she din poo for the whole tuesday. Really her time to go but i woke up this morning and see her in my garden (i left the kennel open). I called up a local vet and he keen to give her a try. I am relieved that she is in better hand now.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Hello Choonie, I am glad you didn't give up on your pup and you are doing GREAT so far!! To help her with the shaking, give her about a half teaspoon of sugar in a water dish. That should help, the first dose may have just replaced the sugars her body is missing from the illness, if some more sugar in water doesn't help come back and let me know and we will figure out what to do. Sounds like she's already on the mend, good job, and again, I'm so glad you didn't give up hope!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am from malaysia. I just adopt a two months old pup. She has ring worm and i sent her to the vet. The vet suspects she has parvo too but she looks ok. She is very playful but she has bowel movements a few times a day. I thought it is normal. Then i sent her for her first vaccine. she has slight fever and weak after the vaccine. Till last week Friday, i found her poo in her kennel. Later In The evening, i found her lossing her voice. Then, she has dry nose and lethargy. On sunday morning, her stools are all bloody red and smelly. Send her to vet and suspect to have parvo. Vet says not much hope for such a small puppy. Since monday evening, i constantly giving her electrolyte. Twice in an hour. Anti vomit pills too. Some chicken broth too. And vitamin and antibiotics from the vet. She has stop vomiting. She has soft stool. I dun see any stain of blood. But no bowel movement since morning. She is still weak. She is shaking all the time. I gave her honey and sugar this morning. How can i help her from shaking?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: I hope your pup is now recovering Laura!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Thank you for your comment! It is wonderful when they are given those chances. I hope your pup is now in recovery.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Without the bloody stool and the fact that the pup so willingly ate, tells me that this is unlikely to be parvo. You may have a pup with coronoavirus.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: **he was shaking

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My pitbull pup Alekk seems to have some symptoms of parvo. I was shaking earlier today in the morning, we keep him inside so i doubt he was cold. He didn't seem too happy. My gf poured some pedialyte into his bowl and he drank it, he even ate some chicken, he acutally finished it all. He seems a little more active now. He threw up a couple days ago, and today, also had slight diarrhea but no bloody stool. If he keeps this up will he eventually overcome it? We love our puppy and don't want him to go ='[

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      took all 3 8 week old pit/ heeler puppies to the vet on Thursday, for their second dose of Strongid. Friday one pup threw up twice but is fine now, One pup is still fine, but my 3rd pup was lethargic on Friday, had a fever and had pink mucous stools, but still managed to eat and play a little that night. I started pushing fluids on friday.Saturday the stools stayed the same until near midnight, when they had a little form and no blood. She still ate very little , and managed to walk to the various bowls of fluids I had out for her. She vomited clear stuff. Now it's Sunday and she is still going to her water bowl, Will not touch the gatorade unless I squirt it into her mouth, has been on Pepto for 12 hours now, just gave her some metronidazole, but then the infamous bloody stool, only it doesn't smell, like parvo. She is still doing a lot of sleeping but jumps off my bed to get something to drink. I've had experiences with parvo on 3 other dogs at my old house, two of them died within 24 hours and the 3rd one lasted 4 days. None of them had the gumption to fight and she does, so I am anxious as to what to expect next.She is by no means dehydrated.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello there, I have a 6 to 7 month old Staffordshire, she has not ate or drank water in 3 days. She has been vomiting, so today we took her to the emergency vet, and it turns out that she has parvo. The gave her an IV and sent us home with meds. She has drank her water on her own and immediatley ran to the bathroom. They said that she has a 70% chance of survival. I just want you to keep her in prayers for a quick recovery thank you. This page is very supportive.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Thanks Dan. I will check out the available reviews and proof on this product and post it here if possible.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Parvo is a nasty pathogen and hard to kill. There are several things out there that can potential kill it but Wysiwash kills it on contact and has been proven to be up to 120x more effective than bleach. The great thing about it is that it is friendly to the environment so you CAN spray it on the grass and it won't kill the grass but will kill the Parvo. Won't harm the animals either. And YES, we have the proof to go along with the claims.

      Thought I should share since I came across this article and am always trying to get the word our about Wysiwash. The site is www.Wysiwash.com You can send me questions Dan@Wysiwash.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: MY dog had Parvo & I want to let the WORLD KNOW get a bleach cap fill it will a tiny bit of bleach then the rest of the cap fill will pepto-bismol. Stir with syringe & shoot it to the back of their throat. Then do it 1 day or 2 later IF necessary. A couple day the will start eating when ATLEAST a little back too normal buy a 7 in 1 from a feed store, Pet Shop etc. My pomeranian/border collie had it & she survived & is sitting next to me as we speak. NO need to spend $500.00 + for a cure when their is this miracle.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      MY dog had Parvo & I want to let the WORLD KNOW get a bleach cap fill it will a tiny bit of bleach then the rest of the cap fill will pepto-bismol. Stir with syringe & shoot it to the back of their throat. Then do it 1 day or 2 later IF necessary. A couple day the will start eating when ATLEAST a little back too normal buy a 7 in 1 from a feed store, Pet Shop etc. My pomeranian/border collie had it & she survived & is sitting next to me as we speak. NO need to spend $500.00 + for a cure when their is this miracle.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Parvo can last anywhere from 7 days to 30 through all stages of the illness. Many pet owners experience the same issue you are having where the pup doesn't seem to be showing signs of improvement. I don't want to tell you not to worry because parvo causes little else other than a lot of worry, but if a pup lives beyond a week into parvo, they will usually survive, albeit recovery can always be VERY slow. But pups that die of parvo, usually do so within a week of contracting the illness.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Sorry about your loss Brie. We had the same thing happen with one of our pups, She was perfectly fine, a little bit ill feeling and acting and then she was gone. This isn't uncommon with parvo too. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I wish I would have known earlier what my dog was suffering from. Sadly, it was too late, by the time that we discovered he had Parvo. He passed away only a few minutes after the vet visit, although he didn't show any signs of pain, he fought on for a few days then just couldn't handle it. Even though he's gone now, your page really helped me get a better understanding of what Parvo really is. Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have 2 Chihuahua mix pups which are between 5-6 months old. Both are boys. Both are approx. 9 lbs. Dingo got sick last week and we took him to the emergency vet Thursday after noticing very bloody horrible smelly projectile diarrhea. He also vomited and wouldn't eat and was laying around. They did a parvo test but it was negative. They ran blood work and it showed a viral infection. They said the parvo test could have been a false negative. They started treating him for parvo with iv fluids anti nausea and vomit meds etc. today is day 5 in the emergency vet and I called to check and he is making progress. no diarrhea or vomit but still not eating or drinking on his own. The other pup Miguel got sick Saturday and we took him to my local non emergency vet due to financial reasons couldn't afford a 24 hour emergency vet again. we had to actually surrender Dingo so he could be treated. Luckily the worker there fell in love with him and adopted him and is treating him free of charge. It broke my heart to surrender him but I knew without medical treatment he would die and I had to do it. The vet wanted a lot of money to treat Miguel and wouldn't do a payment plan . The emergency vet who has Dingo could not take in another dog free of charge and they were super expensive. I found a dog rescue to help Miguel. The lady from the rescue is treating him free at home with sub q fluid anti biotic and anti nausea diarrhea meds. Miguel has not had diarrhea yet will he get it? What are the final parvo stages? Dingo is showing signs of improving but Miguel isn't. I truly believe Dingo will be ok and so does the vet where hes at. I am so worried for Miguel... ... hes not showing signs of improvement... Does he stand a chance. I know Dingos getting the better care out of the two but I did what I could. I know the rescue lady can help him more then I could and it was either take him to her put him to sleep or bring him home to die... so I took my chances with her. How long does this run its course for? Please help me and email me @ sobeautiful86@yahoo.com thank you. please say a prayer for my two babies especially Miguel.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It does sound like it could be parvo. Certainly!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My year old chihuahua has vomitted a few times in the last two days, most times it's water and yellow like bile but this last time he had eaten some so it wasn't just watery. He's also had diarrhea the past two days, not really often, a few times the first day and just twice the second. He's still drinking water, sometimes eating, and is still active and playful. I can't really afford to take him to the vet unless its absolutely necessary. Thoughts? Does is sound like parvo or could it be something else? I believe he had his first 5 in 1 shot before we had him (his breeder didnt tell me he'd only had the one) is that enough to protect and inside dog?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Hi Valencia, thanks for coming back. Okay, one thing you can do, and SHOULD do, is go through these comments here in this section. This is an incredibly common question and MANY readers have offered some awesome solutions to this issue. I will give you the basics so you needn't worry, but seriously, go through the comments, some of the suggestions are better than what I have.

      Don't force food but do force water. Force water at least every 2 hours at the rate of about a quarter cup for a large dog, an 1/8th for a small dog. The dog will likely vomit it back up, usually between 30 minutes and up to 1 and a half hours from the time they drink. This is fine and normal, some of that hydration is staying in and it is CRITICAL to their survival. Get the IV bags whenever you can. Ask the vet if possible if you can buy some to take home, or bring the dog in for ONLY an IV bag and its normal cost, instead of having to pay serious office visits each time.

      Eating, while you should not force, you should definitely offer at least once a day. 3 times ideally. Either buy the baby food chicken (the real chicken not chicken and rice or chicken and anything. The real chicken should be somewhat solid kind of like a can of processed dog food) and some rice and boil them together. Offer it to the dog once per day, warm. In the very LEAST, even if they drink some of the water the chicken was boiled in, that IS nutrition. But since chicken (and hotdogs) are two of the only foods that even a seriously ill animal will consider. It works out, because the chicken provides a health stock when boiled, and the rice helps to bind their tummies up and slow down or stop the vomiting and the loose stools.

      Again, read through these comments and let us know how your baby is doing or if you have ANY more questions not answered below here, please come back and ask

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Well I took my dog in to the vet to get him tested. It came bk positive for parvo. He's. been on meds and still isn't eating or drinking. Everything is the same. We did give himIV fluids but only as doctors orders which is 200 a day. He's moving around drooling but still throwing up and pooping. Wat can I do about his eating and drinking?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It does sound like it could be parvo.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My dog is about 5 months he was throwing up last night but not today. He's been drinking water but not eating his dog food. He's. Been very lethargic and not wanting to move anywhere and has not used the bathroom since yesterday. Could he possibly have parvo?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: While it is not probable, it is not impossible. Most dogs who live through Parvo once gain permanent immunity.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can a puppy. Get parvo again if they have lived through it once already?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: So sorry to hear that Harry isn't doing well. Hope he pulls through. Many of the tips here for hydration could help with any illness. Best wishes to you and Harry! <3

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Its not parvo thank god,but,my little Harry has a bad illness and might not make it to Wednesday D;

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My Rottweiler is 7 yrs old & has most of these signs but no vomiting or diarrhea. I'm crushed! Thank you for this information!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My dog has 3 of the symptoms and has been doing this for 3 days,my grandpa thinks its just a cold and has given him a fourth of a baby asprin and some pepto.I have high hopes for my little Harry );

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: At least a half of a cup when at all possible.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How much water should I give my puppy every 3 hours? And a teaspoon of peptobismo? Would that suffice?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @CynergySoftware: We did too. It was the saddest thing I have ever watched. So sorry for the loss of your pup

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      CynergySoftware 4 years ago

      I had a puppy die of this. It was so sad :(

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Follow all of the helpful tips and tricks here and your pups chances of making it through are most likely significantly higher.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just adopted a 10week old puppy from pet smart 5 days ago but he has all symptoms!!! I'm going to the vet today when they open. I hope it's not because I hear its about 6-7000 for treatment. I don't have that much for hospital bill. Is there any discounts for help from a adopted dog program ? What can I do if he is positive. My son is crushed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Unfortunately, yes. My pup was tested Friday for parvo and it came back negative, but testing again this morning (Tuesday) because he has been sick all weekend we found out that it was a false negative! I would say take him to the vet no matter what. You don't want to risk it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just bought a teacup yorkie poo yesterday the breeder gavel a bag of the puppy food. It was doing fine till today in the afternoon it started to have pink mucus bloody stools. His stools were regular and now they are watery?? Te breeder said he had his first shots and was dewormed.. Can he still have parvo??

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      This is a really helpful lens, its very informative! I learned a lot, thank you for sharing.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: That is almost a week now. Although it is unusual, they can get a very light strain of parvo. It sounds like your pup got lucky. Let me know if the pup takes a turn for the worse.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just got my pupp last saturday and the other day she pooped liquid red that "old blood" so I rushed her to the vet and she got IV right away. Also bleached the yard right away. Then the morning after she was already so playful like nothing happened and was very happy to see me. Now shes doing great but still giving her antibiotics and vitamins, though she didn't pooped yet and am wondering why.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It is really hard to tell. At that age they are susceptible but the shots may help. If the pup is still hyper and active signs are good he doesn't have it. But with your experience with parvo you know that can change quickly. Just keep an eye out and prepare to get him to the vet asap if he seems to be getting more ill.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had a puppy with parvo less then a month ago. He died. My nine week old puppy had half hard half runny feces this morning. He is eating and drinking normally. He also has his first set of shots from his six week exam and is getting his next booster today. I did change his food though. I bleached what i could but i know i didnt get it all. He is still hyper and active. You think he will be okay since he gets his next shot today? He has only been exposed to it for less then 24 hours.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Hi Donna. Parvo affects each dog differently. Some get deathly ill, some just get a little tired for a few days. If you are keeping them all as hydrated as possible, they have a better chance than if not. It sounds like it has been a few days, usually by days 5 to 7 they are on the upswing and getting better.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: No Margie. Humans cannot get parvo, nor can felines.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Question: Can a Human get Parvo from the dogs?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My 11 month old girl had puppies. They are now about to be six weeks. But on thanksgiving we went to another town and the dogs stayed in the yard at grandmas. They have no shots. One by one the puppies and the mama started having diarrhea and vomiting. Yesterday we took mama to the vet. They have parvo. The thing is they seem to be fluctuating in health. One day will be bad and the next they are playful and happy. The stool was yellow. Now its brown dark brown. No blood seemingly. They eat and drink a lot. Some pike others keep it down. But they keep changing. Is that normal? Its been a week since the symptoms appeared. I have hope but if I lose them I will never have another dog againit is so hard to watch, I wish it were me instead of them. They are so little..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: Thank for the quick response, shadou's spirits seem to be up and I an thinking he wasnt eating because of indigestion now because he has now since eaten and drank, but will definately keeping an eye on him and his behaviour. And give him the best medicine of all lots of love.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Thank you for taking the time to comment Lisa. I am glad your pup is doing better and that this lens helped you get through. Best of luck to you and Oscar!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i just wanted to let you know this was so helpful. oscar is doing wonderful even though at times i thought he was dying i never gave up. i really appreciate your advice.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Possible but not as probable as a pup contracting the illness. It is equally as horrible in any age canine.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can a dog of over three years get the parvovirus and be as severe as the puppies

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Absolutely agreed with Kirstie. The IV fluids go a long way and some vets will charge you only for the products used and not an expensive vet visit. Always ask if you can't afford it! It sounds like it could be parvo but also know that parvo is devastating and if a pup has parvo they will appear to be on deaths door. If a pup is still active but exhibiting signs of illness it could be something else. Parvo tests are not always accurate either. My pup never showed parvo on a test but we know he had it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi, I'm no expert but i experienced the same as you can see from my post below. I would advise to go to the vet and get you puppy hooked up to IV's, my puppy was just like yours and im not sure if he has or had parvo but his bloods came back normal and the vet is confident he will pull through. I think the best thing you can do is keep you pup hydrated and really warm. But a trip to the vet is a must so he can diagnose before it hits really hard. I thought on 2 occasions that my pup was literally dying but now he is definately improving. Best of luck and lots of luck to pup.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my dog was eating this afternoon but tonight she wasn't eating or drinking i had to hand feed her water just a few min ago she had a cracker with no salt she has these strange sounds in her stomach like a girgle sound i thought she had gas or a stomach ache she was playing this afternoon she threw up two times tonight it was kind of yellow in it she is 5 in and a half months old she had the runs today she is favoring one leg to i don't know why i think she might be in heat to she is swalloling in her private and after she pees there is bright green discharge on her hair like a drop

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: I think you are correct. It sounds like he is on the upswing. I just wrote this in reply to another commenter but I wanted to share it here too. My pup that we forced to live, even against his will at times, he has not forgotten what we did for him. He is now the most loving, trusting, protective and sweet animal in our house full of very appreciative rescue dogs. Just keep forcing the fluids, whether he likes it or not and you will be doing the best for him. If he still has a sour tummy, offer boiled (real) chicken, (I used tenders to reduce waste) and rice. Either type is fine, but the chicken and rice also helps to bind and will slow the runny poop sooner too. Force fluids, never force foods. Offer and put it up for the next try if he isn't interested.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: I think you are correct. It sounds like he is on the upswing. I just wrote this in reply to another commenter but I wanted to share it here too. My pup that we forced to live, even against his will at times, he has not forgotten what we did for him. He is now the most loving, trusting, protective and sweet animal in our house full of very appreciative rescue dogs. Just keep forcing the fluids, whether he likes it or not and you will be doing the best for him. If he still has a sour tummy, offer boiled (real) chicken, (I used tenders to reduce waste) and rice. Either type is fine, but the chicken and rice also helps to bind and will slow the runny poop sooner too. Force fluids, never force foods. Offer and put it up for the next try if he isn't interested.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Do not give up. And your husband isn't necessarily wrong. My pup had obviously given up several times but we forced him to live by forcing those fluids, cleaning up the vomit, bleaching the house over and over, and doing that over and over again. He lived and more than a year ago now he was just about dead. This dog has NEVER forgotten that we forced him to live when he didn't want to. He is now the most loving, trusting dog on earth. DO NOT GIVE UP!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i think my 6 month old puppy has parvo. He started with loss of appetite and always very grumpy. Then came the watery vomit and yellowish stinky poop. The vomiting lasted 2 or 3 days and the pooping just 2 days. That all stopped 2 days ago and he is going off to the vet everyday for IV's. He is constantly peeing and his breathing is constantly changing. He trys to get up but just hasn't got the strength. Through the night im feeding him water from a bottle.I think he is on about day 5 or 6. He must have a strong little heart because last night i was convinced he was dying, he was hardly breathing at all and just crying when he moved,,, but he made it through the night and he seems a little stronger. This lil puppy has had a horrid start in life. He never had his mothers milk and he is blind. I love him so much and i just hope he is getting over the worst of it now. What do you think???

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my puppy oscar is a dapple, he's on day 3 of parvo. we took him straight to vet as soon as we noticed he wouldnt eat and he tested positive for parvo. we are giving him his fluids every hour and amoxicillin. when he goes outside he lays under porch. my husband says its a lost cause, he wants to pass but i dont believe that, he's still wagging his tail and goes to him when he calls. do you think there's any truth to what he's saying? i WONT give up on him.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      Not sure why it isn't showing comments again but I read the one from Lynn about breeders. YES EXACTLY. Quit buying pups from breeders. Period. This lens has went from 200 views per week to 3,122 views per week in the last six months. If we want parvo to stop being spread at such a fast rate, we have to quit buying pups from puppy mills where their focus is to get rid of the pups by selling them and their health means little compared to their pedigree.

      A family member of mine purchased a cocker from a breeder a couple of years ago. In 2 years that pup has had 6k worth of eye surgery and is STILL BLIND because of inbreeding and bad breeding conditions, sick mom dogs etc. I've had 4 rescues for 4 years and I've taken them to the vet once for an illness, parvo.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: One hint - DON'T BUY FROM BREEDERS! If you adopt through a shelter, impound or rescue organization, nearly all the time the pups are tested for this virus, as well as vaccinated, and your chances of ending up with a parvo pup is significantly less. With parvo, no one can say if the pup will or will not make it. It's a 50/50 shot depending on how severe the pup has it, how soon treatment began, etc. This is a virus that CAN BE AVOIDED. Vaccinate your pets and adopt them through organizations that actually care about the health and welfare of the pups.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Tons of question with to save your pup. P Lease look around the lens more nd if you need more dfireftl help from me email when you can. Don't forget to leave a tip at the bottom that help maintain the site

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think my dog has parvo. She looked sad on Thursday. And stopped eating or drinking since Friday. I have been forcing pedialyte but is very weak. She has diarrhea too. I tried giving her canned food, boiled chicken, giving her broth, and rice but I feel like shes not getting better. The vet told me to give her pepcid AC which ive been doing. Does anyone have any other suggestions

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: I know its been a long time but she certain still has a chance even without having eaten since Tuesday. I see it has been a few days though and squidoo email didn't notify me of this one. Pups can go quite some time without eating when they are sick, but if possible, boil some chicken and some rice and offer it to her, if she wont take it now, refridge it until she will.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: No. I am on the east coast but I can assure you that parvo is rampant all over right now. I can usually tell when there are an increase in cases by how many visits to this page I get. When Parvo is at its 'usual' rate, I have about 200 visitors per week. For the past 6 months, I've had about 2,000+ per week. It is growing too.

      It can of course always depend on the breeder. However, parvo is a very serious illness that is hard to ignore. You are the third person this week to say they just got a pup from a breeder and it has been diagnosed with parvo. If the pup presented ANY symptoms before you purchased it, the breeder most likely knew. If not, than they couldn't have. But a breeder is one who usually can and does know about all of the major pup illnesses such as parvo or Coronavirus.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My German Shepherd was also diagnosed with Parvo on Thurs. Are you by chance in Central CA? I am afraid that the breeder may have not known that they have sick dogs.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My German shepherd was diagnosed with parvo on monday. We took her to the vet and he said there's still a chance we could save her since she's still going strong. I make her drink pedialyte every time she vomits or has diarrhea. The only problem is she hasn't been able to hold down any food since Tuesday. Will she be okay even though she can't hold down any food?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It is possible but I wouldn't rule it out until the illness is completely gone.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi my dog was diagnosed with parvo on Tuesday his symptoms started Sunday I have not noticed him having any diarreah he's being treated with amoxicillin 500 mg metronidazole 250 mg and cerenia 60 mg for nausea is it normal for him to not have diarrhea but have all the other symptoms?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: what if his head keeps shaking??

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: If he has parvo than these are not unusual symptoms. My pup went a full 5 days without eating anything other than the liquids I forced on him. Keep it up, you never know with parvo but in my experience by day 3 and 4 they have quite a fighting chance.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi my pits name is lug nut he is the most loving pit pup I've ever seen but 3days ago he started vomiting a lot now he won't move it take him out every 1/2 hour to pee I'm forceing pedialyte down him and nutri-care but he has not eating in 3day he is so skinny and I give shoots he doesn't look like he's getting any better is e going to die Please tell me the truth!!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: The vet told us that his breed tends to get hit a lot harder with parvo?

      This is true. It sounds like you are doing everything that you can for Rocky. And if he is on day 3 of treatment he sounds to have a fairly good chance. There are no more tips than have been provided in the lens here but you may find some incredible extras listed here in the comments sections by other pet parents who have suffered through this frustrating illness with their own pups. Please take the time to expand and read the comments and I am confident you will be armed with all of the knowledge you need to see your pup survive.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi after reading your article you have really given us hope into beliving our puppy is going to be okay. We are on day 3 of treatment. We wake up every 30 min and give him Pedialyte. He drinks water all on his own. By the way he's a Rottweiler and is only 4 months old. We took him to the vet and they gave him fluids and antibiotics we are also giving him shots of Penacillin every 8 hours. The vet told us that his breed tends to get hit alot harder with parvo? We are extremely worried about him and would just like to know if there are any other pointers you can give us as far as helping him feel better. He also has diarreha but its not bloody its just a gray looking color and it smells hoorriibllyyyy! Please help us, We've only had Rocky for 4 months but we can't live without him anymore, He's just such a huge part of the family now!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It 'sounds' like on the mend but don't let it fool you. Make sure he doesn't overdo anything, food or water for the next few days and don't let him get over worked or overplayed either. Dogs can appear better and backpeddle quickly from overexertion and lingering dehydration.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 4 month old 2 lb chihuahua that we brought home from a friend who didn't want him. The next morning, he vomited in my bed! Long story shorter, we are now on day 3 and have been to the pup doc and we have a case of parvo in our plates! He is doing much better today after giving pedialyte, antibiotics, prescription wet dog food, honey for sugar level, and lots of love and prayer! My question is this... He has not vomited since last night and hasn't pooped either, are we on the mend from this or is this just another phase?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: The cat is safe from Parvo

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my dog was mating with a dog that died the next day of parvo what should i do?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: No. I'd definitely advise you to take precautions such as using rubber gloves to clean up after a parvo pup, pregnant or not. Cat litter is the only animal related thing I know that can be dangerous to a human fetus.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can humans get it bc iam prenget and iam scared

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: How old is your other dog?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi! After reading your article, I believe that my puppy has Parvo. God, I hope not.

      I wanted to know for sure if my other dog can catch it? What should I do? Any advice...

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: If the pup appears healthy after having suffered through parvo than it is highly unlikely it will have any lingering effects of the virus. If they don't recover well that usually stays pretty obvious in lethargy and other symptoms.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We are speculating on adopting a 3-1/2 mo old poodle from a rescue grroup.

      They said the puppy had parvo virus, was treated and is clean. The foster home said the puppy is very spunky and appears to be the domainent one while playing with her brother. that being said, do you think this pup has any damaging effects to it's heart or other organs, which will shorten its' life. We have had to euthanize our 14 yr old love of our lives poodle, I want a healthy pet. Still grieving, Jim

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: In any case where there are other animals involved (in your home) you should always side with caution and wait until a week or more has gone by before checking on the new pup. However, if you were in the house where the dog was diagnosed with parvo you should also be bleaching anything (shoes) that touched the property. Wait at least 7 to 10 days before considering the pup parvo free, but also keep in mind that the parvo virus can live in grass, carpeting, clothing and etc for many months so keep that in mind when visiting the home with the parvo pup and yours.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Her chances sound great and her chances are critically increased by receiving constant vet care. With her blood count improving I would say you can expect noticeable improvement over the next 48 hours.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was planning to adopt a puppy yesterday from a foster home (puppy is 2 mos old and just had his shots last week). The puppy is in a home where a rescue dog was diagnosed with parvo a few days ago. The puppy is being isolated now to observe for any signs of parvo, but I am wondering how long to wait to be absolutely sure that he is healthy. I also will be caring for my son's dog next month when he goes out of town and want to make sure that dog is safe as well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My 10 month old Boxer puppy is in treatment, hospitalized this is her fourth day, three nights and she is still vomiting, but her blood count seems to be improving, what are her chances?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: The fact that it is day 13 is an absolute positive. Most dogs with Parvo succumb early if they are going to. Usually within the first few days. Keep going, it sounds like your dog is fighting. Many give up but don't YOU give up!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My pitbull engliish bulldog mix is now on day 13 no vet no iv just followed the parvaid instructions and kept him hydrated every hour with pedialyte

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Not common, but not impossible

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a 6 yr old that i think may have parvo. Is it possiple for a dog this old to get the virus?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: The parvo virus can live up to a year outside of a pups body. It is vital to bleach all areas the other dog will be in before bringing them back in. Once you have their will only be a risk in areas not cleaned properly.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: The parvo virus can live up to a year outside of a pups body. It is vital to bleach all areas the other dog will be in before bringing them back in. Once you have their will only be a risk in areas not cleaned properly.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My puppy just lost her battle to parvo last night. We just cleaned the area contaminated with bleach from top to bottom. My other dog was taken outside away from the infected dog. My question is, when is it ok to bring him back in?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello I lost my puppy yesterday and had my other pup was placed outdoors due to contagion if he remained indoors. How long after i thoroughly clean the quarantine site of my previous pup will I need to wait to allow my other pup indoors with us again? Rest in Peace Mya :) Keep strong!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for your help but unfortunately my puppy Mya (May 26 to Nov 5 ) has passed away. I saw her take her last breaths and is now in a better place. Thank you for the help. I will be mourning her and she will be greatly missed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: Thank you I hope this helps her im really looking forward to her running around again. In case I have any other questions I will let you know again thank you

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @JRLSolutions: As for food. At this time I would only offer her some chicken broth or boiled chicken and either with rice. The rice is a good binder for stopping the diarrhea. You can also use baby food chicken and rice if the pups tummy has a hard time adjusting to real chicken breast.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It likely just means she really wants to eat but is still having a bit of a sour tummy from the vomiting. Keep giving the pedialyte at all costs, every 2 hours. It may make her vomit but that is better than total dehydration for a recovering pup.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Is it normal for my dog to be hovering over her bowl like that? what do you think that usually means? Even though right now she still stays laying and does not move her tongue to ingest the pedialyte..Would you suggest I still give her pedialyte even though she only lets it slide down with no meovement? and would it be a good idea for me to give her any kind of food right now or would I just have to give her pedialyte until she has the energy to get up and eat on her own? and thank you for all and any advice i love this dog

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It sounds to me that she is on the mend. I would guestimate that within the next 24 to 48 hours she will begin to eat on her own. It is vital to only offer her sour tummy foods like bland cooked chicken and rice for binding. It will help end the poops that are sucking the hydration from the pup and making her backpeddle, even slightly. w

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Also her gums have changed color just now from purple white to pinkish purple. just FYI

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 5 month old who we have treated for about close to 4 days and she definitely has all signs of parvo.We have been doing everything on this page and earlier today she was getting near her water bowl but only hovered her snout over it and repeatedly did so. She never drank any water only soaked her snout and I am still providing pedialyte for her and for a moment she lost all energy and didnt even move her tongue to ingest the pedialyte just kind of let it run down and I was worried she may be passing but now she is trying to get up but only falls back down and has not thrown up for a whole day and a half but does poop every I would say about every 5 hours. I guess my question is : which part of the timeline portion do you think she is on and are her actions a good sign or bad one?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Sounds questionable. Get the pup to the Vet or watch closer for signs of parvo setting in. I'd suggest checking out the items available here as if your pup does have parvo it sounds like you have the time to receive the items in time to help save your pup. Check back if you have more questions.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Our Pug puppy has not been himself since we got back from the groomers. The last time he ate was this morning and drank some water when we got home around six this evening. And now all he does is walk aroung the house not knowing what to do almost like he is lost and not wanting anything to eat. He is just not himself and has no energy and is drooling a little.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: I think Mika should be fine and indeed she may be grieving. I do not think the can contract it if she just got over it. This sounds a lot like what we went through. As our first pup was recovering, our second pup contracted the cardiac version of parvo and there wasn't a chance for her. I am so sorry you are going through this, the similarities hit home. Take care of you and your family and rest assured she is likely just grieving. As always though, keep an eye out for the signs.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We just had our second Pup, Bear go through Parvo within a couple weeks time span. We had an appointment scheduled today, as having just gone through it with our Mika, we had an idea what to do/expect. But sadly, this morning around 3am we heard him gasping, my husband cuddled around him, he looked up and then passed away. Our Mika is so sad and is whining for him. She can't contract it again can she? She threw up this morning as well. Having just had a miscarriage myself, and loosing Bear, I am beyond scared we could loose our Mika as well. Despite having just gotten her better and vaccinated! Please tell me, she's just grieving?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: This is super news Joe. Once they seek water or food on their own they are usually on the way to recovery! I know it's been tough, but believe me when I say they NEVER forget you saved their lives. Not sure how, but it turned my cranky puppy into the most loving dog ever. Glad you made it through this battle!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been nurturing my 3 month old puppy since last friday. He was diagnosed with parvo. He sure is fighting. Today he woke up and started drinking some water. Had to take it from him. I know it should be a little at it tome. He is sure showing hopes of improvement. Day 6 and still counting.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Ive heard it takes everything from 6 months to 24 for the parvo virus to die in some cases.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The vet*

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had my 5 month old puppy put down on Thursday night die to parvo. Te er said she was seriously ill and wouldn't survive the treatment. She didnt show no signs until Thursday morning when she started being sick.. We are all still gutted but thinking of getting a new puppy for my nephew as he loved her. We've bleached all the house and garden. Just wondering how long should I leave it before I get another puppy??

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: You should focus on getting water with nutrients in it if anything. Milk is never good for a sour stomach. Use Pedialyte or watered down gatorade. Or just water.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm am taking care of my grandmas dog right now, cause she was positive for parvo and I was wondering why it says try water and milk

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: This is all very typical of Parvo Karina. All of the questions you asked are answered on this page and in these comments. If you have one that isn't feel free to repost. Tons of people have been through this and have offered a good load of information on different things to try.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Inevitably they would suffer some pain. Much like any human who was ill, vomiting with bowel issues. Whether or not that pain is intolerable for them should be obvious from their actions. If you have a pup that begins yelping or crying in pain, they need a vet asap, period.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My 5 month old puppy was diagnosed with parvo today and I wanted to ask do they get pain ?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @new-jersey-veterinarian: Absolutely

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi just needed some advise my friend as just lost her dog to pavo the heart type the vet says his mother passed it on to him she is thinking of getting another puppy but it is only a week since he died she as cleaned the house and yard but not the sofa bed and carpets the vet says this type of parvo is not as deadly as the intestinal one but from what i have read i think it is i am frightened the new puppy will catch the virus but i know i can't interfer.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My four month old puppy, Pinto, started showing symptoms of Parvo on Saturday. He refused to eat or drink anything. He had some,but not excessive, diarrhea. On Monday morning, we took him to the Vet. He tested positive for Parvo and was promptly injected with IV. The Vet sent us home with antibiotics and nausea medications. He drinks water on his own but throws it up within an hour later. Also, when we give him his medications, he throws up afterwards. I'm afraid he's not absorbing the meds. Should I administer them again. Also, a few hours ago, he vomited a light red substance. Is this normal? It has been nearly four days since he has had anything to eat. He is very weak but refuses to eat anything. What should I do?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi everyone! I feel as I need to share my frustration with you! I feel so alone with this! My little Pomeranian puppy is in vet clinic fighting parvo. He has been there for 2and a half weeks now! It is up and down. No major improvement or decline.

      Vet is keeping him on IV fluids as he is still having diarrhoea. His albumin is extremely low and now also has fluid build up in his lungs. How long is it going to take? Vet has suggested to put him down on Thursday if there is no improvement! I am so stressed from this and worried for him.

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      new-jersey-veterinarian 4 years ago

      Glad to see that this information is available to pet owners. I see that you have mentioned it in your article, but I just want to remind pet owners that parvo is an extremely serious illness and NOT something that can be cured with over the counter or home remedies. If your dog is showing signs of parvo, please seek the help of a Veterinarian.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Its me again. I feel like what I'm doing isn't helping my Basset Hound. I mean she seems more alert today, ad she hasn't gotten to the point of being so weak that she can't walk around. She's walking around but she's still vomiting and not eating and having bloody dirrhea. Its been 4 days prolly 5 since she has ate and its really worrying me. I haven't tried the chicken and rice deal, but I don't know what to do if she's turning her head away from every bit of food rather it be solid or liquid that I've offered her. I'm still doing the pedialyte and her vomiting has decreased since yesterday. I'm just really confused and worried about her not eating. Bc I feel that she can't live on pedialyte and pepto bismol alone.

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      lisa-rutherford-3388 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: do u have any ideal about what stage of this he is in.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @lisa-rutherford-3388: Sorry about that Lisa. If you have a sick pup and need some quick help feel free to email me at jrlsolutionsbiz@gmail.com

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: He is getting better. I know the foamy and discolored vomit is disturbing but in my experience it has also been indicative of the parvo running its course. Offer the food but there is no need to try to force it unless the pup hasn't eaten in more than 24 hours. It is possible to send them back into a deeper illness by stressing them out. Sometimes, it might be hard to watch but you are doing all of the right things. Continue on offering chicken and rice, even chicken broth if you get desperately worried about no food intake at all. If he gets the head shaky just give more sugar water. We spent a week wiping drool, hugging, telling him we loved him and I will honestly say it was a combination of the forced hydration and constant love and care we gave saved his life. You are giving everything possible, your pup knows that too! Be sure to post any more questions or concerns you have, everyone here knows how heart breaking and desperate the situation can look so don't hesitate to share if you need to!

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      lisa-rutherford-3388 4 years ago

      @lisa-rutherford-3388: i see it its the one tht says just lisa sorry

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      lisa-rutherford-3388 4 years ago

      i posted a comment and i don't see it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      wednesday night my 11 wk old puppy vomited everything he ate i thought he just ate something bad and thursday he pooped out everything then he started with slimy clear water runs so i called around to a few vets and they thought the same thing they told me to try the chicken and rice and call them in the morning and he wouldn't eat it. well he just kept get worse and wasn't acting his self so around 11:00 thursday night i called the e.r. vet and they told me to bring him in to get him tested so i did he tested positive for parvo. well they want $600. to keep him for 6 hrs and then i would have to pick him up by 7:30 to take him my a vet so i just took him home. i had him in the vets by 8:30 and they treated him with the iv antibiotic shot and a shot for vomintng and sent us home with ceohalexin and metronidazole antibiotic and the iv and when he was better to give him fortiflora. well his vomit is very slimy and some time foamy and today he is starting to drool. his runs where a lite color brown and and last night they were turning a darker brown and today they are a dark brown and there blood but it no longer has that really bad parvo smell to it it don't really even have a smell now and is seems to be looking like its starting to thickin but im not sure if thts his intestate. im not sure if thts ok cuz it don't seems like its getting better to me tht seems like its gotten worse. he does take the water from a bowl most of the time but he will smell his food and then turn away ive tried the food from the vet and i tried chicken and beef baby food and ive tried to heat them all up and tried to add water to them all and he wants nothing to do with them. i know tht he is hungry but i think the smells turning his belly should i use a dropper and give him chicken broth he hasn't had food since Wednesday beside wht ive forced him to take with his meds. my puppy has lost a whole lot of weight in just 3 days and it doesn't want to move i have to carry him to go outside he is super weak the only time he moves is to puck ive put the sugar in his water cuz he was shaky and it seems to have made it better i check his gums and his neck and he seems to be hydrated and he was peeing and it was seemed to almost just about stopped. is there anything else i can do to make him feel better

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My pup has recently encontered parvo.For a couple days we didn't know we had just noticed how skinny she'd got.Later that day we talked to the vet. And now we have to give shots but don't be afraid to do so it helps them alot.Just today our pup has started to eat again and SHE NEEDS LOVE

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: I kept it at about 2 hours. Every two hours I would force fluids if I had to. They would throw them up about 30 to 45 minutes later, but they kept some down, it was worth it and I am convinced that remaining hydrated is what saved the pups life.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My 6 month old Basset Hound has ecountered parvo :( we noticed that she wasn't eating or drinking anything and had the bloody stinky poop. Well I took her to the vet today and he told me to give her pepto bismol and pedialyte. She just threw her pepto and pedialyte up about 20 minutes ago, how long should I wait before I give her more?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Check the symptoms listed here and also read all of the comments. If the issues seems to match there is a good chance your pup does has parvo. Check back if you need more suggestions than you can find in the lens and the comments sections.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think my dog has pravo or sometime of illness she hasn't been eating and barely drinking her water for the last 3 to 4 days. the first night she was throwing up and then diarrhea.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for sharing K! I literally teared up reading it! I think you are absolutely right about the shift work too. Those things you did are exactly what we had to do with our pups. Our vet was VERY incredible and would let us come and get the IV hydration for $10 each. We were so lucky and not everyone is. Parvo is so devastating. You can literally see in their eyes that they want to die. I have no doubt that mine and my husbands prodding our pup into doing the things listed here and with the help of our vet saved his life. And he has not forgotten it a full year later either. He trust us with his life, implicitly, like he knows or remembers that we wouldn't let him die when he wanted to. I'm so glad you shared. No, not everyone can afford the vetting a bad case of Parvo would 'require' but you CAN save your dogs life with enough knowledge and some nudging in the right direction, and medications, from your vet.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you so much! This has been infinitely helpful in nursing my Bull Mastiff puppy Bella through parvo. We are on day 10 since the first syptoms (lethargy and loss of appetite) showed up. I took her to a vet the next morning and was told she tested positive for parvo. My vet showed me how to administer subcutaneus fluids and I took her back every other day for antibiotic and anit-diarreah shots. I hand fed her watered down gatorade every hour through a syringe, gave her the sub q fluids twice a day and slept with her on my screened in porch so I could monitor her. After day 3 she was keeping baby food and fluids down and I was giving her pepcid ac as per the vet. Its nwo day 10 and she is eating plain boiled chicken and rice in small portions several times a day and drinking on her own. Against all odds she is sassy and more like her old self every day. The key as stated is to keep them hydrated. I forced fluids and took time off work to make sure i could care for her around the clock for a full week. I treated my lawn and my Jack Russell who is 4 and healthy and my cat are both kept away for the next 3 weeks at least. I just wanted to let people know not to give up. I honestly believe that my husband and 2 boys and I taking shifts to sit with Bella and administer fluid and meds and just BE with her to give her something to live for really helped. I didn't have the money to give her 24 hour vet care, but I read this website and gathered information and became her 24 hour nurse. I am exhausted and my lawn is dead, but Bella is getting strongerevery day . The most important thing is to keep your dog hydrated, be vigilant about giving fluids and meds and DISINFECT with bleach everything including your self, the bottoms of your shoes, anywhere your pup vomits or poops, and wash his/her blankets with bleach.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: You are extremely judgmental Dora Jones and should save your comments for where it matters. A large percentage of people who post here do vet their dogs, and those who can't are here because they are genuinely attempting to save their pets lives. Take your elitist snobbery elsewhere. There are people who in this economy, who are struggling to eat, but still worry for their animals. Ignorant fool.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You are extremely uneducated and I feel sorry for your dog. This site is ridiculous and no one should try to treat parvo at home. If you cannot afford a vet do NOT get a dog. It is quite simple. You should feel like a terrible human being.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      With vet care and all of the tips and tricks on this page, your pup has a fantastic chance! Check back if you have any more questions after the vet visit

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 4 months old Cane Corso.This week in monday my dog refused to eat and drink and also it started to vomit.I took the dog to the vet and he made a Parvo test and it was positive,they gave him an infusion with sugars,vitamins and all needed treatmnts,after a day my dog had a really bloody and liquid excrement. I really want this pup and i want him to stay alive,can someone tell me in what phase the illness is and what are the chances of him staying alive ?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Read the lens and do all of the things you can do currently to comfort and hydrate! The vet visit will clear up a lot of questions and if you have more once the visit is over pleas come back and let us know!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My girlfriend and I just found a pup that was abandoned in her neighborhood. He is very skinny and refuses to eat or drink and will only lay down cuddled up to someone. We took him outside earlier and his excrement was a dried blood color and liquid. I'm taking him to the vet tomorrow. Help?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yesterday i lost my lab/rott mix sunday we were out playing hanging out

      My boy who is seven paid special attention to her and she did as well she loved her kid. Myla was only 16 mos old. I was really inpressed with her intellengence next morrning went out side to see her and noticed large amounts of drool and a greasy looking behind. I tried pediatic solution. I was to late my pup dyed within a few hours. My problem is i had my other two dogs with her my two chihuahuas ive bleeched beding yard kennel everything smells like bleach . I m worried!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: I am so sorry to hear about your pup. Parvo does take them fast sometimes and it sounds to me as if you did EVERYTHING right. You are right about the vets, there are many who do not seem to care as much about the animals as the money. I am convinced the only reason my oldest pup survived is because I had a vet who would give him the IV bags for a mere 10 bucks each. That hydration saved his life, but not his sisters. Parvo is a cruel killer :(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey there I read this advice last night and thought everything was going to be alright. Jessy was my yorkie pup. He was 2 1/2 months old.Thursday he was fine but his brother was not. We took his brother wolverine to the Vet and he was diagnose with parvo. So the Vet told my mother and I to bring all the dogs we have at home because they had parvo to. She gave Jessy a test and said that he had "Light Parvo." Long story short, The next day I took Jessy to another vet for cheaper treatment he got a shot and some antibiotics, the Vet gave me some gerbers baby food and told me by Sunday October 7th he should be eating. Just keep him very HYDRATED. He said Gatorade, and powerade would be fine. So after we left the vet Friday jessy was ok I fed him Nutri-Cal, gave him his two pills, and gave him cherry powerade (which he hated) through a syringe. Saturday morning Jessy was fine, he was barking walking and even refusing the powerade I believed he was making a full recovery. Then Sunday morning he was just sitting up, his poop was a very dark green gelatin color. I repeatedly bleach the tub and cleaned it after he threw up, or crapped. I switched up the powerade and try another flavor which I believe made him more sick. The red kind. He threw it up multiple times. So I sent my gf to the store and she bought some clear pedialyte last night. Jessy was just dazed. Very weak. I gave him his pills, threw it up partially. I placed a heating pad in the tub and some of my white t-shirts so that he could stay warm. Today when I checked on jessy he was still weak I gave him his meds and some more pedialyte but it didn't help. So I brought Jessy into my room called the Vet and they told me that I had to let "Parvo" run it's course. About 30 minutes later Jessy died. His breathing was very faint, he just let me squirt the pedialyte into his mouth (no real resistance) I knew it was bad. I hopped on my bed, he was breathing, I was talking to my gf and then I just stopped hearing him breathe. I even gave him mouth to mouth. His stomach wasn't moving anymore, his heart beat stopped... but I could still feel a pulse in is right arm. My gf told me he was gone. I have no yard to bury jessy and very distraught over the idea of having to put him in a trash bin. Im trying to find a non expensive way to remember Jessy. I really put a lot into this pup and I am very sad. I wish I could have afforded the $1,700 treatment the vet recommended. I spent $260 on meds and examinations but it wasn't enough. He would have had a better chance with a more fortunate owner. I apologize I don't want to spell check, just thought I'd tell my story. Man these Vets in my community boast being non profit but wouldn't even save my dogs life because of profit.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Sounds awesome! So glad your pup doesn't have parvo!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: well my baby woke up this morning with some pep in his step and actually bark at company. he drank some water and is eating animal crackers. maybe he just had a virus. at least that is what im hoping! my vet is just a block away so i will watch him today and if he vomits again i will just take him in! how does that sound?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Absolutely agreed with Amanda. Sounds like he needs a vet!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I would suggest bringing him to the vet. Although he is 10, he isn't immune to parvo; but there are a lot of different things there can be.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: If your dog is eating some food, and not others - it is probably not parvo. Did they do a stool parvo test?

      I have a foster dog right now that was released from the vet two days ago with parvo... He would not eat or drink ANYTHING, constant vomiting/diarrhea.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my dog is 10 years old and he has spent the past 2 nights vomiting and today he is not eating or drinking! his still is firm and dark! he burps up a very awful smell! this dog is my heart i am so worried! what could be causing these symptoms?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: If he doesn't have the bloody, smelly stool it may not be parvo. The good news is it sounds like you are doing everything right to care for a sick pup. Get more chicken and rice and keep going. Don't try to force food when at all possible.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My. Puppy who is 3 months old. Great Dane is sick since Friday he threw Up his Food and had fever and wouldn't eat I took him to the vet and he was given medication for. Enfection and pain and fever. He slept most the day and he ate but a small amount and water. Saturday. He. Look a bit better and ate A little Bit and I was told by my vet to take him again he gave him a shot / medication. And some pills . For some reason my dog wouldn't eat his food so I bought him iams can food chicken and rice he ate it all . Now he won't eat or drink . I have been giving him. Pediatric electrolyte solution since yesterday in the afternoon. He will vomit or. Make loss stool after if he eats a bit ...but its not very often .He does pee a lot .i was told by my vet that he has symptoms of a cold or sore throat . I not quite sure my vet is right something is really wrong and. I don't know what it is. I need help I don't know what's wrong with him. Please tell me. What could it be or what should i do .

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It does sound like Parvo. I'd suggest you watch out for the tell-tale bloody stools and then immediately call your vet when it presents. The vet will understand then that it is parvo. If the stools are greenish or the vomit is as well, this is also a sign of infection and not reaction and your vet should know about them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My puppy is a 7 week old collie/shepherd mix and the vet gave us Revolution to put on him because he might have a form of mange and itches all over. We put it on him last night around 10 and around 5:30 he started vomiting and then around noon started having diarrhea. There's no blood in the stool but it is a yellow color and smells bad. Took him to the vet and they gave him fluids under his skin and gave me metronidazole to give him for the next 10 days. Last Sunday my puppy played with another puppy that came down with parvo. I'm scared the vet is treating for the wrong thing and my puppy really has parvo and not a bad reaction to this Revolution mddication. What can I do?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: A pup with parvo would be very obvious as shown on the symptoms listed above. They would not be eating anything, unlikely to drink, and there would definitely be a lot of vomiting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hello i had a puppy for nearly a week and 2 days she had one of her jabs and she having the second jab on saturday she is 13 weeks on sunday and her perivous owner didn't get jabs for her she has been sick last night and this moring but it like food that she eaten i a, not sure if she has parvo she is acting her self and eating food and drinking am i worrying over nothing?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: The cards are definitely stacked against you but it sounds like you have had a lot of care and advice already. The test could come back negative even without the meds involved. Watch closely for the parvo poops or any strange colors in the vomit. Yellows and greens are bad and could indicate an infection that is or similar to parvo. Be sure to write back if you need any more help. The parvo virus CAN live for up to a year on any surfaces so be sure to get rid of anything you brought with you from the shelter and anything those things may have touched. There should be no more than 10 days from exposure until signs begin to present.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It sounds iffy but at this point with just those symptoms it could be okay. I'd watch very closely for the very stinky parvo poop or bloody stools. They could present in the next few days if it is parvo, if not, it sounds like she needs to ride out a sickness storm. Please check back if any more symptoms become obvious.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i just rescued a pup from a local shelter on sunday, and today (thursday) I received a call from the shelter telling me that 3 of her litter mates (out of 11 total) have been diagnosed with Parvo. She is not symtomatic and I brought her to the vet today to have her stool swabbed...the test came back negative. That being said, she is on an antibotic for both kennel cough and coccidia, so the vet thinks there's a chance that the meds may be showing a false negative and to keep a close eye on her. Do you know how much time can pass from the time of being exposed to the time of showing symptoms? I know the cards are stacked against her, but if she is still negative a week after meds are up, do you think she is out of the woods, oir is this something I will need to keep an eye on for months? Does the virus lay dormant ever?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      so my dog began drooling real bad last wed. Fri we took him to vet and they took her blood and said her liver was fine and checked everything else....no lesions or anything in her mouth. she had vomited her food up a few times too. they gave her a shot of the anti nausea med and a few more pills to take through the weekend. After all of that and a nice 300$ bill which I couldn't really afford she is still drooling sooo much and now can't keep any water down. Her food is staying down fine. Other than that she seems fine. I can't afford another trip to the vet but i know shes gotta be tired of it and I know I am tired of cleaning up after her all day:( What do you think?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Sounds like he is doing great. Keep up the good work and he should be back to normal asap!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So my puppy was doing okay Sunday night, was walking went outside to pee and was drinking water by himself and for the first time in a few days wagged his tail but Monday, he i guess is okay i dunno. He went pee once i took him outside. He hasn't gone poo. Is that good? Which he really didn't have the runs just a little around the butt area very little. Is that good?

      Also he has gone at least 12hours without vomiting. Is that good?

      He hasn't dranked water though on his own. I've been giving him pedialyte every hour about 9-12ml sometimes 15 is that good or should i give him more or less.

      I've given him gatorade as well and my mom wants me to give 6ml of each event hour. Is that a good idea?

      He seems to be sleeping well too.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Just confusion OR the pup could have a headache/body aches. Could be overly heated and trying to cool down. You are doing all you can and if you can't vet all the help you need is here. Let me know if you need more info and I do wish you the best of luck. Sincerely.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have asked and it is not cheap what do ever and they don't do payment plans which really sucks. It's 35 bucks just to see him and the iv costs a little over 200 );

      I really don't know what else to do since I've ran out of money. All i can do right now is continue with pedialyte and he does drink water on his own. And is still alert with what goes on on the house. Do you know maybe why he likes to once in while go underneath the bed?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: The medication will help a lot. If pedialyte is your only option use it. However, I suggest you ask the vet if you can get an IV only. My vet does them for 10 dollars without charging me for an office visit. Take the time to read through these comments. Many of them can answer your questions about how to care for the pup when it gets rough.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Okay so i took my puppy for his check up and they have him some antibiotics which made a lump normal they said. They wanted to do an iv but i can't afford it. Do you think if i keep with the pedialyte and him drinking water will be okay and enough to keep him some what hydraited?

      Also how long does the vomiting last before it passes?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It sounds like he is doing well and not in danger of passing. The vomiting is normal and it is very hard to stop. If the prescription drugs are not working to stop it you may just have to wait it out and comfort him while you wait. He will get better soon so keep it up!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Everything you mentioned here is normal and listed on the page above. As far as the shaking, it is also listed and you should treat by giving a bit of sugar in water.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Danii once again. He was given three types of medication two which were given by the vet and a prescribed one. One i give him which is a pink one every 12 hours and the prescribed one every 8 hours. But there's the third one where he has to go a whole 24hours without vomiting in able for me to give it to him. How can i help stop the vomiting for that long so i can give him that med? Also he sleeps a lot i dunno if its from the parvo or the prescribed medication i had to pick up at the pharmacy cause on the bottle of does say may cause dousyness or dizzyness. Normal? Do you think he can beat this and survive?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So my puppy is a little over 6months, full breed chihuahua about 6lbs. I've just started giving him his medications just Friday night. Still vomiting which i don't really understand why since a prescribed med was giving which according to the lady down at the pharmacy said it would stop the vomiting. He does drink water when i put the bowl close or even he'll get up to drink. He doesn't want to eat at all is that normal? Um he does poop but very little is that normal? Or should i be worried? I've been giving him pedialyte since Friday and i just started giving him pepto good right? He shakes a little what can i do to help with that? What else can i do here at home? Its very heart breaking to see him just lay there i mean once in a while he will walk underneath my bed and stay there. Is that a bad thing? Please help me.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: I'm glad I could help in any way and no need to apologize! It is soo hard to watch them go through it so I understand the worry! You and your fur baby take care!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey my dog is feeling better now that he walks better and eats a little food now :). I am so happy to see him respond to my presence. I think I was over analyzing him but I couldn't help and ask questions anyway since he is a very important part of our big family! Thank you for your reply! God bless

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Nikki, is your pup any better? :(

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Hi Naldo. The crying when he pees can be from either an infection or the he is distressed. Other options as well but you would need a vet to diagnose that for you. Not pooping is better than the bloody stools and if the pup hasn't eaten in a few days that is normal too. You are doing the right thing with hydrating. I know Parvo is VERY hard to watch and I am glad you came here. I hope this comforts you a bit. It sound like he is on the road to recovery too. If you need any more immediate help or information or even just a bit of comfort while you walk through this please feel free to email me at jrlsolutionsbiz@gmail.com and remind me who you are and I'll do all I can to help. You are doing it ALL right!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Also, he hasn't pooped in almost two days. I know he hasn't eaten since at least Tuesday, which is scaring me... but we give him pedialyte at least a tablespoon an hour and he sometimes manages to drink water when I put the bowl next to his face. Should I give him more pedialyte or is a tablespoon/hour enough? He's chihuahua mix, about eight inches tall and weighs at least 5 lbs

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Why does my sick dog cry when he pees himself? It's heart breaking to hear him cry like that. Does parvo ever permanently damage dogs intestinal lining? I'm stressing so much I can't sleep. Please help me.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: If she is vomiting while unconscious that is not good and she needs a vet. If you cannot get her to a vet I do not know how to tell you to revive her. If she wakes up, you can use the tamiflu, pepto and amoxilcillin.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my dog is already unconscious now.. she is vomiting without knowing it. im really scared losing her:(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my dog is already unconscious now.. she is vomiting without knowing it. im really scared losing her:(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi, is it good to give them tamiflu together with amoxicilyn and pepto bismol? thanks!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: If they won't take hydration and their skin loses elasticity you may find they need an IV from a vet. Otherwise, you can read all of the information on what to give them here in comments and those on the lens of course. But the basics are exactly as you mentioned.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      any other treatment for parvo aside from giving electrolytes,anti bacterial medicines and egg albumin?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: That is not a sign of parvo but a growth that needs to be checked by a vet.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: The very obvious signs of parvo you mentioned will be in all dogs with parvo. Some not at the onset, but lethargy is definitely an early sign.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My pup is pretty active, but I just noticed a fluid sac on the nape of his neck. Is this a sign of parvo?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My pup is drinking water and I am giving him fluid he doesn't have bloody stools just not eating and lying around when he is usually playful please help me what is the matter with my puppy

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @jennifer6037: It is quite possible. I have mentioned that in several comments here. However, my pups that have had parvo have tested negative for the virus as much as they have tested positive.

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      jennifer6037 4 years ago

      JRL do you think it may be possiable that Natalie's pup may have cronas virus? If im not mistaken it is almost the same as parvo

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Thanks for commenting Natalie. It isn't usual for them to not show up on a test. Even if you have the pup retested it will be up to you to provide the care unless you plan to overnight vet. Try to get the info you can from here on what to do, and if you have any more specific questions please feel free to come back. I try to answer very quickly after people post as I know how horrible this can be for pet and owner.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @jennifer6037: Some chicken and rice is REALLY good. Use baby food chicken too if you like. Or cook some. Chicken and Rice in any form will help bind the pup so the stools can get more solid.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think my puppy may have parvo. He doesn't have the runs yet and is not vomiting or drooling. He's tested negative for parvo with the stool tests at the vet but he is lethargic, not eating or drinking and very weak. Not dehydrated so I am syringe feeding him. I looked this up to find out how often I should be giving him the electrolytes as the vet didn't tell me. Not sure if I should take him back in the vet today or wait until the vomiting and runs start?

      Thankyou for writing this, it has been a big help already xxx

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      jennifer6037 4 years ago

      Ok thank you I will be sure not to let her overdo it. I guess I just got so excited to see her eat after 3 days of her not wonting to or even show interest. Is it ok if I try to give her some other stuff to eat other than bread.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @jennifer6037: Keep in mind she hasn't eaten for a while. I see no problem with giving her bread but don't let her overfill right now. She could back-peddle into sickness if she overdoes it. I'd say don't give her more than 1 or 2 slices every 2 to 4 hours for at least a day, then move up a slice tomorrow, or try to get her back to her food asap.

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      jennifer6037 4 years ago

      Is it ok that the only thing she wonts to eat is the ends on white bread? An how much should I give her? Also we still have a little bit of diariha is that normal?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Hey Jennifer! That is awesome. Eating on her own is a truly great sign. So glad you found some help and hope here!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey every one hope every one is doing good Kathleen I am so sorry to read about your puppy. But on a better note my baby ate her first small meal this morning. But I don't no if that means that she is on the mend God I sure hope so. Shes happy an playing an running around an wagging her tail. I also wonted to take a minute to say Thank you for your help an for sharing your stories they all gave me a sense of hope.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: I'm so sorry about your pup Kathleen. I really hate to hear that. With the care she was receiving I'd have to guess you are probably right about the C2. Your cats are totally safe. But Parvo can live up to a year in grass and on surfaces, so be very careful about cleaning with a bleach solution before getting another pup under a year old.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for your information and support. My puppy got the best care possible, and she still died. She was a very strong dog but the virus was stronger. Due to the virulence of the virus, I am concerned that it was the C2 version. Is there any chance that my cats are at risk?

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      jennifer6037 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: The vomit is not excessive any more she only does it when she drinks water an even then its not to bad there is no blood in her stool but it is like water an a little mucusy.

      Like I said before she will drink the water on her own but no food. I guess the no food and the amount of weight loos is what scares me to death. Breathing is good an pulse is good an temp is good she sleeps a lot. Ok this morning I got up an she was licking my hand an wagging her tail witch she has not done to a couple of days seems like a good sign to me. Just don't wont to get my hopes up that i have gotten her on her way out of the woods. I am able to be with her 24 hours a day so this helps. And what is corona virus? And what are the symoptoms of it?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: You should get some baby food chicken or a boneless chicken breast and cook it and offer it to her. If she will not take them, take them away. Offer it to her every 2 hours or so. If she will not even consider it in a 24 hour period, she will probably need a vets care if the illness hasn't ran its course by then.

      Do the symptoms match parvo? The vomit would be excessive and the stools either bloody or infectious looking. If not, you may be dealing with corona virus. Both are equally bad.

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      jennifer6037 4 years ago

      Hey this is Jennifer just sent in some info on my puppy if any one can help me with this you can email me at jjs6037@yahoo.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey my name is Jennifer I have a 13 week old bull dog we just got her on Sunday the 9th of Sept the people that we got her from said she had all of her puppy shots an that she was due for her 12 week shots but before we could get her to the vet on monday afternoon she started going downhill she ate monday morning on her own i tried to feed her again on monday evening but she would not eat. On tuesday she started to refuse water an started vomiting by wednesday she had a little runny poop. We started her on peidalyte at the first sign of no eating or drinking but she vomited some if not most of it up. On wednesday afternoon she started drinking water on her own but still will not eat on her own what should i do i also stated putting a little karo suyrp in with some water is this ok. How long should this last an what should I expect. Also her temp is good anywhere from 100.6 to 102.5 are the readings i have gotten every time i take it an her heart rate an pulse are good. PLEASE HELP I do not wont to lose my baby girl we love her so dearly.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It is a good sign for her to drink water on her own. I would not force feed her at this point though. If she won't take a bit on her own give her another day since she has willingly taken liquids. I would try to wait out the bloody diarrhea before trying to force food on her.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: I found it mentioned in 3 places, but can't find the third:

      You can check merckvetmanual and dog-health-guide.org.

      In my puppy's case, I do think it was necessary as she has had a lot of blood loss and otherwise would be at risk for septicemia.

      Today, her fever has broken and her eyes did not have that glazed, dull look. She still has copious amounts of water, bloody diarrhea, and she is drooling. Not sure if she is still vomiting. She drank some water on her own so I am hopeful that is a good sign. She is so very thin and weak. I really hope to get her started with some soft food this evening. Is it too soon to force feed her a bit through a syringe?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: I have heard this but haven't granted it too much time. Most vets will prescribe probiotics and antibiotics. There is also a cardiac version of parvo that kills them, zero chance of survival. To say I think it worth the risk to avoid that scenario would be an understatement. Do you have a good peer reviewed resource for this? I'd love to read it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just read this and am very concerned as my puppy has been on antibiotic treatment in her IV: Routine usage of anti-biotics for secondary bacterial infections in case of Parvo Dogs infection is highly prohibited; as severe pulmonary and cardiac side effects are associated with this mode of treatment. Dogs may die within hours of anti-biotic therapy; therefore, antibiotics should be started only after that course of viral disease is over. Ampicillin or Enrofloxacin are choice anti-biotics for canine parvo and should be used only per the direction of a veterinarian. I've now read this twice, and it's the first I have heard of this. What are your thoughts?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: No problem. I try to respond quickly here because I know this illness can be very time sensitive. I think you are doing all you can. She is absolutely going to get the best care at the vet. The poop is 100% normal and is part of flushing the illness from her system. Very oddly colored vomit can be the same.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: Thank you so much for your quick response. I went to see her this evening, and she had a lot of vomit in her cage, so that has started again. I had thought that was behind her. Also, I was shocked to see the projectile blood shooting out of her behind; I have never seen anything like this. I am so scared for her, I cannot sleep tonight with that image playing over and over in my mind. Is there anything else I can do? I hate so much to see her suffer but I really want her to pull through this.

      Thank you.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Kathleen. From the care you mentioned she is receiving, I do think she will make it. The hydration is the most important, and although the head shaking looks bad, it is the least harmful thing going on with your pup right now. Just keep her hopes up as much as possible by being there for her whenever you can. Keep us posted if you have different news or need some help!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My 4 month old puppy first rejected her food on Sunday. I thought it was because I changed her food but then Monday night she started behaving weird like she didn't know me, and she was drinking a lot of water. She still would not eat yesterday morning so I took her to the vet. On the way there, she vomited copious amounts of brownish frothy vomit. The vet put her on IV fluids with antiemetics, antibiotics, vitamins and minerals. The stinky, bloody diarrhea started last night. I had Tamiflu on hand and had the vet start giving it to her last night. Today, she is not vomiting anymore and she still has diarrhea, but what worries me the most is that her eyes seem dull, and she has the head shake. i called the vet after reading here and asked him to please give her sugar in her IV. I am in Mexico, so the level of knowledge with some vets is not as high but at least the care is affordable. I stop by to see her twice a day so she will fight this thing (although she does not seem to recognize me). This is day 4. Do you think she will make it?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It sounds like its gone on a while and it's a good sign the pup is still around. So keep on with the fluids, hold on to Friday and read all of the tips and tricks here that will help!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just found out my puppy have parvo we took her to the vet they told us it will cost 1000 to keep her n the hospital our other choice was they will provide us iv fluids n injection which cost us 500 I been following the direction it seems like it's not getting better this is the 5day how long does it take to run it coarse n also she going back to the vet Friday I'm just praying she get through it

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: There is still hope. I know it is tough and Benjamin might actually be to the point where he is giving up himself. But please don't let yourself. It will get better soon. If you are on day 4 you have already made it through the toughest parts. Keep the fluids going, come back here and post if you need any more information and keep thinking positively. To be very blunt, if Benjamin wasn't going to make it, he would likely already be gone.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I took my Benjamin to the vet today and they said he contacted Parvo. It's weird because he's not constantly vomiting, he has loss of appetite but he's not bleeding at all and he seems constipated. I can't afford the 700 they were trying to charge me so I bought fluids from them but I hate seeing him in this state. I feel like giving up, he's not himself at all. Is there still hope? This is probably the 4day I've seen him like this. Today was the first time I took him to the vet. :(

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: This sounds just like parvo. Just keep doing what you are doing and read the site here and the comments for more tips and tricks you may need to help your pup recover.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a 16 w old Fawn Doberman female. She hesitated eating the first day. The next morning, she had extremely mucus-y diarrhea all night and morning the next day. immediately started pedialyte, chicken broth, live-cultured yogurt...she has been running a fever and been lethargic. she has small bursts of umpf when she first sees a family member.she still has the same stools, extremely foul smelling, in fact, the smell stays with her. I have been giving 2 tbs pedialyte every 30 min. as she is random about whether she will drink or not. she sttill has an appetite, but i have her on the sick dog diet because of the diarrhea. we just returned from taking her to the ohio river. can this be parvo?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: My puppy has been at the hospital for 6 days now.. The vet has been telling me that he has been recovering (not vomiting or diarrhea) though I haven't asked if he has eaten by now, but are his chances of beating parvo higher now ?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: At 9 years old Parvo would be very rare. However, Corona Virus doesn't have an age group as parvo does. It is always possible it could be something she ate that didn't agree with her. But if the stool is bloody I'd suggest getting her to a vet.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Throwing up blood is definitely a bad sign. However, it doesn't have to mean death. You should get your pup to the vet asap. Something as simple as an esophageal tear or even allergies to food can cause the blood vomiting.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Hi Karen,

      It can take up to a full month for the pup to recover completely. Symptoms of recovery are similar to how the illness began. There may be some vomiting or mild diarrhea but nothing near what it was during the parvo stages. I believe your vet will suggest waiting around a month from full recovery before vaccinating again

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my 4 month old chihuahua keeps has been shaking and not eating or drinking for 2 days. Now she is throwing up blood i know i should take her to the vet but i feel like she is going to die anyway. is she?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Do not wait another day! Take your puppy to the vet, because you can regret it. Some dogs only show a couple of symptoms, and your dog might have parvo (hopefully not) but take it to the vet ASAP, please.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My dog is 9 years old and in the past 2 days she's has vommited 4 or 5 times an has had some "stringy" bloody diarrhoea. Is it possible she might have parvo or is there sonethig else it could be? Should we wait to take her to the vets and see if it passes and should we keep feeding her tinned meat or biscuits? Any help will be appreciated. thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: I have some questions and I would be really thankful if you could answer them to me. What's the longest it can take a dog to recover and what are the symptoms of his recovery? Also, what's the way to take care of them once they get back home? And for last, when is it the right time to vaccinate them again? Thank you so much! My baby is doing better little by little, still hard but he is a strong puppy, all my prayers to him!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Thanks so much for sharing your experience Karen! There are certainly vets that will work with owners, especially parvo, and for that reason you should always call and just ASK!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My 8 month old puppy is at the hospital right now, he started not wanting to eat or drink water. I thought he got an upset stomach. He would only try to throw up and his poop was kind of slimy; not watery at all. Today in the morning I took him to the vet and he got positive. The vet was going to charge me $1000 if he stayed at the hospital, I couldn't afford that amount of money so I took him home and called another vet and he told me that I should not worry about the money, that my puppy was more important. I called and got told that he is doing a little bit better; hasn't thrown up or had diarrhea and he is being monitored and getting fluids to keep him hydrated.

      People... If you think that your dog's vet is too expensive, there are many more options for them. There are still vets that care more about them dogs than the money.

      I've been crying for my puppy but when I got told that he was doing a little bit better, that got me relieved... I will still pray for him. He is such an adorable puppy and he doesn't deserve to go through this horrible decease. So if you suspect of your dog acting weird, DO NOT wait a single day, please. A day can change your dogs' lives.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your story Angel!! I hope it helps other pet owners if they are having similar issues. So glad your pups lived!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My phone auto corrected the pups tested positive for parvo not what my phone

      put (panthem rvo)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Our 2 10 month old malamute/husky were vaccinated when they were 8-11-14 weeks old. July 28th both tested positive for pathem to rvo. We waited 2 days before taking them to the vet thinking they had food poisoning. we almost lost 1. The weaker one we hospitalized, the stronger one we treated at home with the meds from the vet and forced water/pedilyte/powerade after 24 hours he started showing an interest in boiled chicken yogurt and cottage cheese. The weaker pup was on iv at the vet. We were not allowed to see him at all so we took towels with our scent and his brother and mama's scents. He was in hospital for 8 days and doing well. They said he threw up every day they didn't feed him once. so we took him home Aug 5 to die with his family. When we got home he drank water and didn't throw up once. We forced water/pedalyte /powerade he also ate chicken. . He lost around 20 lbs at the vet. Both puppies are happy healthy pup today. The one still needs to gain his weight back but I believe he would have died at the vets had we left him there. He was covered in urine he smelled horrible. If your pup has been vaccinated they can still get parvo so don't delay in treating them like we did. We got lucky our boys didn't die.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Thanks for stopping by and sharing that Susan!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Our Dog had parasites intestinal ones at the start they had given him very bad quality food and it showed it took weeks and weeks of care to sort him out we did it ourselves as the medicine they gave him he vomited the lot. Great lens People have to know about this. I saw a very young Puppy die of distemper too in the arms of someone else.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It could be. Watch out for the rest of the symptoms such as excessive drool or red bloody stools, foaming vomit, etc. If you see those signs follow the tips and tricks in this lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my puppy been throwing up all day.. he eats and drinks. but it want stay down. he get up and plays ,but tried out. could he have ate something are could it be parvo? it just want he ate and water.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my puppy threw up! it was watery and white

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Your pup definitely has parvo. The foaming is a bad sign. Get the animal hydrated as quickly as you can. The pup will continue to throw up liquids and the red poop will continue too. Hydration is the key to life in this stage!! Give a small amount of water every 2 hours tops. Also, if the dogs head begins to shake, give either sugared water, pedialyte or even watered down gatorade if that is all you have on hand!! The animal MAY need an IV bag from the vet if the foaming continues.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      MY DOG IS NOT EATING,THROWING UP WHITE FORM NOW ITS YELOOW. NOW HER POOP IS RED

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: A few things. Bleach is the only thing that kills parvo. Have your son keep a bottle of it with him to clean off the bottom of his shoes, which is how parvo is most often transmitted. Or have him keep separate shoes to change from when he leaves work. If your dogs are under a year old, boosters or not, it could be very dangerous.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Just keep on keeping the pup hydrated and doing the same thing. A relapse of Parvo is possible, but I don't think death is as frequent on relapses.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My son is currently volunteering at the local animal shelter and he said yesterday that there are MNAY sick dogs there with Parvo. We have 3 dogs at home and I wanted to know if he could bring home the viruson his clothes and hands? If so what is the best thing he can do to prevent it from spreading other than making sure they are up to date on their boosters?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My eight week maltese had a mild case of Parvo and was treated in the hosipital. She came home and seem fine. Now she is throwing up again but do not have no diarrhea. What could be wrong. The vet says it could not be a relapse of Parvo.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Usually parvo starts out fairly devastating meaning the dog is fine and then they just crash, don't move much, won't eat. It is possible that your pup has contracted it. However, aside from keeping a round of Parvaid (above on the lens) in hand, you are likely doing all you can. If the pup crashes and gets listless, begins drooling, or shaking. You need to keep the animal hydrated and follow all of the tips you can find here in this page or in the comments below. Many people have saved their animals by doing so. Fortunately and unfortunately, parvo can kill and as I lost a pup I believe one other person here has too. Keep an eye out. Stay vigilant, and return to ask questions if you need to!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, my 11 week old pup escaped from our back gate 3 days ago and managed to stick her nose in some poop she found. I cleaned her immediately but the last 2 days she has not been eating as well as she did. Do you think this could be the first signs of parvo? I'm so worried and maybe there is something I could do before the other symptoms start if they do? She has had 2 sets of vacinations so Is not fully protected yet. I would appreciate your thoughts.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: That is definitely a good idea!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My Aliyah, my 3.5 month old GSD puppy is showing signs Of Parvo for 3 days now. I am devastated! But I am doing everything I can to help my little girl!

      I have gave her pedialyte anally for the past 5 hours along with pedialyte mixed with baby rice cereal by mouth every 30 minutes and she has not once, threw it up! She has kept it down for about 5 hours vs vomiting every 30 minutes previously! I am in great hopes that she will pull through!

      If you are going throug this, I suggest trying pedialyte anally, it has worked amazing for me though she absolutely hates it! Lol

      Good luck everyone!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: Thanks! He has started drinking and wanting to play. We did not force any food today and we are seeing great improvement since starting the holistic meds as stated above! Tonight he begged for ice chips and then ate bites of a piece of bread! We were so excited...hoping to see more improvement tomorrow!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It sounds like you are doing the right thing here. I would only suggest not forcing food. I have seen cases where it sends some animals into a backpeddle with this illness. Let Bo eat only when he feels like it. Drinking, however, is different. Do not let him go more than 4 hours or more without hydration. If he refuses, force it. He may vomit some of it up, but some of it he will keep down. Keep in touch if you need any more info.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Bo is a 6 month old Yorkie...on Wednesday night we noticed he started pacing and acted like he didn't feel good and on Thursday he wouldn't eat. He has had diarrhea and vomiting. I began forcing Gatorade and pedialyte in him every 30 minutes to hour and by Friday we saw signs of improvement. He wanted to play and drink on his own even licking some mashed potatoes off plate....then by 10pm Friday night the computing returned.....we spent all day Saturday trying to keep him hydrated. I have him now on slippery elm and colloidal silver. Praying for some strength for little Bo today....not sure if I should force food or give broth...he is losing so much weight!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It sounds like you have it under control. Once you visit the vet, re-read this lens and if any of your questions are not answered there, please browse the comments section for extra info. It is all here. If you have any questions please leave them here

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i am at my wits end today ! my 9 week old pup today is not looking well. She has been shaking and her stools have been dark brown and runny (sorry) she has eaten much and i am having to force her to drink. Her gums are pink and when i pull her skin at her shoulder blades it springs back. (that i think is a good sign) she has slept most of the day apart when i have managed to get her outside quick enough to poop. Her urine is normal and there is no foul smell from anything. I can't bear to see her like this and have booked her into the vet 2moz coz can't afford the 90 emergency fee!!!! Crazy I know that vets are there to help us with our pets but for gods sake why do us people who love our pets and don't have disposable income have to suffer like this!! There is a guy who is homeless and out everyday with his dog collecting for "the big issue" every day near where I live and I admire him so much he feeds his dog and some days i don't think he eats himself!! I feel my pup is sick and i am frustrated that coz I aint got the money she will get sicker why???

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Parvo is hard not to notice. The pup would appear extremely listless, drooling, vomiting etc. If your pup isn't doing that it is not very likely they have parvo. However, coronavirus is very similar. You may want to google that term and see if it matches your pups symptoms any better.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: If you follow the tips here and read the some of the comments for additional information and the vet says he has a 60% chance then his chances are definitely good. Just keep the dog hydrated, keep him clean and dry and make sure if he stops drinking for more than 8 hours to see if you can get to a nearby vet for an IV bag. Most often vets will do this at no office charges so the IV bag may cost from 10 to 20 dollars.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: He can carry it in several ways. It is most often transferred from shoes and walking in areas parvo sick dogs have been to new ones. If your boyfriends dog has parvo and your dogs are under 2 years old it would be wise to have him make sure his shoes are bleached or changed before he goes from his area to yours.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      the vet said that his dog had a 60% chance of living..considering what I've read, would you say he could pull through it? sorry, I just need some reassurance

      thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my boyfriends dog has parvo. if my boyfriend pets his dog can he carry it from his dog to my dogs? i have two and i want to make sure they can't get it from him carrying it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my boyfriends dog has parvo. if my boyfriend pets his dog can he carry it from his dog to my dogs? i have two and i want to make sure they can't get it from him carrying it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 10 week old puppy. I think he may have parvo, but the listed symptoms are not what he is displaying. He eats & drinks, just fine. He is sleeping, normally. But, I do believe that he has diarrhea! He doesn't seem depressed, as I play fight with him, often! And his heartbeat quickens/breathing changes, when we play! I'm not in denial...there is a tremendous chance that he's infected! I just wanted to ask someone, first...as I cannot afford a trip to the vet! Thanks!!!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Well it has really started then. The next few days are going to be really hard for him, and very very hard for you. You have all of the information on this page here to get him through if he has at all a chance of making it, however, the only thing you really do need from a vet are the anti-biotics, possible pro-biotics, and the anti nausea meds. In addition to that, if the pup becomes really sluggish and has refused ANY liquids in 8 hours or more, it IS in the best interest to get them back to the vet for an IV bag ONLY. Most vets will do this for very minimal fee, 10 bucks at my nearby vet and they are on the more expensive end of the $ range. However, if you can keep the animal drinking, and follow some of the food suggestions here, you still do have a chance on your own.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      He just had his first bout of projectile, bloody, watery stool, and yellowish vomit. He's getting worse for sure but it has only been 2 days. I gave him some anti nausea but I guess he needs it more regularly. Feeling like I may have to find a vet to take him into, mine doesn't deal with Parvo. Will a vet give me meds to bring home? I haven't been around sick dogs before and this is horrible to witness.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It's rough but if you have access to the IV you can probably do it. First, the 9 year old is not in danger. It would be very uncommon for a dog that age to get parvo. You really need to keep the dog hydrated. That is the most concerning issue. You should read through some of these reply threads too since they reflect the most common issues pet owners have dealt with such as if they get low on sugar and etc. It is harder to share more without knowing what stage of parvo your pup is in. Read above where it shows the stages vs physical conditions and let me know.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 5 month old puppy with parvo, all the puppies in the litter have had it. I got him thinking he was properly immunized, but obviously was not. I am a first aid attendant and have IV solution i'm giving him and not sure about if i should give him glucose or not at this point, I can put it in his IV. I have access to anti-nausea med's for humans and suppose this will work for the pup also? I am worried my 9 yrd old dog may also contract it. I don't have the two thousand dollars for the vet bill and am wondering if I can do this at home with the right stuff?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Today Precious started willingly eating and drinking on her own. Up until now I had only been able to force feed her some milk each day. Her energy levels are higher than they have been and the amount of bloody diarrhea is almost all gone. I hope she is well on the mend. My thanks to everyone for reading and leaving me a comment this page helped me save my sanity when my puppy got sick. Thanks!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Short of a necropsy there is likely no other way to find out. Those can be very expensive.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: The vomit is actually a good sign. It should be indicative of the pup getting the infection out of their system. I had 2 pups with parvo at once. The one who vomited the infection up is the one who survived. Keep doing exactly what you are doing, you are doing it ALL right. Keep up the treatment and don't worry about putting the pup down. The way parvo works is it will either kill, or the pup will recover and get up and be the same old pup. I can also promise you, they never forget you forcing them to live.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: I hope Charlie is okay. It sounds like he was definitely on the mend. Squidoo posts seem to be delayed. I always answer these as soon as they come in.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We've had 2 12 week old puppies die suddenly. We're not sure if it parvo, is there anyway to have them tested after they have passed away??

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I brought home an abandoned puppy a week ago. On Monday I noticed her acting strange and took her into the vet they tested her for parvo and it was negative but we started the treatment anyway since she was already vomiting and having diarrhea. I have been doing the iv fluids, Mertonidazole, Baytril, and Cerenia. 2 days after we started treatment she started shaking and having the bloody diarrhea so I called the vet and she had me increase the anti diarrhea med and start giving her Karo syrup for sugars. I am also force feeding her milk to try to put something in her but I am only able to get about 2-3 oz in her per day. Late last night she started vomiting up a yellow/brown slimy vomit. I do not know if she is getting better or worse and I don't know what to do. I have read throught the comment and I seem to be doing what I should be but now I don't know if I should continue treatment for the next few days worth or meds that I have or put her down.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Charlie threw up on Monday night and then again 3 times on Tuesday morning. He was not his "puppy"self so my daughter took him to the vet that afternoon. He tested positive so the doc gave him antibiotics, anti-nausea meds and fluids. He sent her home with needles and IV fluid to be injected under his skin every 2 hours. We are also giving him metacam. He is hungry but we held off until today and are giving him chicken broth and shredded chicken every few hours. He had a yellow running poop but no vomiting. He loves to chew ice so we got Sonic ice and he loves it. I think he is on the mend! Just waiting for the smelly poop!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: You need to offer the pup water at least every 2 hours. If they do not accept it willingly get an eyedropper and GET SOME IN HIM!! Even if he vomits it up its okay. Keep in touch if you need more info! Read some of the reader comments as well, they can be very helpful. Others have had the same problems and there are tons of suggestions below!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hello,

      My 6weeks old Lab puppy was diagnosed with Parvo. His vet instructed me to give gatorade at home for hydration. My question is, how often do i need to give gatorade on him? how many ml/hr should I give. He is not drinking water on his own so I force him to give fluids.

      His vet also give Injectable antibiotic and B-complex on him. My pup is in his 5days of suffering in Parvo. And I saw to him that he is fighting his illness.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hello,

      My 6weeks old Lab puppy was diagnosed with Parvo. His vet instructed me to give gatorade at home for hydration. My question is, how often do i need to give gatorade on him? how many ml/hr should I give. He is not drinking water on his own so I force him to give fluids.

      His vet also give Injectable antibiotic and B-complex on him. My pup is in his 5days of suffering in Parvo. And I saw to him that he is fighting his illness.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @mohamedm: Thank you!

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      mohamedm 4 years ago

      great lens

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Just keep him hydrated Eddie. He will likely not eat for some time. Read through some of the comments here for what other pet owners have done to help their babies and please don't hesitate to leave any questions if you have them here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So I took my pup he's 3months to the vet on Thursday he was diagnosed with parvo so I got him the IV fluids they offered the anti vomiting shot and some other shot.. We came home he still looks real sick and it's been 1 1/2 days later and he still hasn't eaten a thing I'm worried when can I expect him to start eating again.,

      I'm also giving him pedialite but I'm having to force it

      Please I don't know what to do I can't lose him

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @CocoaandBingo: Absolutely! So glad Bingo is on the mend!

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      CocoaandBingo 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: Thank you so much for your support!!!!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      I don't know where the comments are going. But Mia.

      Mia said:

      This morning Cocoa was very weak, he looks painful to the touch he is moaning in pain, i have to do his treatment today at 3:00. I am just so nervous. I don't know what to do!

      This does NOT sound good. See if you can get Cocoa to the vet asap! Being sensitive to touch or moaning in pain sounds really bad. If you can't get Cocoa in before 3, try to comfort as much as possible.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: This morning Cocoa was very weak, he looks painful to the touch he is moaning in pain, i have to do his treatment today at 3:00. I am just so nervous. I don't know what to do!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: What is the drool from, is that normal. Even if he was treated, is there a chance he can pass.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: The watery stool will last a while with parvo, I've seen it last up to 21 days or more. That isn't a concern as long as cocoa is still getting fluids in. Some are going to come out but some are staying in, that's most important. Good things to look for are the pup moving around for anything other than to use the potty or drink water. Looking for or wanting food is always a plus. Bad things to look for is if the dog begins to throw up or pass stools excessively again. Peeing is definitely good! It means the kidneys are still functioning and that is often one of the first organs to suffer from severe parvo. Its a GREAT sign!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: im so worried, he keeps drooling and just stands real still for a long period of time.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: My pup Cocoa tested positive for parvo and was treated. He looks better then before but is still down, should i be concerned about the way he is acting. He had watery watery stool and is drooling a lot, he peed and still looks weak. What are the main factors i should be looking for both good and bad.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Mia, I do not see a previous post from you. Did you post under another name? If not, please repost about your pup and I will try to help ease your concerns!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can someone please tell me if my Cocoa is going to be ok!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: So happy to hear Bingo pulled through!! Thanks for leaving your tips here for others who may need them!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Bingo beat parvo virus!!!!!!!! Wed. July 11, 2012 Im walking into house and there comes Bingo wagging his tail happily , jumping just his normal self and i just started to cry out of joy and of course sadness (Cocoa). I just want to say that even though there seems to be no hope for your loved one i say there is although Bingo wasn't that many days into virus like Cocoa but he was exposed and did have first day of a loose bloody stool but as soon as i noticed the syptoms i jumped on it even though i had just lost my Cocoa hrs prior i did my research and went to store and purchased what i needed cuz all i had in my mind was im not losing another loved one. i bought bleach, old towels or t-shirts,training pads, breasted chicken, white rice, pedialyte, gatorade, pepto bismol and i used cocoa's iv set includes vitamin b w needles for hydration . ive heard that you can get set at a vet clinic and i think this really helped alot ( i paid about $70). monday i gave Bingo iv, gave 1 tsp of pepto(2x dayto keep him comfortable) waitted 20 min then squirted gatorade w/ pedialyte in mouth (every hr.) gave him lots of love and talked to him. Tuesday same but this day i processed some breasted chicken w/ chicken broth, steamed rice. Wed. Bingo was back to normal !!!!!!! Even though this was just a couple of days it felt like forever but it was all well worth it!!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: as of right now the vet said his temp is coming up and he stood up today which he hasn't done in awhile.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: So sorry to hear about your loss :( It sounds like the pup that passed had the cardio version which is almost always a death sentence. It sounds like your other pup has a chance as long as you keep the symptoms treated!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      On 7/10/2012 I lost my Chihuahua to the parvo virus. And my other dog I had was hospitalized with the same thing. We are hoping he pulls through because he wasn't as bad as she was. She went into cardiac arrest at the vet, and then died on my lap. She was like one of my kids. I will love her always. My other dog that is being treated, we hope he pulls through because we caught it be4 the bloody stools started, and he just started vomitting yesterday. So I really hope we don't lose another dog to this dangerous disease.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Hopefully its not parvo. But if it is, keep giving the fluids, the vomiting will occur, but that's okay, just be prepared for it and try to keep the pup comfortable!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi my puppy is only two months old and he start to vomit yesterday only in the morning then he eat and drink water and he is not weak.but today he won't eat or even drink water he is a bit weak and sleeps all the time .i just use a dropper so he won't be dehydrated but he vomits twice then i send him to the vet and the vet gave him an antibiotic shot and a vitamin shot.after two hours he vomits again in a pinkish color and it smells bad..im really really worried....

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: So sorry about your loss. Parvo can be truly devastating and quickly for some. Keep Bingo hydrated at all costs. Even when he vomits or loses it from the bowel movements. Force it on him when need be and the Gatorade is awesome to keep his sugar levels up too. Don't be afraid to come back if you need some help or guidance! Sounds like you have things under control.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      To whom this may concern i live in oklahoma city, sadly to say I lost my puppy schnauzer this morning to parvo. Friday night i noticed Cocoa wasn't being himself no appetite just laying there looking sad so i placed him in his kennel insede to sleep as usual , next day saturday same, sunday afternoon he had vomited and loose bloody stool so i took Cocoa to emergency clinic and was tested positive for parvo. he got injected w/ convenia antimicrobial for parvo, cerenia for nausea, and came home w/ iv set and vitamin b. we came home and gave him lots of love, care. throughout night he cryed and by this morning cocoa died. we are very devastated but we can't give up hope because today after losing cocoa his brother bingo is now sick today bingo started to throw up so i have been doing research and sarted w the home parvo treatment so far it hasn't stopped the vomiting so i then gave him ppto bismol, keeping him hydrated w gatorade,pedialyte every hour and so far hasn't vomited and no diarrhea. so im praying that he will recover

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Does the pup have parvo? You may have to purchase a milk substitute and bottle feed her for several weeks. If she hasn't been eating and her head is shaking it may be from lack of sugar. Get her to drink a bit of sugar water even if its in a dropper into her mouth. Let me know on the parvo issue, a pup that young with parvo will need a lot of human help to survive.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      MY SHITSUE TWO WEEK OLD PUPPY IS SHAKING AND THE MOTHER STOPPED PRODUCING MILK AND SHE IS SKINNY I HAD TOOK HER TO THE VET BUT SHE IS NOT GETTING ANY BETTER WHAT DO I DO?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Although it may look horrible if he has made it this far you shouldn't give up. If hes having genuine seizures you may definitely need a vets help, but he may also be hypoglycemic. Give him some sugar water even if you have to force it. Is his head shaking? If so that's most likely what it is. Parvo looks horrible and the suffering IS horrible to watch. But it doesn't mean it's over. Let me know if you try the sugar water or if the seizures continue.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My 6 month old miniature pinscher tested positive for parvo Tuesday July 3rd he started showing signs Monday morning 6am and we thought he might of ate something bad we didn't wait took him to the vet and they hit us with the results and in order to save his life a 1500 which I heard is not bad at all knowing other places charge up to 5000 we don't have that money and were used to lose him so a friend who's a nurse came and hooked him up on an iv at home to keep the fluids in him we also bought tamiflu calories and b12 vitamins as well as parvaid Is now satuday and he just had a seizure I'm afraid the disease may be too serious now and it's breaking my heart seeing him vomit and suffer from these symptoms please I need advice today if it's too late I will put him to sleep at least I know I tried everything I could and I didn't give up

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My 6 month old miniature pinscher tested positive for parvo Tuesday July 3rd he started showing signs Monday morning 6am and we thought he might of ate something bad we didn't wait took him to the vet and they hit us with the results and in order to save his life a 1500 which I heard is not bad at all knowing other places charge up to 5000 we don't have that money and were used to lose him so a friend who's a nurse came and hooked him up on an iv at home to keep the fluids in him we also bought tamiflu calories and b12 vitamins as well as parvaid Is now satuday and he just had a seizure I'm afraid the disease may be too serious now and it's breaking my heart seeing him vomit and suffer from these symptoms please I need advice today if it's too late I will put him to sleep at least I know I tried everything I could and I didn't give up

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Hey! Glad you came by. Don't let this disease fool you. They can appear fine up until day 5 at times. Read above about how some of the symptoms progress. You should keep getting fluids in her. Even if she vomits them up her body is absorbing a lot. Don't force feed but offer food, rice, chicken, baby food etc, in case she wants it.

      It is QUITE possible she has the lightest version of parvo ever, but please keep a close eye. Without being a total pessimist, try NOT to convince yourself it is over. As I offered other parvo pup owners the same, please do the following. Please if you have any questions about the curretly sick pup email me at jrlsolutionsbiz@gmail.com so I can get your replies quicker and help quicker! Don't be afraid to call! If I can help save your pup its well worth it! If you do not have free long distance email me your number and a time to call and I will!!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Sarah! Please if you have any questions about the curretly sick pup email me at jrlsolutionsbiz@gmail.com so I can get your replies quicker and help quicker! Don't be afraid to call! If I can help save your pup its well worth it! If you do not have free long distance email me your number and a time to call and I will!!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Angie. If the dogs at your parents house were adult dogs there is little you need worry about. If not, you will need to bleach the areas your pup came in contact with. It is the only way to kill the parvo virus. Please if you have any questions about the curretly sick pup email me at jrlsolutionsbiz@gmail.com so I can get your replies quicker and help quicker! Don't be afraid to call! If I can help save your pup its well worth it! If you do not have free long distance email me your number and a time to call and I will!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My almost-three-month old started showing symptoms on the Fourth of July. I took her to the vet the next day and she was diagnosed with Parvo. What's odd, though, is that she hasn't vomited very much, and her feces is relatively solid considering her diet (she's only eaten baby food the last 2 days---and very little). The only time she ever seems to want to vomit is when I force feed or force her to drink with a syringe (or baby bottle), and she hasn't had any diarrhea at all since the fourth.

      I know she's not losing a ton of liquids, as all she does is pee sometimes, but I know she's not well. She does nothing but sleep and look pathetically unhappy. Should I continue to force the water/pedialyte and food even though she's not vomiting or having diarrhea? Should I perhaps cut down on the frequency? I don't want to be the cause of her throwing up as it seems pretty counterproductive, but I also don't want to let her go too long without food and water. (Further, the medicine the vet gave me is not easy to get down...)

      Also, is there a point when I can say to myself "she's getting better," or do you never Really know? For example, if she starts eating solid food, is this a good indicator that the virus has run its course? If she makes it 5 days, should I assume she's winning? I keep thinking she's doing well because she's not vomiting or having any diarrhea (as everyone else says occurs), but I also maybe fear the worst hasn't hit yet. And, of course, the lethargy and general refusal to eat or drink is just not good.

      Let me know, and thank you for the website.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I took my puppy to the vet on Saturday and she showed the signs but tested negative for parvo. she sadly passed away 2 hours after going to the vet. I have her brother and 2 sisters at home, and one sister now has the same sickness as the one that past... I'm so lost as to what is going on and my heart can't loose another baby! any ideas what I should try now? im keeping her hydrated as much as possible but it's not looking good

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Our pup just tested positive. She is currently under vet care. She is 2 months old. We just got her on Friday. I am concerned as she was with dogs at my parents and inlaws house. What do they need to do? What do I need to do to clean? I am beside myself. We just got her Friday after losing our dog of 14.5 years 2 1/2 weeks prior. Any insight is much appreciated. I can't even think straight and am struggling with what to tell my children.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: I hope it helps. Feel free to come back if you have any questions. I try to answer as quickly as possible. You may also find tips or questions answered by browsing through the comments here! There are many. But I don't mind you re-asking, I know the feeling and chaos and frustration of this illness, keep me up to date! Sorry about your loss, the pup I lost to parvo is what inspired this lens so I am very glad it helps!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Is he eating and drinking on his own?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I wish i had found this article earlier. Maybe I could have saved my beagle pup dumbo. We were really hearbroken. He passed away after 3 days of showing symptoms. It was just last friday June 29 and now some of his littermates is showing also the symptoms just this morning. I feel scared so i sent them all to the vet already for their first aid. I'm not sure how I can take it if I lost another one. Thank you for all the tips in this article.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my 2 moths old labrador i think have parvo.my vet give him puppy scour and dextrose powder,he have diearhea and bit blood, he eat well and he still active ,he take 5 day now the med but still the same

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Sure Samantha. I will join the Facebook group. I've meant to create one a few times just don't have the time to fully manage. I spend my work time on Facebook so I am there often.

      The good/bad thing about keeping this lens up is that I can always tell when Parvo is having an impact, viewers go up and down. The last 4 weeks have been the worst as far as high viewers go for this lens. It must be that time of year again :( I hope we can help some dog lovers on the facebook page~!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was wondering if you would be interested in helping us with a page/group we have started in order to raise awareness for parvo. http://www.facebook.com/CanineParvovirusAwareness

      We could use all the help we can get! In the passed 4 days, I have heard many dog owners ask what parvo is, if people have dogs, it's good to know about this before hand. Education and prevention are the key.

      I wish I had known, now I have a dog who is going through this. My heart breaks every day, so I decided the masses should be informed on what exactly this virus can do so that maybe they can prevent this heartache.

      Thank you!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      Squidoo must be having trouble with updating the comments here. I have seen 2 people posting about issues with their dogs. Please feel free to email me directly at joy.lynskey@dbmei.com if you do not see your comments pop here or I do not reply immediately. Here is one that came in my email but did not show up here.

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      ""my puppy is 3 moths old and has parvo And today is the third day and now her throw up is green what does that mean and also my husband gave her a parvo shot today also would that help or is it too late?""

      The green is infection. It is a NORMAL part of the parvo for some animals, but it is dangerous. This is the time to make sure your pup is getting as much fluids as possible. Expect them to loose them too between vomiting and bloody or infected stools. The green will start to diminish as they go and once it is gone entirely, you may still have a few days to go before they recover.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my puppy is 3 moths old and has parvo And today is the third day and now her throw up is green what does that mean and also my husband gave her a parvo shot today also would that help or is it too late?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my dog is a stray we have only had him for 2 weeks but he owned my heart from the first day his about 6-8 mths old and has had every symptom except vomiting the pooping started just 2hrs ago but now i think about it i don't think he has drank anything for almost 2 days just had 1 lick of water and was pooing again within 30 min i hat his look of 'help me mummy" do you think i should keep trying or let him go peacefully

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      He had all his vaccines, he started trowing up monday tues we took him to the vet they gave me sum meds and reydrated him they didn't think it was parvo ,wed and thurs more vomit and progectile direah red tint, very tired mopey sleeps allot lays down unless hes going to vomit

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My 3 1/2 month old puppy was diagnosed with parvo on Monday. She was at the vets until Tuesday and then sent home with mess.it is now early Friday morning and she had her first bowel movement and the first part was very soft then it was all watery. Is this normal?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JRLSolutions: she passed away. but thank you.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Not too much at a time. For such a young pup I'd say getting a 1/4 cup fluid in him at a time is more than enough. It's okay too if he vomits some up, as long as he is keeping something down it helps a lot.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It sounds like you are in the clear. If it was parvo it would have been far more noticeable and problematic. Corona virus is also an issue with dogs but it mirrors parvo very closely. Sounds like maybe your pups had a bug or even ate something disagreeable.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My pup is about 17 weeks old. He has had to loose bowel movements and I am giving him the pediolite with some pepto. I tried giving him some chicken baby food but he kept spitting it out. He has not vomited anymore since this morning. I am still forcing fluids. Exactly how much should I try to get him at a time?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      One of my puppies tested positive for Parvo five days after receiving her first shots. She had been perfectly healthy up to this point. I have talked to another vet and she says since the parvo shot is a live virus you would get a false positive. I had an adult dog who was vomiting about a week ago but he did not have diarehia and after a couple of days he was fine. I have talked to other people who had dogs who did this also for a few days. Could there be a doggie virus going around.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for responding so quickly. In the amount of time it took for me to ask the question and for you to answer the shaking has stopped. What a relief to know what the problem was and have a quick solution. I was so worrried! Thanks again!

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Shouldn't take long. If it goes on for more than an hour after sugar water. Put one teaspoon in a 1/4 cup of liquid and squirt it in the pups mouth if you have to. Just head shaking or whole body. Whole body cold also indicate cold, toss a blanket on, if that doesn't stop it in 15 minutes, you will need a vet.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How long does it take for the sugar water to stop the pups head from shaking?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Let me assure you. He is on the mend!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hank ( 6mo old husky/doberman) started 4 days ago with loose stools. Monday evening he threw up and the stools were a little looser, he also started a high fever. Tuesday,he refused to eat at all and had bloody diarrhea, but the fever broke late at night. I have been giving him watered down gatorade with pepto bismal, some peppermint tea ( his favorite drink), canned pumpkin for the diarrhea. This is late wednesday night and his diarrhea has stopped, he is getting up more and he hasn't shown any signs of dehydration. He walks to his drink bowls and lays next to them to let us know he is thirsty. So we are praying he is on the mend.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Danielle. It IS normal. However, make sure the dog is getting fluids. This does mean there will be more poop, probably vomiting. But without the hydration death isn't far away! Please let me know more if you have questions. I have no problem talking on the phone too if it will help your pup!! Good luck!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ok so my puppy has parvo and i'm not sure what to expect at all. This is day 4 and she is not moving or anything and cannot keep control of her stool. Can someone please tell me if your dog did that too?

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: So very glad I could help and I truly appreciate your kind thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi I am happy to say my baby girl is doing so much better she's pooping hard and is eating her dog food. I herd her bark for the first time in 9 days next week she goes back to the dr there gonna retest her for parvo if it comes out negative she will get all her shots needed. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for your advice in helping her get better may god bless you.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Hey there. I wouldn't be too sure about it not being parvo just because there is no blood in the stool. That can come DAYS later after initial symptoms appear. The antibiotics are good, but if its parvo, the pup will probably need probiotics too. And IV treatments. Keep an eye out for the bloody stool. You will know it when it comes, even if you don't see it, it has a VERY strong smell.

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      Joy Lynskey 4 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: So glad to hear your baby is doing better!! I know the relief you must feel! Don't forget to scrub down those surfaces that may have gotten parvo on them! Best wishes to you and your pup!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi,I just got a 6 week schnoodle almost 2weeks ago.Tuesday night in the middle of the night he threw up.Wednesday morning he threw up yellowish foamy.Around 730 am was the last time he got sick.He slept all day around 5:00 he felt real warm and wouldn't stand up at all.I took him to the vet and his sugar was 45 and a fever of 103' They gave him Karl syrup and a gas pill and medication to help him from vomiting.They also sent him home with antibiotics.They said to give him chicken and rice,and pedialite.My vet said she doesn't think he has parvo because she doesn't see any blood in his stools.What's your opinion? Thank you!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi,I just got a 6 week schnoodle almost 2weeks ago.Tuesday night in the middle of the night he threw up.Wednesday morning he threw up yellowish foamy.Around 730 am was the last time he got sick.He slept all day around 5:00 he felt real warm and wouldn't stand up at all.I took him to the vet and his sugar was 45 and a fever of 103' They gave him Karl syrup and a gas pill and medication to help him from vomiting.They also sent him home with antibiotics.They said to give him chicken and rice,and pedialite.My vet said she doesn't think he has parvo because she doesn't see any blood in his stools.What's your opinion? Thank you!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for all your advice. My baby girl hasn't thrown up since yesterday morning. last night she ate 5 spoons of baby food drank water and went to sleep. This morning I gave her the meds a little after I fed her again she ate willingly drank water and is able to hold it in. This makes me so happy that I was able to save her. Now im making her some boiled chicken so she can eat a little. May god bless you thank you.I will keep you updated on her progress

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      Joy Lynskey 5 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: I know it is concerning but the vomit is not only not cause for concern, but is part of the dogs body's process of flushing the virus out. Although it may seem like the pup is just taking in fluids and immediately losing all of them (or usually a couple hours afterwards) they are benefiting to a great extent. However, I would not force a large amount of water on the pup if hes not drinking on his own but you are having to encourage that too. You haven't said but I do know that at 7 days they are pretty dehydrated and you may have to do so. It can take up to 14 days for them to start eating on their own, but you will definitely need to force nourishment before then. Has he eaten ANYTHING or taken in anything besides the forced IV fluids?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you so much. It is already 7 days since he ate food which worries me a lot. i just talked with the vet and he says iv fluids will be administered on alternate days from now on. How long do u think my pug (Caesar) will take to fully recover and start eating on his own? Is the vomiting a cause of concern?

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      Joy Lynskey 5 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Hey Kenyanuo. You are definitely on the right path. The greenish/yellowish stool has a purpose too. It is actually flushing the infection associated with parvo from the body. What you want to do is make SURE you offer the dog water every hour. Make sure you FORCE some on him every 2 hours if he doesn't drink on his own. He will most likely vomit or lose the water in the stool but each time he is also losing a bit more of that infection. I'd definitely encourage you to keep up the IV fluids. Try also the suggestions below in my comments and conversation to Belinda Gonzalez. There are a few foods such as the 'baby food chicken' or even 'chicken and rice baby food or soups' that are the most helpful things for nutrional value for your pup. Meaning even when they lose most of it, it is still helping to keep them nourished and fighting the virus. Please feel free to come back here anytime if I can help further. Again, if you want to try the baby food chicken which Belinda's pup seemed to like, make sure you get the kind that is ONLY chicken pureed, it is usually a tad more expensive than a regular generic baby food chicken that is a runny blend of chicken and veggies. You want the stuff that is the consistency of cheap canned dog food. It helps to bind and keep SOME down even through a lot of vomiting and stool loss.

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      Joy Lynskey 5 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Aww Belinda! I am so happy to hear that! That sounds perfect. Just enough food to keep her tummy from hurting but not too much and that is exactly how she will recover excellently in the next few days. Now is very important not to let her overdo it too! I am so glad I could help with your pup and if you ever find the chance yourself, just pass it forward!! Please do let me know if how she does and if possible how many days (for future readers) it took her to fully bounce back!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My 3 month old pug seems to be recovering from parvo. The vet has already given him antibiotics and he has been on iv fluids for 6 days now. His stool is no longer bloody but geenish-yellowish (though still watery). What i am concerned about is... he can't keep anything down. The vet says it is due to gastritis and has given him an injection. What else should i do?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just came home from work and im happy to say I tried to feed her and with no force she started licking the food I gave her baby food chicken flavor I gave her 5 spoons and a little bit of water and put her to rest im possitive she's gonna be ok thank you so much for your advice ill keep you updated in a few days from now to let you know how she's doing may god bless you and yes people please get your pets vaccinated its very important I did not know I had to vaccinate them every year so I did it only when she was a puppy and parvo was the result of not knowing I had to vaccinate them every year

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      Joy Lynskey 5 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: So sorry to hear that Tabitha :(( We lost one of our babies too at around 7 months! Sorry for your loss.

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      Joy Lynskey 5 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: If she is walking around that is truly a great sign. As long as she isn't showing signs of pain or distress in doing so I'd say shes well on her way to recovery. I would not force anything at this time short of a small amount of food once per day if she will take it with not much prodding. It sounds good for her!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my baby buddy was a year old we had to put him down yesterday he had parvo extremmaly bad is test come back within 2 minutes ppl plz get ur puppy's and kittens vaccinated buddy we love u and ur forever in our hearts

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So im still up finishing her antibiotic and putting her iv. Today she looked more alive walking around my room. She still can't hold any liquids in I tried to feed her but she didn't want to eat so I didn't force heri tried different things I boiled chicken, I tried to give her a piece of ham which she loves, bread also which she loves but nothing she keeps turning her face away. So ill just try again later this morning. She's getting her iv and she's drinking water I tried to trick her and put unflavored pedialyte in her bowl for a whole day and she wouldn't drink so I changed it and put water and she drank almost the whole thing. Do u think I should force pedialyte or with the iv and her drinking water is enough? Im so desperate to see her get better that im doing everything I can for her. If there's anything else u can advise me to do I would appreciate it thank you for your time god bless you

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      Joy Lynskey 5 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Drinking on her own sounds good but I'd definitely start observing to be sure she is managing to keep some in. If not she may get bloated and back pedal a bit. In general, if she is heading for the water bowl herself it does sound very positive to me. Keep it up and let me know if she does decline in any way again. Now can be kind of touchy as to whether she starts heading towards recovery or has a lapse again.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wee she's still not able to hold anything down but she's drinking her water on her own. But throws it up right after she's fighting to stay hydrated she drinks alot alot of water which is a good thing right ? Her belly is really swollen dr says it could be the iv or her kidneys are failing cause she can't control her urine she just goes. Im thinkin possitive and hoping she gets better soon. Im going to try to feed her I bought baby food chicken and chicken broth flavor praying she hold soe in. If there's anything else you can think of please let me know thank you

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      Joy Lynskey 5 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Oh goodness. Well at best you have at least 2 more days of this to go. It actually sounds positive for her recovering in that time. However, also be aware that around 7 days is the average. I think your baby might be on the short end of the illness already just because you have been able to IV her at home. Don't freak out if some of that chicken does come back up, but the pastier stuff tends not to as much. Even if it DOES, as long as some stays down its good.

      If she gets to where she is really eating and not tossing it back up anymore. You may want to grab a couple of high protein cans of food from a local vet, you can usually buy them without paying any sort of visit. That helped my guy get his coat and hydration back REALLY quickly once he started full recovery. Even FULL recovery can take up to 21 days til they are remotely their old selves again! Keep me posting. Sending best wishes for your strength and your baby's recovery!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It's a white slimy liquid and other times yellow she's throwing up everything I give her

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      She started throwing up Wednesday morning I took her to the vet I already knew it was a possibility of parvo they took the test and came back positive since then she hasn't been able to consume anything without throwing it up. I gave her baby food (chicken) she hasn't thrown it up so far but has been all day today even the iv

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      Joy Lynskey 5 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: How many days has she been ill? I know its disheartening to see her continue to vomit back up food or water, but its just the horror of parvo. It's just a terrible thing. Is she vomiting only what she eats or is there infection/green/other colors in her vomit? Just keep giving/offering her the fluids, if she does want food, just tiny bits at a time. One chicken strip sized meal, or a 1/4 can of chicken and rice soup. Rice is GOOD because it helps to bind up that stuff on her belly. But if she doesn't want to eat, no worries either. Dogs have gone 10 to 14 days without eating while having parvo and survived.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      She kept me up all night she threw up 5 times throughout the night. I just gave her iv and her antibiotic,and gave her pedialyte but she's not holding it in. What should I do? Do I not force her to eat? Thank you

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      Joy Lynskey 5 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It's fine she threw up, Better she does that if her system is not ready. 2 things you can try. Baby food chicken (the meatier kind the consistency of cheap dog food, or I've even used chicken and rice soup! If she DOES act like she wants to eat. Let her have a few bites and then take it away. It will be very heartbreaking to do but do it! Let her get a sip of water then back to rest!

      Keep me posted!

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      Joy Lynskey 5 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: It's fine she threw up, Better she does that if her system is not ready. 2 things you can try. Baby food chicken (the meatier kind the consistency of cheap dog food, or I've even used chicken and rice soup! If she DOES act like she wants to eat. Let her have a few bites and then take it away. It will be very heartbreaking to do but do it! Let her get a sip of water then back to rest!

      Keep me posted!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi after all my effort she threw up the chicken 7 hours later. She has gone and drank water on her own though, but not too much. I will try to feed her again tomorrow tonight I will just keep giving her fluids. What do you recommend me to try an feed her? Im scared she will throw it up again if I give her more chicken. Again thank you for your advice may god bless you

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      Joy Lynskey 5 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: That is SO fantastic to hear! Be careful too! Let her eat from now on how she feels. One time overdoing the food or hydration can send her back down a bit. But I can assure you, if she has eaten, she is VERY much out of the woods!! Best wishes!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you. I am glad to tell you that today she is doing much better. I've been forcing gatorade and pedialyte every hour on the hour all last night and all day today she's able to hold it down today which makes me so happy. I even forced her to eat I boiled her some chicken at first she didn't want it but I kept insisting and she ate. And is having iv every 6 hours I have it home so I've been doing it for her thank you so much for your advice

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      Joy Lynskey 5 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Yes! Just keep pushing the fluids in. They are probably going to come back out, but some of them will stay down. If your baby girl gets to where she will NOT drink at all, either get her to the vet for an IV bag of fluids, or even force it with an eye dropper or whatever you have! Feel free to post back if you have more trouble. Sending good thoughts your way for your fur baby!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a 7 year old terrior that has parvo right now I also have a 2 year old blue nose pittbull who is recovering from this horrible virus. But my baby girl can not seem to keep any liquids in whay should I do? Do I keep giving her pedialyte anyway?

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      Joy Lynskey 5 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @anonymous: Yes Sandra! About every ten minutes. Expect him to throw it back up, or even worse, if it results in stool. But you will very hopefully notice that he is at least keeping SOME fluids in. That is major important. I truly wish you the best of luck!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How often shoul I hydrate him every 10 minutes thank u

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      Joy Lynskey 5 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @GODis4me: I am SO glad to hear that Avon!! Thanks for reading and letting me know it helped!

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      karen vance loudermilk 5 years ago from charleston wv

      thank you your lens helped me with my puppy

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