My Dog has Parvo, Should I Force Feed Him?

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Old 08-14-2016, 01:35 AM
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My Dog has Parvo, Should I Force Feed Him?

My dog has parvo, he is being treated on an outpatient basis, he has been given an antiviral / antibiotic shot called Convenia as well as regular shots once a day of vomit suppressant drug called Cerenia and i am also giving him subcutaneous fluids as directed by my veterinarian however... it is now day 6 of symptoms and he has still yet to make any attempt to eat food. my question is: would the benefits of force feeding him outweigh the risks at this point? My vet advised AGAINST force feeding him yet i still feel like i should... any second opinions?
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Old 08-14-2016, 01:56 AM
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Either a second veterinary opinion, or a conference with your vet so he/she can give you the reasons for her opinion so you understand why she gave that advice.
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It sounds like this dog needs to be hospitalized instead of at home treating.
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Agree with the previous posts, I wouldn't sit back and just do what I'm told.

Is the dog at least drinking water? Or is it just IV?
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@jagger He is drinking water occasionally on his own and im also giving him IV / Subcutaneous Fluids

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Old 08-14-2016, 01:56 PM
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@naturalfeddogs Vets wont allow me to hospitalize him because i don't have $3,000+

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It is now day 7 and still no interest in food, small interest in water tho...
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DO NOT force feed your pup! Parvo involves the gastrointestinal systems so you really don't want to tax it at this time....it is dehydration that usually kills dogs so keeping it hydrated is the most important thing to do. That is why the anti nausea meds and SQ fluids are sooo important. Keep up the meds, call your vet with ANY concerns, and definitely don't run out of bags of the ringers solution!!


P.S. Check his gums/ skin frequently for signs of dehydration.

P.S P.S Google this from Colorado State University........'New Protocols Gives Puppies a Fighting Chance'
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If she's still drinking water, you may be able to capitalize on that.

Boil down some finely diced meat - beef, chicken or pork, strain it and see if she'll take the meat flavored water. Another thing is bone broth, you can find recipes online and it's easy to make, just takes time.

If she'll take the meat flavored water, maybe try to sneak some vitamin powder in, see if she'll still drink it.
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Something else too, maybe she'll drink some "ensure" or other meal replacement drink. Ensure has lactose, not sure if you can find lactose free or not.

At least it'll get something into him.
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