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Old 09-09-2011, 10:48 PM
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If your other dog is vaccinated then he SHOULD be fine but no vaccine is 100%. I'd be very very careful about proper hygeine and I'd keep them separated.

To be honest, I would not have sent him home. The #1 problem and cause of death due to parvo is dehydration because he can't absorb water through his intestines well with this disease (hence the need for IV fluids). I'd be VERY observant with him over the next few weeks, be diligent with the antibiotics and encourage water intake. Watch for any signs of decline-- won't eat, looks weak, has diarrhea etc.

All of that being said, I have heard people treating parvo puppies at home if the owners can't afford hospitalization. I just don't feel it's the safest way to go about it but it is possible.
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:40 PM
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Well I had thought all along he was there for another 3 days atleast.. as of yesterday we didnt even know if he was going to live. I am honestly not comfortable with it because he seemed ok-ish but now he wont eat a thing and I am trying to get him to drink but he wont still seems weak.. no poop yet to tell if its runny. He did pee a very dark yellow pee in my car which he NEVER does.
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Old 09-10-2011, 08:33 AM
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IF you are not feeling comfortable with it, take him back and ask for him to be hospitalized. What are they going to tell you, no? Say you're too concerned that he's not doing well.

Dark yellow pee could indicate that he's dehydrated among other things.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:43 PM
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I am sorry I took so long to update. Sammy is doing way better. After losing a lot of weight he has gained it back and he is growing more & more everyday. We have seen a beautiful personality we didnt get the chance to see before he got sick. He is such an amazing dog and we are so lucky he pulled through!
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I had the same thing happen. We got Hatchi on a Monday and the following Monday, he was vomiting even though he hadn't eaten anything. Luckily the kids were home to keep an eye on him. I brought him to the vet and luckily we caught it early, as he hadn't had diarhea yet. Tuesday he was better. Wednesday he was in such a bad way to the point where we went to visit him thinking we would lose him that night.

Thursday he was better but they wanted to make sure he was eating on his own and Friday, they just wanted him out of there as he was really annoying.

That was when he was 3 months old. He,s almost 6 months now and I'm not sure if he has a funny stomach because of that but he's got much more energy and now at least he's immune for life against Parvo.

Another vet at that clinic said she was surprised that he had survived Parvo cuz so many don,t make it - count your blessings that he pulled through. He's a strong dog! So's mine!
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Old 10-22-2011, 03:55 PM
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My puppy had parvo too when he was 2 months old. When we've adopted him he was around 3 months and already recovered from it, but he was so thin and often has diarrhea. So after going to a vet for a few times, we've finally understood that his GI sensitivity is due to his intestines still recovering from parvo's damage. The vet analyzed his belly and hardness of his intestines, and then said that his intestines are not in a good shape yet but after a year he will recover totally, but 'till then we must be very careful with what he eats. So now we are giving him junior intestinal food and no snacks or bones 'till he recovers.

I just want to contribute coz it seems that the GI sensitivity after parvo is not very explained, so that this might be useful for owners to understand in case their dogs has diarrhea even after parvo recovery.
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:42 PM
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Sheep good input! Not all dogs have these issues after a bout of parvo, but some certainly do! Thats the tough thing about the disease, one pup can get over it easily and have no ill effects but then another can have them. TY for that
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interesting. ^__^
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:28 PM
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Parvo

The symptoms will start after about a week from exposure. One day they are fine, and the next they are VERY SICK. I lost a puppy to parvo and she was in the hospital for a week. Her heart finally gave out and she died. The breeder I bought her from lost the whole litter. I got my money back for the price of the puppy, but not the $1000 vet bills. She actually wanted me give me another puppy. I declined of course.
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Thanks for the wonderful post - there seem to be a lot on this forum! Sticky is well-deserved. Top notch thread!
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