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Old 06-06-2013, 09:22 AM
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Survived Parvo, Still Sensitive Intestines

Our puppy survived Parvo! He spent a week at the vet until he recovered, and then he came home around May 2nd (can't remember exact day). Since then he has been on Hill's Prescription diet I/D for gastrointestinal health. The vet said to keep him on this food for a month.

Even on this food however, he would have "mushy" stool (not quite diarrhea, but not normal... more like a cow patty) about 10% of the time, and normal stool 90% of the time. The vet did not seem concerned however. At one point we gave him some pro-biotic paste. Not sure that it did much though.

3 days ago, his month of I/D food was up, so we started gradually adding his old puppy food, Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy. We have only been giving him a handful of the Blue food with his 1.5 cups of I/D. He was fine for 2 days, but last night and this morning was having diarrhea.

Another thing, is before Parvo he was absolutely fine riding in the car. Since Parvo, he gets car sick all the time (we only put him in the car if we have to now because of this... we don't like him being sick ).

I am wondering if any of you guys have had puppies survive parvo that continued to have diarrhea and stomach sensitivity this LONG after. It's been 5 weeks since his return home from the vet.

Once again, our vet does not seem concerned... but I can't seem to get a good idea of what is going on with his poor belly and intestines...
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Try posting in Dog Health. We do have a couple of vets who visit that section regularly, but who won't see your post over here on the puppy section.


For my part, I will say that In My Experience (general intestine issues, not had parvo in my dogs) it takes a LONG time for the gut to heal. So my advice is to continue to feed him very easy to digest food. The high end foods on the market like Blue Buffalo and others tend to be quite rich (high in protein and fat) and difficult to digest. There is nothing wrong with continuing for quite some time on the Rx food.

So glad to hear of a puppy who recovered from Parvo!

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The car sickness may or may not be connected to Parvo. My dog did not get carsick as a very young puppy, but later developed car sickness for about a year, but it has since waned in his adulthood.

Drive very slowly (no g-forces!)
Go only to fun places for him.
Keep your journeys short.

My dog developed quite an aversion to riding in the car, and it took a lot of training to overcome that so he would be willing to hop aboard. To the extent you can help your puppy through this, it will be a good investment of time.
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