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Hello. My girlfriend and I have recently purchased a brother and sister Yorkshire Terriors. The girl seemed to be the runt of the litter whereas the boy is quite a bit larger than her.

We finally figured out that the girl was diagnosed with Parvo after two failed diagnosis’s at a different vet clinic.

Anyways she was showing signs of Parvo for nearly three days until she started to get the treatment she needed.

She is out of the hospital and is doing much better now. We have had her in our care out of the hospital for roughly 5 days now. We are having a very hard time getting her to drink water and sometimes eat. When she eats she eats very little. We are feeding her purated Science Diet puppy food along with a milk replacement as the Vet suggested. Today she hardly had two bites of it. As for the water situation - she drank water fine before she got in the hospital. We are giving her a small syringe of water about every 2 hours when we can to know she is at least getting it. Is there anything we should be doing different because her appetite hasn’t improved at all since we got her back. We try to keep her active just a little bit because she tends to tire easily and just wants to cuddle all the time.

Another concern of ours is that we had the brother out of the house for about a week so we could clean the house with bleach. He is now back in a separate room and we wash our hands and change our clothes every time we swap between the two puppies. He was with her the whole time she had Parvo, slept with her as well as would lick her throw up. He is still showing no signs of the disease and we are curious how concerned we should be with him getting the disease as we really don’t have anyone else who can care for him.

We would appreciate any thoughts/comments. Thank you in advance.
 

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Hello. My girlfriend and I have recently purchased a brother and sister Yorkshire Terriors. The girl seemed to be the runt of the litter whereas the boy is quite a bit larger than her.

We finally figured out that the girl was diagnosed with Parvo after two failed diagnosis’s at a different vet clinic.

Anyways she was showing signs of Parvo for nearly three days until she started to get the treatment she needed.

She is out of the hospital and is doing much better now. We have had her in our care out of the hospital for roughly 5 days now. We are having a very hard time getting her to drink water and sometimes eat. When she eats she eats very little. We are feeding her purated Science Diet puppy food along with a milk replacement as the Vet suggested. Today she hardly had two bites of it. As for the water situation - she drank water fine before she got in the hospital. We are giving her a small syringe of water about every 2 hours when we can to know she is at least getting it. Is there anything we should be doing different because her appetite hasn’t improved at all since we got her back. We try to keep her active just a little bit because she tends to tire easily and just wants to cuddle all the time.

Another concern of ours is that we had the brother out of the house for about a week so we could clean the house with bleach. He is now back in a separate room and we wash our hands and change our clothes every time we swap between the two puppies. He was with her the whole time she had Parvo, slept with her as well as would lick her throw up. He is still showing no signs of the disease and we are curious how concerned we should be with him getting the disease as we really don’t have anyone else who can care for him.

We would appreciate any thoughts/comments. Thank you in advance.
I'd try feeding her chicken or beef pureed baby food for a few days. See if that perks up her appetite. If it does you can slowly ween her onto her puppy food

How old are the puppies? Has the male been vaccinated?

Parvo can incubate in the puppies system for a week or two before the pup shows signs of the virus, so your male puppy may very well still come down with the virus. Keep a close eye on him. Personally I'd take him in tomorrow and have them test him for parvo, and take him in next week and have them retest. Hopefully he does not come down with it.

Please keep in mind that the female pup can shed the virus for up to a month after she stops showing symptoms, so you're going to have to keep the pups separate for a good long while. If I were you I'd set up a room for the female, scrub down the rest of the house with bleach, and quarantine the female pup. I think in the long run it'll be easier to clean one room in the house at the end of the month, then to have to keep cleaning the whole house.
 

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Sounds like you need to take her back to the vet if she is hardly eating or drinking. Doesn't really sound like the problem is completely resolved.

While there I would speak to the vet about the brother and see if there is any preventative things that they can do as parvo is usually HIGHLY contagious.
 

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They were both vaccinated by the breeder before we got them. And we got him restarted on his vaccinations a week ago. They tested him for Parvo the minute they found out she had Parvo. They also retested it again last week when we restarted his vaccinations.

She seems to be eating a little better today. Also how active should they be? We have her in a baby pin that’s about 3’ x 4’ And get her out every once in a while to try to play and run around a bit but she doesn’t seem to have much energy.
 

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I recall reading somewhere, that the Parvo virus can survive for up to six months, without a supporting host. That makes everywhere your sick dog has been a potentially dangerous place to be, for any other dog, for a long time.
 

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Also the Dr. at the vet hospital didn’t seem to be to worried about him getting the virus at all because he said he if would have gotten it he would have a long time ago due to how close they had been for so long. He just said keep her away from him for 2 weeks until she stops shedding the virus and he said he wouldn’t be afraid to reintroduce them. It just worries me because everyone else says keep them away for months and many people seemed surprised that she survived the virus.
 

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Surviving Parvo is never a sure thing for any dog unfortunate enough to contact the disease. Your Vet is probably right as far as the brother is concerned, I would suspect if he was susceptible, proximity to his sister would have been enough for him to have contracted it by now. Seems curious to me that brother and sister with the same vaccine history would result in only the sister getting sick. I guess vaccines just don't work exactly the same in every dog.
 

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That’s what we were thinking. We will keep them separated as long as possible. The Vet seemed to think they she must have just came into contact at just the right time during when the given mothers Parvo protection wore off and before the first vaccination could do any good. The breeder said that none of the other dogs she sold has had complaints about Parvo. Thank you all for your inputs we really appreciate it.
 
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