my chorky has parvo. She's been in the hospital for three days now. I was told earlier that the vet wanted to put her on a feeding tube, that shes has stopped eating and drinking. They have had an IV in since i took her in. On day two they said she was not acting like a dog with parvo and she might be able to go home in a day or two. I called today and was told about the feeding tube. My questions are: Being a small dog (4 lbs) what are the chances of a good recovery? my vet has never treated such a small dog. Next, what long term side effects may there be? Last, is if any one has any other information that i may need to know. I have seen two of her litter mates die from it so I am a bit informed about the virus itself, just not about the virus in small breeds.
Typically there are no long term affects if the pup makes it through. Being small @ 4 pounds does decrease her odds a bit. A good vet with 24 hour staff will do more good than anything. I think even our rural clinics should keep at least one person on duty through the night to change IV's and administer short lived meds and clean up virus spreading messes if need be but usually they don't.
If she makes it, she will be spreading the virus for about 30 days afterwards and make sure that all of her doggy duty is cleaned up after and thrown away. Perhaps a concrete or asphalt area? that way you can throw tons of bleach on it later to thoroughly disinfect the area. She is at the critical point now, they usually say if they can make it through the 4th or 5th day their chances are pretty good. I hope your vet is diligent at getting her everything she needs.
Well, she at least has a chance to make it. She sounds like a fighter .I've tube fed before, and they can do it there correctly since they tube frequently most likely, lol, and it might be a good idea. Her throat may be a little irritated later, just like after a surgery. It sounds like they are just trying to figure out every single thing they can possibly do for her, which would be a good thing in my mind. Better for them to try, than to be freaked out to handle her too much and provide minimal care I think. I don't really think that there would be too many effects from it later on, depends on meds and dosages. Aside from the heavy shedding, she may become a carrier, and shed it periodicly throughout the rest of her life if she makes it, so I wouldn't take her to any dog parks and such after this. Are they giving her tamiflu? Did they all come from the breeder with this, or is there another common denominater? Keep us updated please. Here's a link to what the merck has to say, I definantly believe in meds sooner rather than later, but that's a choice. Good luck and best wishes to you both. http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/23301.htm&word=canine%2cparvovirus