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what can you do for a dog with parvo??

my puppy has his shots but he has some simptoms ,, weak won't eat vomiting but for a chihuahua he sis strong ,, i don't have the cash for a vet , so please tell me what to do!!


Asked by Member 974262 on Mar 16th 2010 in Health & Wellness
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Guest

There is good news and bad news. The bad news is that no matter what you do (home treatment or vet treatment) your puppy may not make it. However, that being said, if you can't afford to go to the vet there are some things you can do at home. Hydration is the most important. You need to make sure your dog is getting lots of water. Make him drink every hour or so, around the clock. You can try some soft food mixed with water, but make sure that it doesn't have tons of sodium in it. It can take a full week for a recovery so this is not going to be a quick fix. And even though you can't afford a vet, I would call one and get some advice on anything else you can do at home. I wish you luck.


Member 974269 answered on 3/16/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


snickers

The puppy needs vet care parvo is deadly... The only think you can do is take him to the vet if it is parvo and you don't take him to the vet you could lose him.


snickers answered on 3/16/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Guest

This pup needs to see a vet, no matter what is wrong!!! The above poster said to make him drink... forcing water into an already vomiting dog is only going to create more vomiting, which will make him MORE dehydrated, not less! That is why vets (and human Dr.s) use IV fluids... the stomach is soo irritated that more fluids added by mouth are only going to make matters worse. If he truly has parvo he will most likely die without IV fluids and proper prescription drugs to stop the vomiting and diarrhea. You said he is already weak... that means he is already losing precious reserves.
If you absolutely can't beg, borrow or steal the money, you owe it to this dog to give him up to a shelter where he can get the emergency care he so despirately needs!!!


Member 641257 answered on 3/16/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Jack

I strongly disagree with the first answer. First, because of what Beanster already said. But also, any answer that encourages you to treat this puppy at home, without a vet's care is not only dangerous it's completely irresponsible.

If he has parvo and you fail to take him to the vet, it's neglect, plain and simple.

Part of taking on a new puppy or dog is being able to care for him properly. You don't have to be independently wealthy to own a dog, but you do need a small amount set aside for medical emergencies.

If your dog has parvo, it's your responsibility to get this puppy to the vet, even if that means borrowing money, finding a vet who will take payment or giving up your puppy to a rescue organization who can properly care for him.

Parvo is a very serious disease. Dogs who survive are almost always those who have swift medical intervention. In fact, I've never personally heard of a dog surviving if they weren't taken to a vet.

Please, PLEASE take your puppy to the vet.


Jack answered on 3/16/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Aster

The sooner your puppy is on an IV at the vet, the more likely it is to live. However, many people pay $1000 and the puppy still doesn't make it.

If you do try to treat it at home, it needs more than water. The Pedialyte sold for babies would be better, or even Gatorade.


Aster answered on 3/16/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Guest

the short answer is you need to see a vet. why did you get a puppy if you don't have the resources to care for it properly?

you say he's weak, but strong for a chihuahua...what does that mean? how old is your pup? vomiting and not eating could be a multitude of things.

i recently cared for a pup with parvo and it's not fun, nor something i would want to try at home on my own. you'll still need subcutaneous fluids from the vet and a special canned food that's only sold by vets. plus multiple meds.

long answer is, you need to take your pup to a vet.


Member 960416 answered on 3/16/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Reggie

I agree with the above posters, your dog absolutely needs to see a vet. It is terribly selfish to even get a puppy if you can't afford to take care of it.


Reggie answered on 3/16/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Guest

Check with your vet,and let him/her know the monetary hardship,They can help at minimal charge, miy vet did, and it saved the life of our baby, who is now 2 years old. He helped her by keeping her hydrated with IV fluids every other day, but didnt cost a hospital stay. Most of the time a vet will put the care of the animal first.Its worth a try, and may save the puppies life. Good Luck


Member 970231 answered on 3/16/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer