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We have purchased recently a wonderful little miniature

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We have purchased recently a wonderful little miniature schnauzer puppy it has been diagnosed with the parvovirus he is only 11 weeks old from a kennel he is hospitalized 24-7 he has been there now 4 days they think he will make it but no good news yet still very weak very little nausea no fisheries yet white cells still normal but had to have a feeding tube inserted because of low protein level we r so worried we just put our 16 old schanzer down 3 weeks ago now this do you think he will get better soon thanks Wade Heppert
Submitted: 1 year ago via Dog-Health-Guide.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

Good morning Wade, - I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with dogs and cats. I'm so sorry that your time with your new puppy is starting out so very rocky! Parvovirus is a nasty disease, but the prognosis can be quite good if they are caught early and treated aggressively. It definitely sounds like your vet is doing a great job so far of managing him. IV fluids are the cornerstone of treatment, along with symptomatic care with anti-nausea medications, medications to help with diarrhea, and sometimes antibiotics to keep bacteria in the gut from coming across into the blood stream and causing sepsis. Many cutting edge facilities will also give plasma transfusions or use anti-viral drugs like tamiflu too. The studies are mixed on tamiflu but some practitioners feel that it helps and it's probably not likely to hurt. Nutritional support is important too if they don't start eating on their own. So to answer your question - I do think that he will get better with the care you're describing. I can't guarantee it, obviously, but it sounds like you're on the right track. Let me know what other questions I can answer for you :)

~Dr. Sara

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks so much Dr. Sara!! Wade
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

You are very welcome - I hope that he turns the corner soon for you! Let me know if I can answer any other questions :)

~Dr. Sara