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What are the stages of parvo How long before you can tell

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What are the stages of parvo? How long before you can tell if it is getting better
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 6 years ago.
Hi, thanks for your question. How long has this puppy been sick? What symptoms are you seeing now? Has any treatment been administered yet?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
he has been sick 5 days.Giving him pedialyte every hour, pepto bismol 3 times a day , pills obtained from vet for vomiting. after the pedialite he is pucking up a mucus like substance. hashad runny stools. is still lathargic
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 6 years ago.
Thanks for the reply. The prognosis for a puppy with parvo, is quite guarded to poor, if not hospitalized with intravenous fluids. In the active illness stage of Parvo, the intestinal lining cells are dying and sloughing, leaving little ability for the intestine to absorb fluids or nutrients. As a result, oral fluids are often poorly utilized, and may just end up in the runny stools that you are seeing. Intravenous fluids allow the body to restore its normal fluid balance, without relying on the intestinal lining cells.

As the illness progresses, if body hydration can be maintained, the intestinal cells will eventually begin to regenerate, and the diarrhea should slow down, and have a less fetid odor. Once the appetite returns, then most parvo cases have "turned the corner" and will be back to normal within a few days.

In the hospital, most parvo cases run their course in 3 to 5 days. However, at-home treatment is many times unsuccessful, and the time for improvement can be delayed - taking 7 to 10 days or more.
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