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Hi, I recently adopted a miniture Dachsund. Since we got her she has been diagnosed with cocidiosis and Parvo. Were on our 3rd day of parvo treatement and our 5th day of cocidiosis treatment. We opted to treat her at home because the vet said it would be $2500 to treat her at the 24hour hospital. Currently were giving her 50ml of IV every 8-12 hours, an anti nosia shot every 8-12 hours, and an antibiotic and some medicine for the cocidiosis once a day. She has yet to have a bloody stool and is willing to eat only to throw it up. She was about house trained when she was diagnosed with parvo and since the diagnosis insistes on going outside to have diahreah/throwups. She is very lethargic but seems to be fighting the infection pretty well. I have believed sinec she was diagnosed that we could get through this and she has maintained her mood/activity level throughout. What are some good signs that we are almost through the woods? Anyone who has faced this first hand successfully please respond and let me know what i should be looking for.
 

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I feel for you every step of the way I've been through this! German Shepherd 6 months old came down with Parvo before anyone knew what it really was. Whatever happens, the dog must eat and keep it down. Anything! Flavor anything with anything but it must stay down. It's the dog's own willpower that will get him through this. I stayed up for 10 days and ten nights straight just to keep my girl alive but we did it. Parvo has to be without a doubt the worst disease any dog can get and it's heartbreaking to watch.
My vets advice was to start with flavored fluids so the dog gets at least some nourishment and force it down if you have to. If it comes up again try again, but the dog must eat. As soon as it stays down you're on your way, I started believe it or not with strawberry milk, one of her favorites. It takes awhile to recover but with outright determination you can do it.
 

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Were giving her an IV which is supposed to help keep her hydrated. At the moment she is eating chicken chopped finely with a little rice. She has yet to fully digest anything and it usually sits on the stomuch for about 8 hours and then is thrown up. We switched the times for the nausea shot to every 8 hours in hopes it will help keep the food down. She does drink water and has continued to pee which is signs her kidneys havent shut down. Any more information helps so dont hesitate.
 

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Ease back on the amount fed so she gets some nourishment out of it. I started with a simple tablespoon then increased once the regurgitation period increased. The IV is keeping her strength up. If it takes eight hours to bring it back up she's getting something but it isn't much so ease back on what you give her. At all costs make sure she knows you're there at all times and of course watch the stool if there is one and don't worry if there isn't. If she's urinating that's a good sign. This is going to take time and believe me I'm there with you, been there done that and it's gut wrenching I know. Be careful though, Parvo is an airborne virus and you're a carrier so stay away from other dogs until this is over. I'll be watching my e-mail and if there's anything I can do believe me I'll do it.
 

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Well today is the start of day 4. Emma has become completely lethargic except for going outside to pee/poo/throwup. Were giving IVs every 8 hours because she has ceased to drink or eat. The IVs are getting harder to give because she is so dehydrated. I know this isn't a religious forum, but its sunday so if anyone reads this and goes to church put Emma and my wife Theresa on your prayer list.
 

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Emma has slept almost all day. She only wakes up to go out. About the only good news is she is drinking water on her own and has kept down the pedialite I gave her this morning. Crossing out fingers I think were at crush time.
 

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Under the skin fluids is what i meant by an IV... Were administering 50ml every 8 hours. She only weighs 3.5 pounds. I have just taken some chicken potatoes and carrots and boiled them till they made a broth then im gonna drain it through a coffee filter and let it cool and try and give that to her after we do the IV and nausia shot.
 

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Emma hasn't had diahreah at all today but she has thrown up everything I've given her. Does anyone know if this is a good or bad sign. Were still giving her fluids under the skins and she is still peeing but no defication at all. Then again I guess she hasnt eaten anything to poo.
 

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She wasnt given tamaflu at all. We just gave her what the Vet prescribed and some pedialite. Vet prescribed IV under skin every 12 hours, a shot every 12 hours for nausea, and an antibiotic orally. She also had cocidiousis and she was taken a med for that once a day. Currently She is keeping the status quo. My wife said she pooped the chicken we fed her friday this morning. She said it came out looking the same way it went in which means she didnt digest much of it. She is going to the Vet today and hopefully we get a good prognosis. I dont think were out of the woods yet, but if we can get her to start eating and keeping it down it would be a great sign.
 

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Anyone got any tips on how to get her to keep food down. Today is the 5th day and if we can get her to keep some food down we might start making a turn for the better.
 

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Well I didn't go to the vet with my wife cause I had to go to work, but from what I understand were not out of the woods yet. It's been 5 days and were doing a decent job of keeping her hydrated, but she cant keep anything down. The vet said to force feed her food which they provided, but it smells like tunafish and she can't keep any of it down. Frankly I am beginning to think the vet is a moron, because the food smells like tunafish and if I had this kind of problem tunafish would not help me at all. So I am gonna take some milk and strawberry syrup and see if i can get her to keep that down. Any critisizm is good critisizm at this point.
 

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Hmm.. I don't know that I would try milk.. did the vet say to try milk?? I know some dogs stomachs can be upset by dairy products. Maybe it would be ok to dry some very over-cooked (soggy) rice?
 

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Wow i been trying everything you have been i have lost a whole litter and 1 from another litter. i have one thats going down hill fast. Today i talked my vet into giving me a tamiflu perscription he said we are pulling at straws but from what i read Tamiflu saves alot of dogs.I am glad yours has been holding on for 5 days thats great. Mine where dying one by one i cant take it no more i am trying everything to keep these last 6 alive. I will tell you if tamiflu works as soon as i see improvements.
 
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