While recovering from Parvovirus, your dog will be kept in the hospital until he/she has stopped vomiting, is eating and drinking and appears well.
They may still have some diarrhea so they should continue to be kept isolated from other dogs for at least two weeks in an area that can be easily cleaned and disinfected.
Medications: Your dog will be finishing up a course of antibiotics and may also be on some medication for nausea or diarrhoea.
It is exteremly important that you give your puppy the medication prescribed for the full amount of time it has been prescribed even if they seem to be well.
Diet: - Your dog, or puppy will be recovering from some extensive damage to their intestinal tract.
It is typical for their faeces to be a little loose at first or for no faeces to be produced for a few days as the intestinal tract recovers.
Their faeces should gradually firm up over the first three to five days at home and your puppy should be active
and of normal attitude.
If diarrhoea persists, if vomiting occurs, or if your puppy seems depressed, please contact your vet immediately for their advice.
Your puppy may also seem to be ravenously hungry after going so long without food, but it's important that you don't allow him or her to gorge on their food as this can result in vomiting and or diarrhoea.
It is much better to feed smaller meals separated by at least one or two hours.
One of the best things to feed a recovering dog is a combination of boiled chicken and cooked rice as this is tasty and easily digested.
It's also possible that your vet may send your dog home with a recommended prescription diet (e.g. Hills i/d), and if he is tolerating that diet well, continue with that until they are 100% before gradually changing back to a high quality dog food.
Exercise: Your dog should be considered contagious to other dogs for at least two weeks, so it is important to "play it safe" by eliminating trips to the park, puppy school, friends houses or other neighbourhood areas.
If your puppy is less than sixteen weeks of age, he or she should not be allowed in public areas until their vaccination course is completed fully.
Other Pets: Cats and humans are not susceptible to Canine Parvovirus infection and adult dogs that have been fully and recently vaccinated are not susceptible either.
Puppies, however, are at a great risk. If your sick puppy was indoors only, you should wait at least a full month before any new puppies come to your home.
If your sick puppy was outdoors, remember that it can take up to seven months before the virus is eliminated from soil.
Bathing: Bathing will reduce the amount of virus left on the puppy's fur and will help reduce any contagious particles left on his fur but it's important to ensure that he is completely dry and that you don't allow him or her to become chilled.
Resuming Vaccines: Your puppy cannot be re-infected with this virus for many months (and is possibly protected for life simply by virtue of this infection).
It's very important however to remember that standard canine vaccinations protect against other serious infectious diseases and should be given in full, along with regular booster vaccinations.
When your puppy next requires a vaccination, will depend on his age and his vaccination history so, please be sure to ask your vet when their next vaccination is recommended.
Worming: Damage to the intestinal tract by Parvovirus infection is exacerbated by infestation with intestinal worms. and the presence of worms can also hamper your dog's recovery.
It is important therefore to worm your puppy regularly with a complete intestinal all-wormer so please, ask your vet for their advice.
There should be no permanent ramifications due to this infection and your recovered dog should lead a normal life once the recovery period is completed and this is normally after about one or two weeks