Question

Can a dog survive parvo without seeing a vet?

My dog doesn't have parvo i'm just curious how long a dog with parvo would last without any help from a vet.

Answer

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It is of course possible, but not likely. This is because the virus that causes parvo damages the lining of the gastrointestinal tract causing profuse vomiting and bloody diarrhea thus leading to severe dehydration and death. Giving oral meds, food and water will typically cause continued vomiting which leads to further dehydration. To prevent this, veterinarians maintain hydration and energy providing nutrients through an intravenous route along with medicating to prevent further vomiting.

So while it does occasionally happen that a puppy survives parvo without medical treatment, the chances are slim.

Mar 21 at 14:34

no! It eats away at the intestines. Get that pup to a vet!

Mar 21 at 18:21

Not likely, no.

Mar 21 at 22:30

NNNNNooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!…

Mar 22 at 3:2

Parvo is deadly. It can kill in a day.

Mar 22 at 7:57

Not likely. Even with treatment survival is not a given.

Mar 22 at 13:15

my puppy died a day after we went to the vet and he gave him a shot for parvo and fluids but he said it was too late...:(

Mar 22 at 18:57

If you don't care about the dog ...he MIGHT survive...but then how would YOU sleep at night knowing the suffering the dog went thru?

Mar 23 at 1:1