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7-8 weeks old Boerboel cross puppy diagnosed with Parvovirus

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7-8 weeks old Boerboel cross puppy diagnosed with Parvovirus on June 13, has been getting IV fluids daily since then. First became unwell with watery stools Wednesday or Thursday last week. Was diagnosed by swab test. Puppy was perky and playful Sunday night after diahrea had reduced but this morning had watery brown stools again. Vet had advised no food and we suspect someone in the house might have fed him. Question is should puppy be fed while undergoing treatment (he's also receiving antibiotics). Have seen conflicting advice to feed or not to feed. Please note puppy is in Ghana (West Africa)and standard of vet care not as high as here in UK hence asking advice on best treatment at home. Vet in Ghana advised not to feed until better. Please also advise what measures to prevent re infection.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.
Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

In general, if Parvo is truly what's wrong, there's likely to be a very poor appetite, or no appetite at all, so at best, ***** ***** of food would be worth attempting to give. Studies have shown that recovery time is reduced, with "micro-feeding", often using a stomach tube with a liquid diet in small amounts. So, low-level feeding does help improve the prognosis in cases of parvo virus, and I would not intentionally starve a puppy with Parvo virus for any longer than necessary.

If a puppy survives parvo, reinfection typically is not an issue, as immunity is strong and effective. Routine vaccination thereafter should be adequate for maintaining protection from the virus in the future.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thanks but what does no longer no than necessary mean in terms of feeding?

Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.
Once the vomiting is under control, I'd not wait more than about 24 hours before trying to start small amounts of food.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi he's not been vomiting just brown diahrea watery with mucus he's had it three times today
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.
Well, if there's no vomiting then I would not see a real reason to withhold food.