If you’ve recently rescued a dog, you’re likely very excited to have a new friend. If that friend is suffering from parvo, though, it can be difficult to know what to do.
It might not make sense but the best thing you can do when your dog has parvo is force-fed them.
To learn more about this and other ways to care for a dog with parvo, read on.
Should I force-feed my dog with parvo?
This is a question many pet owners are asking themselves, and unfortunately, the answer isn’t always simple.
If your pup is still eating or drinking, then it may be okay to try and force-feed him some food.
However, if he isn’t eating or drinking, then this shouldn’t be done.
If a dog isn’t eating or drinking during parvovirus infection, then there’s no way to know how long he has left to live before succumbing to severe dehydration and starvation.
Therefore, attempting to feed him could result in further complications and potential death of the animal due to trauma caused by the act of forcefully inserting food into his throat while he’s trying desperately not to die from dehydration and starvation!
How to force-feed a dog with parvo?
You should only attempt to force-feed a dog with parvo if you are experienced and know what you’re doing.
First, make sure your dog is not in a life-threatening situation.
If they are, it’s important to get them the nutrients they need as quickly as possible so that their body can fight off the virus.
You’ll need to prepare all of your supplies before attempting to feed them: cages, bowls and water bottles (which need to be sterilized), towels or blankets for covering the cage while feeding and cleaning up afterward, disinfectant wipes or spray bottles, syringes (a vet may be able to provide these), some food such as chicken broth or cereal made from whole grains like oats or rice—not refined flour products like white breads!
When is force-feeding appropriate?
You should only force-feed a dog if it is unable to eat on its own, not just because you don’t want the meal to go to waste.
For example, if your dog has come down with parvovirus and cannot keep food down due to nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, then force-feeding may be appropriate.
On the other hand, if your dog simply doesn’t have an appetite and won’t eat even after you’ve tried tempting them with delicious treats—or even forcing them!—then it’s probably not worth the effort of trying to get them fed.
This is especially true if they are otherwise healthy and hydrated without any other issues that would prevent eating on their own.
Force-feeding is a controversial practice.
In some cases, it can be helpful to keep your pet hydrated or provide them with the necessary nutrients.
However, this should never be done without the guidance of a veterinarian.
If you’re unsure whether to force-feed, call your vet and ask them what they think is best for your specific situation!