My Dog Is Sick With Possible Liver Failure. She Hasn't Eaten Anything In 4 Days. She's At The Vet On IV Fluids/med. How Long Can She Go Without Eating Food?


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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
While it is not ideal dogs can go quite awhile without eating--depending upon the severity of disease it can take 7-9 days for appetite to return.  Your veterinarian will monitor your dog's condition and when they become very concerned about her anorexia and nutrient deficiency they may suggest alternative feeding strategies.  These options include feeding tubes in the esophagus, stomach, or intestines, and TPN (total parenteral nutrition) that delivers balance nutrition intravenously. 
Please talk to your veterinarian about your concerns relating to your dog's care and anorexia.
helen baillie-gutteridge Profile
Dogs can go a surprisingly long time without eating, so long as they are receiving fluids.  She will not damage her intestines unless this is part of her disease, whatever it is.  She is following her instincts in refusing to eat, as digested food gives her liver work to do, which it is not up to at the moment.
I will not pretend that this elderly lady is not very sick, she is, and may not make it. This will not be due to lack of food, but due to the inability of any mammal to survive long without a functioning liver.  I hope she does get better, but if she does not, you have my deep sympathy and my praise for taking such prompt action to try and help her.
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himanshu sharma answered
it is clear cut case of Canine parvovirus (CPV) it's other symptoms which it will show in
three to ten days of getting infected are lethargy, vomiting, fever,
and diarrhea .diarrhea and vomiting will cause dehydration and other
secondary infections and causing this balance in electrolytes and because of bloody diarrhea it will cause anemia and loss of protein.the WBC count drops vigorously and ultimately will lead to shock death . However
it is curable but its success rate depends on how early it diagnose and
usually I.V fluids and colloids , anti nausea injections ,such as
metoclopramide, dolasetron, ondansetron and antibiotic injections such
as cefoxitin, metronidazole, timentin, or enrofloxacin with B- complex
and liver enhancing tonics such as sorbolene , liv.52 etc. Are given
and if the disease is at last stage blood plasma transfusion from a
donor dog which has survived cpv infection .as you have already consult veterinary doctor its good have faith in your vet but also ask him to do test for hb,wbc , esr, lft and blood urea and ask him about possibilities of cpv in your dog.

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