Parvovirus - Nutritional Support
This is a recording of a Free Veterinary CPD Webinar from Vet Education with Dr Philip Judge BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (VECC; Medicine of Dogs).
To begin Dr Judge runs through the problems present in patients with canine parvovirus enteritis. He discusses how and why the following can develop: anorexia, vomiting, SIRS, septic shock, hypovolaemia, profound electrolyte disturbances and gastroparesis.
Next, we hear about the solutions including naso-gastric suctioning, the use of anti-emetics, gut protectants and antibiotics. Dr Judge discusses in detail how to place naso-gastric tubes and the process of naso-gastric suctioning.
Dr Judge moves on to talking about nutritional support for these patients. How effective is micro-enteral nutrition and how should it be administered? And when and how should we use hydrolysed diets, liquid enteral diets, gut-specific diets and recovery diets to optimise outcome?