CANINE INFECTIOUS GASTROENTERITIS
There are no antiviral drugs available
to treat viral gastroenteritis.
Supportive treatment is required for
the more serious cases.
Fluid and electrolyte loss can be managed through the
administration of crystalloids parenterally. Lactated Ringer's solution is preferred
where significant vomiting and diarrhoea are present. The fluid should be administered
through an intravenous catheter at a rate of 100-150 ml/kg/day until the patient
is rehydrated and then at a rate of 66 ml/kg/day for maintenance plus an amount to
cover any extraordinary losses (vomiting or diarrhoea).
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