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Lab with parvo, treated, no improvement

We adopted a Lab mix on Tuesday, October 11. The warden at the dog pound told us that the five way shot he received there could cause a low appetite and upset stomach for 24-48 hours. He was fine on the ride home, and seemed very happy, but once we arrived he began vomiting almost immediately. We assumed it was a side effect from the shot at the pound, and decided to wait and see if his symptoms improved, but by Thursday morning he still would not eat for us and could not keep even water down. We took him to the vet, and they told us he was parvo positive. They gave him a few shots, one to calm his stomach, and one to fight the virus. They also injected fluids under his skin, and gave us a special formula food for him. The fluids seemed to help him get a bit of energy back, and he managed to keep some water down...for a time. We took him back to the vet the next day, and he recieved two more shots. They sent us home with a shot to calm his stomach, and another bag of fluids. We administered them as instructed, but we have seen no signs of improvement. His condition hasn't worsened, but we are very worried because he is still vomiting and will not eat at all. We have tried giving him Pedialyte with a syringe, but he won't keep it down. Is there anything else we can try, or anywhere in the Massillon/Canton/Akron Ohio region you would recommend for treatment?
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Most parvo positive dogs require in-hospital care.  This way the patient can get daily anti-nausea and anti-diarrhea injections, parenteral nutrition, transfusions, etc.  

Since your dog continues to vomit,  in-house treatment may still be an important option for him.  I would call your local vet and ask if there is an emergency speciality/referral veterinary clinic within driving distance.  Referral, speciality hospitals will have at least one veterinarian who is board certified in internal medicine who is better equipped to deal with something as serious as parvovirus.  If this is not an option, than hospitalization at your original vet clinic may be necessary for the best outcome.
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