I just brought a cute German Shepperd puppy from a pet store but it got sick three days later. Not knowing what was wrong with the dog, I took it to the vet to find out she got pavro. I couldn't believe it. So I done some research and found it takes 7-10 days too show any signs of pavro from the day its caught the virus.
My puppy is at the vet and is fighting for her life at the moment. There is a chance she is going to be OK. What should be done with the pet shop that's sold a very sick puppy? :(
I found out today that unfortunately my 6 month old Chihuahua has parvo. I've been crying all day. We could not hospitalize him because it would be $700. So we have him at home trying to give him water and Pedialyte to help him. I really hope he gets better. Each day we will have to take him to the vet clinic to have IVs, but I am still afraid that it will not be as effective as him staying there.
I just hope he will be OK. My grandmother has had many dogs die from this terrible disease including her most recent one that passed over the weekend. I am wondering what his chances are. Also, I am wondering if I should clean everything inside and outside now, or when he gets better. By the way, my dog's name is Chewy.
Mercedes from Killeen, TX
You must be vigilant and be on watch 24 hours a day. Keep it up until all symptoms are gone. No food, lots of liquid and prayer. (04/25/2008)
Everyone: get your dog all his/her shots at 8 weeks. No exceptions. If you do not want to bring it to the vet when something this dangerous comes upon your furry friend, do not get a pet. If your child came down with pneumonia and you could not afford the hospital bill, would you just place him/her in bed and try to will them back to health? I'm sorry but I consider that abuse.
Either way, good luck, I really do hope the home remedies help, and that you learn something from this in the future. We all deserve a second chance, if it is given. (04/28/2008)
By Randall L. Sprague
Unfortunately, her health severely declined by the next morning so I brought her to the best pet specialist hospital (SF Veterinary Specialists) in San Francisco where I live. They tested her for parvo and it came back positive. Lucy has been receiving the best treatment possible from this specialist over the past few days. Lucy's health has been a roller coaster ride since she was diagnosed. Lucy has been receiving round-the-clock treatment, including electrolyte and plasma IVs, as well, as anti vomiting and anti diarrhea meds.
I've been visiting Lucy each morning and night and can now see she's taking a turn for the better this morning. She seems more alert and has been keeping limited amounts of baby food down without vomiting. Since Lucy and other dogs love to give their owner's kisses, my trick to getting her to eat the baby food is to place it on my lips and kiss her, thereby, she licks the food off my lips.
My vet bill is $2K as of today and will more than likely climb over the next few days as she gets stronger. Frankly, I don't care about the money, I care about my new puppy's health. I realize not everyone has the financial ability to care for their parvo pet as I have been fortunate enough to do so, however, each dog owner has a responsibility to do right by their pet whether it's caring for your sick pet yourself or knowing when it's time to seek professional help. Though I'm paying top dollar for the best care, there are other affordable options, including the SPCA which provides round-the-clock care in most locations at the fraction of the cost that I'm paying with the specialist. If you choose to care for your parvo pet yourself, keep him/her hydrated every hour, stay by their side (there's nothing better than the touch of a loved one, do what you can to get them to eat baby food and pray. Praying alone won't work.
Please, familiarize yourself with the signs of parvo, as well as other pet related health issues, and take action immediately! The key to recovery is quick treatment.
Note to breeders: You must take responsibility for caring for your new puppies (maintaining a clean environment free of feces, get the new puppies immunized at 8 weeks, etc.) so that when you pass on your puppies to a new owner, they aren't faced with health issues and vet bills that are preventable with just a little common sense. Breeding animals shouldn't be all about greed ($).
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