I'm a Vet Tech spending my weekend at home after a long week at work with a puppy who was brought into my clinic diagnosed with parvo. The owner did not have funds to treat it the first time she brought her pet in (3 days ago) and we asked her to please consider relinquishing her pet so she had a better chance of survival.
Owner declined, treated at home with "online treatments" and brought her back 3 days later on deaths door. At this moment 12 hours into treatment I'm still only maybe 25% optimistic this pet will live based on the condition she is in and the history I've seen with Parvovirus in the field over the last couple of years.
I can't even begin to describe how heartbreaking it is that this poor girl didn't get urgent treatment. Trust me when Vet Techs tell you that your pet needs urgent treatment...we mean it! We understand financial constraints...the VAST majority of us make under $15,000 a year and are in it for the love of animals...we're broke too! but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you cannot provide adequate care for a pet (including emergency care) DO NOT GET A PET TO BEGIN WITH.
The argument can be made that if everyone who didn't have a thousand + dollars available gave up their pet that many animals would give up a long healthy life with people who love them, but on the other side of the spectrum I see so many untreated painful ear infections, diarrhea cases that go on for painful months because owners cannot afford proper diagnostics to prescribe the right meds, and relinquished pets for Parvo because they've already given up on their "starter puppy" because it's cheaper to start over than take a chance to fix the one they've got.
Sure the hospital gave me a break on the cost of meds because I work there and I have the training to provide adequate around the clock care, but although this poor girl may not make it I'm sacrificing hundreds of my own precious (and few) dollars just to make sure this kid has a fighting chance because there was a selfish person out there not willing to give up her accessory when she starting getting sick thinking she could give it "a whirl" at home.
Pets may be our best friends, but they depend on us for care much like children. Please find your puppy another home if you cannot afford to take care of it. On the other hand small daily sacrifices in your routine add up quickly into paid vet bills.
Good luck to all and a sleepless night to all of us attempting to save our valued family members...BUT PLEASE... FROM A VET TECH WHO DOES IT FOR LOVE AND NOT MONEY...DO NOT FEED YOUR ANIMAL BLEACH IN ORDER TO TRY TO HELP YOUR PUPPY! The success stories you hear from this site are the same 20% of puppies that would've survived without treatment. Irritating the lining of the intestines with a chemical as harsh a bleach (even if diluted) is one of the worst things you can do for a pet who's gastrointestinal system is under attack.
Good luck to all and please find the bravery to get your friend the best care possible, even if it means finding him/her a new home. Look around and I'm sure you'll find a hospital within a 25 sq mile radius that will take in pets and attempt to treat them for free if you're willing to give them up. Call the hospitals in the yellow pages line by line if you must.
If there is any doubt in what the right thing to do is...look into those sad sick eyes...if the roles were reversed they'd gladly do the best they could for you. (09/23/2007)
Acidophilis....buy it over the counter at your local pharmacy. (09/23/2007)
If your puppy has parvo first of all don't panic always go to your vet. But if that is not an option, like for me, I treated my German Shepard puppy at home. I gave her a small dose of pepto bismol like one teaspoon, followed by a cup of pedialyte to keep her hydrated every two hours non-stop.
I have a 3 month and 3 weeks old male pit bull puppy. He's had all his first shots and his rabies, I wanted to know when is it SAFE to take him out for a walk, without worrying that he might get parvo? (10/02/2007)
Do you even understand what parvo does to a dog. The inside of the intestine comes off and this cause hypovouliemic shock and death. You are insane to give a dog bleach, you are poisoning an already sick animal. Take the dog to a vet, and may not even be parvo, so many other problems look and even smell like parvo, intussusception comes to mind right off the bat, as well as a massive infection from swallowing a foreign body.
Every single one of you who has a dog who is sick and doesn't want to take them to the vet because of money needs to find their dog another home where they will be properly taken care of.
I am the proud owner of 3 beautiful dogs, and I take each of them to the vet every year for a check up and their shots. Besides getting them checked out once a year, I keep them on HeartGuard and Frontline. I also take them to the vet anytime I suspect they are sick, even if I don't have the money. I have been seeing my vet for 10 years now and will work with me on payments. If you talk to your local vet, I am sure they will work with you.
So quit looking online for remedies. Giving your dog bleach is going to poison them. Give your dog what they deserve.. proper treatment, care, and love NO MATTER WHAT! (10/07/2007)
Do not give a puppy with parvo bleach, but it is important to bleach everything the dog may have come in contact with. I.E. your yard, clothing, furniture etc.. This is no walk in the park! Take the pup to the vet immediately, and pray! We have a dog there right now, and if he dies it will be our third dog in less that 1 year. This is the only one with parvo though. It is very serious, very sad, and very expensive.But he's also family.DO not wait! Symptoms can very, but the vomiting, diarrhea and not eating, are almost sure signs of parvo! Be strong, your dog's need your strength! Good luck!! (10/12/2007)
As a dog breeder, I can tell you it is NOT parvo. Parvo KILLS in 2-3 days, the dog will not eat or drink,they have vomiting and diarrhea. It sounds more like TAPE worms or an intestinal blockage.
Is he eating and having NORMAL bowel movements? If so that is a good sign. Is he coughing? If so, he could have heart worms in the final stage. The dog needs to be checked by a vet, and maybe you could make payments. (10/12/2007)
By Kay Murphy
My pup died last weekend- the one with PARVO.. I took him to the vet and that is what the vet said it was. He was trying to fight it, but it didn't work =( Not even two days later my dads dog came down with the same thing! Little did I know my friend let her down in my room where the sick pup was.. Once again the vet did say it was PARVO.. I have three healthy dogs that haven't gotten sick or anything from it. They've been kept up on their shots and even got another PARVO/Distemper shot- to prevent it. Parvo is really bad right now where I am- (10/16/2007)
By Tracey G
My 6 wk old puppy just threw up a huge like 3 ft white worm. my mom says to feed her a small ball of tobacco and that will get rid of her worms. I'm going to try this but if anyone has any other advise that might help PLEASE let me know I'd really greatly appreciate it, I cant afford to take her to the vet for another 2 weeks so I just need something to help until then! Please email me anything suggestions or tips you might have THANK YOU tabitha, ternanook05 AT yahoo.com (10/24/2007)
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