What are my dog's chances?

I purchased a toy pom from a local pet store on 6/18, which now I know was a complete mistake. They received him from the breeder on the 6/16 so he had his first series of vaccinations. On the third day of having him he had thrown up in his crate it looked like a murder scene. I took him that night to the vet ER because I thought he ate something. They did x-rays saw something in his stomach so they gave him barrium. That didn't help. I brought him back the next day, they did another x-ray and it still showed some barrium left in his stomach so they gave me i/d food. He ate it drank water and threw up around 2 am next morning.


I then took him to a different hosp and asked them to do a parvo test, you would think the other doc would of done that first thing. My puppy is 8 weeks old, I mean hello, that should of been the first thing tested or brought up to me. So here is the situations as of now, IV fluids and antibiotics were introduced on 6/24 it is 5 days now and they now have to give him plasma and he has pneumonia. So my question is, what are his chances? The vet keeps saying he is stable he hasn't gotten worse and i am like what? You are giving him plasma and he has pneumonia now.

Someone please give me some advice. I had a little break down at the vet today, an ugly cry moment. Please pray for him, his name is Bibble.

MELISSA1172 from Spokane

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June 29, 20070 found this helpful


i am very sorry for the pain both you and your puppy are going through. unfortunately i had pretty much the same thing happen to my pup and he didnt make it and was in terrible pain, it was a complete relief when he did pass on which was soon.


it was hard on myself and my children but at least he wasn't hurting anymore, i don't believe your puppy has much of a chance, i will pray for you all and hope for the best, take care

June 30, 20070 found this helpful

God bless you for having a love of animals and going to the time and expense of ensuring Bibble will be healthy. I will pray for him and watch for updates. Don't be afraid to take out your frustration, the squeaky wheel gets the grease!

June 30, 20070 found this helpful

I'm with Jwagner. Raise hell. How would you behave if it was your child recieving treatment? Demand action and answers. Don't let them dodge questions, and most importantly, be around. I used to work at a vet, and sometimes it can be hard to get ahold of owners. Make it a habit to stop by there at least once a day (maybe to and from work?), and call right after lunch. If you suspect that you could be getting better treatment elsewhere, go for it.


Now, having said all this, whichever vet you do stick with, you're not going to want to be a jerk about things. Be pushy, but gracious. As the staff gets to know you, they'll be even more helpful, and god forbid if the little guy doesn't make it, you'll have extra support from those who tried their best. Hang in there. He's worth it!

June 30, 20070 found this helpful

I wish I could reassure you, but I honestly don't know what the chances are for this poor, unfortunate puppy. Bless you for doing the best you can under most unfortunate circumstances. I would encourage you to try and get some kind of retribution for your vet bills from the pet shop if at all possible. As a former dog breeder, I can only say that, in my experience the pups offered for sale in pet shops almost invariably come from puppy mills where dogs are kept under unbelievably filthy, inhumane conditions, bred indiscriminately, and shot (or--worse--drowned!) when they are beyond breeding age. These people don't give a rip whether the pups are healthy (and they rarely are), frequently fake vaccination certificates, and the dogs and pups are kept under conditions that would make a "normal" person throw up in utter disgust! There are now laws in most states against this sort of thing, but they are difficult to enforce, and the culprits are difficult to track down as they tend to use fake names and addresses and fake identification.


I do hope your dear pup pulls through, but--PLEASE--never buy a pup from a pet shop again. Indeed, don't patronize a pet shop in ANY way that sells live puppies, kittens, or birds. The reputable ones don't. It is only by refusing to shop there that we will ever put a stop to this kind of atrocity. Instead, if you're shopping for a healthy, normal, happy, well-adjusted animal, go to a breeder where you can actually SEE the conditions in which they've been kept, meet the parents, see how the pup interacts with his/her littermates, etc. That way you are far more likely to come home with a pup with minimal health problems throughout his life, and who will be an asset to your family.


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July 2, 20070 found this helpful

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I am sad to hear about your puppy. Unfortunately the pet stores, in general, buy from puppy mills. These animals are very unhealthy to begin with..and the buyer does not know this. I would suggest, if there is a teaching Vet School with hospital to take your puppy there, That is the best chances.


Your basic local vet does not have the expertise to deal with these cases. If not...and the puppy survives I would suggest not getting the general it will probably have reactions to the shots, etc. Please share with us any updates. Blessings.

July 2, 20070 found this helpful

I can relate to that we recued a puppy 12 years ago that spent weeks / months in and out of the vets office due to Parvo. She is now a healthy old lady.
If the dog is stable you have a chance. I have rescued and raised several Parvo infected dogs over the years. Never easy, long and could be expensive-however in my opinion worth it all.

By Haley (Guest Post)
July 3, 20070 found this helpful

I had gotten a puppy from the local animal shelter. She was a shepard mix. Within a week we knew she wasn't well. Not eathing, throwing up etc.... I took her to our local emergency hospital and we did all the things you are doing. IV's etc.... She had Parvo. I thought my husband was going to kill me!!!! In one week I spent over $1000. on a dog that we got from the shelter. The shelter said "bring her back and pick out something else and they will take care of it" No way! We were already in love with her. I just couldn't resist her eyes. Something about her told me that was the right thing to do no matter the outcome. "Lady" pulled though!


She was the BEST dog!!! I have two kids, they were little at the time and I also ran a home daycare. Lady became the best friend of everyone. The kids dressed her up all the time. She was so patient and loved the attention. If anyone would wrestle, argue or scream she was right there in between them letting them know that it was time to stop before someone got hurt. She was awesome! We were lucky enough to have her for 10 years before she passed away!!! I just have to say....follow your heart. At least you are trying and if it doesn't work out, no regrets.

P.S. My husband would tell you that was the best $1035. we ever spent!


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July 3, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Melissa - a hug to you from Moses Lake, I hope Bibble pulls through. Just that, I don't know of how else I could help, but I just want to reach my arms eastward and give you a looong hug.

By MoiMoi (Guest Post)
July 3, 20070 found this helpful

Well, you and your puppy are in my prayers. I went through this with my dog Nikka. She pulled through and with all the care I had to give her I ended up being closer to her than any other dog in my life. Just trust that what is meant to be will be.


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July 3, 20070 found this helpful

You and Bibble are in my prayers. Lots of love to
Bibble we are pulling for him. I hope you feel better
after reading these posts. Good luck and hope to
hear some good news about Bibble let us know!!!

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July 5, 20070 found this helpful


By Misty (Guest Post)
July 5, 20070 found this helpful

My dog was 28 months old (2 years, 4 months) when she contracted Parvo. We got all of the medication from the vet and administered ourselves. Vet gave her 50% chance of surviving. With lots of prayer, love, no sleep for days on end, holding her head to throw-up, forcing water down, giving her IV fluids, medications, etc etc... she pulled through. It was like we had held our breath the whole time and was finally able to breathe. She did pull through! Please do keep us all up to date on what happens. I know it's really hard thing to go through... especially when it's your BABY!


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July 5, 20070 found this helpful

I'm sending healing energy to Bibbles. Please keep us posted on his progress.

As you've learned, NEVER buy from a pet store and/or breeder. (Most of these unfortunate animals come from puppy/kitten mills.)

July 6, 20070 found this helpful

So sorry to hear about Bibble. Any updates?

I know breeders who wont even let you into their kennels. Several reasons; either they dont want you to see the actual conditions they are being raised under--or they are actually concerned about people bringing diseases into an area where there are young puppies.

Several years ago my new husband brought me a sweet Pom home--from a kennel! She had lived in a basement kennel since she was a puppy---4 years! She had gotten everything she needed physically but was terribly love starved.

Of course she wasnt going back---one look in her eyes and I was smitten. She sat gently in my lap just looking up at me and even today, several years later I cry at the tenderness of our first encounter.

Sending love to Bibble and you and your family. Whatever happens, I know that Bibble has brought you something sweet and precious that will never leave you.

I see puppies in the pet shops, sleeping, quite possibly sick and I desperately want to rescue them and show them love but I know that doing so will only ensure the demand for more mill puppies. Dogs arent commodities, they are living breathing loving beings.

Love heals all things.


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July 6, 20070 found this helpful

My dog got parvo when he was a puppy, despite the fact that he had all his shots on time. To make matters worse, he was a rottweiler (they have the lowest survival rate for parvo of any breed). The vets suggested I put him down and save us a lot of trouble, heartache, and money. I thought we caught it early enough and knew he was a strong dog, so I requested treatment. He made it. My advice is to do anything you can to keep him fighting. Visit him regularly, sit with him, talk to him, stroke him. And if he is able to move or sit, help him do it. Like people, animals often get pneumonia from just lying. He must be a fighter or he wouldn't have lasted this long.

July 6, 20070 found this helpful

stay strong and stay by your Bibble as much as you can. Show Bibble all your love for him. Let the dr.s do their thing and remember as long as he is stable he is not getting any worse. ALL MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU, BIBBLE AND YOUR FAMILY!!!
God bless you and your poor sick little fur baby

By patricia woods (Guest Post)
July 12, 20070 found this helpful

My rottweiler, her name is "Baby",she is now 6 years old. she caught parvo when she was 6 months old. I nursed her back to health with Gaterade and antiboitics, amoxicillin. with that disease it is really the dehydration that kills them, keep them hydrated with no food for about 1-2 weeks and then slowly introduce a bland diet of like boiled chicken and rice, once the vomitting and diarreha has stops. i am living witness to this theory, they say rotties are one of the breeds where survival is very mininmal. my "baby" is 6 years strong to this day and a living witness to this. keep strong and positive for Bibble.

By cassie (Guest Post)
July 31, 20070 found this helpful

My puppies are four months old were diagnosed with Parvo. I put them on IV fluids and an antibiotic. I am happy to report that they made it out of the woods. Any dog can make it if they have the right treatment and TLC


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