Skip to comments.Brought home a new puppy yesterday; he's got Parvo
Posted on 07/22/2013 2:29:33 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
The wife and I just brought home a German Shepherd pup yesterday. He seemed "shy" but later I realized he was lethargic. He ate a bit but not like what you would expect from a two month old Shepherd.
We took him to the Vet today to have him checked out and he tested positive for Parvo. He hadn't started puking yet and they put him on IVs so with a little luck he should recover.
Our other dog is up to date on his shots and the cats are supposed to be immune. I went around and disinfected everything he touched. The vet said they have a 90% success rate so it looks good.
I contacted the family who sold us the pup. They called back and let me know the last one from the litter died.
Does anyone here have experience with Parvo?
Despite the rough catheter, the vet is the best place for him.
There’s only so much you could do at home and his chances are *much* better with an IV.
Prayers and best wishes for the little guy.
This vet is good. I think he’ll be alright.
He was lethargic but responsive and he wagged his tail. He kept going back to the wet food and held it down even though he didn’t wolf it down. I think he’ll be alright.
Good to hear!
Thanks... very sorry to hear the pup has Parvo. Hopefully, it’ll have a full recovery.
He is obviously so much better off with you and your vet than being left to the uncertain attentions of the "breeders".
From what you're saying about him eating, it sounds encouraging and I really hope that the pup makes it, and lives a long grand life with his loving new family!
Hope this pup does well. I think he’ll be OK.
I wouldn’t blame you for asking for a return of sales. The vet bills may be beyond since this is a friend and they weren’t planning to be dog breeders.
My beloved German Shepherd, who would’ve been 29 yesterday, had a seizure within the first week we had her. We called the breeders, a famous show handler, and he was so sorry and offered to take her back. He was far away so we said we’d keep her and see what happened. It was very nice of him to offer for undetermined problem. This in the days before breeders offered - no, demand - contracts for all this stuff. It was just “handshake”, if that. Turns out vet couldn’t find anything, I saw a dead wasp right next to her crate where she had the seizure, and she never had another episode. Great dog.
Good luck. I love GS.
There is actually a known but poorly understood effect known as hormesis in which exposure to the toxins generated by an infection spurs a wider beneficial response.
I mean it with all my heart. I have 2 kittehs, and if they were ill, I would be beside myself. I’ve had to deal with geriatric kitteh illnesses and subsequent loss, and it is just heartrending. So, go lil’ pup, go-go-go and get completely well. Then, Dad will have to post a pic of your absolutely adorable lil’ self for us all to enjoy.
Don’t listen to those saying “take the puppy back, and get a refund”. You were meant to get that puppy, YOU were meant to save that puppies life. To take him/her back is surely to let it die.
Obviously I’m a dog lover, a retired Marine, but you’re already invested, might as well take the hill while you’re at it.
Doesn’t “sound” cruel...
It IS cruel.
I’ll be praying for the little guy.
That depends on what you’ve experienced.
We saved Halla from sure death at 4 weeks old.
A huge prayer thread went on for her.
She did live and we thought she was ‘okay’, except for being a bit quirky.
April 30, another prayer thread went up for her again because she had an “episode”.
$3500 later, we found out she had 85% of her brain filled with water and time was the enemy.
Only a $10K operation gave her any hope..slim as it was.
Still, we tried to raise the money...and fell very short.
May 22, I watched her deterioration finally climax in a horrible, brain frying, screaming seizure.
An hour later, I was holding my getting-herself-back-together-post-seizure heart of hearts baby girl on my lap while a cold, killing needle was shoved in her arm as she fought desperately to stop it.
I do not have words to describe the utter emotional devastation of that.
It almost killed -me-.
I felt her die and something deep inside me died, too.
I *know* everybody says I was a ‘good mommy’ and ‘saved her’ and I wouldn’t trade the time I did have with her [a whole 7 months] for the world but if I had to do it all over again, sometimes I wonder if I wouldn’t just walk away from her, a 4 week old pup left semi-conscious in a cold bathtub.
Which would have been less cruel for us both?
To have let her just slip totally into the shock induced near-coma I found her in or the 7 months that ended in heart and soul crushing, screaming horror?
To have her die unconscious and unaware in hervery young, nearly ‘larval state’ or for her to have death forced upon her in a strange place by the people she loved as an 8 month old pup?
I will spend the rest of my life seeing her eyes as she begged me to stop the vet and his needle.
I will spend the rest of my life hating myself for not saving her.
I will spend the rest of my life missing her so much I can barely stand it.
I will spend the rest of my life hating that she didn’t even live to outgrow her ‘puppy knuckles’.
I haven’t even touched upon what it did to hubby as she was his “first dog” or he fact that the nearly $4K bills have, for all intents and purposes, bankrupted us as our business has collapsed under Obama.
I think of Pet Semetery and the old man saying “Sometimes, dead is better”.
It’s my nature to keep stubbornly trying and trying and trying, especially where my dogs are concerned.
I love her desperately, still, but I wonder if I will ever recover from the price I’ve paid, and will always pay, to have her for those 7 short months.
It has broken me in more ways than one.
Even FReepers have noticed that my ‘spirit’ is dimmed.
Sometimes, you get handed a hopeless proposition and all you do if you charge up that hill anyway is hurt yourself and prolong the suffering of an innocent animal.
Was she ‘happy”?
Oh, yes..in the way that only severely brain impaired innocents can be.
Did she ‘hurt’ all that time?
Congenital hydrocephalus causes terrible headaches [among other awful problems] and it KILLS me to know that she never ‘knew any different’ since pain was her ‘normal’ state.
I loved that little angel more than my own life...but if I knew then what I know now, I would have let her go in peace while she wasn’t even aware of anything, yet.
Nothing is ever black and white/either, or.
That was a hard, HARD lesson for me to learn.
The sad part is, I’m so damned stupid that I *know* if the situation comes around again, I’ll probably bring another hopelessly broken thing home.
It’s who am I...for better or worse.
The only cold comfort I have is the hope that I will see her again, someday.
Thank you for the information.
I am old, and have no answers, but wish I did.
All I know so far - life hurts, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either a fool, or is trying to sell you something.
All I can offer you, despite my personal pain, is that sometimes death is a blessed relief for those who are suffering.
That said, I hate it, because I am now alone, having to carry on, wondering why.
It’s the blood that makes it small terrible. No vet can cure parvo, the symptoms can only be treated, and the dog has to be able to last longer than the blood and fluid loss. It wouldn’t matter how many times you took it to the vet. I”m sorry you had to go through that; it is heart breaking.
Usually it takes 3 to 4 vaccinations before a puppy is relatively safe from parvo. Eight weeks is usually when either the first or second shot is given. It wouldn’t have mattered much if they had spent the money.
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