Anyone had experience with their dog having Parvo?

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Anyone had experience with their dog having Parvo?

Post by Jim Goldste » Tue, 06 Jun 1995 04:00:00



A week ago my 10 week old Jack Russell terrier mix came down with Parvo.
Luckily when the first symptoms showed I was around (due to being between
jobs). I caught the symptoms extremely early and for 3 days she was un-
diagnoseable. The early symptoms overlap with hundreds of ailments. Sat.
after taking her to the emergency hospital the night before she was
diagnosed with suffereing the effects of the Parvo virus. Initially I
fell to pieces when i left her witht he vet, but I've pulled myself together
and realize with out the care I'm providing for her she wouldn't have
a chance. Every thing that can possibly be done has been done as far as
healthcare.  has anyone else been through parvo with their dog? What breed
was your pet and did they survive? i was told that Dobermanns and Rottweilers
often die from the virus and certain breeds are able to survive the disease
easier than others. Also does anyone know how long the disease usually lasts?
This weekend I've immersed myself in information regarding teh disease and
the care that is needed to restore health to the pup. Isuppose that is
just the way i'm dealing with the stress. I'm amazed at how strong a bond I've
made with Curly (my puppy) over the first week we've been togehter. Anyone
else heard that the virus has weekened in virulence over the years as to its
attack on the heart? I realize growing tissue such as the intestines and liver
are still prone. Also if your pet has survived any lingering effects of teh
disease? Hoping my puppy makes it!

Jim Goldstein                   "THE" quote: "Oh my God! She's really


 
 
 

Anyone had experience with their dog having Parvo?

Post by BeardC » Tue, 06 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Nine years ago, we went thru our only Parvo experience. These were 16 week
old Beardie pups, who had just had their 4th vaccinations 36 hours
before...one died within the hour of the first symptom

The survivor is 9 years old, and in Excellent health. Tora never had a
problem after the treatment. (We also used homeopathics, and our vet was
an accupuncturist, who used that to stimulate her immune system. I really
think it helped her recover.)

Work on building up your pups' immune system in any and all ways. You are
past the worst, and I wish you all the best.

Susan Holm

 
 
 

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Post by Jim Goldste » Wed, 07 Jun 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>Nine years ago, we went thru our only Parvo experience. These were 16 week
>old Beardie pups, who had just had their 4th vaccinations 36 hours
>before...one died within the hour of the first symptom
>The survivor is 9 years old, and in Excellent health. Tora never had a
>problem after the treatment. (We also used homeopathics, and our vet was
>an accupuncturist, who used that to stimulate her immune system. I really
>think it helped her recover.)
>Work on building up your pups' immune system in any and all ways. You are
>past the worst, and I wish you all the best.
>Susan Holm

My dog is back home....the dog has recovered faster than anyone expected.
I've been told her survival is due to the quick recognition of her symptoms.
I think as long as care is given (homeopathic or traditional vetinary care)
the dog has better chances of survival. Also i was informed that the
chances of a dog acquiring liver diseas or heart failure after the initial
recovery is extremely rare these days. Apparently the virus is much less
aggressive than it was when it was first isolated. Thank goodness! I'm looking
forward to spending many years with Curly....my little survivor! thanks to
everyone who responded to my post :)

Jim Goldstein                   "THE" quote: "Oh my God! She's really


 
 
 

Anyone had experience with their dog having Parvo?

Post by Mike Mer » Tue, 13 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Our 7 month old Rottweiler has been diagnosed with Parvo.  She has been
in intensive care for 3 days, we are going to visit her again tonight and
hope she is getting well.  The vet said at lunch time today that there
was no change, no worse, no better.  She just lies there.  We love her
but cannot continue to treat her if she isn't going to get well.  We have
$950.00 in vet care for the past 3 days.  Please ppost any advise.  We
need this advise as soon as possible.
Thanks in advance,   Jane
 
 
 

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Post by Edward Murp » Tue, 13 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>A week ago my 10 week old Jack Russell terrier mix came down with Parvo.
>Luckily when the first symptoms showed I was around (due to being between
>jobs). I caught the symptoms extremely early and for 3 days she was un-
>diagnoseable. The early symptoms overlap with hundreds of ailments.

What are the symptoms?

ed

 
 
 

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Post by Donalds » Tue, 13 Jun 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

> Our 7 month old Rottweiler has been diagnosed with Parvo.  She has been
> in intensive care for 3 days, we are going to visit her again tonight and
> hope she is getting well.  The vet said at lunch time today that there
> was no change, no worse, no better.  She just lies there.  We love her
> but cannot continue to treat her if she isn't going to get well.  We have
> $950.00 in vet care for the past 3 days.  Please ppost any advise.  We
> need this advise as soon as possible.
> Thanks in advance,   Jane

   Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that Parvo is a virus
that primarily kills by dehydration. I adopted a dog from a local SPCA
shelter, only to have it come down with parvo that very afternoon.
Everything was very quick, and the next day, the dog died at the vet's.
Years later, a newly adopted puppy of mine came down with parvo. Needless
to say, I was quite worried about her condition. I found out later that
she was never in too much danger, as it was caught in the early stages,
and the vet began to administer IVs. As I understood from my vet, parvo's
chief weapon is surprise. It just hits with a lot of strength right away,
causing the dog to lose fluids. In surviving for three days already, your
dog's chances can only be getting better. I know that there's a lot more
to parvo than just dehydration, so I suggest talking to your vet about
your options, and finding out as much as you can about exactly what's
going on inside your dog. That way you'll be well-informed about what
you're up against and what steps need to be taken to get your dog to
feeling better.
 
 
 

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Post by Steven Ruggiero [TEM » Wed, 14 Jun 1995 04:00:00


: Our 7 month old Rottweiler has been diagnosed with Parvo.  She has been
: in intensive care for 3 days, we are going to visit her again tonight and
: hope she is getting well.  The vet said at lunch time today that there
: was no change, no worse, no better.  She just lies there.  We love her
: but cannot continue to treat her if she isn't going to get well.  We have
: $950.00 in vet care for the past 3 days.  Please ppost any advise.  We
: need this advise as soon as possible.
: Thanks in advance,   Jane

We had a***er puppy that came down with parvo. For a couple of days he
was pretty sick - we thought it was a cold and didn't think to much about it.
His symptoms were throwing up and soft stools. On the third day I woke
up and the dog was very weak. I took him to the vet and he was diagnosed
with parvo. The vet gave him only a 40% chance to live and indicated the
bill would likely be ~1500 dollars. At the time this was an enormous amount
of cash for me yet I could not sign my dogs death warrent just because
of money. I had to let the little fellow fight for his life and leave the
struggle up to him. Visiting him was painful as he started to bleed from
his mouth and***. The main problem was dehydration possibly resulting death.
At the height of the sickness he couldn't even lift his head.

After about three days the worst had passed and he started to hold down
water. The IV's were discontinued and we took him home. I have had him now
for over 8 years with no apparent side effects. The vet said that the only
good thing about parvo is that if the dog recovers then almost always
it is a complete recovery without any later side effects.

We firmly believe that our***er caught parvo because the previous owner
who had him for a few months neglected his puppy shots. Parvo is an airborne
disease.

My only hope is that you can give the dog his shot. The money is a lot but the joy
and companionship that I have been repayed with can not be valued in dollars.
Good luck - I hope all works out well.

--steve

 
 
 

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Post by Jim Goldste » Wed, 14 Jun 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

>>A week ago my 10 week old Jack Russell terrier mix came down with Parvo.
>>Luckily when the first symptoms showed I was around (due to being between
>>jobs). I caught the symptoms extremely early and for 3 days she was un-
>>diagnoseable. The early symptoms overlap with hundreds of ailments.
>What are the symptoms?
>ed

When Curly began to get ill she was developing softness in her stool and
was vomiting her food and later dry heaving along with spitting up mucous
gunk. After that her bowelmovements became full fledged diarhea and she
could not keep anything down....not even water!  The early
awareness of her earlier symptoms probably saved her life. I was told that
Rottweilers and Dobermann puppies can die easier than other breeds, but
dogs older than 3 weeks have a higher rate of survival. To anyone who is
faced with large vet bills I would say continue the care as long as possible.
A week of care isn't unheard of. My personal decision was that I could pay
off a credit card bill over time, but I couldn't live with letting a puppy
die in front of my eyes. Fortunetaly my family was very supportive and offered
to help with the bills. Everyone grew close to Curly very fast. Curly has
proven to be one interesting jack Russell Terrier. Best of luck to anyone
faced with a similar situation..
.
Jim Goldstein                   "THE" quote: "Oh my God! She's really


 
 
 

Anyone had experience with their dog having Parvo?

Post by Jim Goldste » Thu, 15 Jun 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>We firmly believe that our***er caught parvo because the previous owner
>who had him for a few months neglected his puppy shots. Parvo is an airborne
>disease.

THIS IS NOT COMPLETELY TRUE! Parvo is acquired throught the oral/fecal route.
An example would be if a puppy was taken out to go to the bathroom on a
stretch of grass that is frequented by several dogs in the neighborhood and
the dog happens across a dropping from a dog carrying the virus. If the dog
pokes his/her nose  into the poop to get a good smell and then***s his/her
nose the dog can acquire the disease. Young dogs who are poop eaters are
especially vulnerable to getting parvo. Older dogs who are vaccinated can
carry the disease so it is important to keep younger dogs from them. Kind of
hard to keep your dog in a bubble, but for their own good if you can.

Jim Goldstein                   "THE" quote: "Oh my God! She's really


 
 
 

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Post by Sknar » Thu, 22 Jun 1995 04:00:00


A stray pit mix we adopted came down with Parvo. She spent three days at
the veterinary hospital, very ill, but came out of it eventually and made
a complete recovery. The key is  hydration, as another  message poster
mentioned. The vet injected fluids under the loose skin on her back, which
she gradually absorbed. Vaccination is a must for preventing this ***
ailment.
 
 
 

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Post by Trudy Werner MS-2 » Sat, 24 Jun 1995 04:00:00


After an experience with my older dog who became dehydrated and had
to be treated with IV fluids and IV antibiotics for an anemia problem,
I started tracking her fluid intake and giving her an electrolyte
solution.

I bought a product called HydraFuel in an orange flavor.  It is available
at health food stores.  I buy it by the case ~$24/12 (32oz) bottles.
It is mild, pleasant tasting and I had my old girl on it for almost
2 years until she had to be put to sleep.  We never had another
bout with dehydration.  Depending on her situation, I would mix it
1:1 with water or 1:1 with half n half, or 1:1 with milk.  It's good
to keep on hand and cheaper than Pedialyte, I think.

Trudy