My puppy....

a miracle, of sorts....

Sunday, May 17, 2009 by killajosh | Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

So, last year I lost a puppy to parvo. He was an adorable little male brendle pitt, about 7 weeks old when he died. Before he got sick, the vet told me he was too young to have his shots because he still carried some of his natural immunities. He told me that giving shots too early can affect a puppies health and growth.

On to the present.....

My friend gave me a miniature doberman/beagle mix. I was told he had his shots, but was not informed that he had not had his boosters (a dog has to have a series of shots 3 - 4 times to become fully immune to parvo, corona, etc....). About 4 1/2 days ago, Bruiser began showing some of the classic signs of parvo infection: depression, lethargy, loss of appetite, and vomiting. Unfortunately those symptoms are also classics signs of parasites (worms!!!!), so it was a tough call. I wormed him immediately (along with 8 other dogs...yep, we got nine!) and waited 24 hours. After showing no sign of improvement, I started him on a heavy dose of Erythromycin (about 100mg every 8 hours), as well as 24cc's of Pedialite an hour. To keep his stomache settled (parvo is notorious for causing vomiting and diarrhea) I have been giving him Pepto-Bismol (yep...the pink stuff) every four hours. This has been going on for 2 full days now. He is also quarintined from the other dogs, and must remain so for at least 2 weeks.....

So I woke up this morning feearing the worst, since parvo can quickly go from bad to death in a puppy. To my surprise he wagged his tail when he saw me! I gave him his medication (which he actually fought about... Pepto makes a dog foam at the mouth lol) and his pedialite (got to keep up those electrolytes, folks!), and decided to try feeding him a little food (I chose cat food....the levels of protein are different, making it easier on his stomach). With something akin to joy he trotted over to the bowl and ate just a few bites (a relief- he hasn't eaten in 4 days or so). We went outside where he decided to chase a frog, and then decided I would make an easier target.

I'm so thrilled. For anyone who is an animal lover, watching a beloved pet die from a dreaded disease is heart-wrenching. To see one actually begin to recover? It actually brought years to my eyes to see his little tail wag when he ate.

 

jpmurph1
Reply #1 Sunday, May 17, 2009 11:49 AM

A story with a happy ending, excellent, we have 3 silky terriers, and love them all dearly, we had an american eskimo for 11 years, and she came down with this god awful disease called "Cushings Disease" but to hear your story, and a happy ending is so nice from a fellow dog lover

killajosh
Reply #2 Sunday, May 17, 2009 11:57 AM

jp, as ironic as it seems we lost an esky to Cushings about 6 years ago. She was 13 at the time. It's a terrible disease in dogs, and one that disguises itself well. We thought she was just getting old. By the time we found out she had Cushings, it was too late (we woke up one morning and she was having horrific seizures). The cause? A tiny tumor in her pituitary gland.....

DrJBHL
Reply #3 Sunday, May 17, 2009 12:00 PM

Cushing's (hyperadrenalism) isn't pretty. Sorry about that, Murph...sad when suffering happens. Glad about the dog's recovery, though.

The relief I felt when my buddy Zane came home (Zane's Big Adventure) lasted 4 days...and then *poof* there he was in the garage....was palbable...Man did that cat get fed , watered and hugged.

Now the little maniac is diagnosed with food allergies.

Neverending fun.

k10w3
Reply #4 Sunday, May 17, 2009 12:04 PM

I'm glad your puppy is recovering.  Did you bleach the areas in your yard that the pitt used to go to the bathroom on?  Parvo can get in the dirt and stay there for a while, causing a series of infections in dogs.  Fortunately for me, I've never had to deal with the parvo thing (YET), but I've known a lot of people who have had to deal with it, and it's really heartbreaking.  I've raised and trained dogs for the past 19 years, and during that time I've met and befriended a lot of dog people.  Parvo in puppies rarely has a happy ending.

killajosh
Reply #5 Sunday, May 17, 2009 12:08 PM

Now the little maniac is diagnosed with food allergies.

Neverending fun.

Ah, the joys of being a pet owner......

Philly0381
Reply #6 Sunday, May 17, 2009 12:12 PM

One of the important things that most everyone forgets is that our pets need the same care and for that fact love as thier human owners.  What at times makes it difficult is the 'language barrier' which means us owners need to really pay attenttion.

We have a yellow lab that has diabetes, try giving a dog his twice daily shots when he looks you at you with those eyes.

killajosh
Reply #7 Sunday, May 17, 2009 12:15 PM

k10w3
I'm glad your puppy is recovering.  Did you bleach the areas in your yard that the pitt used to go to the bathroom on?  Parvo can get in the dirt and stay there for a while, causing a series of infections in dogs.  Fortunately for me, I've never had to deal with the parvo thing (YET), but I've known a lot of people who have had to deal with it, and it's really heartbreaking.  I've raised and trained dogs for the past 19 years, and during that time I've met and befriended a lot of dog people.  Parvo in puppies rarely has a happy ending.

k10w3, we actually moved from that house about 4 months ago. As for this house, well....

I have bleached all the floors, the walls, all the furniture (with a solution of 10 parts water to 1 part bleach). We are currently washing any laundry he may have come in contact with ( with clorox....even the colors....color-safe bleach isn't the same). his bathroom area outside is FAR away from the other dogs, and I carry a bottle of bleach/water spray to treat the area. I am taking all the precautions I can, including giving the other puppies antibiotics (we have 2 that are only 6 weeks old, so they are right on that line between immunity from mom and no immunity at all).....

killajosh
Reply #8 Sunday, May 17, 2009 12:20 PM

The funny thing about parvo is that parvo itself is not a deadly virus. It's nothing more than a stomach virus. It's all the side-effects that kill a dog. Parvo can cause a dog's blood to become septic due to all the vomiting and diarrhea (the stomach acid eats away at the lining of the stomach, allowing the infection to enter the blood stream). Also, dehydration is a huge threat, because a dog will not drink if it gets too sick. That's why I use the pedialite...it keeps the dog hydrated as well as replaces vital electrolytes a dog needs to survive......

Parvo has no protein casing, which is why antibiotics won't actually kill it. The antibiotics are used to fight off secondary infections while the dogs' immune system fights the parvo....

DrJBHL
Reply #9 Sunday, May 17, 2009 12:23 PM

A 3% bleach solution will kill anything...including HIV.

killajosh
Now the little maniac is diagnosed with food allergies.

Neverending fun.

Ah, the joys of being a pet owner......

True....he's never happy about feeding or washing me. 

k10w3
Reply #10 Sunday, May 17, 2009 2:35 PM

Zane is such a pretty cat.

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