This was my day to have THREE puppies at the dog adoption. I knew they would never last the entire three hours; young pups never do.
Little did I suspect that one would not feel good.
One fella began feeling puny soon after he arrived. He was warm. He was shivering and laying up against the puppy playpen. I picked him up and kept him close to me noting how hot he was growing and that his nose was drying.
Fortunately we were at a place where there was a vet. Oliver went inside to have his temperature taken and it was high.
He, his adopted sister, and I headed back to the shelter during the first hour. While we were gone his other brother was adopted.
But, Oliver has parvo. So now the brother and sister have to be watched closely. If they have it they will be back at the shelter for treatments.
Thank goodness we caught it and can treat him; he WILL make it through and be well.
We've seen so much parvo at the shelter that tomorrow and in Oct and Nov we are holding clinics just to inoculate against it.
Dog owners - Get your dogs examined and be sure they are up to date on their shots. Parvo is indiscriminate. It is a vicious killer. www.workingdogs.com/parvofaq.htm
"Parvo-virus is the number one killer of small puppies. The signs are listlessness, blood in the stool and then the next day bloody stool that looks like someone emptied a bottle of ketchup in the run. By then, it's too late."
Parvovirus is highly contagious, though not to humans. If you have other dogs, separate them from the dog which has parvo.
It gets in their toys, their food, and even on the ground.
Parvovirus is the most contagious killer dog virus in history and the virus can last in and around your house for 6-10 months.
IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR PUP OR DOG HAS PARVO GO RIGH TO THE VET. DO NOT BUY INTO OTHER REMEDIES. IT WILL COST YOU MONEY BUT THE VET CAN TREAT YOUR PET.
Tonight I am grateful I saw what was happening with Oliver, within an hour of his arrival from his foster home AND that we have such a wonderful shelter we can offer special pricing on treatments and can educate pet owners.