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1/5/11

Parvo Virus- From Velvet to Maggie Moo

Happy January Everyone.

I ate a salad for Wendy's for lunch.  Probably the most healthy and green thing I've eaten since mid December.  These new year's resolutions are tough.

I am a bit behind so I'll show you these 2 girls.  They had or have Parvo.
Velvet was here last week, some might have seen her photo on Flickr.  She came in on Tuesday.  Sketchy vaccine history, lethargic, with projectile diarrhea.  and by sketchy vaccine history it usually refers to someone's neighbor, down the road, going to the feedstore, some time several months ago, but the dog is all up to date and current on its shots.  They are most sure of it.

Well, this was Velvet in the middle of the week.  Not feeling so great.  



By Friday she was feeling a little better. Still had diarrhea though.  This video clip was shot on Friday afternoon. 



She was starting to eat a little on her own on Saturday morning so she got a bath and went home.   Her Mom came by on Monday and said her stool was clearing up too and her appetite had improved as well.


Next, we have Maggie.  Maggie Moo.  An 11 week old Boxer Puppy.  She came in on Monday of this week. Not feeling good.  She was wormy, not running a fever.  She we gave her dewormer and got a puppy shot in her.   She came back in yesterday, still not eating.  Her stool had changed from a normal color on Monday to bloody.  So we sent a sample to the lab and I got the results back this afternoon.  PARVO.

With her Flying Nun Ears




She's a sweet, sweet puppy.  I shot these photos and short video of her yesterday afternoon.  She felt a little better this morning.  She was a little perkier, but still depressed.  Her temperature has remained normal (too high is bad, and too low is bad).  She has been curled up on a blanket in the corner of her cage under a heat lamp.  If you open the door to pet her, she'll rest her head on your forearm,  let out a big sigh, and  go back to sleep.   We've not seen projectile diarrhea today, so I am hopeful that she'll pull through. Time will tell. 



If you happen to know someone who got a puppy for Christmas,  please ask about their vaccinations. And if no one seems to know, encourage them to get one as soon as possible. 

It could save the puppy from unnecessary suffering. And save the family from  heartache if that puppy passes away.  Not to mention a lot of money to hospitalize and treat them.  The owners of both Velvet and Maggie could have prevented this if they had gotten a $25 puppy vaccination sooner.

6 comments:

FrumsGlass said...

Poor babies. I hope they will be okay. I'm sure they will be with your good care.

Nancy Griffin said...

Andy,

We are cat owners, but your extraordinary site teaches us so much. We don't know about Parvo and your suggestion to urge owners of new pups to get their animals vaccinated is well taken. We will do so in our conversations.

We very, very much enjoy your postings, photos, and videos. Please keep up the good work and keep us on your email list.

Glassgardenswhatnot said...

I hope both recover quickly. It's heartbreaking to see a dog suffer with parvo. Bless their hearts!

I've always made sure our pit bull's shots are up to date. It's easier to keep her healthy and we hope to have her around for many years to come.

THE OLD GEEZER said...

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Art with Liz said...

Two very special beautiful puppies. Please give them both another cuddle from me.

Andy Mathis said...

Hi all- I was out of town over the weekend and am just now getting around to checking the blog.

Velvet and Maggie Moo both recovered and are doing fine now.

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