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    Caring for parvo puppy - my story

    Hi everyone. I came to this forum looking for information and decided to post about my experience so far in hopes that it can help someone else. For the past 24 hours I've either been caring for Dexter or searching the web for information and I really appreciate the great support I've seen at this site.
    So, here's our story so far:
    Got 8 week old shorkie (shiz-tzu/yorkie mix) on Saturday. Went to vet on Tuesday and got a good bill of health. Puppy was active, eating well, a whopping 3.3 lbs. Thursday morning he had diarrhea and wouldn't eat. Husband called me at work and said he had been sleeping the whole day (this was around 2), so I took him to the vet and they tested him and said he had parvo. Got scared sh*tless by the doc, took pup to 24 hour vet in hopes they would take care of him, but they wanted $1500 a night and there was no way I could afford that. So, they sent us home with anti-nausea meds, antibiotics, nutrical paste, and some care tips. Friday he drank and ate some food but still had diarrhea (yellow liquid, no blood) and was lethargic. This morning (saturday) he started vomiting. Soooo, back to the vet and they actually put an iv in his leg and I'm to give him fluids every hour They also gave him sub-q antibiotics and anti-nausea which I will also have to do later Tomorrow, I'm supposed to try to give him some water or pedialyte and if he keeps it down we will be on the right track (hopefully).
    Any tips or helpful hints would be greatly appreciated.
    On a lighter note, I asked my husband what he thought the color of a parvo-survivor collar would be and he said "I don't know but the slogan should be 'Poop Strong'.
    Wish us luck. Dexter is such a tiny guy but he's a tough little fighter. Here's a before and during parvo pic (warning - may be disturbing, but not really)
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    Re: Caring for parvo puppy - my story

    I'm so sorry your pup is sick. Parvo is a tough go...it's all supportive care and hope. I'm not sure where you got your little one but you should definitely let them know so they can let the other puppy owners know to watch for illness. Did you have a contract with the breeder? The puppy will have contracted the virus at the place he was before he came to you and if there is a health guarantee maybe they will be able to help you with the bills ( I doubt it, but there's no harm in asking).
    Sending good thoughts your way.
    Maggi and Cracker, Dog about Rosedale


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    Re: Caring for parvo puppy - my story

    I've emailed the breeder but haven't heard from him (2 days). The warranty would only give us another dog (why would be want another dog? And especially from the same breeder? Ugh.) So, the breeder will be no help.

    Dexter is doing well taking the iv fluids and he hasn't thrown up. But, he hasn't peed yet either! We've given him 7 ml every hour since 2 pm and it's 7 now. Shouldn't he need to pee? I have a call in to the vet to ask about it but he hasn't called back yet.

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    Re: Caring for parvo puppy - my story

    I did the same thing you did, searched for info on how to take care of a parvo pup and found this site. our puppy is doing much better with the fluids and antibiotics, a very similar treatment, he did have to be hospitalized for a night because of the dehydration, but we are doing a lot of the same things you are doing. he is eating on his own finally, drinking and even wagging his tail once in a while.. so there really is light at the end of the tunnel.

    a secondary issue we have run into is an upper respiratory infection that as a lovely green ooze coming from our puppys face and a cough. they have told us to keep treating him with the antibiotics and supporting him and he will do okay, watch for that tho, our vet has said that it is a pretty common secondary issue with parvo.

    good luck!!

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