Your always taking a risk when you adopt a puppy, or any dog for that matter, from a shelter.
My most recent adoption was on January 3, 2011. My boyfriend wanted to adopt a dog, me and him share the same love for pitbulls, so we made the decision to adopt a red nose male we saw on their website. It was love at first site on the internet, me and Steve were so excited to wake up first thing and be the first people to walk through the door and find the young 7 week old puppy named "King" We got there at 8:30am, they open at 9:00am. We rushed through there into the first area kennel area, and there he was on the right side of us. He stole my heart from then on.
First thought "There he is !" Second thought, "Oh my god, he is so skinny." he was so very skinny, he looked very sick and it was breaking my heart. They told me he had roundworms and that is why he is so skinny. Looking at his paperwork I also noticed he had been there for a very long time,(ten days in shelter days is like ten years, atleast at that shelter it is) It never occured to me what kind of diseases he could of been exposed to in those days.
I was to estatic, ive never been this more excited to adopt a dog, (ive adopted about 3 throughout my life) all mutts.<3
It wasnt my dog to begin with though, it was my boyfriend steves, but my happiness and excitement was for him also. While I have had dogs all throughout my life, his only dog he ever came to grow and love died when he was eight, and ever since then his mother would not get another dog. The compassion Steve had for this little pup was heartwarming and there wasnt a second thought that this was our new addition to the family. We filled out the paperwork, payed the fees and then we drove home with our new special little guy. Steve named him Buddy.
Waiting at home was tons of obnoxious squeeky toys, chew toys, rawhides, soft cookies, and a perfect puppy diet planned for him. The beginning of our new chapter in life was perfect, and is treasured for always. Three days have passed and things couldnt have been better.
Until Sunday, January 16, 2011. It was 11:00pm when Buddy began heaving, and coughing, and throwing up white foam and what looked like mucus, very severly also. Freaking out, I searched symptoms of all sorts of different diseases on the internet. Symtoms were spot on with Parvo
Virus. Luckily there is a newly built emergency animal clinic just across town, we raced there, waiting for my grandmother(who thankfully paid for all expenses) to sign paperwork. What makes my blood boil is that the vet tech, and the vet himself said, "He probably doesn't have it, he probably is sick with something else." Getting our hopes so very high just to be shot down with "Sorry but it came out positive, and there is no false positives." Thanks, that was really professional to get my hopes high.
Options: Hospitalization or home treatment? Home treatment, 300$. Hospitalization, over 1,000$! My heart was crushing as I was holding Buddy in my arms terrified of loosing him. The vet tech gave us some BS numbers that 90% of hospitalized dogs live. We wanted to give Buddy the fighting chance he can get, so we did the hospitalization.. Thank God grandmas tax return just came in.
We had to leave him there, and pick him up at 8:00am to take him to our normal vet, were they will hospitalize there. The vet techs and the Veterinarian himself was much more professional but yet very polite and considerate when it came to talking about his condition. Our veterinarian was obviously experienced, he had some years on him, and he explained a lot of his experiences with parvo
. He said he had NO NUMBERS and its true there is NO statistics of a dog especially a 7 2 month old puppy surviving parvo
. So thanks, emergency vet tech, for filling us with BS and hope once again !
There is no cure for Parvo
Virus. The only treatment that is possible is to make sure that the body is staying hydrated and nourished and also that you treat or prevent bacterial infections throughout the process of the awful disease. Buddy always chewed on his catheter, he still has a scar there to this day. He stayed hydrated and alert and was healing along nicely, they ran test and then also found a parasite in his tummy, lucky for us, his condition was good enough to be treated for the parasite also ! On the fourth day he was ready to come home, with a special easy digesting diet planned for him he came home and rested.
The day Bubba came home !<3