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Parvovirus - PLEASE take seriously!

September 11th, 2007, 09:38 PM
Hello Everyone,

We just wanted to share our experience with you in hope that we can prevent or help anyone whose puppy contracts the Parvovirus.

We purchase our Olde English Bulldogge (11 weeks old, 11 pounds) on Wednesday September 5th/07, that Friday he started to look sick. I called the Vet and asked them if there was anything I could do, and gave them the symptoms he was showing at that time. They had us rush him over and examined him on the spot. We where told it could be a cold or stress from bringing him home and to see how he did over night and bring him back to the vet. From 6pm that friday to 11 pm he drastically declined (he could not keep food or water down) vomiting and diareah (he looked really sick). We rushed him over to the Emergency Hospital and they tested him for the Parvovirus (It came back positive). He was immediatly taken into ICU for agressive treatment. He fought really hard for Four days until he got fluild into his lungs. His heart rate was around 240, you could not touch him from the amount of pain he was in. So he would not suffer anymore we decided it was the best thing for him to put him down. As painfull as it was to do this we know it was the best thing for him, and the reality was this Virus got the best of him. We caught early but this Virus is not something to joke about. Watching how fast it him and how drastically he declined we want to make people aware of what can happen and to have there puppies tested ASAP. Also to let you know 4 days in ICU cost us $3000. CAD it is not cheap.

He gave us 2 1/2 days of joy, and in return we gave him love and all we could do to try to save him.

Corona - June 17 2007 - September 11 2007. LOVE YOU & MISS YOU

September 11th, 2007, 09:53 PM
It is a terrible thing ~ I'm so sorry for your loss.

September 11th, 2007, 10:30 PM
:sad: Despite modern medicine, parvo is still so difficult to treat.

Have you notified the breeder? Likely other pups from that litter have also been exposed.

I am so sorry for your loss. :grouphug:

:candle: Corona

September 11th, 2007, 10:39 PM
Yes we have notified the store, and they have notified and requested all the owners that purchased the puppies to have them tested for Parvo, also the Vet that he had visited earlier that day we had notified them too.

This is very hard but I know he is in a better place without pain and suffering.

September 11th, 2007, 11:38 PM
I am very very sorry for your loss :cry:

And please wash everything down before any other animals com into your house.. Call the vet and they should be able to tell you the right combination to use to kill any left over virus..
please make sure any toys or leashes are bleached or thrown away.
also where the pup peed or pooped should be disinfected also.

September 12th, 2007, 05:10 AM
Sorry to hear about your loss.
I speak from first hand experience, Parvo is one of the saddest things to go through. I lost my first Rottie pup after only 2 weeks of having him as well to this horrific virus.
He was a BYB pup, and I was none the wiser at the time. I hope I never have to go through that again, as do I hope you never do.
:grouphug: No matter how short of time they spent with us, they always leave such an empty space when they're gone.
May Corona rest in peace:candle:

September 12th, 2007, 06:51 AM
So sorry for your loss, poor puppy. :rip: Corona.

September 12th, 2007, 06:56 AM
awe that is so crying :sad: i have never really heard what parvo did, just knew to get the vaccine for pups. sorry you had to go through that.

September 12th, 2007, 07:55 AM
Just want to give you my condolences, what a terrible experience for you. Poor little baby. :pray:

September 12th, 2007, 10:02 AM
Very sorry to hear that.Very sad story.All best wishes go out to u and your family

September 12th, 2007, 10:20 AM
I'm very sorry, you must be heartbroken.
As it happens, I ran into two guys at the vet's yesterday with a tiny kitten they had bought from a local pet store. The guy who sold them the kitten TOLD them the kitten was sick (but obviously neglected to mention that it was 99% fatal). But they bought it anyway!
They were too buried in their grief to talk much. The kitten was euthanized.
People who traffic in animals deserve a special hell.

September 12th, 2007, 10:37 AM
I agree ,that is terrible

September 12th, 2007, 05:27 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss :sad: :rip: sweet Corona puppy :candle: :grouphug:

I wanted to share a happy ending re Parvo with you. My :rip: :dog: Cally was also diagnosed with Parvo when he was a puppy (this before I rescued him as a 6 yr old) it was also caught early, treated aggressively but the virus was not as severe as your Coronas'. Within a 6 month period poor Cally puppy had Parvo & fully recovered, was hit by a car & fully recovered then was neutered :eek:. Cally always had a very strong personality & great will to live, in the ER vet when being treated for Parvo he chewed through @ least 6 IV lines :rolleyes:. My boy lived a full & happy life, 12 years when he passed, with lots of fun & love especially in the 6 years I had him.

If Cally's bout of Parvovirus had been more severe, treatment not as aggressive, had it not been caught early, I would've never known my :lovestruck: growler.

All puppies need to be vacinated against Parvovirus & its similiar cousin Coronavirus. In severe cases puppies can have both @ the same time. Hopefully in time these viruses can be irradicated so no other pet lover has to go through the pain & sorrow of losing a beloved puppy too soon.


September 12th, 2007, 07:11 PM
The Vet at the emergency hospital had informed us that even though Corona was vaccinated for Parvo there is a short window of contracting the virus before the vaccination takes effect.
We where not prepared for the pain you can feel when you stay by your puppies side while he is being put to sleep, to hear the heart monitor flat line is an overwheming and painful experience. I am just happy that he is no longer suffering.

Thank you all for your condolences and feedback, reading all the threads are very comforting.