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Saturday 26 March 2005

Poorly Puppy

Mac, who's only been with us for 6 days, is very poorly.

On Thursday he developed diarrhoea and vomiting. We took him to the vets who diagnosed a tummy bug (a bit of gastroenteritis). He gave him an injection and sent us home with instruction to feed him just once a day and make sure he kept up his fluid intake.

Yesterday was the same but he seemed to pick up in the afternoon becoming more alert and playful. This morning once again there was a trip to the vets, another injection and he was only allowed home because he wasn't dehydrated.

This afternoon we found out that one of his siblings has just died from Canine Parvovirus, a nasty virus that is contagious especially amongst young dogs and puppys.

This evening we rushed him down to the vets and he has been kept in so that he can be placed on a drip and monitored. The vet has told us that it will be impossible to determine whether he has Parvo or just a serious bout of gastroenteritis until late next week, especially as all labs will be closed for the bank holiday on Monday. So he is treating Mac as though he has Parvo, which is not that different from the treatment he was going to have to give him anyway as he wasn't recovering from the suspected gastroenteritis.

I'm not afraid to admit that I was on the verge of tears as Sharon and I left the vets this evening. He looked so pathetic and helpless. He's been with us for less than a week and, if he pulls through, it's likely that he will spend the next week to a fortnight in the hospital kennels. He hasn't yet learnt to sleep downstairs on his own, howling and whining through the night. I can't imagine how he's feeling in a kennels on his own, probably in isolation.

It just feels so wrong that we've had him for such a short time and we're going to be apart from him for what feels like an age. In the 6 days he's been here we've come to love him dearly.

We spoke to the owner of the kennels we bought him from and she is mortified that this would happen with her animals and genuinely upset that 1 of her puppies has died and now a further 3 are seriously ill. When we went there they looked like very well run kennels and I don't for one minute blame them for what has happened. I think it's just very bad luck.

Things are a little downhearted here at the moment. How can you not miss something that looks as cute as this?


March 26, 2005 10:26 PM | Family


I can't quite work out where you're located, but there is actually a test that can be done for parvo that some vets have on hand and where a sample doesn't need to go to a lab.
I'd be a bit worried that you took your pup to the vet twice already and they didn't think of parvo or it's evil companion the calisivirus. It's a bit late to swap vets though. Unfortunately there is no magic cure for parvo, just antibiotics and fluids. I hope your pup pulls through. In my own experience it's the pedigree dogs that go down the hardest, especially rotties and german sheps.

chris j said on November 21, 2006 8:10 PM:

Our 6 month black lab is currently in isolated at a vet hospital & has been diagnosed with Pavro. Your story so far describes the feeling we have for our little boy & the feeling of hopelessness.
Your blog does not say what happens next, hopefully you pupply recovered. I would like to know

I'm sorry to say, he died. He was too young and the parvo was diagnosed too late.

jordan said on January 8, 2007 5:13 PM:

i feel same as all of you my dog is dying after only 3 days with us and he is only 8 weeks old

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