GIVE ME THAT- BONE!
|Barked: Sat Aug 18, '07 3:14pm PST |
|PARVO - It CAN be beat! I'm living proof
About a week after Mom and Dad brought me home, Mom noticed one morning that I just wasn't acting like my normal spunky self. Then, when I didn't eat my lunch (I usually INHALE all my meals), she new something was wrong. She called the vet, and took the first available appointment which was the next day around noon. About an hour later, I started throwing up, and just wouldn't stop! Mommy picked me up, and couldn't believe how hot I felt. She called the vet again, and they agreed to let her bring me in for an emergency visit.
By the time I got to the vet, I could hardly stand up or even lift my head. My ribs were sticking out all of the sudden, and I told them through my eyes how horrible I felt. The vet gave me some fluids under my skin, and they created a HUGE fluid bubble on my back that eventually went away as my body absorbed the water. He also gave me THREE shots - An Anti-Nausea shot, a PepcidAC shot, and an Anti-biotic shot. He told Mommy to take me home and see how I did. He told her that hopefully I would improve tremendously w/in the next 3 hours, but if I wasn't considerably better by the next morning, that he thought I could have Parvo. He told Mommy that if I did have Parvo, that it was unlikely I would survive because I was SO young.
Mommy took me home, and I just got worse and worse overnight. By the next morning, I had BLOOD in my stool. Mommy and Daddy rushed me back to the vet. He told Mom and Dad that he was pretty sure I had Parvo, and most likely got it at the shelter and had been incubating it. He warned that treatment could get pretty expensive, and asked them what they wanted to do. Mom and Dad decided that they had to at least give me a CHANCE to fight this thing, so they told the vet to admit me. He took blood to test for Parvo, and put me on IV fluids, anti-biotics, and anti-nausea meds. He told Mom and Dad that I'd have to stay in the hospital for a few days, and that if I was going to improve, he should see some improvement w/in 48 hours. He also told them that they could come and visit me as much as they wanted!
They took REALLY good care of me at the vet, and Mom and Dad came to visit me 3-4 times every day By the end of day two, I was looking SO much better, and even standing up an wagging my tail a little! The vet said that the blood had come back positive for Parvo, and that I seemed to really be fighting it, but told Mom and Dad not to get their hopes up too much just yet because little puppies like me tend to "turn around" really quickly sometimes w/ little to no warning.
At the end of Day 3, I was doing SO much better, that the vet decided to let me go home! He told Mom and Dad to Bleach all my toys and bedding, and to mop all of the floors w/ bleach. They also sprayed down the back yard w/ a combination of bleach and water. They know it might kill the grass - but that's a lot easier to replace than me or my brother!
The vet also told Mom and Dad to keep their eyes on my brother, Jake, to make sure that he didn't start showing any symptoms. He's 16 weeks old, and fully vaccinated, so the Vet said that he should be okay, but that Parvo is HIGHLY contagious, so they should keep us separated for another few days.
Today's my first day home (Sept 19th), and I've lost so much weight that I look like a walking rib cage w/ a big head! The vet gave Mom and Dad special food to help me gain weight, and also some pills that they have to give me twice a day. He said that I'm VERY lucky though, and look like I'm going to make a full recovery!
So for any worried Mom's and Dad's out there that have a dog w/ Parvo, I'm living proof that they CAN pull through. The key is getting treatment early though! Mom and Dad wanted me to tell EVERYONE out there that if your Dog loses it's appetite, acts lethargic, and starts throwing up or has bloody stool, rush them to the vet IMMEDIATELY!!! If they DO have Parvo, their chances are MUCH better if they start getting treatment w/in the first 24 hours after they start showing symptoms.
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