I took Cooper to the vet today because of vomiting and him just not acting like a puppy. Vet came back with the news no puppy owner wants to hear....He has Parvo. I had two options. I could take him back to the pound so they can put him to sleep. Or have him hospitalized and have a $500-$700 bill. And I've only had him for less then 24 hours.
I chose to hospitalize him. I've had him less then a day but I've become so attached to him that I couldn't bring myself to take him from the horrible place I rescued him from.
You are doing the right thing. I know it's not great having to spend that kind of money on a new dog, but believe me it's worth it. I found a stray puppy, that I was going to find a home after I got all his worm issues cleared up. Then he went and got bit by a rattlesnake 2 weeks after I found him. He cost me around $1000. He is now almost 11 years old and he has been my bestfriend all these years.
Awwww I'm so sorry. After the first pup you had picked out had been adopted by someone else, I was so excited for you when you found Cooper. Life works in mysterious ways. Maybe it happened that way because Cooper needed someone as wonderful and compassionate as you. Here's wishing him a full and speedy recovery. Kudos to you for getting him checked so quickly and for sticking with him despite the difficulty and expense.
One of my sisters now thinks I'm crazy for trying to save him. Especially since this would be the 3rd puppy to have parvo.
My first one was when I was younger and he died from it. Had him for a week.
The second one wasn't technically mine, but I forked out the money to save him since my sister (not the one that thinks I am crazy) didn't have the money to pay the bill. He was treated at the same place Cooper is and he lived, however he was younger (8 weeks) and we caught it quicker. He is a Golden Retriever that I purchased for my sister from a breeder.
Now Cooper is my third attempt to save a puppy from parvo. I think he has it worse then Remington (the GR) did, and he is in worse shape health wise. I'm just worried cause he is extremely thin. At the vet he had a watery, brown stool with obvious worms and got sick 3 times.
I really hope he survives because he is such a great little puppy that I know would make a great family pet for us.
Got news from the vet today. Cooper hasn't had any diahrrea since last night, but he's still vomiting and not eating or drinking. He's starting to wag his tail again. The vet can't guarantee me that he'll make it but I haven't given up on him.
Does anyone know how long they treat a puppy with parvo. The vet said it usually take about 4 days, but what if there isn't much improvement within those 4 days?
I'm so sorry. I kind of know how you feel though. I adopted a puppy from a shelter near my home, and the poor little thing came down with Distemper. She was couhing a little when I brought her home on a Friday night, and Monday when she went to th vet, he told me that she had Kennel Cough.
Afer a week's woth of medication, she went back to the vet. The Kennel Cough had turned into pneumonia and she had to be hospitalized. The next day when I caled to see how she was, the news wasn't good, and the Kennel Cough and pnemonia was only a precursor to Distemper. Unfortunaetly, my story doesn't end happily, and she had to be PTS. My consoliation was that she didn't die unloved or unwanted at the Shlter. But because my story didn't end happily, it doesn't mean that yours will end the same way. As Shineybalckpit mentioned, there's a new and very encouraging treatment for Parvo. Lots of pups survive Parvo, so don't let my story discourage you. My pup had something totally different. I only told you because I want you know that I understand how you're feeling and what you're going though.
Pleaase keep us posted, and I'm sending my prayers for your little precious Cooper and you.
PS ,, I just went back and looked at the oucs you posted yesterday. What a pretty doggie.
***Edited By: harlee29 on 8/4/2005 7:39:39 PM*** Reason: add
Called my vet today. Cooper still hasn't had anymore diaherra but still has a lot of vomiting. Everyone there has fallen for this little guy. They tell me that anytime they talk to him (can't touch unless necessary because of the parvo) he wags his tail and seems excited. They have him on iv fluids because he still won't eat and if he does he vomits it back up..
I feel so bad for Cooper, he spent over a week in the dog pound to come to a nice cozy home with lots of attention just to go back into a cage. I'll have to give him extra love when he gets back (hopefully) to make up for his time in a cage.
Vet update: The vet just called a few minutes ago to give me an update on Cooper. Since my last talk with them earlier today he's had a few large bloody liquid stools. Still vomiting. But he's still wagging his tail when people talk to him. They have him back on the medicine for his diahrrea.
He's been there since wednsday around 4 and has shown no real signs of getting better. Infact he seems to be getting worse. They said they had one dog that it took 14 days for them to start showing improvement. But I don't know if I can financially handle 14 days of vet care. That's looking to be over $1000 +. Then what if he still doesn't make it?
I figured I would wait a until Wednsday to see how he's doing. Hopefully he'll start showing signs of improvement by then.
Question: When I got him he was extremely thin. You could feel just about every bone in his body. Would that suggest that he's had parvo for a while? And do you think that would make his chances for survival less?
I really just don't know what to do! I keep looking at his picture and I feel helpless that I can't make him better.
Sigh . I'm so sorry that Cooper doesn't seem to be improvingDid you talk to the vet about trying that flu medication that somone mentioned can cure arvo? I think that shineybalckpit snet you the lini to the thread.
As for Cooper bing so skinny, I'm have no idea if this is indicative of Parvo, but I really wonder if the pound knew he was sick when you aodpted him. If I were you, I would call the pound to let know that Cooper has Parvo as if he has it, then I'm sure other dogs at the pound have it, too.
My prsayers are still with Cooper and you. I know how difficult and hard this is because I've hd to go through something similar. You feel so helpless and it just isn't fair. Big hugs for you both.
Bad news for cooper. Today he is worse then yesterday. He seems to be declining instead of improving. He has even more bloody diahrrea but less vomiting and he is no longer wagging his tail or doing anything to seem happy. I emailed my vet a few links i've found about the tamiflu and he said he'll check them over. He hasn't heard anything about it so hopefully this could be something that he can research and use on furture parvo puppies even if it doesn't work on Cooper as it may be too late. Hopefully things will be different tomorrow when I get an update.