Help! I had 11 Saint Bernard Pups. 2 were sold to friends, the others sent to a breeders to be sold from her kennel. The 9 at the kennel are all sick, one has died. They have diareah and bloody mucus... no vomitting. She has treated them with Albon for coccidia, not working. She does not seem to think it is parvo. She says that they must have been sick when she got them and got it from their mother... but the other 2 puppies that my friends bought are healthy! The puppies had normal stools when they left... Did they get something at the Kennel? Is there something other than Parvo that could cause this? Also, I am picking up my pups and taking them to the Vet, but I am so Concerned about them, I was hoping someone out there has expereinced this before????
Wow! It sounds like they got it from the kennel! If your friends pups are healthy and mama is healthy, that's what it sounds like to me. Poor guys! Take them to the vet ASAP!!!!!! I probably wouldn't allow them to come in contact with any other animals. I hope everything turns out fine for the them!!
I definitely think it was contracted from the kennel. I don't know much about it, but I'd think that a breeder wouldn't want to take outside dogs and expose them to their own. I first of all wouldn't believe the breeder until you own vet gives a diagnosis and agrees with her. If I were you, I'd get them back and take them to the vet and then go through all possible treatments. Did you breed the dogs on purpose or did your dog mate with someone else's dog? I am wondering becuae if you don't know the father, you might not know what there is to be careful of. If you did, be sure if you give them to someone else to sell that they aren't exposed to sick or unvaccinated dogs.
According to the Breeder, there is blood and Mucus in the Diarrhea...she put the girls in one pen and the boys in another... she says that the boys are sicker than the girls are. I haven't seen them to know if they are vommitting also. I will take them to the Vet as soon as I can pick them up, is this something my other pets or Heaven forbid, my children could get? How do I transport them so that they don't "infect" our family van? How do I prove that it was the Kennel's fault? She wants reimbursment for her time and the meds. she had to give them :(
Thank you for the re assurance! We own both of the parents and the parents are up to date on vac. and healthy! I have put sooo much time and love into this litter, all for this to happen. One pup is dead, I hope our Vet can help the rest..... Thank you for responding... will let y'all know how it works out.
Well , it can spread to the other pets (I'm assuming it was a highly contagious thing or it wouldn't spread like that). It can't get to your family, though. The viruses and such in dogs is formed in a way that it can't be passed to humans. As far as getting money from her, you'd have to have the vet check them to see that this was something that started after they arrived at the kennel. It would be hard to figure out especially if you want to be reimbursed for it. You do have going for you that they were healthy before they went and got sick after. Definitely ask the vet about that. As far as disinfecting your car, use something with disinfectant and clean really well. Unfortunately she will probably have to be paid for her meds. As far as I know, you'll only get paid for the worth of the pet.
I strongly suspect parvovirus. Just because she doesn't 'think' it's parvovirus, doesnt mean that isn't what it is. My dog nearly died of parvo and he never once vomited, it was all diarrhea. Your veterinarian can give you an accurate diagnosis. Parvovirus is exceptionally dangerous to puppies under the age of 6 months. Your adult dogs won't get it, or at least won't show signs of having it. If the other 2 puppies that don't have it went to their homes at around the same time that the puppies went to that kennel, and they didnt' get it, then regardless of what that woman says, the 9 puppies got parvo from other dogs in her kennel. If your vet confirms that it's parvovirus, then the burden of responsibility is on the hands of the kennel owner who didn't adequately clean her kennels or prevent it from being contracted by your dogs, and if it were me, I wouldn't pay her a dime unless a court of law required me to do so. Parvovirus has a fairly short incubation time, and if the puppies have been there more than a week, there's no way they could have gotten it from your dogs. When transporting the puppies, just keep them in a box or kennel, when you get a chance to clean the kennel, use a bleach solution to make sure you kill the virus that causes parvo. Please keep us posted. And hurry to get your puppies, because Parvo can kill dogs within 24 hours if they remain untreated.
Thank you to all that responded.... I took my puppies to the vet's, he confirmed y'alls diagnosis of Parvo! I left one to be treated with IV's the others are being nursed at home. The Vet did not seem to think the outcome looked positive for them, but I am going to try my best! Any suggestions are welcome :)
If the Parvo attacks the heart muscle there is absolutely nothing you can do for the affected puppy. Your first priority is to safeguard the puppies you have at home, before touching them make sure you have clean clothes on and that you have bleached your hands every single time. NO SOAP in with the bleach water it renders the bleach ineffective. Put some bleach water in a pan or tub and bleach the bottom of your shoes before going near them. Parvo puppies die from shock and dehydration. You need to keep them warm any hydrated. Did your vet give you Lactated Ringers to inject them with? Parvovirus causes the lining of the intestine to die, hence the odour. Nothing stays in the intestinal tract long enough to be absorbed. Ringers injected under the skin will sometimes stave off dehydration. This will have to be done every 4 hours. Your vet will tell you how much. As long as the puppies can swallow, a small amount of corn syrup, 1/2 cc, by mouth every 4 hours as well, and when they no longer have a gag reflex take your finger dip it in the syrup and rub it on their gums. Nothing I have said is any kind of a guarantee, I am only a breeder who has encountered Parvo, not a vet, but unless you keep them in the vet clinic it's pretty much the only game in town. I have lost puppies over the years, and I have saved a few, thank heaven I haven't had to do this very often. This information is the result of working with my vet over the years. This may have been something they were exposed to at your home, at the other persons home, or just the result of the stress of moving them compromising their immune systems. I am so sorry that you are having to deal with this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your puppies.