Hello everyone. Well, we have as of last night, lost 5 more puppies from our second litter. So far we have lost 10 of our beautiful Dobie babies. They were 8 weeks old, shots and wormed ready to go. The smallest weighted in at 11 pounds. To see them go from that, to skin and bones and then dying. I have never been this depressed or heartsick. My babies are my life. I guess you can all go to my site, and see my beauties ( since we have none for sale anymore). LavelleDobermans.com., you can see how wonderful they were.Please pray for me and my dh. We are devastated. Our vet is beside himself. He just can't understand whyone is up and eating and ready to go home in the morning and is dead by the afternoon. My friend said that the children in heaven needed puppies to play with.... and since mine are the best....I still want my fat healhty puppies back. I don't know if my heart can break anymore. We have 3 still at the vet. Thanks you all for the prayers.
At first, we thought it was coccidia. Now my vet believes it is the most viralent form of parvo they have seen. I don't know how it got into my kennel. I am a freak about cleanliness. I only have one pair of shoes I wear in my kennel. I thought it was safe to let people see them. They were almost 8 weeks old. Had their shots and everything. I think I can trace it back to a girl that came from a farm. They started getting sick about 7-9 dayas after that. My heart has never been this sick.
I also breed dobermans. I also suffered parvo in 3 pups. It is hearbreaking to see what it does to your pups. Nice fat pups turn into a bag of bones and are lucky to survive. The vet was able to save 2.
Now I never let anyone near my pups till they have had their first shots. People go from Kennel to Kennel to look at pups then bring it into your home. There is a recent case of parvo in NC that I heard about via a buyer.
Be real careful about letting people near the pups, especially to hold one, till pups have their shots.
I tell my new owners not to expose the pups to other dogs or strange areas other than their yard until they are fully immunized.
I am so sorry for your loss. Pups in heavy for children to play with was a sweet thought.
I too lost whole litters to parvo in the past, so I know how you feel. the sleepless nights, the emotional drain, the despair and helplessness you feel when you do everything in your power, spare no expanse and still lose so many. This damn virus almost made me quit breeding altogether when it hit my kennel few years ago.
Keep in mind that no matter what you do and how clean your kennel is, this virus is there to stay and will keep killing your pups for years to come unless they are properly protected.
I don't know what vaccine you are using, but Neopar was the only vaccine, and i tried them all, that was effective in ending my misery. Look it up. it really is as effective as they claim.
If I seem to have a superiority complex, it is because you make it so easy.
Years ago I had 2 pups left that had had 2 shots,almost due for a third. At a birthday party at my house a child came whose dog had just died of parvo days before. Of course there is no mention of this until AFTER my bablies got sick. Days later he tells me his dog had died and my pups were sick..do the math. I saved one but the other could not be saved. Puppy buyers do not understand when we say we do not want them held. There is a good reason. Parvo lives out there everywhere. Clorox wipes help but you CAN' be too careful. My heart goes out to you. I just lost a pup for no apparent reason and I feared Parvo again as it was fast. No blood though. Well, after tests..no Parvo thank God. But we still have no idea what happened. Cleanliness...Precaution...Prayer. Not necissarily in that order. :)
Juno - we have bleached everything in our kennel! What else can I do? I will have to wait for the snow to melt, but we plan on killing our yard with bleach. What else can I do?I do not want this in my kennels for years to come! I do not want to lose anymore litters. I will not be doing another litter untl 2008. But what else can I do in my kennel. I am up to my elbows in bleach, my hands a re raw. I still have 3 babies at the vet on the edge and 4 at home - 1 that never got sick, 2 healthy and over it and one recovering, gaining weight slowly.
I am so sorry. My heart is breaking for you and your family. My dogs have never had parvo, but about 7 years ago my brother got a stray from his school and kept it. A few weeks later it died from parvo. sever years after that he had a litter of pups with no problems. I don't know the self life for parvo, but have hear that it can stay under ground for a very long time.
I am very sorry to hear about your babies. I know that it is devastating. I don't know how long parvo stays around, or much about it, but I truly hope that you can find a way to successfully get rid of it.
i had a 4month old mini daschund get parvo "so the vet said" anyways another story...and it was so hard i was already very much atached at 4months old and i was up around the clock caring for her medicines, pedialyte, pills, etc, very much draining i know how you are feeling and i am very sorry...best wishes
I'm so sorry for the loss of your puppies. I know dobermans, labs and rotties seem to be extremely succeptible to parvovirus for one reason or another.
Please don't blame yourself for this, you have to keep in mind that it's impossible to keep the puppies in a plastic bubble and raise them normally. You can bleach and sterilize and clean all you want, but the fact is, parvovirus is so freaking contagious if you bump into someone's sleeve while passing them on the shampoo aisle at Walmart, and they've got some of the sheddings on their clothing, you can bring it home to your puppy. No one completely irradiates themselves and every single molecule of clothing they have before walking into their house, or going anywhere else. It's literally impossible to keep *everything* completely sterile, no matter how hard you try. All you can do is your best and hope for the best.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
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I am so sorry to hear of your loss...Best wishes for the remaining pups...Parvo is a horrible virus and from what I know, any young dog can get it, even after they have all of their immunizations. Although the more immunizations they have, the less severe the illness, the better chance they have to survive. A bleach/water solution is the best, but I would also look into a product called "OdoBan". It smells much better than bleach, it is less harsh on the hands, and it is advertised that it kills 99.99% of germs including the AIDS virus. I know for a fact that our vet even uses it. Again, sorry for your loss and best wishes for the other pups...
No matter how good a disinfectant is, all that is needed is that 0.01% that it missed to survive long enough to find a susceptible host to reproduce. Keep in mind that adult dogs can have it with out showing any signs of it so it can still be spread by them long after you think it is over.
Don't get me wrong. Cleaning and disinfecting will go along way toward drastically reducing the amount of virus in the environment which will decrease the odds of infection, but don't count on it.
As I said, the best thing you could do is early vaccination of pups and vaccinating all of your adults annually with a good high titter vaccine. No matter what other may say about new vaccination protocols, all those are theories that may look good on paper, but do not always live up to their claim in real world situations. It may be enough for the avarage dog, but not for breeders. Vaccinating the mother once every 3 years may protect her, but what about her pups. When you have a litter, you want to be sure that the numbers of antibodies that will be passed to your pups in the milk are at the highest possible levels. Only way to ensure that is vaccinating once a year, or even better, few week before she comes in to heat.
If I seem to have a superiority complex, it is because you make it so easy.