Right after my husband and I graduated from college, we moved to Edmond, OK and started our lifetime careers.  We were totally broke, living in a mobile home, and barely making it from payday to payday.  One morning, I went outside and a little white ball of fur had somehow managed to get into our fenced yard.  Of course, I thought she had found me on purpose and there was no way I was giving her up.  Needless, to say, we looked for her owners but nobody claimed her and yes, I kept her!

We named the little puppy Bubbles and honestly, we had no business taking in a puppy.  We could barely buy groceries for ourselves let alone support another dog.  Did I mention that we already had my dog from college whose name was Scuffy?

Signs of Parvo

After about a month, Bubbles got really sick.  She wouldn’t eat, was lethargic, had bloody diarrhea and was throwing up.  I immediately took her to the vet and she was diagnosed with canine parvovirus.  And no, we hadn’t gotten her her shots because we had NO money.

 

Canine Parvovirus

Bubbles is the big white dog, Scuffy is the reddish dog and Taylor, our son, is the baby!

When I took her in, the vet told me there was probably not much hope that she was going to live through the day but I told him to do whatever he could and I left.  When I got home and told my husband, he wasn’t very happy with me.  He called the vet to tell him to euthanize her but when he called, they put him on hold.  He was on hold for so long that he got frustrated and hung up.  Me….well, I was a blubbering idiot.  I was so afraid Bubbles wasn’t going to make it and to make things even worse, my husband was going to have her put to sleep.  I cried many tears and said lots of prayers and by the end of the day, the vet called with good news.  Bubbles was going to pull through!

 

Canine Parvovirus

Wasn’t she just the cutest!

After one huge vet bill that we could no more pay than the man in the moon, Bubbles came home!  She lived many happy years with us and both hubby and I were very thankful that the vet’s office put him on hold!

 

Canine Parvovirus

Not only was she pretty darn cute, she was the sweetest dog!

Moral of the story:  Don’t wait to get your pets vaccinated from parvovirus!  It could be very dangerous for your pet and cost you much more in the long run than if you had just gone ahead and done it when you should have!

Parvo is a deadly virus and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone’s furry friend.  It is important to have your puppy vaccinated against parvo because any puppy can get it.  Parvo in puppies is more common than parvo in older dogs.  Vaccinating your puppy against parvo would be the best advice that I could give!

Parvo Vaccinations

Usually the first vaccine is given when the puppy is 6 – 8 weeks old and then a booster is given at four-week intervals until your puppy is 16 – 20 weeks old.  But wait, you aren’t finished!  Another vaccine should be given when your puppy is one-year old.  Older dogs could be susceptible to the parvovirus if they haven’t received all of their puppy vaccinations.  If this is the case, they should get at least one immunization.  Of course, you should talk all of this over with your veterinarian and get his advice on your dog’s vaccinations.

Parvo is very contagious and can be transmitted in many ways.  It can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes into contact with a dog’s infected feces.  This is another good reason to scoop the poop!  It is hard to kill the virus and it can live in the environment for many months and can be found living on objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors.

If your dog has symptoms of parvo, you should take him to the vet immediately.  Parvo can live in an environment for many months, so you will need to try to kill the virus.  It is a hard virus to get rid of but you should clean as many items as possible.  A lot of disinfectants won’t kill the virus but a solution of one part bleach to 32 parts water can be used on all non-organic objects.  You should clean your dog’s food and water bowl and then disinfect them for 10 minutes with the solution.  If you don’t plan on disinfecting the bowls, you should get rid of them immediately.  You should also clean and disinfect all toys or throw them away.  Clean the soles of your shoes with this solution if you think you walked through an area that was infected.  Clean your floors, the dog’s bedding and anywhere else your dog has been.  Parvo is a deadly disease and it is very important to protect your canine babies from it.

 

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