13 September 2009

Didi comes home from the vets after Parvo - spaced out but OK

One of our miniature Dachshunds, Didi was was very of colour last weekend. She wouldn't eat and looked depressed so on Monday morning we took her to the vet and she was diagnosed with Parvo canine parvovirus.

She spent four days the veterinary hospital where she was on an intevenous drip while the disease ran its course. She's skinny and tired but this weekend she looks much better and we hope she'll be OK.

I've never come across Parvo before - this is the first time any of our dogs have ever been ill but in just a few hours Didi changed from being a bouncy playful little dog always full of energy with a constant "smile" to being tired and although she didn't make any noise she looked as though she was in pain.

While she was at the vet I found out as much as I could about Parvo. It's a viral disease that attacks the lining of the intestinal tract, bone marrow and immune system of dogs. The virus normally causes vomiting (Didi's was a frothy yellow vomit), diarrhoea (usually foul-smelling and often with traces of blood), lethargy, depression, dehydration, high fever/chill and sudden death. Apparently, pups are more vulnerable to Parvo than adult dogs but even fully-vaccinated dogs, can die from Parvo.

Didi was put on a drip because dehydration is often cause of death with the Parvovirus, after the diarrhoea and vomiting. We were very lucky to have called the vet so quickly because without treatment, 80% of dogs who contract the virus die within a few days.

There's some very good information about how dogs can contract the virus and how to identify symptoms and treat infected dogs in the WORKING DOGS site.

In that site I found out that some breeds of dog are more susceptible than others. For some reason, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and other black and tan breeds are especially prone to Parvo, and seem to succumb to parvo faster and with less chance of recovery than any other breed. If you have one of these breeds, it's even more important to make certain your puppy or dog gets immunized properly.

All our dogs have now seen the vet, they have a clean bill of health and their vaccinations are up to date, so let's hope that all's well on the doggy front for some time to come.

5 comments:

jaz said...

very good news about didi!!!!! we just went through a terrible heat stroke experience with teddy. fast action is the best course for many of these situations. too many people think that dogs will cure themselves.

detroit dog said...

Wow, and we were "talking" about this just over a month ago! So glad Didi is doing better, though the poor pup does look a bit spacey and tired. I hope she'll be her old playful self again soon.

J said...

Parvo is so terrible. When I was a kid one of our beagle dogs had a litter of the sweetest puppies. The contracted Parvo and only 2 lived.
Hope Didi is smiling soon.

Cheryl said...

I'm glad to hear that she's recovering nicely.

Little Terraced House said...

Parvo is absolutely awful. My german sheperd died of it 29 years ago. At that time it was only just becoming known about in the UK. She had been a little off colour during the day - we thought it was heat stroke (for once we had a hot day in the UK) then that evening she went and lay down behind the settee, let out an almighty howl and died. I was totally distraught and two weeks away from having my first baby. We took her body to the vets the next day and they did an autopsy and confirmed it was parvo. It really is a most dreadful disease as it kills so quickly. I am really glad to hear your dog seems to be OK.
Best wishes Babs

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