I just thought I'd share some things I am going through.
I have a GSD pup who is about 7 months now, Simon. He is my love, he is always with me. Simon is such a handful, he is a big boy and he's a nice,loving,playful,pup. He is just what I had hoped for in a companion.
I recently moved across state and had been in the new house about three weeks when I was smitten by a pet store pup, an adorable Australian Shep pup. I had considered getting another companion but "was" going to wait until Simon was out of his puppy-ness. BUT, but this little puppy got under my skin, and right into my heart, and when I went back to see her I couldn't imagine a more perfect little companion for myself and Simon and our family. She is pretty typical behavioural wise for an Aussie and I just adore her to pieces. I swear they make these little ones so adorable to help them survive all the mischief they seek out. I think my key with her is to just keep her busy and give her "jobs". She is already nearly potty trained, I must say she is seemingly a very smart little girl. Her name is "Cookie"
Cookie comes home with us about a week and a half ago. Cookie and Simon, hit it off almost imediately I was so relieved. They even slept with one another the first night. It did take Simon a few days to work out how to "play" with Cookie without being to strong with her. It seems they will make great friends.
I had a coupon from the pet shop to take Cookie in for a check up, so about 6 days after she came home we were going to a new Local Vet. I was looking forward to finding out about all of their services as I have quit the furry crew around here. I was in luck as they provide services to dogs, cats, and important one for me was they do Chinchilla's and have three specialists on staff to see chins. I was impressed and wow, what a great group of people there.
Cookie got a clean bill of health and many compliments on her adorableness, and I got to ask the doctor a question that had been playing in my mind since the morning. Simon had been sick, throwing up. I asked the doctor " when should I be concered about my GSD being sick?" I told him about the vomiting and he asked a few questions and said to bring Simon in right away.
I think my head was just spinning on the ride home to get Simon. The doctor mentioned that Parvo is rampant in the town I had just moved to.
I had a few hours to wait before we had our appointment for Simon. During that time he had projectile diaherrea? I mean it went about three feet across my kitchen floor. I knew something was really wrong.
We bring Simon in and the first thing the Dr, notices is that Simon is underweight. I was a little shocked and had just figured Simon is a GSD and runs on the sleek side. I feed him a Premium dog food and I also double their suggested feeding because while I know GSD are known to be sleek I always think a little more meat on his bones would look better. He doesn't always even finish his food, so I figure he's full? *sigh* The doctor asks us when he was last wormed which was about two months ago, we had noticed a big long worm in his stool. The doctor tells us that we treated for the wrong type of worm. I am feeling relieved that this is a "worm" issue and not PARVO......
The Dr. ran the parvo test just to be sure it wasn't Parvo and returns to tell us that indeed it was PARVO. I think I was going to throw up, the last I had heard is Parvo will kill your dog and you will spend around 1500 trying to fix it with little success.
I was wrong- kind of. Parvo can kill your dog, yes. Nowadays they have 98% chance of succesful treament ( I think small puppies are a lower %) and the estimate he gave us for treatment is about 750 dollars.
Simon has been at the hospital since last thursday, I call twice a day to see how his night went and to see how his day went. He's in rough shape, as of yesterday he is still unable to keep liquids in him.
The Dr. reccomended we up Cookie's vaccination schedule to a two week interval instead of three weeks, because of Simon's condition and she is so vulnerable. He says that although it is an agressive shcedule she should be able to tolerate it.
I've been so scared to take her outside for potty training, I've been letting her do her business inside until last night. We take Cookie in for vaccinations last night and figure out that the timing of Cookie coming home and Simon getting Parvo is more than coincidence. Apparently the Dr. has a theory that Cookie is/was carrying the virus but was immune to it because of the protection of her mother's milk.
Well that all makes sense.......the Dr. says it is textbook......so we started back on the housebreaking routine with Cookie, and she is so darn smart she picked right back on it.
I sure miss Simon and hope he gets better soon.
My lingering question is......
How the **** did Simon get PARVO? Don't their vaccinations keep them from getting it? I have to admit something....I didn't take him in for his six month vaccination but he is only 7 months, and I was in the middle of a move. Maybe I left him vulnerable, that's probably it. I am really kicking myself and it almost cost my dear Simon his life. I like to think I am a responsible pet owner, and I am human, but Simon hates it when I leave the room. If I leave the house he will wait at the door till I return, up to about an hour, the other family members watch this over and over. Now because I left him vulnerable he is sitting all sick at the vet, without me, alone, fighting to stay alive.
I feel like such a terrible mom, and if not getting his six month vaccination doesn't make a difference, I am back to my question about, HOW THE HECK DID HE GET PARVO? shouldn't he have been protected from it, like the puppy? I guess I'll ask the doctor.