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I feel so bad for you & Tucker
I know of several dogs that have gotten Parvo and pulled through it.So do not give up,stay strong & Im sure your baby will be ok.We are are here for you
 

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OMG, I am soooo sorry to hear this. Wonder how he was exposed to it... that is just horrible. I am totally shocked and saddened and will be hoping for his full recovery.
 

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Originally posted by TuckersMom@Aug 5 2005, 03:23 PM
I just talked to the vet and Tucker has Parvo.  I just don't understand why this has to happen to my baby.  He had all his shots and everything.  He said that his immune system must have not taken well to the vaccination.  I am so sad, crying my eyes out right now.  I just want to say thanks to all of you who have showed so much concern.  It's nice to have some support.  Please pray for Tucker to make it through this successfully and come home to me soon.  I just want my playful sweet little baby back.

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You might want to ask your vet if he is familiar with using Tamiflu for the treatment of Parvo. There is more and more being written about it. I know some of the rescue groups use it. I've also seen something recently on another site with a number of Maltese show breeders where this was mentioned.
My prayers are with you and Tucker.
 

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Originally posted by Lexi's Mom@Aug 5 2005, 03:31 PM
OMG! 
  I hope he gets better soon.  How old is he?  I've heard that for dogs that get parvo when they are older it is just like a bad case of the flu.  So hopefully he will be better in a few days. 

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He is only 9 months.
 

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Originally posted by Kallie/Catcher's Mom@Aug 5 2005, 03:45 PM
OMG, I am soooo sorry to hear this. Wonder how he was exposed to it... that is just horrible. I am totally shocked and saddened and will be hoping for his full recovery. 

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Possibly from eating poop from an infected dog. You may remember me stating in another thread that he eats other animals poop. Hopefully I can soon afford to get a fence to keep the other animals out of our yard. All the people in the neighborhood (besides me) lets their dogs run all over the place.
 

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OMG, I am soooo sorry to hear this. Wonder how he was exposed to it... that is just horrible. I am totally shocked and saddened and will be hoping for his full recovery. 

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Possibly from eating poop from an infected dog. You may remember me stating in another thread that he eats other animals poop. Hopefully I can soon afford to get a fence to keep the other animals out of our yard. All the people in the neighborhood (besides me) lets their dogs run all over the place.

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Hopefully that info can help others here on SM since we have a lot of poop eaters on here. Again, my heart just breaks for you and Tucker.....
 

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Wow! I can't believe it was parvo...

I am SO sorry...
Big hugs and prayers coming your way for a speedy recovery!
 

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I am so sorry to hear about Tucker. I am sending prayers his way, my heart goes out to you an Tucker. Lets think positive that Tucker will pull through this. Sending Tucker a speedy recovery from me an all my fluffs. Keep us up dated on how he is doing.
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I am so very sorry about Tuckers dx... but our little ones are pretty tough little buggers and will pray he will come thru this just fine.
You might want to ask the vet if you should do anything at home to rid the virus before Tucker comes home. I don't know if he could get re-infected or not but better to be safe and check with the vet.
I think bleach is the best solution to wash floors, bedding/ bowls, etc.
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Here is a bit of info on the disease. For all you that have poop eating Malts, it is critical that you keep them from sniffing or eating other dogs' poop.

Univ. of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Article

Puppies Need Extra Protection against Canine Parvovirus

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Pet Column for the week of October 31, 1994

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By Linda March
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University of Illinois
College of Veterinary Medicine

Canine parvovirus is everywhere in the environment just waiting for your puppy. The wise
dog owner will protect his or her pet against this debilitating, sometimes deadly, disease.

According to Dr. Cynthia Ramsey, community practice veterinarian at the University of
Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine at Urbana, "This disease usually hits puppies the
hardest. Adult dogs can also be infected, but are usually affected less severely. Cats, mink,
and wild dogs are also infected by their own species-specific parvovirus."

She notes that the virus is shed in the feces of an infected dog. If another dog has oral
contact with the infected feces, they become inoculated with the virus. Some puppies have
more immunity to the disease than others. If their mother was properly vaccinated, she will
transfer immunity to parvovirus in the colostrum, or first milk. These maternal antibodies
may be present in the puppy for up to 20-22 weeks, but may not be protective the entire
time.

Most of the maternal antibodies to other viruses commonly vaccinated against have
disappeared by about 12 weeks, but the maternal parvoviral antibodies persist longer. In
order to ensure that a puppy is adequately protected against parvovirus, no matter when its
mom's antibodies begin to wear off, it needs to be vaccinated every three weeks starting at
about 8 weeks, until it is 20-22 weeks old.

Older dogs need to be kept up on their vaccines too. As they age, their immune system
may become impaired and they are more susceptible to diseases. Rottweilers and
Doberman Pinschers seem to be more prone to parvoviral infections than other breeds.

Besides vaccination, Dr. Ramsey recommends keeping young puppies isolated from other
dogs and out of parks where they may come in contact with infected feces, until they have
completed their series of vaccinations. This will decrease their chances of being exposed to
parvovirus.

This virus attacks rapidly dividing cells, like those in the digestive tract and cells in the bone
marrow. Signs to look for are loss of appetite, lack of energy, vomiting or diarrhea. The
vomitus or diarrhea may be bloody. Since these signs can indicate many diseases, it is
important to see your veterinarian if your puppy shows any of these. Young pups, less than
three months of age, can become dehydrated quickly. These animals can die easily if not
treated promptly.

Dr. Ramsey states, "There is no drug we can give to the dog that kills parvovirus once the
animal is infected. The animal's own immunity has to rid itself of the virus. Supportive care is
very important in the treatment of parvoviral infections."

Sick animals need to be given fluids if they are dehydrated. Secondary bacterial infections
may also be a problem. If an infection develops, antibiotics need to be administered to fight
it. Treatment may take a couple of days up to several weeks, depending on the dog, its age,
and the severity of the infection.

Parvovirus can persist in the environment for long periods. It is important to clean up after
an infection. Washing the animal's area with bleach and water in a 1:30 dilution will kill the
virus. The bowls should be thrown away and the bedding either bleached or thrown away
to prevent further spread of the infection. Discard all feces from the infected dog. Humans
can also spread the disease on their hands if they touch feces from an infected dog and then
touch a puppy without washing properly. Very small amounts of fecal material on the dog's
coat can contain large numbers of viral organisms and can easily be transmitted to a
susceptible dog.
 

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Oh no poor Tucker, I do wish him a speedy recovery. I have heard of dogs getting parvo even though they have had the shots, but it isn't as severe as if they had not had the shots, and if Tucker is past the puppy stage he has a better chance of fighting it off too. I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers
 

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I feel so bad for you! I'm so sorry! Maybe trying a lil warm rice porridge? Or some shredded chicken? That's all I could eat when I can't or don't want to eat. I hope Tucker gets well SOON.
 

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I'm thinking of Tucker today and wonder how he is doing. I hope he is holding his own and fighting the Parvo with success.....
 

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sorry im just reading this...well it sounds like they caught it early, so that helps his chances. hope he gets better soon! hugs and kisses from me and parker!
 
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