07-03-2010, 06:39 PM
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Hi - I think every dog is different - my collie Molly, caught parvo aged 3 months whilst she was in an RSPCA rescue centre. We adopted her on the Wed and by 4 am on the Sat she was admitted to vet hospital! AND ALL BECAUSE her previous owner had not bothered to get her vacinated - it makes me so angry!
She spent two weeks in hospital and we were told that she would have to be put to sleep, but I asked if they could wait till I returned home from training in two days time - thank god they said yes, because on the Friday she started to eat and seemed to have turned the corner! A week later she came home.
She has just turned 11 years old and has been the best dog ever.
However she has suffered with many ailments since - though I will never be able to prove they were as a result of the Parvo.
Her teeth have always been awful and she has lost all of her front teeth (we have always looked after her dental hygiene, but to no avail!). Then when she turned 5 she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis - NOT osteo arthritis like most dogs. Having research rheumatoid it would appear that a shock to the immune system may trigger it - that would be the parvo then!!!! SHe was also diagnosed as being incontinent at the age of 8 (medicine has helped with this).
We have managed to keep her in good health until this year . All four wrists have v bad arthritis and she has just undergone an extremely expensive operation on her rear leg as she was unable to walk on it. Thousands of pounds and a two month recovery later the leg is doing well. However, having returned after the op she is now extremely incontinent and the medicine is no longer working! We are off to the vet on Monday to see what can be done - I am worried that we have put her through this operation and now this has happened!
I strongly believe that Molly has suffered from her dental problems, incontinence and arthritis due to the parvo virus! I am not a vet though so am not qualified to comment I suppose.