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Old 01-02-2017, 01:09 PM
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Shelter adopted out dog with parvo

On Friday my friends adopted Spritz, a 1 1/2 year old terrier mix. When they got home he had a little bit of diarrhea once, but since then he has not really pooed, he was completely uninterested in food Fri - Mon, and he threw up once on Monday. Other then that he's been subdued but not overly much from just being sprang from the shelter. From what they had been told he was found as a stray, and had been at the shelter for 5 days.

To be on the safe side they called the vet today (first day the vet has been open) and was told to bring him in, it sounds like he has parvo. Well, the vet was right, he's positive for Parvo. They left him at the vet and had to pay $200, and that's just for today and the overnight stay, no good deed goes unpunished .

From what the vet says that shelter is always sending people home with sick dogs. My question is is it common for shelters to not test for easily diagnosed communicable diseases? I have another friend who adopted a dog from there and found out she had heartworm
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Spritz is doing pretty good, my friends called the vet this morning and were told that he's started eating and is drinking water. Overall he's looking better. He'll most likely come home either tonight or tomorrow.
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Glad he's doing well.

Vetting will vary from one shelter to another and around here what is done for each animal often depends on funding.

My local shelter is open door and funded 100% by donations. All animals recieve a basic wellness exam and vaccinations (also altering and microchip prior to leaving), but the extras such as testing for parvo, heartworm (happens but not as frequently up here), etc. are not done unless an issue is suspected. Just not in the budget.

That said, they have a quarentine/holding area for animals to observe prior to putting out on the adoption floor reducing the spread of disease and likelihood of ill animals being adopted. Adoptors agree (contract) to take the animal to their vet within a week and recieve a free month of insurance in case there is something wrong.
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Glad he's doing better. Hang in there Spritz!
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Unfortunately @Rain, with parvo, you can't diagnose it until they are symptomatic. The snap test that is performed for instant diagnosis, won't be accurate until there is diarrhea and vomiting, and quite often, shelters will misinterpret these as stress.

However, that shelter does need to be reported to the proper inspection agency as they need to follow a strict disinfecting protocol and halt adoptions and segregate any new intakes in a "clean" area.

I'm glad that Spritz is doing better. Keep us updated.
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Poor pup Glad he's getting the care he needs.
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Glad he is going better. parvo is awful. Good thing now is he can never get it again and can also donate blood to help save other dogs with parvo
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Thanks y'all!

I went with my friends yesterday afternoon to pick up Spritz, the vet spent a good deal of time talking with us and answering questions. He told us what Kmes and Blue Topaz had mentioned that it's simply not cost effective for the shelter to test the dogs. He said that the price of the testing kits is cost prohibitive. We were told that Zody should be fine to meet Spritz, but Luke a 7 month old puppy that another friend has should be kept away for at least a month to be on the safe side. I think I'll wait awhile to introduce them though.
@Blue Topaz, I know they called the shelter to let them know what was going on with Spritz I'm not sure if they called anyone else.

I visited over there today and Spritz is doing well, he's now playful and acting like a happy young dog. Here's hoping he's well on his way to recovery!
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My coworker recently adopted a puppy from a rescue who had parvo and ended up dying. She spent over $6,000 on vet bills trying to save her life. I don't think that's fair for adopters- it's certainly NOT cost effective for them. She asked the rescue to refund her adoption fee and the woman said "If I do that, I can't rescue another dog with the money." My coworker said "You're not rescuing dogs, you're adopting out sick animals" and the woman got angry and hung up on her. There were at least two other puppies from this rescue who ended up getting parvo in the same time span. The rescue ended up shutting down a few days ago. Lots of drama.

I definitely think it's the responsibility of a rescue or shelter to be checking for common and severe diseases like parvo and heartworm. (Very common in the southern dogs coming up to Vermont). They should at least quarantine the dogs before making them adoptable to make sure they aren't exhibiting symptoms.

It just makes me upset that they'll adopt out sick animals, and then when you decide to go to a reputable breeder because you want a healthy puppy, they'll turn around and tell you that you're killing a shelter animal.
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My coworker recently adopted a puppy from a rescue who had parvo and ended up dying. She spent over $6,000 on vet bills trying to save her life. I don't think that's fair for adopters- it's certainly NOT cost effective for them. She asked the rescue to refund her adoption fee and the woman said "If I do that, I can't rescue another dog with the money." My coworker said "You're not rescuing dogs, you're adopting out sick animals" and the woman got angry and hung up on her. There were at least two other puppies from this rescue who ended up getting parvo in the same time span. The rescue ended up shutting down a few days ago. Lots of drama.

I definitely think it's the responsibility of a rescue or shelter to be checking for common and severe diseases like parvo and heartworm. (Very common in the southern dogs coming up to Vermont). They should at least quarantine the dogs before making them adoptable to make sure they aren't exhibiting symptoms.

It just makes me upset that they'll adopt out sick animals, and then when you decide to go to a reputable breeder because you want a healthy puppy, they'll turn around and tell you that you're killing a shelter animal.

From what the vet told us the shelter here only does a 72 hour quarantine on the dogs to see if they exhibit any signs of illness, if they do not then they put them out on the floor to be adopted. He told us that parvo has around a 5 to 14 day incubation period, and the early signs of it are often mistaken for stress or an upset tummy by shelter staff. All of that means that it's common for them to put parvo infected puppies and dogs up for adoption, just like they did Spritz.

You're right, I highly doubt that my friends are going to be adopting another dog from that shelter, nor will they recommend anyone else do so, it's simply not worth the risk to them especially not when they were told that he was healthy, and lead to believe that they tested for disease, they specifically asked if Spritz was negative for heartworm and were told that he was, well on his papers from the shelter it says no/unknown, so were wondering if the shelter lied, he was never tested, and does have heartworm. We won't know the answer to that till next Tuesday when he goes back in for a checkup, and shots.
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