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Old 01-05-2017, 12:42 PM
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I adopted a dog 15 years ago or so and she was the sweetest thing in the world and I will never regret it.

But I was in graduate school at the time, and she was in such bad shape and I practically went broke getting her back to health. But by that point, I was so emotionally invested and she was such a sweetheart

When I think back of the condition that the rescue adopted her to me in, I get angry at them. They knew I was a student too. Frankly, it was irresponsible what they did but I guess I was an adult too
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Ugh poor Spritz, it's looking like he might have kennel cough. I was over by my friends house tonight and the poor boy was having occasional sneezing fits and was occasionally coughing. My friend said earlier that day he had some nasal discharge.

Needless to say Mr. Zody isn't going to be going anywhere near Spritz until all of this clears up. Parvo wasn't worrying me all that much since Zody is vaccinated against it, is a healthy adult, and all we'd do is a quick meeting. Kennel cough does worry me though, I know that the vaccine only offers some protection, and it's highly contagious no matter how old or healthy the dog is.
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I have seen puppies with Parvo start doing well within a couple of days of treatment, and then all of a sudden they take a downturn and don't make it. This happened with 2 littermates.

My Pup, Tucker, contracted Parvo while still with the rescue. They don't adopt out until the pups are vetted and quarantined for at least a week. We had already been approved for Tucker's adoption, but since he fell ill during the quarantine time the rescue paid for a weeks stay in the animal hospital. Tucker was only 6 weeks old at the time the rescue picked him up from a dog pound and weighed only 1.2 pounds. Parvo is costly to treat, and more times than not, it is deadly.
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I have seen puppies with Parvo start doing well within a couple of days of treatment, and then all of a sudden they take a downturn and don't make it. This happened with 2 littermates.

My Pup, Tucker, contracted Parvo while still with the rescue. They don't adopt out until the pups are vetted and quarantined for at least a week. We had already been approved for Tucker's adoption, but since he fell ill during the quarantine time the rescue paid for a weeks stay in the animal hospital. Tucker was only 6 weeks old at the time the rescue picked him up from a dog pound and weighed only 1.2 pounds. Parvo is costly to treat, and more times than not, it is deadly.
Yeah, I know about them rebounding then getting worse then before.

Spritz has age on his side, he's estimated to be around 1 1/2 years old, parvo tend to be more deadly in puppies since they do not have a developed immune system, nor the size, to withstand the virus. They got him Dec. 30 so it's been over a week since he first showed symptoms, and it's been 4 days since they got him back from the vet, so I think he's on the road to recovery.

I am worried about the sneezing, coughing, and nasal discharge he's developed. I really hope that if it's kennel cough he's strong enough to fight it off and it doesn't develop into pneumonia
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Our oldest dog, Tiger, was born to a litter that all developed parvo and died, except him. Thankfully, he was rescued from the pound by our local APL, and (mostly) nursed back to health, when we adopted him in '09. A day or so after we got him home, he also took a downward turn, and we had to take him back to be re-treated. This took another 5 to 7 days, and he pulled through.

We are very fortunate that our APL has a strong leadership board with ethics, and is extremely well supported here, both with volunteers and financially, and they did this for us for no charge.

I sure hope Spritz hangs in there! Rescue dogs in particular deserve a happy and long life.
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Yeah, I know about them rebounding then getting worse then before.

Spritz has age on his side, he's estimated to be around 1 1/2 years old, parvo tend to be more deadly in puppies since they do not have a developed immune system, nor the size, to withstand the virus. They got him Dec. 30 so it's been over a week since he first showed symptoms, and it's been 4 days since they got him back from the vet, so I think he's on the road to recovery.

I am worried about the sneezing, coughing, and nasal discharge he's developed. I really hope that if it's kennel cough he's strong enough to fight it off and it doesn't develop into pneumonia
I'm sure her vet has already told her this, but giving him access to a humidifier will help him greatly. She can also put him in the bathroom with the shower running on hot.

Hopefully he is able to pull through!
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