Post # 1
I just learned that the last rehomed pup (Clarabell) has/had intestinal parvo. She is OKAY now! I’m trying to figure out if my house is at risk & if I should contact all the puppies new owners.
I called my vet but they just said the pup could show symptoms from a few days to a few weeks after getting it.
Clarabell went to her new home on July 26, went to the new owner’s vet on August 5 (she was sick, dehydrated & the vet kept her all weekend) & so she’d been at her new home for almost 2 weeks. IDK if she got it before she left me or after they got her. Poor thing :(. She’s fine & at her home now.
They did the shots themselves around July 28 (1st shots were done by my vet on June 28).
I was VERY careful with the pups, I know they only stayed in my yard & then went to the vet & some of them I took to work for a bit while meeting their new owners. I know pups can get sick really easily so there was no taking them on walks, no taking them anywhere. I’m so sad :(. Everything is going to be okay with Clarabell but I still feel awful!
Post # 3
I should add the last pup before Clarabell was rehomed on July 16 & no one has contacted me about their pup being sick. I told everyone to contact me if they had any questions about anything/ if anything came up, etc & made sure they all had my contact info.
None showed any signs of being sick. At all. I mean, Clarabell got worms again, but the de-wormer cleared up everything & she didn’t have any diarrhea after she had the last dewormer meds.
Post # 4
Do you have email addresses for all the owners? I would say it would be really nice if you sent out an email saying something like, “I heard that one of the pups had a touch of stomach illness, just wanted to say that if your pup is not drinking enough or seems sluggish, take him/her to the vet just to be sure.” or something like that. Not too serious, because you don’t want to scare them unnecessarily.
I don’t think it’s your responsibility to look after these pups now though – you did a lot to find them good, safe, responsible homes. Clarabell’s new family knew well enough to take her to the vet; even if you don’t inform the other families, at some point you need to trust that they’ll take care of their pups too.
Post # 5
You might give them all a quick heads up so they can be aware of any signs or symptoms, and stay on schedule with their pup’s shots and care. If it would make you feel better, give your home a good scrubdown as parvo can live a very long time on surfaces. Every time I re-home a puppy or dog I’ve fostered I do a deep-clean and disinfect all hard surfaces with a bleach/water mix or Clorox spray and let it sit for 2 minutes per the instructions for killing viruses. A puppy can pick up parvo anywhere so don’t beat yourself up!
Post # 6
MORE THAN LIKELY she picked up the parvo once in her owner’s home. They may have taken her to a park, or to Petco or a similiar store when they bought her new collar and food bowls, or who knows.
If it would make you feel better, then go ahead an e-mail the other owners, (keep it generic, like Daydreamwanderer suggested). But I know you had Clarabell for a bit after the other puppies left and she’s now been in her new home for a few weeks as well, so I am sure the other puppies would have had symptoms by now if it was anything to be concerned about.
I’m so glad that all the puppies AND Mama Dog have found good homes!
Post # 7
The parvo virus really sticks around if any animal within the last few years have had it, or just carried it into a place. Maybe it would be a good idea just to email the owner and make sure the pups have all gotten their parvo shots?
ETA: Thank goodness the Clarabell and the rest of the pups went to such responsible owners (with lot of help from Serabell too)!!
Post # 8
If they took the puppy for a walk and it stuck its nose in some poo, it could have contracted the parvo that way.
You could send a friendly “Hey one of the dogs had parvo you should consider a vet checkup” but the puppy would already have shown symptoms or be dead by now if it had Parvo. It’s a pretty serious illness!
I don’t think you need to do anything at this point but hope that the sick puppy makes it through ok.
Post # 9
I would email them just in case. Parvo is not “just a touch of stomach illness.” It’s often lethal, esp in the little guys. In any case, make sure they’re aware of the potential and need to keep them updated on their vaccinations.
Post # 10
Thank you everyone! I’m assuming that if the last pups rehomed before Clare don’t have it, than Clare couldn’t have gotten it from my house. I’m still going to clean my house to be safe.
I will send an email out to some of the new owners, how does this sound?:
Just checking up on your pup! I don’t want to alarm you, but I was just informed that the last pup to find her home got parvo, but this was 2 weeks after she was rehomed. Most likely she got it at her new home, not from mine. No one else has contacted me about their puppy getting sick, but to be safe, I wanted to let everyone know about it. You may want to call your vet & see what they suggest. Parvo is very serious, the symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, refusing to eat, not drinking enough, acting lazy/listless. If your pup had parvo, you would more than likely know it by now, but it wouldn’t hurt to contact your vet! PLEASE let me know how your pup is doing. I will send out a health update once I hear back from everyone. Also, the pup that had parvo has gone to the vet & is going to make a full recovery.
Make sure you’re keeping your pup up-to-date on shots! Your pup isn’t protected from anything until they’ve had ALL their shots (the last one was due July 28, next one is due August 28, or go by your vet’s schedule). Hope everyone’s doing well & feel free to contact me with questions. Thanks!
Post # 12
That’s a great email. I’m so glad that you cared for these pups and really worked toward finding them a good home. How is their mother? Is she still with you?
Post # 14
Ok I will be sending that email out soon, thank you!!
@missrobots: & Piddles/Penelope/Keena is with her new family :). I’m visiting & doing a photoshoot with them later this month :). I can’t wait to see her again! I will definitely update you all with pics when that time comes!
Post # 15
Good news, no other pups got sick :)!!
So I emailed everyone last week & just got a few replies, all of which said they were good & healthy. I’m assuming that since the person who took the pup right before Clare is good & healthy & no parvo & I didn’t do anything different with Clare, than she got it from her new home. I’m so glad no one else was sick! 🙂