Post # 1
I wrote a post earlier about a puppy I had fallen in love with (I work at a shelter) and wanted to adopt when she came of adoptable age.
Well, the worst has happened in that she, along with the rest of her litter, has contracted parvo. Chances of a puppy surviving parvo are terrible, and it has been an extremely rough week playing the waiting game. HOWEVER, She is now 6, going on 7, days since she started showing symptoms, which I believe means really good things for her chances of recovery(!!) (Vet bees, give me your insight on this/ what your expectations would be for her recovery at this point)
My main question is, I am applying for a job at a vet clinic as I hope to be a Vet tech in the future, and I am worried that they will not want me if I have a puppy that has recently recovered from parvo. I know it is an extremely contageous virus and will be shed in her poop for months after she recovers. I don’t want to put other dogs at risk by not saying anything, but I have been waiting for an opportunity for a job like this for a long time. Jobs in vet clinics are rather hard to come by for people who have no prior veterinary experience. I am really scared that they will turn me away when I mention it. For those of you working in clinics, what is your advice/experience in this situation? Do you think this will significantly affect my chances of employment? I have a working interview this Saturday.
**This puppy is by far the priority in this situation. I will NOT consider not adopting her in favor of this or any job.**
Post # 4
@nottoocool4school: I feel like your poor little parvo-puppy shouldn’t mean you don’t get the job… you’ll be dealing with sick, possibly parvo-ridden dogs at work who could certainly spread things to other dogs who come to the clinic, or even your dog. Most dogs are vaccinated for parvo, though I realize puppies won’t be finished with their vacs yet, so that could be an issue. Working for a vet, they’ll expect you to take all precautions to prevent the spread of all contagious illnesses.
To prevent the spread, wash the surfaces your dog has contact with with bleach & water every day. Keep your dog confined to a limited area. When you have contact with your dog (or her bowl, etc.) wash your hands very well. Don’t bring your dog to other people’s homes, your work, etc. Keep the dog healthy in other ways, to help along her speedy recovery.
Best of luck to you & your pup!
Post # 5
I’m a vet. The main causes of death from parvo are infection and dehydration. If you can keep the puppy hydrated, treat nausea, on antibiotics and hopefully eating, they can have a good chance at pulling through.
If you don’t bring your puppy to work, I don’t think it’s a huge deal in relation to getting a job. I would have a bleach bath for shoes or preferably have a pair of work shoes that stay in your car and don’t come in your house/yard. As long as you are washing your hands regularly, which you should do anyway, I think the risk of you bringing parvo into a hospital can be kept fairly low.
Post # 6
Tech here. I actually worried more about being contagious in the other direction – bringing stuff home to my cats. I worked in emergency, so we had a broad range of disease exposure. I had a designated spot for my scrubs and work shoes, and they never left that area. That area was separated from everything else in the home, so it minimized the chances of spreading anything back and forth. I also kept a pair in the car so if my scrubs were particularly foul, I could change, bag the dirty ones and throw them straight in the wash.
All our animals get sick with something eventually, I don’t see why that’s really something that would come up in an interview. I mean, if you had a kid sick at home with the flu, you wouldn’t bring that up to the interviewer.
Also, 7 days is good if she’s still improving! I learned a long time ago to never assume anything, especially with parvo. But every day that she’s eating and hydrated is a good thing.
Post # 7
MariContrary, mtrl01, lanalnoco: Thanks! You have all made me feel much better,
I have always been paranoid about bringing things home/to my parents’ dog, too. ESPECIALLY parvo because I’ve seen a lot of dogs die from it in my time at the shelter; it is truly heartbreaking to watch.
I live in a small (460 square foot) apartment, so as much as I would like to, I don’t know how I would separate work things from the rest of my house without a garage or area she wouldn’t have access to. Any suggestions?