(Closed) Cowpups all have new homes but 1 had intestinal parvo, what do I do?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
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Honey bee

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
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Bee Keeper

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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 # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Sounds perfect!  🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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 # 13
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Bee Keeper

That e-mail is perfect!

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