(Closed) I think i adopted a sick puppy

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
9082 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

You have to realize that vaccines are not 100% at stopping something. Treatments can fail and illnesses can “hide” and come back with a vengence. I don’t think the vet willingly sold you a sick puppy. I don’t think they KNEW the dog still had parvo.

I would imagine that the dog still needs to undergo treatment because she didn’t completely recover the first time.

Parvo is nasty, and it is hard to get rid of, and it can be (for some breeds) difficult to protect from as well. Some dogs do not have a solid immune response to the parvo vaccination, and do not “build up” that antibody so to speak. Could be the case with this dog.

Did they knowingly sell you a sick dog? Probably not. I’d wager that she wasn’t completely better (Although she might have appeared to be) from her first treatment.

Post # 4
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@whit29:  How long ago was she treated by the shelter?  Parvo virus can be shed in the feces (the Parvo test is a fecal sample) for a week or two so the test could be picking up the virus from before.  The treatment for Parvo doesn’t really kill the virus, but it is supportive care to prevent secondary bacterial infections and prevent dehydration.

Post # 5
4355 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m surprised, and feel like it’s a slight red flag, that they won’t treat her for free or discounted rate since she got sick so soon after they released her to you. In my opinion, she probably wasn’t fit to go home with anyone yet and the vet probably knew that. A couple more days of a stay isn’t long enough for a pup sick with parvo. I would fight for at LEAST a reduced rate for treatment going forward.

Post # 6
4355 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wait.. did you adopt through a vet or a shelter? When you said animal hospital I assumed your vet somehow placed the puppy that they were housing/treating?

Post # 7
11 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

The puppy would probably still be testing positive no matter what.  Parvo is really only treated with supportive care and it sounds like maybe the treatment got cut a little short.  Despite public opinion, vets aren’t money-grubbing jerks who risk animals’ lives for their own profit so I doubt any of this was intentional but it’s definitely unfortunate.  That being said, given the situation they should really do something to help you out here. Treatment for parvo is expensive (in the thousands) and often the pups don’t live.  Hopefully this puppy is in the home stretch of recovery and just had a minor setback.  

Post # 8
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

Got treated as in got the shot for it or she had parvo then she got better ? 

I’m assuming the first option, but like pp mentioned the vaccine doesn’t complete prevent it especially if the puppy doesn’t have all the shots and is very young. 

If she hasn’t been eating the wholetime you’ve had her then she probably had it all along :-/ 

Also it’s VERY contagious and can live for a long time so bleach anything she’s come in contact with.

My puppy died from parvo so I know how hard it must be seeing your puppy like that 🙁 

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