Post # 1
My SO and I had to put our old dog down recently and looking to adopt another dog. We fell in love with this dachshund/australian shepherd mix, but the pound told us that he was brought in for suspected parvo and treated accordingly. I asked many questions, but don’t know if they were truthful or right. Has anyone here had a puppy or dog that had parvo or know anything about the virus? If the puppy was treated, can he still spread it? Can it flare up later in life if he was already treated? How long after treatment is he still contageous? Are there any future health concerns we should worry about? Any information on this would be great. Thanks!!
Post # 3
One of my dogs had Parvo and a laundry list of other infectious worms and stomach issues. She is perfectly fine now, never had an issue again. We did have another dog at that time and she needed to go on preventaive medication as well.
Post # 4
If the pup has been treated and is now fully vaccinated you should have no further problems, if the pup shows any parvo signs (lethargy, bloody diareah or a very distinct “parvo smell”) the pup is not fully recovered and you should not adopt
Post # 5
Once they have recovered, it’s not something that will flare up again later. How long has it been since he was treated? Dogs can shed the virus up to three weeks after treatment, even if they are no longer showing symptoms. If your current dog is healthy and has been vaccinated against parvo, there isn’t much risk that s/he would get it.
A doxie/Aussie mix? That’s an interesting combo! Hope you’ll post pics!
Post # 6
I don’t know, but I would think that if he has been treated and seems normal/energetic/puppy-like, then he is probably fine. I don’t think Parvo, once survived, has any lasting effects.
Does the shelter offer any insurance (i.e. Shelter Care, etc.)? That would help ease my mind. If not, maybe get insurance on your own? I know there is some debate about the costs/benefits of insurance, but I think it is a good investment for at least the first year or two of a puppy’s life (since they tend to get into trouble!), especially if you don’t know the dog’s background. We bought insurance for our adopted pup right away (there is a 2 week waiting period for illness (but not accident) coverage with most policies, unless the dog comes already insured) and literally 15 days after we got her, she got very, very sick. The vet thought she could have perhaps contracted Parvo in the shelter, but it ended up being gastroenteritis. I think she just got into something at a BBQ when my Darling Husband wasn’t paying attention. That hospital stay was $800 or something, so our policy, which was about $120/yr paid off (we had PetPlan Gold – highly recommend it). We used it again a few months later when she had another GI episode.
Oh my goodness, this post is long and rambling! Sorry! I just don’t want you to get a sick pup, fall in love, and then spend an arm and a leg trying to save him…after 2 weeks, we would have mortaged our house, so-to-speak, to save our pup had she needed it (and insurance hadn’t covered it) when she got sick… so I think it’s good to be cautious, but it’s probably okay if he seems healthy now!!!
ETA: If you have a vet, I’d call him or her just to verify the info. you got from the shelter… or maybe take the pup there for a checkup immediately after adoption.
Post # 7
@Miss Apricot: If I knew how to post pics, I would! He was treated brought in 3 weeks ago and treated for 10 days for parvo and they said he did amazingly well.
Post # 8
@78h2o: Thanks for your advice. I am going to sign up for health insurance for sure! He seems healthy so I think we are going to adopt him and just keep him away from other dogs for awhile. The shelter said that if he becomes extremely sick then they would help out within a certain about of days so that is good!
Post # 9
Why not? The puppy now has the antibodies and can not get the disease again, so no fear!