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Ronnie from Pittsburgh asks Mr Pitbull:
Help! my new pitbull puppy just died of Parvo and now my other two dogs have it. What can I do? The thing is the little fellah wouldn't eat one day and before I knew it he had diarrhea and a lot of blood in his stool. He died in one day! Please help before I lose the other two. I am writing you because my vet told me not to bring the dogs in. I could not believe it! I know I missed their puppy vaccinations but I didn't think missing the puppy vaccinations would do this. Help!
YOUR PUPPIES HAVE PARVO - IS IT TOO LATE TO GIVE THEM PUPPY SHOTS?
Ronnie, it breaks my heart to hear that. I know firsthand the devastation Parvo can have due to missed puppy vaccinations. To save the other two dogs and protect their health I have to have more information. How old are the other dogs? Do they have blood in their stool and if so; how much?
Parvo can vary in severity and certain dogs can experience different health symptoms. Here is what I have found from my experience: If there is a lot of blood in the stool, the chance of saving a puppy is completely hopeless. Even a full grown dog can experience enough blood loss to kill it.
If the blood loss is minimal and the Parvo virus has simply caused vomiting and diarrhea, you can save the two dogs by immediately getting them started on fluids. This is not the time to give them puppy vaccinations. You will want to wait until they have recovered to give them their puppy vaccinations.
I understand why the vet did not want you to bring the dogs in. The Parvo virus is extremely contagious and can persist on surfaces for up to 6 months or even longer. What you need to do right now is find someone (preferably a vet) show you how to SubQ Hydrate them.
Chris from Chicago asks Mr Pitbull:
I just had a litter of pitbull puppies die from the Parvo as I had missed their puppy vaccinations and was wondering what to do to protect the rest of my dogs? I have another litter on the way and a couple more breedings planned.
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