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Unhappy Brutus getting parvo...

So Brutus will be 11 weeks tomorrow and we've had him for 10 days. This morning he woke up and had vomiting and diarrhea about 5 or 6 times, the vomiting was white and foamy and the diarrhea was nasty with the last one being a milky white. I called the vet immediately and then called the breeder, the breeder thought that it might be an intestinal blockage. Took him to the vet where she said he was severly dehydrated and she did a parvo test, it came back positive!!! I was heartbroken!!! He has only been inside the house except for going potty and taking him to pick up my kids at school to be socialized but I never put him down outside. His puppy classes dont even start until next week at 12 weeks.The vet said the treatment would be $1400.00, so I called the breeder back and told her, she was devestated and upset, she immediately said she wanted to take the dog back and have him treated herself because she didnt want me to go through all that and the expense seeing as how I have only had Brutus for a couple of days. So, off I drove, over 1 1/2 hours away to give Brutus back for maybe the last time I would see him, crying the whole way. I gave him up and the breeder took him to her vet. He did a fecal exam and it tested negative! He tested for parvo and coccidia and giardia and other baccterial diseases and he tested negative for all! They said he was a false positive and they think it was some sort of intestinal blockage that he passed. He is starting to eat and drink again and hasn't thrown up or had diarrhea since about 10am. The vet and the breeder think that he was a false positive because she gave him an extra nosode protocol in addition to the vaccine about 4 days befor I picked him up and it was enough to show parvo in his system from the protocol. Anyway, she is SO sure that he is ok that she brought him home to her house to be with all of her other dogs including his mom, dad and brother(can't imagine she would risk that if she wasn't sure). Anyway she is going to see how he is doing with his next bm and let me know when he can come home. So, that is my scary story of the day! Lets hope thats the only scare I have!!! I miss him already

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Oh, I am so glad to hear that he will be ok. How scary that must have been! We have had Oliver for almost a month now, and we are so attached to him already! I would agree that she must feel that he's ok if she brought him with the other dogs. I hope you have little Brutus back with you soon! Thanks for sharing your story!
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OMG Lindsay! I'm so sorry you're going through this.

I hope the worst is over and Brutus will be on his way back to you soon. I'm sure you're missing him like crazy.

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I just wanted to say how much I love my breeder! She was amazing through all this, she really loves her dogs and was so great!!!

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That is very scary!!! The gestation for Parvo is 7 to 10 days, it can stay active in the ground for a long time (usually on feces). It is unlikely a breeder would risk taking the dog home if he truely had Parvo not because the older dogs would get it, but because the kennel could become infected and remain so for a long time. When your pup comes home and the diagnosis is wrong, do look into a different vet. I hope your boy is back soon.

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Oh wow, I don't even know what to say but my heart goes out to you!! Parvo is SO scary... I can't even imagine what you felt... I am SO glad that Brutus Buckeye seems to be getting better and doesn't appear to have that very, very scary disease! I, like probably many people on this forum, have been following him since your first post, and I am praying for his safe recovery and return home to you.

Out of curiosity, did he get a DHPP vaccination? I think those are usually first given around 8-9 weeks... not that that first single dose would prevent a puppy from getting sick necessarily (I assume that is why they recommend getting 2-3 doses during the first few months) and I know that apparently he doesn't have parvo, but I was just wondering...

Also, not to be all 'practical' during your time of emotional trauma but you might want to look into pet insurance when you get him back - for $20-$40+ (?) dollars a month you can mitigate the majority of the cost for a lot of things that might go wrong in the future, including in most cases sicknesses, surgery, car accidents, and even in some cases (depending on your plan) hereditary issues... insurance is personal choice (which doesn't always make sense, depending on your situation, and every plan covers different things) and I am not saying you *should* get it, just that you should at least look into it and into all of the different plans that are available. -Not that it would have helped at all with your current situation - when I signed Ceylon up for pet insurance there was a waiting period of 3 weeks (and I don't even know if his plan would have covered Parvovirus)... but as I'm sure you know, you never want to be weighing the cost of treatment against your pet's life or wellbeing if at all possible, so getting insurance made sense for us.

Anyway, my heart just aches for you, and I am SO glad little Brutus is doing better - - please keep us informed!!!

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Lindsey -- I'm really happy to hear that Brutus is going to be able to come home. Parvo is very very scary. I was terrified that Snicks or Snoops might get someting when they were fresh out of their breeder.

Speaking of which, being a Californian also, I'd like to know who the breeder was, as they sound like wonderful, caring folks who deserve a recommendation should they be mentioned. (If you don't feel comfortable posting the name publicly please feel free to send me a PM).

Cheers!

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Oh wow, I don't even know what to say but my heart goes out to you!! Parvo is SO scary... I can't even imagine what you felt... I am SO glad that Brutus Buckeye seems to be getting better and doesn't appear to have that very, very scary disease! I, like probably many people on this forum, have been following him since your first post, and I am praying for his safe recovery and return home to you.

Out of curiosity, did he get a DHPP vaccination? I think those are usually first given around 8-9 weeks... not that that first single dose would prevent a puppy from getting sick necessarily (I assume that is why they recommend getting 2-3 doses during the first few months) and I know that apparently he doesn't have parvo, but I was just wondering...

Also, not to be all 'practical' during your time of emotional trauma but you might want to look into pet insurance when you get him back - for $20-$40+ (?) dollars a month you can mitigate the majority of the cost for a lot of things that might go wrong in the future, including in most cases sicknesses, surgery, car accidents, and even in some cases (depending on your plan) hereditary issues... insurance is personal choice (which doesn't always make sense, depending on your situation, and every plan covers different things) and I am not saying you *should* get it, just that you should at least look into it and into all of the different plans that are available. -Not that it would have helped at all with your current situation - when I signed Ceylon up for pet insurance there was a waiting period of 3 weeks (and I don't even know if his plan would have covered Parvovirus)... but as I'm sure you know, you never want to be weighing the cost of treatment against your pet's life or wellbeing if at all possible, so getting insurance made sense for us.

Anyway, my heart just aches for you, and I am SO glad little Brutus is doing better - - please keep us informed!!!
Yes he did get his first set of shots but has not completed them. I am definitely going to look into pet insurance, does anybody have a reccomendation as to a good kind that you like? I have no clue!
Thanks so much for all of your prayers and well wishes for Brutus! I can't wait until he gets home!!! I'll keep you posted!

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I'm SO glad to hear that Brutus is getting better, and that it wasn't Parvo! It's hard to imagine how it COULD have been Parvo considering his lack of exposure. Good breeders who stand behind their puppies are worth their weight in gold! Give that little guy hugs when you get him home!


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Lindsay,
I am SO sorry you had to go through that scare and I'm sad Brutus is sick, but certainly relieved it isn't parvo and you will hopefully, have your baby home soon.

What a frightful day

Keep us posted!
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