My "I Hate Humans" rant for the day.
Gotta vent. Sorry. So, most know I work in a shelter. We do not typically take in personal pets because ourt space is reserved for the strays in our county. Yesterday a lady who had actually volunteered at some shelter fundraisers came in with her gorgeous (and oh so sweet) blue pit girl. She wanted to know if we could help her because she thought her dog was sick. She hadn't eaten since Saturday, lethargic, etc. She also said she thought the dog might have eaten some glass...?.... And that the neighbor's dog had died from parvo. OF COURSE, her dog that she loved so much had never had any vaccinations! She had even sent the dog out to be spayed through a program we administer thanks to a PetSmart grant. The surgery and rabies was FREE and a bordatella and 7-way was $6 each if desired.
She declined the shots...couldn't "afford" $6. We agreed to take the dog in and do a parvo test and a fecal float. We told her that if the parvo test was positive we might not be able to save the dog.
I took the dog to our shelter vet this morning. Those big brown eyes focused on me the whole way as we drove. Important to note here that she had not yet had any bloody diarrhea or vomit so I was feeling sort of hopeful. Vet did test..positive of course..."strong positive"..high fever. Vet recommended euthanasia because we just do not have a safe enough quarantine system in our shelter and we certainly did not want to endanger the new puppies that have just come in and have only within a matter of days been vaccinated. So, for the cost of a $6 vaccination, this dog crossed the bridge today in the back of my shelter transport van. When she died she released her bowels and the smell and blood was horrendous. If you have ever smelled parvo, you know it's a smell you will never forget.
RIP Cheyenne. Your mother sucks and I have no sympathy for her. You are probably in a better place anyway.
So I worked overtime helping to do "parvo protocol" at the shelter today. I will be smelling bleach in my sleep tonight and I called ahead and had my mother go to my house, put my dogs outside and took a shower and cloroxed my clothes and even the floor where they laid, before I would touch my babies. I even boosterd them upon my vet's advice since both of them are within a month of needing their annual booster anyway.
Please don't take a chance.............you can buy the vaccine yourself for less than $10 at any good country store. Don't let your best friend die for your neglect.
Jocassee..Labrador Retriever 11-12-09