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Chasewg 05-01-2014 11:37 PM

Our new GSD
 
A month ago we adopted the best puppy I have ever had, the people we got her from said she had a clean bill of health, and that she was up to date on vaccinations. We had two amazing weeks with our little girl, Ellie, then out of the blue she stopped eating. Vomited once. Then laid down and wouldn't move.

I immediately took her to the vet, they did a parvovirus test and it came back positive. He then did a normal exam, and then informed us she had gaping holes in her heart, to make sure we got an X-Ray, and low and behold she did. The vet was very patient with us and let us know about all of our options. In Utah there is no veterinary cardiologists. We would have had to take her to UC Davis for the operation that "might" work. All of that IF she pulled through the parvovirus in her very weakened condition.

We made the decision to put her to sleep, I have never had to do that in my life, and frankly it is the hardest thing I have ever done.

It's been 2 weeks and today my husband gave me my early birthday present: a four month old All black Purebred German shepherd puppy. I am taking her to the vet first thing tomorrow.

I have done a ton of research on taking care of GSD but any tips or tricks would be appreciated. She is house broken, can sit, and comes when we call her. Thanks!

Nigel 05-02-2014 12:44 AM

That's a nightmare to have to go through, sorry you've had to go through that. I'd be concerned about parvo around your home with the second pup. He is older and probably has his shots? I think here is a certain way to help clean up after you've had a pup with parvo.

Nigel 05-02-2014 09:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Nigel (Post 5460433)
That's a nightmare to have to go through, sorry you've had to go through that. I'd be concerned about parvo around your home with the second pup. He is older and probably has his shots? I think here is a certain way to help clean up after you've had a pup with parvo.

My apologies for my poorly written post :)^^^ I want to bump this hoping someone with parvo experience will chime in.

FuzzButtMum 05-02-2014 09:18 AM

That's a truly awful thing to have to go through, i'm so sorry for your loss. Whilst she was with you for such a short period of time, it sounds like she truly touched your hearts. I bet you gave her the most loving time with you. Little Angel.

How's new puppy? I am very partial to solid blacks! My old boy Jack (black - jack) was solid black and one of the most LOVING dogs i'd ever met.
I'm sure you will, but, just take the time slowly to bond with each other :) you obviously care a great deal <3 what's pups name?

Chasewg 05-03-2014 01:51 AM

Our new puppy is Roxanne Grimm. We adore her. And with cleaning we: bleached the crate, got rid of all the toys, shampooed the carpets, bleach washed the walls and floors. She is a bit older and is up to date, with proof. She whimpers when she plays with her squeaky toy, but her ears and tail are both perked up! Is that normal?

Nigel 05-03-2014 01:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Chasewg (Post 5465057)
Our new puppy is Roxanne Grimm. We adore her. And with cleaning we: bleached the crate, got rid of all the toys, shampooed the carpets, bleach washed the walls and floors. She is a bit older and is up to date, with proof. She whimpers when she plays with her squeaky toy, but her ears and tail are both perked up! Is that normal?

Sounds like you did a nice job of cleaning up, I thought I'd read parvo can survive in grass/lawn for a while as well, but I'm not positive and not trying to scare you, just caution is all.

Roxanne Grimm sounds completely normal to me. Our male makes noises chewing on his toys, he's closer to 2 now and still will occasionally.

selzer 05-03-2014 07:38 PM

While you are at the vet, ask them what all you should do, explain that you bleached the crate and the floors, etc. But I agree that you probably should ask about the yard -- anywhere the other puppy was.

I think you have to apply the bleach, let it sit for 10 minutes or so, and then rince it off to kill parvovirus. I am not sure though.

If your current puppy has all its shots, it might be protected, and it might get a mild form of the disease if that is even possible. But it also depends on the strain of the virus, whether the vaccine is sufficent.

Parvo is scary. Ask your vet what all you should probably do. I mean, if you should take the pup only out in the front yard for another couple of months maybe, or something like that.


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