Monday, March 4, 2013

POP for the Puppies Battling Parvo

I'd like to thank everyone who's sent their healing power and support to us. It has been a rough 2 weeks for everyone. I have not given Chooey enough attention these days and the entire ordeal is stressful- even until now.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Jenelyn, the person who helps me in taking care of the pack, told me that China wasn't himself. He was, after all, PJ's brother so I was pretty sure it was the evil P (for canine Parvo virus). I decided to have him brought to the Marikina Veterinary Clinic for a check-up. I was pretty sure I'd be spending more than 1000 php (roughly $25) for this. The Parvo test alone cost 750 php (roughly $20). 

This was our total vet bill for PJ's admission. Parvo is a canine disease with a high fatality rate. This is why having your pup fully vaccinated is VERY important.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

That night, I decided to take a risk (which I don't normally do). I know China was Parvo positive because he exhibited the same signs. Unfortunately, I had to choose whether to buy Parvaid or have him checked-up and be prescribed with traditional meds. Furthermore, PJ's bill was skyrocketing and we weren't able to afford one more admission this bad. 

That morning, China showed signs of lethargy. Before lunch, he was vomiting liquid foam and was beginning to weaken.  I had the Parvaid and Vibactra delivered and was fortunate that the shop I purchased it from did cash-on-delivery.

My seminar was a jumble of all things. The pups were sick and I was nowhere to take care of them. I trusted Jenelyn with China's welfare.

Parvaid is manufactured by AmberTech. I was fortunate that someone was selling it here in the Philippines. Ever since Shark and Twitch died, I made sure to research about the canine Parvo virus.
Fortunately, I had been right with the Parvaid. China's condition was bad, but it did not worsen.


Thursday, February 28, 2013 

As I've mentioned last week, PJ was admitted in the Marikina Veterinary Clinic because of Parvo. He tested positive for it and his condition didn't get any better. He was placed on dextrose for the duration of his stay (7 DAYS).

This was what PJ looked like last Saturday. He was weak and could barely move himself. I am glad we caught the symptoms before it was too late.
Today, I asked Jenelyn if she could drop by the vet to check on PJ. The vet had already removed his dextrose because he started eating. But then, when he was brought outside, PJ vomited again. So the vet advised us that PJ may not be able to eat anything for the next three days.


Friday, March 1, 2013

I decided to take care of PJ personally since I wasn't home last Wednesday and Thursday due to a seminar. I gave PJ and China their hourly medication... a difficult task when you have two little weak pups. PJ looked a lot weaker than China. China wasn't eating, but he  (and PJ) was given an hourly dose of Gatorade(if not dextrose water).

Note: Just in case you guys were wondering, Parvaid is a medication that helps puppies and dogs recover from the deadly Parvo virus. It needed to be administered every 15 minutes for the first hour and every hour until the dog or puppy begins to eat.

Tip: In case the veterinarian prescribes you with recovery food and your puppy or dog doesn't have any appetite for eat it, you can mix it with warm water (1 part recovery food, 2 parts warm water) and have them drink it through a syringe.

I decided to give him the rest of his meds- Appebon syrup and Immunosin ( all human meds) as prescribed by the veterinarian. He was lying sideways in the crate when I opened it. I was shocked when his head dropped. It was AS IF HE WAS DEAD. I tried calling his name and moving him, but his body remained MOTIONLESS. Other than what seems to be labored breathing, he laid there LOOKING LIFELESS. I stared at him for a couple more minutes and tears were streaming from my eyes... I believed that PJ WAS DYING

I cried for what seemed like FOREVER. With a muttered curse, I said it out loud. PJ was dying. My brother-in-law went to see what had happened and he himself was in dismay. He asked me some questions and I answered sobbingly. I was doing my best to explain what had happened in a clear voice, but everybody heard it cracking. We CONTEMPLATED whether to bring him to the vet, but it felt like whatever condition PJ was in would worsen even more by doing this. We were scared that it might bring him more pain. A little later, he had a grave dug for PJ.

I waited for the INEVITABLE. PJ remained motionless except for the LABORED RISE and RAPID FALL of BREATHING. His eyes were half open. The pupils no longer showing. I tried carrying him, but nothing changed. I stared and prayed. He was laying there and he peed- a clear indication that his little body no longer had any bladder control. I put a newspaper under the crate knowing what I was expecting to see would scar me for life.

Come 8:30 and PJ was still breathing heavily. My brother-in-law told me that once I was done, we should be eating dinner. I decided to LEAVE PJ's SIDE and take a shower.

After dinner, I checked out on PJ and he was still breathing. I peered through the window and saw what seemed to be movement! PJ ROLLED SLIGHTLY to his right!

Back then, I did not close the crate because it seemed pointless. Half past 9 and I'm in DISBELIEF! PJ got up, wagging his tail weakly, walking around, looking for something to drink or eat. It was CRAZY. Did my eyes deceive me? Was I CRAZY? PJ was limping, but roaming around, WALKING, SNIFFING, looking for  food.

We gave him some rice and fish, a meal that fit in one tablespoon and he DEVOURED it. Of course, he hurled after a couple of minutes but nobody cared! A couple of hours ago, I had honestly thought this was his last day with us!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

It's like yesterday did not happen at all. I still have no idea how to explain what had happened yesterday. It was like he was a different pup. He's more ENERGETIC- SCREAMING at every chance he has to be able to get out.

China ate half a teaspoon of recovery food. He's looking better by the day.

I got my thumb injured which made washing my hands a troublesome task.


Sunday, March 3, 2013

I woke up at 2 am hearing a screaming PJ. The little guy was hungry. I let both of them out of their crates while I prepared a MEAL FIT for PARVO-RIDDEN KINGS.

After doing their business and bossing me around, I put them back in their crate again. China curled into a ball to sleep while PJ decided to scream some more. He eventually gave up. They also woke me up at 5 am.

Today went pretty well. Jenelyn took over for most of the day. We transferred them to another area. PJ is now staying in a bigger cage (so he can  stretch his legs better and walk around). Sleeping beauty, China, will remain in his crate until he gets better.

I, on the other hand, am literally sick so I'll have to stop here for now.

30 comments:

  1. OMG...You've been through so much. I've been really behind in reading blogs and I'm in shock hearing about PJ and China. But it sounds like hopefully prayers have been answered and both are on the mend now. We'll be saying prayers for all of you.

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  2. Thank you for updating us on the parvo situation, Haopee. We are so thankful that PJ is doing better, and will continue to purr and pray!

    Please take care of yourself, okay?

    Hugs!

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  3. Such a scary, scary story. Poor pups, poor you!

    Still sending you healing thoughts...

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  4. That is a very good turn of events with the pups! We'll keep them in our prayers that they make a complete recovery.
    Meanwhile, YOU take care of yourself too!

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  5. You must be exhausted! How strange. But we're happy they're feeling better. Paws crossed for all of you.

    XXXOOO Daisy, bella & Roxy

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  6. What a frightful time you have had. We send more POTP and our paws are crossed all will be well. Take care!
    Best wishes Molly

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  7. This has been rough. Paws crossed that PJ and China continue to get better and you get well again soon! Lots of POTP comin your way.

    Hugs,
    The Roo Family

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  8. I am behind in reading blogs too....and I am so very sorry to hear that you are going through all of this...we are sending all kinds of prayers and healing energy that PJ and China continue improving and everyone is well again...lots of hugs too...xoxo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

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  9. So glad to hear that PJ and China are recovering. What a terrible time you have been through - you must be totally exhausted. Take care of yourself and we send schnauzer hugs and healing thoughts to you and your canine family - woofs and licks from Magic xx

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  10. Haopee, its been a terrible time and it looks like you have need of some TLC yourself now!! I hope that PJ and China continue to improve and you get some rest, ya hear!!! xox

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  11. Haopee, I have been so far behind in my blog reading, this makes me so sad and sick to find out all the trouble you have been having. So happy to come back at a time where the news is promising. No wonder you are sick, you have gone throuhg so much in sleepless nights and worry.

    We will be sure to ask for blessings from above for all of you.
    Love
    Bert adn My Vickie

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  12. Haopee, we too are so very sorry to hear about the sick puppies. All paws crossed for both of them to pull through and do just fine.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  13. So sorry to hear the pups have been ill, poor little things. Hoping they are feeling much better soon.
    Ugh, vet bills really suck don't they, we have had a ton of them lately too.
    Lynne x

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  14. SORRY we are behind, as usual. But it sounds like the pups are on the mend. BIG power of the paw to you all. Hope they are naughty pups again soon ;)

    Slobbers

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  15. How scary for a while there! So happy to hear they are doing well now. :-)

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  16. I have a friend in Texas who adopted some Parvo pups also. It's a tough and expensive thing. Kudos to you for hanging in there for these little guys. I am glad they are pulling through. Thanks for posting this on the discussion page.

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  17. I'm so glad to hear progress for PJ and China. Sad that you are ill, but glad your pups are recovering. Now get rest and get yourself better!

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  18. i am here sending more good thoughts.
    love
    tweedles

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  19. What a stressful time you've been having with that horrible Parvo virus, sending you more POTP.

    Take care Sheba.

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  20. My two dogs have parvo at the moment. It is really heart breaking seeing them suffer. They're both 7 months old. One dog was confined for 3 days now, the other dog is here under our care. I am really confused what to do how to help them ease their pain. I will try PARVAID and VIBACTRA. I am praying hard that they will survive. ='(

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    1. I'm sorry I've only replied so recently. How are your dogs? If you need someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to message me through my contact form. I will do my best to reply to you in a more timely manner. I hope the Parvaid and Vibactra helped. Once again, I'm really sorry for not replying earlier.

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    2. No worries, Ms. Haopee. My Bombom's home already and recovering fast from his 7-day stay sa clinic. He eats and drink na, minimal. Pero, im very happy kasi they survived Parvo. My other dog, Nanie, super kulit na din. Parang hindi nag-kasakit.
      I ordered Parvaid and Vibactra as soon as I have read your blog. But, we still give the rest of the meds. Cotrimoxazole syrup and Flagex. Thank you for your blog. And thank you for the prayers.

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    3. I'm glad they are a lot better. It's a great relief when you've realized that they are out of the danger zone. PJ didn't recover as fast as your Bombom when he got admitted. I think it was because we were a little late on bringing him to the vet. Nonetheless, mabuti nalang at he survived (pero he's becoming picky sa food nya).

      That's okay. I had my dogs drink Immunosine and Appebon even while they were also taking Parvaid and Vibactra. Just remember na pag sinabing 0.06ml as in 0.06ml talaga. Yung kasama namin dito sa bahay akala 0.6ml. Ayon, naOD yung dalawa. Both their right ears are standing. I'm just glad I caught it on time.

      Welcome. I hope I have helped.

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  21. I'm so sorry you and your pups are going through all this. We are sending lots of thoughts and prayers your way! Hope everyone gets well soon!

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  22. Wow. This was a nail-biting read. Thank you for sharing your experience and the medication you did. I nearly lost a dog before on parvo virus. I incurred a lot of vet expenses, to the tune of about 20,000 pesos. NExt time, I will get a parvaid and vibactral.

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    1. I think one of the stupidest things I've ever done as an owner was to disregard the importance of vaccinations. I could've saved a whole lot of pesos if I simply brought them for their initial parvo vaccinations. If Parvo is diagnosed early, Parvaid will surely be effective. However, when the dog is barely able to move, considering admission is still of utmost priority.

      Thank you for reading.

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  23. I had a dog named Chewie who died because of Parvo. He was a four month old black Labrador. RIP Chewie. You will always be missed. :(

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    1. I'm sorry for your loss. I am sure Chewie is in a better place... as we pet owners call it, the Rainbow Bridge.

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