Helping Puppies Fight a Life-threatening Virus

////Helping Puppies Fight a Life-threatening Virus

Diagnosed with parvovirus — a potentially deadly disease — three rescued puppies are currently being treated in our Freed Special Recovery Center, while 14 others from two separate litters are in quarantine and under our watchful, round-the-clock care.

“The incubation period from exposure to development of clinical signs is approximately 7-10 days,” noted Dr. Mark Verdino, Animal League America Chief of Veterinary Staff. “Therefore, pups that appear clinically healthy when transported, can develop signs by arrival or shortly thereafter depending on when the exposure took place.” If not promptly and effectively treated, parvovirus can cause persistent vomiting and diarrhea, rapid dehydration, and septic shock which can be fatal.

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Fortunately, we are well-equipped to handle this disease in our Freed Special Recovery Center. This unique facility enables us to isolate a large number of parvo cases simultaneously, and our medical protocols are well-developed based on the thousands of parvo cases we have healed. Treatment for these dogs includes supportive care — by way of fluids and nutritional support — and antibiotics to prevent any secondary bacterial infection. We will also provide symptomatic treatment that includes anti-nausea, anti-diarrheals, appetite stimulants, and pain management. Our survival rate with aggressive treatment is nearly 90%. While this course of medical care required is costly, with your help, these puppies will have healthy lives ahead.

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By |2022-03-26T09:10:15-04:00March 26th, 2022|