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Old 05-24-2007, 12:52 PM   #1
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Can anyone give me advice, I have a 5 month old pup, and she was fully vaccinated at 8 and 10 weeks old. She has now contracted parvovirus, i didnt think this was possible as i thought the whole point of having the injections done as a pup was to give them immunity. I dont know if the drug firm that makes the vaccine is liable in anyway, so far i have a very ill pup and its cost me 600 in 2 days. Please, if anyone has any idea let me know, thankyou

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Old 05-24-2007, 12:58 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to the forum. Glad to have you with us even if it was under these bad circumstances. Sorry to hear about your pup. I do hope her recovery will be quick. I've not had personal experience with parvo so I'll leave that to the experts around here. Good luck with her recovery.
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Old 05-24-2007, 12:59 PM   #3
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I am so sorry to hear about your pup. Unfortunately parvo is one of those viruses that can mutate and still attack a dog that has been vaccinated. That's why they have you do a few boosters after the initial vaccine is given, so no - you can't hold anyone liable. Again, I am so sorry your pup has to go through this...Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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heres a good link...

http://www.avma.org/communications/b...o_brochure.asp

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Vaccination—Vaccination is important. Young puppies are very susceptible to infection, particularly because the natural immunity provided in their mothers' milk may wear off before the puppies' own immune systems are mature enough to fight off infection. If a puppy is exposed to canine parvovirus during this gap in protection, it may become ill. An additional concern is that immunity provided by a mother's milk may interfere with an effective response to vaccination. This means even vaccinated puppies may occasionally succumb to parvovirus. To narrow gaps in protection and provide optimal protection against parvovirus during the first few months of life, a series of puppy vaccinations are administered.
you said the pup only had 2 sets of vaccines, there should have been 3 that is what i have always had done, and what i have always been told by the vet.
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Old 05-24-2007, 01:02 PM   #5
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Hi BlackJack,
I am very sorry to hear this!
I have no experience, but I found a recent thread on this topic which may have information which is useful to you:
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=7019
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Old 06-04-2007, 05:40 AM   #6
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Sorry to hear about your pup, years ago when I was married MY husband and I both brought puppies home the same day, his was only about 8 weeks, a Rott/Dobie mix, mine was at least 3months old I got him from the pound, to make a long story short, they both came down with parvo and I spent a few sleepless nights making sure they were hydrated, gave them pepto mismo for the diarhrria and kept force feeding them water in eye droppers. they both made it, the older one got better quicker cause it's harder the younger they are. Good luck

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Thank you for your kind words, unfortunately my pup bella did not get better, she fought for 5 days, im still in shock. I really thought she would pull through. I would urge all pup owners to make sure the have an additional parvo booster at 16 or 20 weeks, we dont yet know if parvo has mutated or if bella already had immunity passed on from her mother, that interfered with the shots administered by the vets. By the way the makers of the vaccine have offered to pay 50% of the vets bills, it doesnt make the pain any less but it helps slightly. Again thank you.

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Old 06-04-2007, 09:25 AM   #8
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I am so sorry about Bella.....{{{HUGS}}} I had the extra booster for Bruno done....there was an outbreak of Parvo in the city at the time and being part Rotti ....I had read about them being more subseptical than other breeds for getting Parvo. I read about the extra shot boosting his immunity and had to ask our vet for it....the girls at the front desk weren't going to schedule the appointment for this telling me that it wasn't necessary until I asked them to speak to the vet that eventually agreed with my decision. Again, I am truely sorry about what happened to Bella....


http://lindamarvet.com/dogvac.html

"Distemper or 4-in-1 shot. Protects against distemper, hepatitis leptospirosis, parainfluenza, and parvo. Given at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. If a puppy does not start the series until after 12 weeks of age, only 2 vaccines are required 3-4 weeks apart. Breeds that have an increased susceptability to parvo infection (Rottweillers, Dobermans) can be given an extra vaccine at 6 months. Yearly booster."

I am sure your vet has told you about the clean up after Parvo and the long term situation if you will have another dog in your home but for everyone that doesn't know here's a link....


http://www.workingdogs.com/parvofaq.htm

"Parvovirus can persist in the environment for long periods. It is important to clean up after
an infection. Washing the animal's area with bleach and water in a 1:30 dilution will kill the
virus. The bowls should be thrown away and the bedding either bleached or thrown away
to prevent further spread of the infection. Discard all feces from the infected dog. Humans
can also spread the disease on their hands if they touch feces from an infected dog and then
touch a puppy without washing properly. Very small amounts of fecal material on the dog's
coat can contain large numbers of viral organisms and can easily be transmitted to a
susceptible dog. "
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Im so sorry sweetie...
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im so sorry, what a awfull situation, im very shocked, my dog had two jabs for her 'course', i do beleive different courses require different number of jabs, what does your vet have to say about it? i would have thought you could at least get the vaccine people or vets to refund what you paid for the jabs.
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