22 July 2012
Relief And Sadness: The Notarianis Cry
Today will be filled with conflicting emotions in the Notariani household. Late last night, DD#1 woke us with a dreadful call. Her puppy, around 16 weeks old, had to be put down. Jeckyl (his name) had become ill. Rather than wait until Monday, she took him to an emergency vet. Unfortunately, he had Parvovirus. It's awful when a beloved pet is so ill. The vet explained that he likely had been born infected. She's heartbroken. Her older dog has been vaccinated, but there is still a small risk that she could be infected. She'll find out Monday when she goes in for her test.
I regularly dog-sit, and that put our own Shepherd at risk. He, too, has been vaccinated, but we took him today for a test. Thankfully, he tested negative. Parvovirus is extremely contagious - and infections take over quickly. Treatment ranges from $1000 - $4000, so it is quite expensive. There is no cure for parvovirus; instead, symptoms are treated through antibiotics and IV fluids. Sometimes, plasma is given as well among other meds. Full treatment boasts a 75% survival rate, but the $60 (max) vaccination fees pale in comparison to the high cost of treatment. It is imperative to have your pets vaccinated to prevent this devastating illness.
As hard as it is, 'Life Goes On'. Today, DD#1 is at work, but we have all shed some tears for the adorable little puppy that we lost.
I haven't been able to conjure any words today. Tomorrow will be better.
Posted by Nadja Notariani at 2:34 PM