Posted by: BMJ | 2013/02/01

Sick puppy

On we Tuesday the 29th we adopted a little cross breed Jack russel pup from animal welfare. Pups were born on the 9th Decemeber. We took her home and she was playing around and just being a normal delightful pup. She went for a snooze, had her vet''s puppy food and then around 10 she made vomity sounds. She vomitted twice - but it was very small amounts. She wee''s outside and made a poo - soft but not watery. The next morning she as very lethargic and felt quite hot. We took her back to animal welfare (they said any illness within 14 days to bring her in) She had a very high fever and was taken back and put into ''hospital''. It is now friday and she is still there. She perked up a bit yesterday, but today (day 3) looks a bit down again. She has also started having diarrohea. She will not come home for at least another 48 hours. I dont understand how she could get sick so fast and whether she will recover, the vet said she is very sick, but he is still optomistic. Parvo or distemper was considered. Do they recover from this and how long does it take? PS: None of the other 8 pups in the litter got sick

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One of the saddest things in private practice is witnessing the joy and delight of a new puppy or kitten turn to sorrow when, a few days after its purchase; it succumbs to a horrible disease like parvovirus or distemper. What makes it especially sad is that these diseases are preventable with correct vaccination.
Parvo virus is an acute illness which begins with depression, vomiting, and diarrhea. Diarrhea is profuse and contains mucus and/or blood. Dehydration develops rapidly.
The virus is shed in large amounts in the stools of acutely infected dogs for up to several weeks following infection. Parvo can be carried on the dog’s hair and feet, as well as on contaminated crates, shoes, and other objects.
Vaccinations, starting by 8 weeks of age, will prevent most cases of parvovirus infection. During the first weeks of life, puppies are protected by high levels of maternal antibodies.

Canine distemper is caused by the canine distemper virus. Animals usually become infected by direct contact with virus particles from the secretions of other infected animals (generally via inhalation). The virus can be shed by dogs for several weeks after recovery. Puppies under four months of age and unvaccinated dogs are most at risk.
Canine distemper causes symptoms in multiple body systems, including the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, and the brain and spinal cord
There is no treatment specific to the distemper virus, so treatment involves managing the various symptoms and secondary infections. Even with treatment, distemper can be fatal

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