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17 Sep 2007

RE: Sick puppy / Parvo Post 499.
Hi all,
Just a quick question.

I posted last week about my sick puppy and got an answer from Chill. Thanks Chill. But I thought just to let you know... Roxy had died, she left us Saturday morning just before 2am. I got up at 2 to check on her but it was too late. My sister in law, is a vet nurse student in her last year I asked her to have a look at Roxy, she immediately diagnosed parvo, and because Roxy's imunisation history is unknown to me ( i only got her at 2/3 months) I had no idea that she never actually had her shots. Anyway, thats the background on my question, not that I doubt my sister in laws diagnosis, I just want to know, what the real simptoms of parvo / cat flu is. and how long does it actually take for a dog to die of it. Roxy wasnt dyhydrated, this is what she had:
Blood running from her behind;
sticky muscous around her mouth;
vomitted yellow slimy stuff;
a terrible smell of death around her;
a huge appetite and weight loss;
and she just laid there;

was this parvo or what could it be, (just cant shake the feeling of poisoning....)

(... Chill I forgot to mention in my last post, that my dogs do not just get pap and pet mince, thats dinner... they get normal supermarket brand pellets in the mornings... )
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01 Jan 0001

It is not possible to make a diagnosis of parvo virus infection by merely looking at an animal. A post mortem examination will be required in animals that have died. Symptoms of the disease include severe diarrhoea (that often includes blood) and vomition leading to dehydration. Lethargy and apparent abdominal discomfort often indicated by groaning. These animals are usually reluctant to eat. Aggressive treatment is required but sometimes they do not survive.
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