Features November 2013 Issue

New Home Treatment for Parvo May Prevent

The total cost of saving the lives of these four puppies, who were infected with parvovirus, with intensive care in a veterinary hospital was more than $16,000. Owners who can’t pay for this “gold standard” treatment now have an option other than euthanasia.

New Home Treatment for Parvo May Prevent "Economic Euthanasia"

New home treatment protocol should drastically reduce the incidence of “economic euthanasia” for pups infected with parvovirus.

When experienced breeder Barbara Sorg noticed that Winks, one of her five 8-week-old puppies, was listless, not eating, and by nightfall was suffering from diarrhea, she hustled him off to her long-time veterinarian the next morning, a Tuesday.

The vet suspected that Winks had not tolerated the dewormer he’d been given Sunday. Although he had never left her property and had no suspected exposure, Sorg asked that he be tested for deadly parvovirus; her veterinarian discounted the possibility.

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