Ok, so this week I went on Operation Puppy Rescue. Saturday, I happened to go to a rural shelter with a friend to look for her a dog. The conditions were pretty bad so Monday I decided to go back and adopt one of the puppies I had seen. I got there right when they opened but the puppy wasn't there. Apparently, a volunteer had taken several puppies at 8:15 am to meet up with a rescue group in Clarksville, about 4 1/2 hours from the shelter. While I was still at the shelter, a phone call came in from the rescue group. They were returning the puppies because one tested positive for parvo. The entire litter was returning to the shelter to be euthanized.
I spoke to the animal control officer who agreed to let me meet up with the volunteer on her way back and take the puppy I came for to take to my vet. The volunteer had a flat tire so I wasn't able to meet up with her until 6 pm. When the volunteer arrived all six puppies were in the open bed of her truck in wire cages. No water to drink but soaking wet (in case they overheat said the volunteer) :eek: I wanted to point out that soaking them with water doesn't prevent dehydration! To top it off we have had some serious heat in east tennessee…temps around 100. The puppies were all weak and severly dehydrated. I knew there was a good chance they were parvo positive but I ended up taking the puppy I came for plus her litter mate.
Went to the vet Tuesday morning and yes they were both strongly parvo positive. Since they were both still eating and drinking with no vomiting we opted to take them home on their meds. One puppy started vomiting and had to go to the vet to get on an IV. The other puppy has continued to get better.
The good news is the sickest puppy came home today with no vomiting and has a hearty appetite. The vet feels like both pups should make a good recovery. They are both staying with my mom and getting spoiled. Now that they look like they are going to survive we are curious to get some input on what kind of mix they might be and how big they might get. They are both brindle about 2 lbs and are about 7-8 weeks. The larger of the two looks like she has long legs but the smaller one has short stumpy ones.
What do you guys think?