Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Golden Hour

It is the golden hour when the puppies are somewhat resting. Winston lays underneath the recliner chair. Lilah usually is on my lap or laying next to the Mister.

Winston has been with us for a week now. He is doing pretty well. The animal shelter where we rescued him from called me on Monday and told me that a different puppy that was in the puppy room with Winston has Parvo. Parvo is a deadly highly contagious illness that puppies can get. I called my vet's office and she told me what to watch for. The incubation period is 3 - 15 days from exposure. All the puppies did get a Parvo vaccine when they are admitted in the shelter but these vaccines are not completely reliable.

Tuesday night, Winston vomited twice. Wed morning he had the runs. We called the vet and they said to bring him in. We took him in and within a few minutes all the power went out in the building. It was pretty dark in the waiting rooms so they kept the doors open. No windows in the little rooms. They did have a few crank lanterns and used their smartphone lights. Because Parvo is so contagious, we had to hold Winston the entire time we were at the office. Poor Winston was happy to be held.

The vet did the Parvo test and he tested negative for now but it could still be dormant for another week. She took his temperature and he had a fever. (Poor thing). They gave him some saline fluid by injecting it in his back muscle. He had a big lump on his back until the saline absorbed. She also prescribed antibiotics and a probiotic and a special rice/chicken diet.

He threw up twice more late last night. Today we took him back to vet to recheck his temperature. His fever had gone down. Because he'd vomited again last night the vet decided to do x-rays on his digestive track and his esophagus to see if everything was clear. It was. She gave him another saline injection bump and a shot of anti-nausea medication.

Thankfully, he is doing better today and I pray that he doesn't get Parvo. So far, he hasn't thrown up or had diarrhea today. I'm feeding him tiny meals of the chicken/rice every few hours. Besides the antibiotic, probiotic, he has a anti-nausea pill once a day.

Aside from all the (hopefully temporary) health issues, he is doing well. He is very sweet. He sleeps pretty well at night and mostly goes to the bathroom outside. He has made a few mistakes but he's only been here a week and hasn't felt well.

The good news is that the large Costco bed arrived!


So much room - for now!  It won't belong before Winston starts growing and growing and growing bigger.  Hopefully the bed will be just right.

10 comments:

  1. New puppies are a challenge. I remember when we first got Taffy, our family pet from years ago It was rather like having a new baby in the family. Winston is a cutie pie.

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    1. Arlene, he is a cutie pie. I'd love to see a picture of Taffy!

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  2. Hello, Gina.
    You are such blessing to those precious puppies.
    Prayers that Winston continues to improve and is a healthy, happy pup soon!

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    1. Billie Jo, he is feeling so much better thank you.

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  3. AWW! poor Winston, prayers he continues to heal and get good reports. Only another dog owner understands the golden hour, when all is well and the babies are resting. Our poor Jack has been having some health issues lately, yesterday he was vomiting and was restless, we later found that he had ingested some leaves from a begonia plant on the porch. He is now better and having his golden hour. ~smile~
    Thanks for visiting and for your sweet comment.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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    1. Sue, I am so glad that Jack is feeling better. Those puppies like to eat pretty much anything, don't they!

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  4. Sorry to hear that Winston is having a rough time, I hope that he will be well soon, that is always a scary thing when you don't know what is going on.

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    1. Connie, he is much healthier now. Antibiotics work wonders.

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  5. Hi Gina~

    Oh dear, I am so sorry to hear that Winston has been sick...I hope he is feeling better. It seems like every time I take, Cole, my big Black Lab, to the vet, he gets sick. They really do get viruses from the other dogs that have been there. I pray that he doesn't get parvo, but it sounds like you are on top of it! Him and Lilah look adorable laying on that big bed, such cute pups!

    Hugs and Love to you~
    Barb

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    1. Barb, when I board Lilah, I give her a special kibble that is easy on her tummy. I know that stress sometimes makes their stomach upset.

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