|Whether you have a Jack Russell Terrier or another kind of dog, make sure your dog has been vaccinated to prevent Parvovirus. It is a very common and very deadly disease. Here is our story.
When my son was young, one of his favorite stories was Tod and Copper from “The Fox and the Hound” (Disney’s Wonderful World of Reading). It is the story about a fox and fox hound who become friends.
We got a yellow labrador retriever puppy and I asked my son what he wanted to name her. Of course, he wanted to name “her” Copper. I said that wasn’t a girls name, but that’s what became her name. We did not have much money at the time, so I put off getting her all of her vaccinations. Needless to say, she ended up with Parvo. Parvo is a virus that dehydrates your dog. The dog cannot keep any food or liquids down, just like when you get the flu. The dog will die from dehydration if not treated within a short amount of time. So quick action is the only way to save your dog. Never ignore sickness symptoms. Copper had some extreme smelly diarrhea. It was so bad, that she didn’t have time to hold it to get outside. I knew this was not ordinary, so I called the veterinarian immediately. They had me bring her in the side door to avoid the other dogs, because they immediately suspected parvo. This disease is highly contagious to other dogs. Canine parvovirus is not contagious to humans.
|Fast action saved Copper’s life, but it was a very difficult time for me and her. The key is to keep the dog hydrated. The only way to do this was with an IV twice a day. It was very difficult for me to stick the IV needle in her skin to give her the water that she desperately needed to stay alive. Since I knew it was her only chance of survival, I did it.
As you can see from the second picture, she lost a lot of weight since she was living on the liquid from the IV until her body could fight off the virus. She was very weak and would lie calmly while she received her IV treatment. I changed the needle one time because the needle I was using was getting dull. She cried in pain with the new needle. I put the old dull one back on and she was fine. It’s hard for me to write about this even now, even though that was 18 years ago.
Copper did fully recover. But please don’t let this happen to your puppy or dog.