Friday will be 3 weeks since Wednesday has been gone.
I've been doing a lot of thinking and reading these past few weeks. Then it finally dawned on me...
As innocent as it may seem, she was on the floor playing at the Vet's office at the time of her Vet Check and vaccination at 7 weeks of age. When I went back looking through her breeder's page I just stopped when I seen that video. But had she not posted the video, I would still be left wondering. Was it this? Was it that?
Now me on the other hand, I'm so overly protective about everything, this isn't something I would do, but not everyone knows that. I'm kind of an anal control freak by nature... Unfortunately, it's truly a gift and a curse.
Not everyone knows about the NeoPar vaccine either. Wednesday did not get her dose of NeoPar at 5 weeks.
I will never know for sure as I did not have her tested, but a lot think she probably had Parvo. The signs and symptoms really do match up. First there was the incubation period. She was absolutely wonderful the first 9-10 days I had her. Then there was the going off food. The lethargy, vomiting/diarrhea, fever, dehydration, the unwillingness to eat no matter what I tried. I really gave it my best shot those 3 days of her going downhill, along with multiple vet trips. They don't really pass from the Parvo, they pass from everything else.
Let my loss be something you take to heart.
Just like people, the very young and the very old are the most vulnerable. Puppies have such an immature immune system UNTIL they are FULLY Vaccinated. Going home, you still have to finish their Puppy Vaccination Series. They still need 2 more puppy shots. Don't skip out on those!!!
I know, they are so dang cute and adorable, you want to show them off to everyone when you go home. PLEASE don't do that. Just wait until you can complete the entire Vaccination series to give them immunity to fight this awful disease.
Stay away from dog parks and pet stores, places dogs frequent.
My first thought was her color pattern and I still believe there is some correlation to it. Perhaps the genes of the tri pattern just make for an overall weaker immune system which in turn means more vaccinations need to be on board to protect them.
In all my years of breeding I've never had an experience with Parvo. But in the last few weeks, I've heard of families having an experience with it. I had just never heard of it around South Dakota and the surrounding states.
Obviously there's quite a strain of it going around now.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be cautious with your puppies folks!
I really do believe Parvo has knocked on my door first hand.
Do I blame Wednesday's breeder? Absolutely not. We ALL have something to learn from this.