Meet Marty! Marty is a Parvovirus survivor and truly a fighter! Marty is one of the cutest little guys around, which is part of why we chose his story. But also because of how his story is a reminder to us all as to why vaccination is so important.
Here`s Marty`s story from his family!
`Here are some pictures of our little Marty, our little fighter got parvovirus at 7 weeks old, the people we got him from didn't do their duty in ensuring this little guy was healthy before selling him. We fell in love with him instantly and knew he was a big part of our family, on the fourth day of having him we noticed something wasn't right. We brought him to the Leduc clinic and he was diagnosed with the deadly parvovirus. After the diagnostic we rushed Marty to guardian vet centre in Edmonton where he spent a long 5 days unfortunately we didn't have the funds to continue with this centre and a family friend in Calgary saved us from losing our little boy, we drove Marty to Calgary north animal clinic where he spent another 4 days in isolation and undergoing extensive care. We got to bring our baby home after a long 9 days filled with agony and heartache. Thankfully with all these vets our little Marty came home and is on the positive path to recovery. ` (all these pictures are after he recovered)
Parvovirus is a highly contagious and often deadly viral infection which affects dogs. Young dogs are much more susceptible because of their lack of vaccination, and immature immune system. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in the body, and the prime target is the intestinal tract. This causes the intestines to slough their lining, causing severe bleeding, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, and in many cases death. There is no cure for parvovirus. We provide supportive care and isolation in hospital, ensuring proper hydration, nutrition (in some cases requiring tube feeding or glucose IV), and antibiotics for bacteremia if required.
Marty had presented for bloody diarrhea and lethargy, and was initially flat out poorly responsive. This had all happened over 24 hours. After diagnosis, he was transferred for hospitalized at Guardian Veterinary Center for intensive care given how sick he was. The severity of parvovirus infections can vary quite a bit, with some dogs requiring some rehydration and medication, while other dogs requiring days or weeks in hospital and intensive care.
It is easy for us to become complacent with vaccines because of how infrequently we see some of these severe disease, whether it be in people or animals. However, the reason we see these so infrequently is because of the diligence of pet owners like you in keeping their pets up to date on vaccines.