A veterinary hospital has provided the public with a heartbreaking visual reminder about the importance of one particular vaccine – parvo. On July 13, the Whyalla Veterinary Clinic shared the story of Mr. T, and his life or death struggle with Parvo.
What happened to this dog?
Mr. T’s owners brought their pet to the veterinary clinic after three days of him not eating – on the morning that he arrived to the veterinary hospital, Mr. T had started to vomit. On the day that Mr. T arrived, his tail was still wagging and he was happy to greet the veterinary staff – but the professionals smelled a distinct odor which led them to believe that he was about to face the fight of his life.
The clinic wrote,
“there was this faint distinct smell of metallic yuk. Has Mr T been vaccinated? No they hadn’t got around to it. Out with the parvovirus test and the anxious 10 minute wait for a result. Yep, you guessed it, positive for parvovirus infection.”
The life or death fight
Mr. T was rushed to isolation and his first night was spent in relative comfort…but everything changed by morning. The clinic wrote:
“Mr. T let everything go. This poor, poor boy was covered, and I mean covered, in his own diarrhea and vomit. As a putrid smell started to work it’s way out into the vet clinic, I started scrubbing the area, an all too familiar job for vet nurses and always looking back at Mr. T, to tell him it was okay.
Gone was the wagging tail and happiness. Now his head hung low, his eyes half closed, laying on his bedding not moving, he was clearly suffering in the grips of this terrible disease.”
The veterinary clinic added:
“This is parvo. Unfiltered, uncensored and undeniably devastating.”
Mr. T’s fate
The lack of the parvo vaccination resulted in a devastating illness for Mr. T – he literally fought for his life with the help of the veterinary staff who tended to him round-the-clock. On July 13, the clinic wrote:
“I’ve just been in to visit Mr T. He’s recently been cleaned up and resettled, but has already vomited again. He is not drinking or eating anything so is relying solely on IV fluids and medications to keep him alive. He is feeling extremely miserable, but hanging in there.”
On day 5, the outcome that everyone had hoped and prayed for became a reality. The clinic stated:
“Mr T Update – Day 5
Well look at Mr T this morning!! What a difference! He gobbled up his breakfast, enjoyed some belly rubs and scratches behind his ears 😊. He is now able to have his antibiotics orally, and will be going home today 😊.”
The critical take away
Mr. T’s owners allowed the veterinary clinic to share their pet’s story with the public in order to raise awareness and educate about the importance of the parvo vaccine. Mr. T suffered terribly because of his owner’s oversight and he easily could have died – please ensure that your pets are up to date with their vaccinations.
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