Posted on May 31, 2018
Posted on May 31, 2018Update on the parvovirus fight 31/05/18. I am pleased to report that the first born of the 5 puppies - named Star - appears to now be heading for a full recovery, and is eating a little cooked fresh chicken, and is off the drip and other medications. We feel so very fortunate to so far have been part of saving four out of five puppies that in this country even with treatment has a 90% mortality rate. We really believed at one time that by now we would have a row of graves in the garden, not just the grave of little Gelert. We are grateful to the vets and to those of you that chose to donate to help the puppies - thank you. The last of the puppies that is still quite unwell is Jess, and I ask that you say a little prayer for her - thank you kindly.
Posted on May 29, 2018
Posted on May 29, 2018Update 29/05/18. Went with the 3 puppies to the vets for their 2 hour long treatment. This involves a drip each once a day. Included in the intravenous liquid is an antibiotic, anti vomit serum and one other addition that eludes me at the moment. The smallest pup named Sooty has for the first time in 6 days eaten something. She has managed three small plate fulls of chicken. It is essential when their appetite returns that they are given nothing that includes salt or spices, as this will just irritate an already weak intestinal lining. We are so pleased with Sooty's progress and prey it will continue. As for Jess and Star they remain quite ill, and both continue to pass blood and intestinal material. They look so forlorn and it breaks our heart. We have come so far and would love the one fatality that we have already endured to be the only one. Please God that it be so. Thank you for sharing and/or donating towards the cost of the treatment which is much more than we can really afford.
Posted on May 27, 2018
Posted on May 27, 2018We are facing a serious crisis as we adopted a street dog only to find she was pregnant. On January the 29th she gave birth to 5 of the most beautiful black Labrador looking dogs. It was almost impossible to tell them apart and we gave them different coloured collars to help. They grew up in the next 4 months to be the happiest and most friendliest puppies I have ever known. Then at the beginning of this week disaster struck, they contracted parvo-virus disease. We all will be familiar with this terrible disease, but to watch 4 of the five dogs struck down with it has been heart-wrenching. I won't go into details, but suffice to say as the disease takes hold they start to shed their intestines through their back passage. We took them all to the vets where we said we wanted to give them every possible chance for survival. Thus began daily 3 hour visits to the vets for a special serum, several injections, and an intravenous drip. Two were much sicker than the second pair, and miraculously one was almost perfect, and we warned the first and second days that we would lose one possibly two of the worst affected before the night was out, but they survived. On the third day Gelert, the only male dog passed away, even though he had shown the most promise of getting better. Heartbroken doesn't go far enough to describe how we feel. The fact that we have told the vets that we want to give them every chance, despite their warning of failure has meant that we are already facing a very high vets bill, and it will rise. That's why we are once again asking for any financial help that you feel able to give. Being honest there is not a great chance that all will survive, but we still wish to give them every chance we can. I am posting a pic of Bootsy, the only well puppy, she is very like her siblings when they are well. At the moment they just lie and whimper, and at 10am every day I will take them to the vets, as what is crucial is keeping them hydrated. Thank you.