Creek View Veterinary Clinic is pleased to present our Featured Pet of the Month, Meeko Ramirez!
Meeko is just a puppy, but he has been through a lot! When Meeko was 11 weeks old, he started vomiting and just not acting like a normal happy pup so his owner brought him into Creek View. Meeko tested positive for parvovirus during his visit. Parvo is a virus that attacks the gastrointestinal tract, causing bloody diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, and if left untreated, death. Meeko’s owner, Mr. Ramirez, did the best thing he could do for his furry friend which was letting him stay at Creek View for treatment. During Meeko’s stay, Mr. Ramirez stopped by every day to check on his puppy pal’s progress.
Meeko was put on IV fluids to prevent dehydration, medications to relieve his symptoms, and two different antibiotics to prevent blood and secondary infection. He was under doctor and technician supervision every day. During his stay, Meeko developed a fluid filled pocket around his abdomen as well as hypoproteinenemia (which means a low level of protein in the blood). Due to this occurrence, Dr. Rierson decided that Meeko was in need of a plasma transfusion to correct the protein deficiency. By the 7th day of treatment and hospitalization, Meeko was no longer vomiting or experiencing diarrhea and had a healthy appetite. After Meeko went an additional 24 hours with no signs or symptoms of parvovirus, he went home!
One month later, Mr. Ramirez brought Meeko back into Creek View for his next round of vaccinations and he acted like a brand new puppy! Meeko is now healthy and thriving as if he’d never been sick at all.
Parvovirus is highly contagious and it can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s feces or vomit. It is also extremely difficult to kill in the environment. The best way to prevent parvo is by keeping your dog up to date on vaccinations and avoiding places such as dog parks, pet stores, and other public areas until your pet is fully immunized with two or more DHPP vaccinations as recommended by your veterinarian.