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Old May 5th, 2008, 09:12 AM   #1
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I will try to make this short and sweet.

My friend got a puppy 2 weeks ago from the animal shelter in Grand Blanc. Cutest little pit bull puppy ever. She was 7 weeks old. ($160 adoption fee)

It got kennel cough, which was no big deal, she's already had it to the vet twice.($500) Plus it gave her 2 other dogs kennel cough.

She got home from work yesterday and called me in a panic. Her puppy was lethargic, not eating or drinking and having a hard time breathing. It had vomited once, and had liquid yellow shit.

"Son of a bitch," I said, "the dog probably has Parvo."

I had adopted a rotty puppy from the animal shelter in Lansing a few years back, and after thousands of dollars, weeks with no sleep, almost losing my job and my mind trying to treat this dog, it died of Parvo.

It is the saddest and sickest thing you can ever watch happen to a dog.

We took the puppy to the emergency vet in Milford, and had it tested. It was positive for parvo. After both of us broke down crying and weighed the options, she had the puppy put to sleep. ($350)

Then we had to bleach her entire house in hopes that her other dogs wouldn't pick it up.

My point is this:

You try to rescue a dog from a shelter, hoping to give it a good home and a new life. In 2 weeks, you spend $1,000 on a dog that you got for "free" only to have it die because the shelter was unsanitary.

I have scolded people for years. Why buy a dog from a breeder when there are so many nice dogs sitting in the shelter on death row?

Well, no more shelter dogs for me, or for anyone else I can talk out of it. It's very sad, but the chances are that every other puppy in the litter has parvo or is a carrier.

Has anyone else had this happen? Or am I just that unlucky?

Here is some information on PARVO.
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Old May 5th, 2008, 09:27 AM   #2
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I like rescue animals but get them from breed rescues. my cattledog came from Australian Cattledog Rescue of Michigan. my berner came from a reputible breeder/berner rescue.
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Old May 5th, 2008, 09:34 AM   #3
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um, you CAN treat parvo with medication. My wife's dog had parvo as a pup caught in the store at petsmart or something.
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um, you CAN treat parvo with medication. My wife's dog had parvo as a pup caught in the store at petsmart or something.
Everyone I know that had a puppy that young (9 weeks) that came down with parvo that hard and that quickly lost the dog. It is treatable, yes, but there is no cure and no guarantee.
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Old May 5th, 2008, 09:53 AM   #5
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Sorry...you should let the shelter know...they need to clean up their act!!!

You watch shows on TV of animal cruelty..does anyone check out or report the shelters...???
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Old May 5th, 2008, 09:56 AM   #6
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she had the puppy put to sleep. ($350)
Wow... vets and doctors must have gotten together on pricing lately.

Sorry to hear about that
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PM me the shelter's information. One of my good friends works for the Humane Society and runs a volunteer rescue organization. I'm sorry that it's too late to help you out, but she may be able to do something to help out future adopters.
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Wow... vets and doctors must have gotten together on pricing lately.

Sorry to hear about that
My old man and I had this conversation yesterday. The advancement in Vetinary science is in credible. AS is the cost.

They find out the little old lady's cat who is 12 years old has cancer, they give the little old lady who has no money 2 choices. Put the cat to sleep for $350 or for three treatments at $500 the cat can live 3 more years....

I have never liked shelter dogs for exactly the reasons that Mandy described, you never know what you are getting. At least with a breader you can do some research, see other dogs, and make an informed decision.

I paid $500 for my dog with normal vet bills, and I've had her 6 years longer then mandy's friend had her dog.

That leads me to the next level of discussion, I'm a huge dog lover, but how far do you go? How much would you spend to fight an illness to keep your dog alive?

Very difficult decision.....
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After trying different vets, I discovered Paint Creek Animal Clinic in Rochester. 50% of the cost, and the people are awesome.

It was $110.00 for a fixin' on a cat, and having the front declawed (don't want to hear your :chiefwoohaw: about declawing cats)


Thought I would throw that out..
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That leads me to the next level of discussion, I'm a huge dog lover, but how far do you go? How much would you spend to fight an illness to keep your dog alive?

Very difficult decision.....
When we were kids, my mom let us get a mutt from the adopt-a-pet k9 rescue league day somewhere in union lake.

It cost something like $50 to adopt it.

That dog had to have his eye removed, multiple dental surgeries, constant treatment for allergies and skin conditions. He walked on three legs, had one eye, the worst dandruff in the world and he smelled bad. I called him muffin the pirate.

We had him for 7 or 8 years before he died of old age.

He was one of the best dogs I have ever had, but he cost my mother a fortune.
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Wow... vets and doctors must have gotten together on pricing lately.

Sorry to hear about that
This was the 24 hour emergency vet on a Sunday night. That may have had something to do with it.
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My wife volunteers for Kalamazoo Animal rescue, she got a parvo puppy last fall and the puppy survived. The adult dogs are able to fight off parvo better then young puppies.

You should always quarentee a new dog or puppy (cats to) into your household for these reasons. If you or your friend would like my wifes contact info to talk to her about Parvo and how to handle a break out, Pm me.
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Some Shelters are better than others- My Sister works for Huron Valley Humane Society, and they do check for Parvo on thier dogs. (Actually part of my Sisters job in intake, along with temperment testing, etc... ) That being said, the last Shelter dog I adopted had to be put down about a month later as she developed a homicidal dog agression for small black dogs...
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I had damn near the exact same thing happen about 20 years ago. Ended up putting it down too.
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Some Shelters are better than others- My Sister works for Huron Valley Humane Society, and they do check for Parvo on thier dogs. (Actually part of my Sisters job in intake, along with temperment testing, etc... ) That being said, the last Shelter dog I adopted had to be put down about a month later as she developed a homicidal dog agression for small black dogs...

small black dogs or small black dawgs?
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About 4 years ago we got 2 kittens from the Humane Society they would'nt let them go home with us until they were spayed even know they were way to young.They got very sick we've had them for about 3 years now and all they do is hide and piss on the fucking couch!
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Got a lab once from the humane society when i was a little kid.. had parvo.. died like 3 weeks after christmas (it was a christmas present)
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sad to hear about the puppy

I have to go play with mine now.
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Do shelters even vaccinate for parvo? YOu would think they would.
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Do shelters even vaccinate for parvo? YOu would think they would.
Many of these are volunteer organizations, and sometimes their hearts are bigger than their minds and try to save everyone.

There isn't a ton of standardization between them.

My 3 shelter beagles were all checked before we adopted them.

I put $6000 into getting Lucy back on her feet last year, but I'd do it again. Mine have all been relatively healty. The issues we've had have been spinal injuries, but those are genetic issues, in general with beagles, and mine are far more active than most.
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