Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious, life-threatening disease. With many of the symptoms of flu in humans, puppies and young dogs who have not been vaccinated are most highly at risk. And if catching this nasty bug wasn’t bad enough, the most common treatment for puppies in shelters is euthanasia. No wonder the little fella above looks none too happy.
Recently the Petfinder Foundation used funds donated by Orvis and their customers through the Customer Matching Grant program to help sponsor the Austin (TX) Pets Alive! Parvo Puppy ICU. The first of its kind in the nation, Austin Pets Alive!’s Parvo Puppy ICU provides shelters an alternative to euthanasia for puppies that contract parvovirus. By placing these puppies in quarantine, maintaining cross-contamination protocol and providing consistent care and treatment these puppies have a much better shot at long, healthy, happy lives.
But enough talk…let’s take a look at some of the Parvo Puppy ICU alums:
First a before and after:
It took nine days on 24-hour IV fluids, a blood transfusion, hourly feedings, and a whole lotta’ love, but Hufflepuff got better and went on to become the aptly named Hope:
In 2014, the Parvo Puppy ICU saved more than 500 dogs with Parvovirus
Since opening, the Puppy Parvo ICU has pulled more than 1,800 dogs from the euthanasia list
The programs and protocols instituted in this clinic allow the team to treat parvovirus at 1/10 the cost of a regular clinic
100% of the puppies that exit the Parvo Puppy ICU are adopted
Here are a couple of other success stories:
To help us share more happy tails like these, visit the Orvis Customer Matching Grant Petfinder page. And thanks to all the great Orvis customers who make stories like this possible!