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Lila and her brother Luke have been with us a little right at 3 weeks. Shortly after arriving at the rescue Luke quit eating and was obviously a sick boy. A trip to our wonderful vet, Lakecross, revealed our worst fears. Luke tested positive for Parvo, an extremely DEADLY and VERY contagious virus, that strikes puppies and unvaccinated adult dogs. Luke recovered very quickly and was driving the staff at the vets office nuts with his cries (hold me please) after just one day. He came home quickly and is a regular healthy little puppy.
Unfortunately Lila's journey was not so easy. She fell ill several days later on a weekend. We treated her at the rescue, not nearly as effective as the vets office because being the weekend it meant ER vet and that equals BIG money. She was doing well, but by Monday we felt it was time for professionals. Poor Lila continued to get worse. Vomiting and diarrhea plagued her and she got weaker and weaker. Was it time to put her to sleep??? It's so hard because any moment they can turn the corner. And every time you looked at her she still responded with a tail wag. Friday was a deciding moment. We either had to euthanize, transfer her to the ER vet or bring her home and hope for the best. They felt like she would pull through if we could just keep her alive long enough. This meant IV fluids since by now she hadn't eaten for 8 days. After a day at the emergency vet they released her to us for continued care. In a perfect world she would have had 2 or 3 more days at the vet....
I gave her fluids several times last night and she has begun eating and keeping very small amounts of baby food down. She still has enough strength to crawl up in your lap if you let her.
Her vet bill has devastated our already low bank account. Any donations to help with this would be greatly apprecaited. Lila and Luke both need a loving homes and they deserve this as soon as possible. To see more pictures of Lila before the parvo go to our adoptable puppies page. We feel sure she will make a full recovery.