This is a cautionary tale of two lovely, large breed puppies, one 10 months old and the other 6 months old. They lived together in a home after being purchased from breeders. They had each gotten shots in early puppyhood from the breeder, so the family assumed they were safe and protected.
Suddenly, the 6 month old puppy was found dead and the 10 month old puppy was very sick with vomiting and diarrhea. She was taken to the Capital District Animal Emergency Clinic and diagnosed with Parvovirus. Parvo is a virus that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea, often with blood, and rapid dehydration that often results in sudden death in puppies. The CDAEC began emergency treatments to save her life, and after 3 days of treatment there and another 3 days at our animal hospital, she was able to be released to go home again.
So while she was saved, her family spent literally thousands of dollars to save her life. And all she really needed to prevent this was a well-timed Parvo puppy booster.
Puppies need 2-4 distemper and parvo virus vaccines between the ages of 8-16 weeks old. The number of vaccines and the timing of the vaccines is often based on the puppy's risk factor, which vary based on age, breed and environment.
We would love to see your new puppies and establish an appropriate booster schedule to protect your precious new family member! We would also like to use this time to discuss training and behavior, grooming needs, nutrition, parasitism and breed related issues. Please let us keep your puppy safe and help you develop this new family member into a cherished and well-behaved pet.