Gator came in to our Fairburn office last Monday to see Dr. Chris. Gator had stopped eating and he was very lethargic. Although only 6 months old, he walked slowly, like an elderly dog, not bouncing around like an energetic boxer puppy. Puppies commonly swallow things which cause an intestinal blockage. An X-Ray showed this was not the case. Gator was checked into our hospital and we started him on IV fluids. Shortly afterwards, he developed bloody diarrhea. A parvovirus test run in our hospital gave us bad news: Gator had PARVO.
Most cases of parvovirus are successfully treated. However, over the next few days, Gator rapidly declined. He lost weight and muscle mass. He developed almost uncontrolled vomiting and continued to have terrible diarrhea. Gator had no energy and we were afraid we were going to lose him. His family visited him every day, but things didn’t look good for Gator.
There is no specific drug which cures parvovirus. Treatment involves supportive care (IV fluids, antibiotics, medicine for vomiting and diarrhea) as well as prayers. Fortunately, our prayers began to be answered last Friday when we noticed Gator was starting to feel better. By Monday morning, the vomiting and diarrhea has resolved and Gator was starting to eat. Dr. Chris happily called his family Tuesday morning and gave them the good news – Gator was well enough to go home!