Sophie is a 9 week old Pomeranian puppy we took care of last week.  She weighs all of 1 & 1/2 pounds and came in to our Fairburn office last week because she was not eating and had vomiting and diarrhea.  Sophie had yet to receive her first puppy vaccinations so Dr. John Keenan was immediately concerned about Parvovirus.  He ran a test in our clinic which is able to detect the virus in the stool.  This test was positive.  Dr. Keenan started treatment for Parvovirus by placing a tiny IV catheter and he gave intravenous fluids and antibiotics.

After several hours of treatment, Dr. Keenan and one of our technicians noticed that Sophie was getting weaker and was barely able to lift her head.  They checked her blood sugar level and found it to be extremely low, indicating hypoglycemia.  Dr. Keenan gave an IV injection of sugar (dextrose) and added this to her IV bag of fluid.  Fortunately, Sophie showed a great response to this treatment and almost immediately became stronger.  After 48 hours of treatment, Sophie was eating well and was able to go home with her family.

Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus which affects the stomach and intestines of dogs, especially puppies.  It can be fatal about 20% of the time.  Luckily, vaccines are available which are very effective at preventing this terrible virus.  Click here for further information about vaccines in puppies as well as information about our puppy health package.