My name is * Dubbie *

I am a Boxer Mix puppy. I was born sometime in February, 2001. My gothcha day is April 8, 2001 . I was adopted from the Tri County Humane Society in Boca Raton, FL.  They didn't tell my family, but I had Parvo when I was adopted. I went into the animal hospital a week later when I had blood in my stool and became very lethargic. I had to stay in the hospital for 5 days. The vet said I wasn't dehydrated when I came in, so I am lucky - I  survived. But I was in a lot of pain. I had to have a plasma transfusion and be on intravenous feeding for about 4 days. I also had coccidia.  I was very very sick.

In the picture on the left, I am 8 weeks old, and it is the day I was adopted.

In the  picture on the right I am approximately 11 weeks old. if you look at my  front leg you can see where the vet shaved me to put the intravenous tubes into me. You can also see how skinny I am since being being sick with Parvo. This picture was taken a week after I was released from the hospital.

I was adopted on a PetSmart adoption day and was in an ex-pen with 8 other puppies. I bet I caught the parvo from one of them or they caught it from me. Either way, they probably all had Parvo.  This makes me very sad. I wonder about those puppies that I played with that day - are they still alive? Were they lucky enough to have found someone to love them and spend the money to save their lives, like my family did?

I also am sad that anybody who picked me up that day brought the parvo germs home and may have infected their own dogs.

Parvo is very contagious and very painful. It ate away the lining of my intestines  and made me cry all day long.

Please learn about Parvo. Don't spread it and make sure to keep your dogs shots up to date.

Parvo FAQ   What you should know about the Canine Parvovirus Infection

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I would like to know about other parvo dogs, even those who have gone to the rainbow bridge. Please email any stories and/or a picture and I will feature them on this web site.

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