The year Gaby was born somehow the dreaded
parvovirus got tracked into our kennel. We lost a
total of 7 puppies. It was heartbreaking to watch totally healthy puppies
go down to skin and bones and worse, "death".
Many of these puppies already had people
waiting to be the newest members of their families. Some where told horror
stories about puppies with parvo never recovering completely or having future
health problems. "That is a myth.!" If a puppy survives parvovirus
it has a very strong immune system and can handle just about anything. If
we were afraid of future problems with survivors of parvo why would we keep three
of them? The three we kept are Gaby, Koko, and Spanky
and they are very healthy adults and the females will have a higher titer
against parvovirus when they become mothers.
Here is a photo of Gaby right after she came
home from intense hospital care. She was emaciated and walked in the
will never admit that they have encountered any health problems
much less something as terrible as parvovirus. If you have been doing this as long as we have sooner or
later you are going to see just about everything no matter how
careful or how clean you keep your dogs.
One of the reasons for this
website is to help educate dog fanciers about the many pitfalls
that can happen to anyone.
Case in point: About 6
years ago we had a couple drive all the way to Texas from the
East coast to pick up their much awaited puppy. They had
tried for years to have children and finally decided that a
Great Dane puppy would fill the empty spot in their hearts.
The woman had an adult
brother who was special needs and lived with them so while they
were on their trip to bring home "baby", a well meaning friend
dropped by to see if he needed anything. A nice neighborly
gesture. However the woman had just left someone else's
home who had a litter of puppies. That litter of puppies
had parvo. She innocently tracked the parvovirus into the
traveling couples home. Ten days (incubation period for
parvo) after the couple brought their lovely boy home he was
dead from the virus. They couldn't even bring in a new
puppy to replace him since parvovirus and live without a host in
your yard or home up to 6 months. I was thankful
that a dear friend of mine who is also a breeder had a young
adult female that she was able to place with them.
So when a breeder tells you
they have a "closed kennel" it's not that they are trying to
hide something. They are just protecting the lives that
they have brought into this world.
Gaby three weeks after coming back from our
All puppies get their first parvo vaccination
at 4 weeks and again at 7 weeks. When they go to their new homes they will
have at least two vaccinations.
Sire :Dee-Jay van de Bijenberg
Dam: Littlehorse My Kiowa
Littlehorse Great Danes & Rainwater
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