Parvovirus No Match for Rescue Dog.
by Constance Walsh
My kids and I adopted Liesl from Saving Spot Rescue on April 6th. We were told she is a mini Aussie Shepherd of about 8 to 9 weeks. My 2 kids, 8 and 13 years, and myself fell in love upon meeting her. Six days later she started to show signed of parvovirus.
I had her tested at Mohawk Animal Shelter and she tested positive. Mohawk presented two options and I went with Animal Specialty Group, it being a teaching hospital and closer to where we live.
My daughter and I went immediately there. They were attentive and isolated us, and then talked with us about what her care would be and how this virus was most likely going to unfold. I was in shock. Here we had this beautiful puppy for 6 days and all of a sudden we were checking her into a hospital, and with the complete possibility of her not making it and returning home with us.
My daughter and I tried to say goodbye to Liesl. I tried to explain to her what could happen but I was weighted down and she was feeling my confusion and sadness. I had my son picked up by someone else and then we went to pick him up and tried to explain to him Liesl’s situation. I gave him the option of going to visit with her and say goodbye in case she didn’t make it and he decided he didn’t want to go because she was isolated in a cage and behind glass and he would not be able to pick her up and hold her.
Liesl’s parvo case was quite severe. Animal Speciality Group was amazing. Dr. Myers was our first doctor and she came to speak with my daughter and I. She was kind, thorough, honest, and full of compassion. She answered all of my questions and showed tenderness to my feelings of shock and unbelievability.
Dr Myers continued to check in with me 2 times a day about Liesl’s condition. Our puppy’s health would decline and improve each day in different areas. She developed an infection on top of the parvo. She needed to have a food tube put in place and all of the doctors and nurses shared with us the fight within her and her sweetness.
The kids and I would visit in the late afternoons after school. It was hard we couldn’t touch her and had to try to speak with her through a crack opened glass sliding door. Liesel often seemed lifeless yet her tail would wag a bit.
After about 6 days we were at a crossroad. Liesl was still not interested in eating and was regurgitating the food they were administering. The cost of her care was increasing and Saving Spot Rescue was not taking any responsibility and was not helping with her costs at all. A puppy had been returned to the Rescue place for parvo when we first met Liesl and submitted our application. The owner of the Rescue dismissed that our puppy could have been exposed to the puppy with parvo even though it was a puppy from their rescue center.
Dr. McMahon who oversaw Leisl’s care at ASG spoke with me and gave me a bit of hope. She expressed that if Liesl had made it this far she was likely to pull through. That I just need to be patient and give Liesl more time. ASG had become committed to getting her through this illness.
I feel ASG saved Liesl’s life and I am so grateful. They also showed incredible compassion towards my financial struggle and gave us a break on the final bill. Everyone we encountered from the people at the front desk to the individuals who cared directly for Liesl to the doctors who guided and oversaw her care and compassionately informed me and my family were patient, compassionate, genuine people.
Leisl is becoming a playful chubby puppy and we are all enjoying getting to know her.
– Constance Walsh