We want to share an update on the Golden mix puppies (Hunter RIP, Vail, Dakota, Aspen and Phoenix) health status with all of you who have been so incredibly caring and supportive!!! We could not have saved these deserving puppies without your help!
Dogs Unlimited Rescue would like to THANK YOU for your generosity, thoughts and prayers. We rescued eight puppies/dogs from a high kill shelter approximately a month ago. As many of your know six of the puppies were exposed to Parvo prior to us taking them into our care and unfortunately contracted Parvo. Dogs Unlimited Rescue provided extensive medical treatment for all six of the Parvo positive puppies. We successfully treated five of the six puppies.
We did everything possible to provide Hunter with all of the best medical care possible. Hunter sadly was not strong enough to fight this fight. Hunter crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge on March, 26th while being held and cuddled by those who loved him dearly. We had the best veterinarian's working on Hunter for several days. Hunter was hospitalized while in intensive care. Hunter had all of the supportive care, treatments and surgery that he needed and it was making no sense medically that he was getting weaker. He was treated successfully for Parvo, so what was making Hunter continue to deteriorate???
Unfortunately Veterinary Internists, Critical Care Vets, Surgeons and many other amazing veterinarians could not just accept that there was not an additional underlying medical situation or condition. The surgeons and internist suggested that they collect tissue samples during Hunter's surgery. We also felt that this was important since we have his four siblings in our rescue. These samples were sent out to pathology and we have received the results.
Hunter was originally positive for Parvo but that was successfully treated. Pathology results have confirmed that Hunter was ALSO positive for Canine Distemper!!!
Canine Distemper is a highly contagious, viral disease which is often fatal. It affects the gastrointestinal, respiratory and central nervous systems. Many of the vets who cared for Hunter have not seen the horrible and ugly viral disease for over 15 plus years!!!
Distemper is contracted primarily through airborne viral particles that the dog breathes in. Infected dogs shed the virus through bodily secretions such as respiratory secretions, and urine and feces excretions. Dogs contract the virus by direct contact with urine, feces or secretions from infected dogs. Puppies and dogs who are not vaccinated are at very high risk of contracting Parvo and obviously Distemper.
WE CANNOT STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING SURE THAT YOU KEEP YOUR PUPPY/DOGS ARE UP TO DATE ON VACCINES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF PARVO, DISTEMPER OR OTHER DEADLY DISEASES.
We do not want Hunter's death to be in vain. We want to continue to educate people about the critical importance to vaccinate puppies and dogs.
Once we were informed of these test results the responsible thing to do would be to then test his four sisters (Vail, Dakota, Aspen and Phoenix). We have also received these results and unfortunately Vail, Dakota and Aspen also tested positive for exposure to Distemper. Phoenix has tested negative. None of the puppies are symptomatic or sick. Since Phoenix tested negative she has been taken out of quarantine and placed in a new foster home and will be put up for adoption in the next week. Vail, Dakota and Aspen are getting regular vet check ups, on prescription vitamins and high quality food to keep their immune system strong and healthy. They are doing well.
Due to the delicate monitoring needed, vets and Dogs Unlimited Rescue feel that it would be in the best interest of all puppies that tested positive for exposure to Distemper to remain in the care of Dogs Unlimited Rescue until July 4th. This will also allow the puppies to remain in a stable and watchful environment. Transition to a new home increases the risks of delayed detection of other problems that could occur during this delicate time. We feel confident that they are recovering well, but want to take every precaution we can to insure their futures and the safety of other dogs/puppies. We know many of you want to see them go to their forever homes as soon as possible, but we want to make sure we are covering all bases and being as diligent as we can.
Gina Lutes - Finley