MM! If it was black and tan, it might have been Boris!
Carol, my sis-in-law swears by the drops. I think it's absorbed faster?
Folk, don't think you'll believe what I'm about to tell you now. I can hardly believe it as I'm writing....
Last Sunday Zina became ill, she was bringing up and it looked pretty much like Parvo to me. Because the experience with Sabrina was still fresh in my mind I took her to my son's vet, also because he has an excellent reputation with Parvo dogs and saved son's girlfriends two very young dashies 2 weeks ago. (No guessing where Zina picked it up from.
The tests were barely positive and he said that it's a very light attack and she should be out within a day or two.
On Monday they said that she'd be discharged on Tuesday.
On Tuesday they said that it started again and that diarrhea has set in as well. On Wednesday they were not sure she'd pull through because the meds don't seem to have an effect. No change on Thursday and on Friday they said I should bring her some chicken, which she ate and brought up again.
On Saturday they said that they were happy to remove the drip and she'd be discharged yesterday.
When we got to the vet yesterday, we were immediately presented with the bill which was 7 days x R 1000.00 plus, plus... do the calculations. Not that I minded paying it, no cost is too high for my kids.
Then the wait started, minutes went by, no Zina. Every now and again the door opened and the smiles became more and more nervous. Eventually the receptionist disappeared, returned and asked for her tablets back. She added a handful and said that she should now have a full tab twice per day and not a half as before but the vet will come to speak to us. That is when worry really set in!
Eventually he appeared and said that there was a slight complication with the drip and that she's a bit scuffed in the armpit from walking to the bath but it will be treated as an open wound and that I had to clean the area with water twice per day and bring her back for daily checkups. They might have to operate, he said.
Then they brought her out... Her shoulder was swollen to three times it's normal size but we were so eager to get her home and I could not see much at the time. When we got home I rolled her over and I was horrified!
They obviously missed the vein when inserting the drip and all the gunk they pumped into her accumulated in her armpit. She has a cyst twice the size of my fist which fortunately found its own way of draining so she has two holes big enough for me to stick my finger into.
After taking care of her for 7 days, they only noticed it when they took her out of the cage to be discharged!
Not only did she have to battle the Parvo by herself, her whole body became septic from their "treatment".
Gonna have a few choice words ready for them when I take her in today.
I'm sure they are drawing straws to see who will be the unfortunate one to face me.