NEWSBITES No 18 Accidents, illnesses and diseases
NEWSBITES NO 15.
PARVO HITS HEADROCK DOGS AGAIN…. ALL 5 PUPPIES RECOVERED
Just as I was planning my newsletter and thinking I hope I don’t experience another three months like the last three - disaster struck again. This time the dreaded Parvo virus attacked a litter of 4 recently abandoned 3 month old puppies at the Temple plus a larger puppy. At least I could be confident that it wasn’t the same virus that killed the 8 poor little puppies at the Centre in February.
The virus hit the biggest of the litter first and luck was on our side this time. I visited the Temple on a Sunday which is not my normal day. I immediately saw this puppy looked off colour and decided to bring him to the Centre for observation. Immediately we arrived he vomited with diarrhea accompanied with the awful Parvo smell of rotten fish. The vet was closed. My worst fears were confirmed the next day by the vet who admitted him, put him on a drip and gave him an injection of strong anti-biotics.
I knew the other puppies were in great danger so I immediately brought them to the Centre for observation. They were housed in our isolation pen and happily played for 3 days. Day 4 Parvo hit them.
Off to the isolation pen
Now I am highly alert to the first signs of Parvo. One of the signs is white phlegm which indicates the virus is attacking the intestinal walls and sloughing them. Immediately I saw this white phlegm, so all the pups were bundled into the car and taken to the vet where he again confirmed my worst fears. The smallest puppy was admitted as she was the most vulnerable. The remaining 3 were put in separate cages and taken back to our ICU in the house.
The virus quickly started its dreadful course as two puppies began vomiting with diarrhea. Amazingly, the unrelated third and largest puppy stayed healthy. None of them have been vaccinated as they’d had upset stomachs since their arrival at the Temple and were responding well to treatment. I couldn't vaccinate them until they were 100% fit. Parvo hit first.
The next 3 days were very difficult and depressing to watch; these poor little creatures were excreting blood and vomiting in obvious pain. This time we injected the puppies at home every day with strong anti-biotics and kept them hydrated with electrolyte fluids. Slowly the larger female started to show signs of recovery and the little male looked more alert. We asked the vet to put them on drips and miraculously they improved vastly and began eating within two days.
Our makeshift drip stand!
Meanwhile, the male first to go down with Parvo had made an almost complete recovery at the vet’s clinic . We brought him back on a drip together with the smallest female who wasn’t doing so well.
The next two days were wonderful. The biggest puppy remained unaffected except for one day of diarrhea which quickly disappeared after an anti-biotic injection. She was given the ALL CLEAR. We took her back to the isolation pen where she screamed all night.
The other 3 puppies continued to improve and became more vocal and mobile then they started to eat…..and did they eat!! They had fresh fish mixed with puppy biscuits, yoghurt and vitamins which they gobbled down in one second and screamed for more. They are now on 4 small meals a day and no more signs of blood, vomiting or diarrhea . I am happy to say 2 have now joined the other puppy in the isolation pen.
A week ago the smallest female also vastly improved and had her first meal which consisted of fresh fish in soup. She was still on a drip at that time and we were still giving her anti-biotic injections, which I believe has been the life saver for these puppies. She has kept all her food down and shows no signs of discomfort . The latest update is that she was taken off her drip a few days ago.
Little Pinpam starts to make a recovery
The major difference between this Parvo outbreak and the previous one is that we were on top of the situation immediately. Sadly we were on holiday when the previous outbreak occurred and as we had never had a Parvo attack, no-one was alert to the signs. By the time we’d returned the poor puppies were too advanced to be saved. The ones who did pull through became sick later and were treated immediately.
ALL 5 puppies are on the road to recovery, through the joint efforts of myself and Thep my husband and the patient support of our brilliant vet. We were constantly on the phone asking for advice throughout the outbreak and he never once failed to give us the support we needed.
Both Thep and myself took it in turns to monitor the puppies, hydrate them, inject them and organise for the vet to put them all on drips. We are overjoyed at their recovery.
However, I know this awful virus can attack again just when the puppies appear to have recovered. I suffered a tragic loss this way a couple of years ago. They will be monitored vigorously and the first sign of a recurrence will be treated immediately.
Whilst my complete attention has been taken up with the care of these sick puppies two monsters masquerading as human beings dumped 4 extremely tiny puppies on the road outside the Temple
No bigger than Thep’s hand
Thankfully I’d poured bleach over the puppy pen several days before so they could be housed in there safely. That’s what we thought until we saw them all crawl though the tiny spaces in the wire. What could we do? We had to think fast as the monks had put the escapees in a horrible tiny concrete hole and placed corrugated iron on top. They would fry in there.
The pups would fry in this place
The next day we bought a roll of netting and together with Jon a resident foreigner who has started to help us we fixed the roll round the pen. The puppies made several unsuccessful attempts to crawl through the wire!
Jon helps us put netting up
Many many thanks to those of you who responded to my plea for donations to help build 3 new puppy pens. Our goal of 30.000 baht has been reached. We have been worried that the job was never going to get done. This is not due to our tardiness but to our inability to find a group of people available or willing to do the job. We've asked so many builders and it seems the job is too small for their consideration. THIS IS THAILAND !!! Luckily we are happy to say we have now found a builder!
In preparation for the deluges, Thep has made some 15 A frame houses for the adult dogs to shelter in against the rain. They love them and some spend most of the day in their chosen places sheltering from the sun! We have had a few heavy storms and were so happy to see every dog found a shelter with none bullied and having to stand drenched in the pouring rain. Such a sad sight.
Little Prayut was born in the Temple to a female caught but released before we could neuter her. The result was a litter of 6 puppies 3 months later. When still a tiny puppy some mindless person hit him whist riding their motorbike through the Temple grounds. He was in great pain but didn’t seem to have any broken bones.
I gave him pain killers for a few days but he seemed reluctant to walk and did so in a very stiff manner. I took him back to the vet who confirmed he had a hair line fracture. Click Puppy Yaps to read more
Pinyot is now running around
Patch is a lovely adult dog brought from Hua Hin by Dawn just before she left for the UK . Recently Patch concerned me because she seemed in poor health. She is an escape artist and loves to chase squirrels for hours often returning when meal time is over. We realized that she had been missing her food when she started to look thin and I was also concerned she may have blood parasites. She was immediately put on Doxycycline for nearly a month and given iron pills and vitamins which she’s still taking.
I was horrified one day when she returned to see both her eyes were watering badly and the left one was swollen and closed. I gave her eye drops and ointment but was unhappy with her condition. The vet examined her and initially thought something had hit her eye. 2 days later it went white. She was examined again and the vet confirmed that her eye had been pierced by a small sharp object probably a cat’s or squirrel’s claw. One of the dangers of squirrel chasing!
Patch is now much better
Fortunately I had been continuing her eye drops and ointment without which the vet said her eye would have become badly infected causing loss of sight. Her eye has now recovered well as has her general health condition. Many thanks to one of our valued supporters who is sponsoring Patch over the next 3 months.
Na Rak is a Temple dog who I’ve cared for since a tiny puppy dumped at 4 weeks old. He suffered from blood parasites about 18 months ago and never looked 100% healthy. He remained very thin and occasionally suffered from mange. I’d taken him to the vet several times but blood parasites didn’t seem to be the problem. I was so concerned at his increasing loss of weight that I took him to the vet again. This time it was felt that he did have blood parasites which possibly were never completely eradicated from his first attack.
Na Rak before Doxy
Na Rak after 2 months treatment
We brought him to the Centre for daily Doxycycline treatment with iron and vitamin pills. It took nearly two months before he started to put on weight and look better. Sadly I had to return him to the Temple and his family who were overjoyed to see him again. He is happy to be with them but the poor dog has suffered a few nasty attacks from some jealous males.
On the positive side I visit the Temple 3 or 4 times a week so am able to monitor the dogs’ health and rush them to the vet with any nasty wounds.
Banput is a new resident who was found wandering on the beach with a broken lead round his neck which had a deep wound in it.. Someone, probably his previous owner had tied him with a very tight collar or with the lead still hanging from his neck. The result was a deep cut round his neck which thankfully hadn’t yet become infested with maggots.
A nasty neck wound
Banput is a friendly dog but walks with a very short somewhat uncertain gait which makes me feel he’s spent most of his young life tied up. He now has all the freedom he wants at the Centre.
In my recent Temple update click... Temple Updates I described how two fantastic volunteers Annie and Frida helped me for two months. They brought their veterinary skills to us, both being veterinary students in Scandanavia, which were so welcome. Click……Volunteer Voices to find out what they have to say about volunteering at Headrock Dogs.
The dogs loved Annie and Frida
Finally, to end on a very positive note I am so happy to report that we have had over 32 puppies aged from 3 – 6 months adopted in the last 4 months. That is a record number of adoptions since we’ve been working in Bang Saphan. Here are some of the lucky ones with their new owners.
Don’t forget to read our latest Puppy Yaps which tells of the trials and joys of caring for all the puppies abandoned either at the Centre or the Temple click Puppy Yaps……….
Please remember that all our work is possible due to the wonderful generosity of YOU our supporters. We apologise for putting up a very out of date Donors’ page. This has now been rectified so please click……to see who has kindly donated to us this year.
In the last 5 months we have successfully neutered 45 adult puppies and dogs and 3 cats! all paid for with your donations. We appreciate this is a drop in the vast ocean of non neutered dogs but it will stop thousands of unwanted puppies being born in the future. Thank you so much!
HRD's recipe book: We have had a good response to this so far but could still do with a few more savoury recipes. Remember they should be your favourite recipes. We will hopefully have the book finished in the next month or two (it's taking a little bit longer than we thought it would.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT
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