I will clarify and agree regarding yesterday’s post that I am looking for web sites that help owners understand a vet’s diagnosis and treatment plan, NOT ones that claim to make a diagnosis themselves.
For every great site out there, there are four or five of these sort, which I link to only because it’s the kind of thing that explains my awful teeth grinding habit:
HOME PARVO TREATMENT, courtesy of the “Thrifty Fun” website. Yes, alongside articles about turning used toilet paper rolls into festive Thanksgiving decor, you too can find ways to treat the gut-melting effects of parvo in the comfort of your own home.
Pedialyte, colloidal silver, other assorted sundry items: $100 (which by the way will also buy subcutaneous fluids, anti-nausea meds and antibiotics at many vets.)
But why pay someone else to do it when you can have the satisfaction of doing it yourself? Because vets are expensive money grubbers, and giving your pet an enema while his guts slough off and you haven’t given them any sort of pain control is thrifty! And FUN!
To those who are making a grocery list and planning ahead, might I propose an alternative? Parvo vaccine. $20.
*Not that I think I need to state the obvious, but for the love of all that is holy, do NOT view my linking to that site as any sort of endorsement. One, this was an older puppy who had at least one vaccination, which is a very different situation from a 12 week old puppy with no vaccinations. Two, while not everyone can afford a $1500 intensive care hospitalization, even $100 can get a parvo dog some sort of appropriate medical attention.