On April 2nd, Kevin, and his siblings came in to our care. Unfortunately all 4 of them soon showed symptoms of canine parvovirus. A highly contagious disease that is spread through direct or indirect contact with their feces.

This virus attacks the dogs gastrointestinal tract and has a high mortality rate if left untreated, especially in young pups, elderly dogs, or dogs with weakened immune systems. Because of this Kevin was admitted to the isolation unit at the WCVM Small Animal Clinic on April 3rd, along with his siblings. There he has been attended to by the caring vets, vet techs, and students of the college. Because the virus was affecting Kevin so much, making him feel so low he wasn’t interested in eating he has been given a feeding tube as well as IV fluids. He is given his meals through the tube every 2-3 hours.

On April 6th, it was reported that he’s more alert and aware of his surroundings as well as more responsive, he has also gained some weight. He is showing less symptom that the virus is actively affecting him and that he is willing to keep fighting but we know that he is not yet out of the woods.

Update: On April 9th Kevin was done with the fight. Humane euthanasia was elected to allow him to rest and run over the rainbow bridge without the pain and illness of this disease.

We want to thank everyone at the Small Animal Clinic, the volunteers at CAP, and New Hope Dog Rescue for all that they are doing and have done to support Kevin and his foster home as he works to feel better.

Please consider making a donation to our Guardians of Hope program where your donations continue to help dogs like Kevin. 100 percent of all donations towards this fund goes directly to the animal’s medical expenses for major medical care.

  • Date April 6, 2023
  • Tags Alumni