BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) – Sebastian is just over a year old, but this little dog has already had some big challenges in his life.
“It was an owner who surrendered. He fell ill at the owner’s home and when they took him to the vet for treatment he tested positive for Parvo,” said Roberta Cisar of Muddy Paws Second-Chance Rescue.
Things weren’t going well for Sebastian, who, like many dogs with parvovirus, had to be hospitalized.
“He spent four days in the hospital and received a blood transfusion, so he was on the sicker side,” Cisar said.
Luckily for Sebastian, he landed at Muddy Paws Second-Chance Rescue, a local rescue operation in Omaha.
Many rescue organizations refuse to take in dogs with Parvo.
The infection is easy to spread and expensive to treat, but Muddy Paws has been dealing with these difficult cases for years now.
Unfortunately, although Muddy Paws have seen a spike in the number of Parvo rescues over the past two weeks and as they process each pup that comes in, their resources are starting to run out.
“We have had 30 cases so far this year and 12 of those cases have been in the past 14 days. Each case of Parvo, with required hospitalization, costs an average of $3,500. Medical bills have been $43,000 over the past two weeks for Muddy Paws treating this dogs latest rash,” Cisar said.
Muddy Paws is reaching out to the community to help care for these sick puppies.
You can help in different ways. Financial donations are always welcome and if desired, Muddy Paws is also accepting applications for new Parvo Foster parents.
“We do all the training. With 12 arriving over the past two weeks, our Parvo Fosters have truly peaked,” Cisar said.
Muddy Paws not only treats puppies with Parvo, they also take steps to prevent the spread of Parvo in the community.
“This year, we have moved from reactive to more proactive. We hold monthly vaccination clinics and the schedule for that can be found on our Muddy Paws Facebook page,” Cisar said.
It is important to know that Parvo can live in the environment for months after a dog has recovered from infection, so Parvo dog foster families cannot take in other animals for at least 9 to 12 months after fostering a Parvo puppy.
It’s a little extra work to foster a Parvo puppy, but Cisar says it’s hard to find anything more rewarding than helping a puppy find happiness and health.
“That’s the problem, if we can get them through and beat the Parvo, they’ll go on to live 100% healthy lives,” Cisar said.
If you would like to help with the influx of Parvo puppies, we encourage you to have your puppy vaccinated against Parvo or contact Muddy Paws Second Chance Rescue. You can find them on his Facebook page or by email at [email protected]
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