The pandemic has led to an explosion in pet ownership. It has also helped increase the number of puppies bought from makeshift stands – particularly in the East Bay.
People have used this moment in history – a moment marked by social distancing and an ungodly time in the house – to pick up hobbies and activities. Amid the surge in home fitness routines and all the things Zoom has to offer, the Bay Area locals (and people in other parts of the country) have hit the pandemic to adopt dogs and cats at record rates. However, a side effect of this over-interest in pet ownership is that the number of sick dogs sold at street stalls has increased significantly.
As KPIX reports, the number of people selling puppies from their vehicles on the roadside and in parking lots is increasing. While seemingly innocent, a good amount of these dogs sold have been found to be incredibly ill after being brought home. (Because of this, credible vets always recommend that you buy from a reputable breeder – or better yet, to rescue an animal from a shelter or rehab organization.)
“A couple of days [after bringing your new dog home]You may find that you have a very sick puppy on your hand, ”said Dr. Coleen Dossey of the Town and Country Veterinary Hospital told KPIX and warned people about the risk of buying dogs from street stalls.
The news agency notes that animal control officials said a recent incident occurred on Airway Boulevard in Livermore. A litter of Maltipoo puppies, which sold for $ 450 each, was found to be infected with the canine parvovirus commonly known as “parvo”.
“Parvo is highly contagious and can be a very deadly virus and can be spread from dog to dog,” added Dossey.
This sometimes fatal disease can quickly infect an entire litter if their living conditions are not carefully monitored and appropriately cleaned. (Many other “parvo pups” have also shown up at local clinics suffering from canine parvovirus.)
If left untreated, Parvo will not allow dogs, especially smaller ones, to recover from the severe vomiting and diarrhea caused by the disease. The disease can eventually lead to life-threatening dehydration, which can introduce a bacterial infection into the dog’s bloodstream that can lead to septic shock and death.
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A dog suffering from parvo is considered a veterinary emergency. A particularly virulent strain of Parvo can cause a young dog to die as early as three days after symptoms appear. However, if a sick dog is seen by a veterinarian and an appropriate treatment plan is drawn up, there is about a 70% chance that the dog will fully recover.
So yes: buy from a reputable breeder if you have to … but preferably look through the animals at your local animal shelter or rescue organization for your next fur child.
More information about Parvo, including symptoms in dogs, can be found here.
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Image: A parvo-infected puppy treated with an IV line keeps him hydrated. (Photo: Getty Images / Kozorog)