Archive for June, 2013

Today’s Devotion…Serving….Galatians 6:7–10

Plant corn seeds and you get corn. Plant kernels of wheat and you get wheat. Sow to please the Holy Spirit and you get eternal blessings. It’s true: You reap what you sow. How do you sow to please the Spirit? Do good to all people, especially other believers. Don’t give up—even when you’ve been serving in the same way for years. Even if no one notices. Even if some take advantage of you. Even if you receive more criticism than praise. Even if it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Remember, the harvest will come. So keep planting!

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I recently shipped two puppies via a commercial transportation service.  In the days following the puppies arrival at their new homes they began to go from extremely playful and eating very well to getting thin (dehydrated), not playful but just poking around and not eating their food as they had been the first several days they were at their new home.  One customer called me to let me know his pup was sick.  I asked him to call me as soon as he had the vet give him an indication of the pup’s problem. I called the second customer to alert them to the litter mate pup that had become ill.  I asked that he take the pup to his vet to have the pup checked for parvo or any other intestinal virus that they could sample for.  The second pup came back negative to anything so the person took his pup on home.  After a few days though, the pup began to show the same symptoms as pup #1.  I had taken my 4 littermates to the vet and had them tested for parvo and they were also negative.  The 5th pup at another location was doing fine…just like the 4 littermates at my place.

My pups receive 3 vaccinations for parvo before they leave here at 10 weeks of age.  Included in the last vaccination is the coronavirus.  I mention all this to you – my readers, customers and potential customers (and fellow breeders that read my blog to keep tabs on me!)  – so that you are aware of issues that pup’s face when they are commercially transported.  While the/some transportation services do/may/or don’t perform practices to keep viruses in check…this incident with my pups reminds us all that pups need to be watched closely when they arrive at their new homes.  A good practice is to keep your facilities/pens/kennels/water buckets/feed pans, etc. in constant “cleanliness mode” with soap and Clorox.  Coronavirus in all species of animals is generally not fatal…HOWEVER…it all depends on the tip-top health of the animals and whether or not they exhibit the clinical signs, or weaken to the point of death, or weaken to the point that an additional virus – such as parvo – is able to generate itself during the time of stress.  Coronavirus in cattle is generally not a life threatening experience…BUT…it sure can become rampant if left unattended and allowed to continually multiply itself from one calving season to another.  One thing to also remember in dogs.  A dog can pick up the virus by simply licking or sniffing another infected animal. 

Here is a bit of information about canine coronavirus that I have copied from a website.  For best measures, visit with your veterinarian.  Veterinarians do not all share the same opinions about diseases, detection, treatment and prevention.  SO…it is best to do what your local vet(s) recommend.

FYI…Info from a web source:

Canine coronavirus (CCoV) is a highly contagious disease in dogs that causes inflammation in a dog’s intestinal tract (called enteritis). The disease is spread when a healthy dog’s mouth comes in contact with an infected dog’s feces.  An infected dog can spread the virus for 6 to 9 days, although puppies have been shown to spread the disease for as long as 6 months, even when they no longer show any disease symptoms. The virus affects dogs of every age, with puppies being more susceptible to the infection. Clinical symptoms are seen 18 to 72 hours after being infected, with the most common symptoms being diarrhea, vomiting, feces that has a strong smell, and blood streaks/mucous in the feces. Puppies show additional canine coronavirus symptoms such as anorexia (loss of appetite), depression and dehydration. In cases of dehydration, fluid therapy is used. Most dogs recover completely from the virus, with recovery starting on the seventh day of the disease.”

Canine Coronavirus is a highly contagious virus caused by dog feces that are ingested (licked, inhaled or eaten) by your dog. There are several ways for a dog to catch the virus including direct contact with another dog. This occurs when dogs smell each other, licking the ground, or touching infected feces.

An infected adult dog sheds the virus for several days after they originally catch the disease (even when no longer showing symptoms). Puppies can shed the virus for as long as 6 months after recovery. You tend to see outbreaks of the illness in places where dogs gather such as dog runs, dog shows, pet stores, or at a kennel. The infection is very difficult to control and eliminate, since even when using a disinfectant to clean a kennel, contact between dogs can still spread the disease. In terms of disinfectants, a 3% hypochlorite solution will kill the virus.

Any age dog can catch the illness, although dogs with a weakened immune system, younger dogs, or dogs that have not been vaccinated are most susceptible.

Coronavirus puppy survival is dependent on early diagnosis and treatment. The virus can be a very serious problem for puppies between the age of 6 and 16 weeks.

Duration of Coronavirus in Dogs.  The virus usually lasts from 2 to 10 days.

What to expect at the Veterinarian’s Office.  The veterinarian has to determine if your dog has Coronavirus and the symptoms of canine coronavirus infection or the similar and more severe parvovirus, or a digestive problem.

Since Parvovirus is more problematic than coronavirus, they will often test for parvo, test the blood, examine the stool, abdomen and often take x-rays.

If your pet has severe symptoms, the dog may need to stay at an Animal Hospital for a 24-hour period.  Fluids will be provided if a dog is dehydrated.

Prevention of Coronavirus in Dogs.  Beyond avoiding exposure to an infected dog, there is a vaccine available for this virus.  However, the 2003 AAHA Vaccine Guidelines Task Force does not recommend the use of currently available CCoV vaccines. The vaccine doesn’t provide complete protection against the disease.

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