Hi everyone. To begin with, I'm a proud dad for our brave lil puppy boy koa. He is a 3 month old golden retriever who is an absolute rocket at home. He is always so curious, happy, extremely smart, and the most cutest lil thing you can ever find I assure you. He was a ball of energy and always so playful. At the moment our brave boy is in isolation ward at the vets since the last 3 days due to the deadly parvo virus. This happened before we finalised on an insurance so we are not covered by any. Each passing day is scary as I'm afraid we are running out of the funds to give him the treatment and keep him at the vets and our boy will lose his fighting chance and good medical care all coz we are not able to provide. (Its extremely expensive here in Singapore) it so heartbreaking that I am not able to help him in any other ways
It all start since that morning when he slowed down from his usual jumpy start, refusing to eat orj⁹ do some exercise, within minutes of mummy trying to feed him he puked a white foamy fluid out and looked extremely uncomfortable. At first we thought it must be something he ate but the vomiting continued for a few more times and within an hour he just became motionless. Not responding to our calls or even stand up. All he could do at that time was just move his eyes towards us occasionally. We rushed him to the vets not knowing what's going on. Vet did some tests and the cpv ag test kit (parvo test) was inconclusive. Still since it was not a 100% negative he was immediately admitted and put in isolation with the necessary meds and iv. That is when we the vet explained about parvo and its dangers and how an untreated pup can die within days. There is no cure for this virus as his body has to fight and win on it's own with the help of the antibiotics and countering extreme dehydration.
Tests were inconclusive coz there was a very faint second line on the cpv ag test kit while testing for parvo. At the moment he is in isolation ward ongoing treatment for parvo. On iv fluids, antibiotics and probiotics. They are keeping him hydrated. He had a fever but the temp is coming down now. Still has not eaten or drank anything despite the vets efforts to feed him the usual way. They are gonna try and syringe feed him in a while if that fails then tube feed. We've been told to be patient for 3 days min to see any change. Its 10pm here in Singapore but fuck it we are going in to try and see him again by midnight.
3am now. Just left the vet's after spending almost 3 hrs with him in his isolation. When we got there he was just lying down but he quickly tried to stand up hearing us. Vet said he is yet to eat something but he drank water. Well in an hour or so we managed to make him drink 2 small bowls of water and a bowl of blended food. YaY. He started to wag his tail and stand on my lap. Got some energy now. I think he thought he was going home. It was difficult to make him understand he has to spend the night there. Convinced the vet that he wont sleep without the airconditioner on. Last few mints played his fav lullaby on my phone. Think he is sleeping now. Or pretending to coz he dont wanna talk to us for not bringing him back home. Things are looking a lil better for the time being. We're gonna go back there in the afternoon again to see if we can being him back home and continue the medications at home. I'm honestly relieved seeing him warming up to his chirpy mood.
Visited him again this afternoon. He jumps up on our voice again. Still on the medications and iv. Now he is much more energetic. We tried to feed him again but he is still not eating solid food. So syringe fed him a bowl of blended food. And lots of water. I took out his cone as it was easier to feed him without getting it all wet and sticky and he started to try and bite things. I dont know what to say I'm actually happy to see him even trying to bite things. And all I could think of at that time was how annoyed we used to get when he was biting and chewing everything around before all these. Spoke to the vet again on his condition and bringing him back home but they adviced us against it. Vet says it's still not a good time yet to bring him home. As he is swallowing the food while we syringe feed there wont be any need for the NG tube but its still better to wait out another day to see him eat solid food by himself and also poop as he has not pooped in two days. They would wanna see the poop is healthy and not bloody or loose. I think its safer that way for him at this point of time but altogether it looks good so far. wifey is going alone again in the night and we both will be going back early in the morning after my work. It looks like we might be able to bring him home by tomorrow if everything works out well.
We did two more visits since the last update. Was too tired to write with the shift work and being with him as much as i can and all of that. The first visit made us feel much confident on our plan to bring him home this morning as we heard the first good news that he tried to eat some solid food. Even if that was just a few licks but it felt great. He was walking around his cage and also tried to climb up on me and wifey for kisses. Spoke to the vet about the discharge and subsequent care at home although she wasnt too confident about it. A while before us leaving i dont know he felt we were gonna leave again, I saw his eyes filled with tears and he was looking at me. His tail tucked between his legs he just closed his eyes and rested his head on me. I dont know what I felt. I cant explain. So we went in the afternoon today with his fav treats and leash etc. But we were hit with the bad news once again. Vet told us they did the cpv test again and now theres a definite two lines which confirmed it was parvo 100%. And the second bloodwork came back with low WBC count which was bad again. We went in to see him and there he was back to square one just like the first day lyin motionless just moving his eyes not responding to our calls much. I tried to cheer him up by letting him smell the treat. But he doesn't seem to be interested. The vet tech said he doesn't have any fever but has not pooped for the 3rd day straight. And has become like this since they checked on him last. Spend few hours sitting by him trying to cheer him up but all the way he was just resting. He just turned his head and looked at us when we removed the gloves. I wanna hope he is gonna fight and win. Koa in mauri apparently means warriors. We so badly want him to be one now. He is brave never barked once according to the vet and the techs. Is calm most of the time. I'm just hoping so badly there should be a good news by tomorrow. We are running out of funds to keep him in hospital and he doesn't have an insurance yet. Its ridiculously expensive for vet in Singapore, I have no complaints or hesitations but I cant let the finances hurt the chances of my boy. That's how I ended up thinking of setting up this fundraiser to stay afloat as the payments are getting beyond our caliber to afford.
Currently at the vet's. We are settling all the bills so far and bringing him home with us. At the moment docs are putting in a nasal tube for us to induce his daily antibiotics and other medications. We were just briefed on all the things to look out for, what would be an emergency and how to keep him in isolation and care for him until he starts to eat and poop normally. If anything goes wrong he will have to be admitted again if not we are gonna do visit every 3 days for blood tests etc. Just bought a bundle of new things like cone, peepads, omega 3&6, water dispenser, nutrition food for recovering pups and much more. Whole house has been bleached and isolation area prepared. Fingers crossed a change in the environment is gonna perk him up to eat. We are now worried about sepsis as he has not pooped for 4 days straight now. Another one more week of monitoring and frequent visits to the vets. I hope this fundraiser works out.
Wasnt able to post an update for the last two days. We both were always with giving him special care throughout day and night. So yes we took him back home from the vet's. We had to tell the doc about the financial difficulties we face keeping him hospitalised and they understand. Advance vet care is actually an excellent place for your loving pets. Not that I've been to any other but at the beginning we did some research and found them to be one of the good caring ones and also closer to our home. End up we chose the right one. Although they arnt on the cheaper side the care they give is good and is open 24 hrs 7 days with vets round the clock. Anyways so they understand our situation although they wouldn't advice it. So got him discharged with the nasal tube installed on him and iv bags medications etc given to us with some training. He was extremely quiet on the way back home. But his eyes brightened up seeing home. Walked around his play pen for a minute. Lay down. And that was it for then.
So our treatment starts from some guidance given to us by the members of the 'golden retreiver club' fb group on my post there at the beginning of all these (which apparently shows page cannot be displayed and unable to see the group anymore, no idea why or what happened ), and confirming those suggestions with our vet, we began our home treatment. There was one more reason other than the finances which made me decide to bring him home. Even though the vet's were good he was looking so depressed and quiet day by day there being all alone and isolated. I just felt he needed some place he knows well and feels comfortable. Anyways so our treatment regiment was early morning 5 am an 150ml of iv, and an injection of anti nausea medication, then rest for sometime followed by syringe feeding blended food, 2 different doses of antibiotics administered through the nasal tube and another dose of additional anti nausea again through the nasal tube. 2 hours later a dose of probiotics administered again through the nasal tube. For hydration we syringe fed him 2 syringes of plain water and for energy 2 syringes of Jaggery water both given to him every 45 minutes. All this time he still does not try to eat or drink anything on his own nor does he poop which has now been almost 5 days straight. Docs warned us now the next issue is gonna be him getting sepsis due to the infection from his poop inside his body but inducing it via laxatives is also not good as they are expecting him to have diarrhoea and it might get worse with the laxatives. We also got the omega 3 and 6 as well as an extra nutritional paste to mix with the food we feed him. While watching not to overdose him on any of this we continued the treatment through the second day at home. Constantly monitored his temp every 6 hours once. By second day afternoon after sleeping through for hours he stood up on his playpen wagging his, tail I opened the gate and he calmly came out to the pee pad and voila the first poop in days. Oh I am not even sure why the heck am I so happy yo see a watery dog poo but It was a relief. No blood in it but eh, It smelled horrendous! Disposed it off cleaned him up and called the vets they were glad to hear the news. Told us to further monitor and bring him back if any changes. This was good. It was worth being home away from for for 3 days just to take care of him. He now shows a lil more energy his head is up. Wags the tail more and looks at with his super wer young out. We comforts him at times the massage and belly rub might have gotten him a lil annoyed even. Poopy twice the same day, and i can see the diarrhoea isnt too bad. through the 3rd day I was asleep next to him on the sofa and I heard some barking. Well our boy is almost there not fully but yeah he has more energy. He wants to chew my arm and try some play time but then he realised he doesn't have the stamina to run. So lay down next to us. So far today again pooped once and showed some interest in his treats. Yay. Every day is a better day. This is good. All the hard work is paying off. Oh and in between he pulled out the nasal tube and there was a charge to install it back coz it required an xray. And he obviously dont fancy it. So we are not putting it back on besides he can now chew his food even if it's just a few buttons for his dry food, so we just syringe feed him the meds instead. Next blood test is gonna be in two days time and I'm very hopeful. I think he will get back to his usual self and survive this asap. Right now he is fast asleep and its 4 PM here.. gonna have my lunch finally. Cheers!
Thank you for your support it helps us to keep up with these heafty costs we juggled at the vet's, hospitalisation, meds, blood tests etc to give our lil koa the fighting chance he need without having to worry about the bill's putting a stop to his treatment, meds and tests.